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By John Kilroy on September 12, 2014

For years, PRI would work to entice the noted Los Angeles Times motorsports reporter Shav Glick to write about the PRI Trade Show, and as part of the story, the industry side of the sport of auto racing. We would take Shav out to lunch at one of his favorite restaurants. We even flew him to the PRI Trade Show to participate in Smokey Yunick’s Industry Roundtable panel discussion one year. Shav was a great guy, and we loved hearing his stories, such as the era in Los Angeles when you would just naturally take a date to the midget race at Gilmore Stadium. However, when we’d pop the question about writing about the PRI Trade Show, Shav would tell us that he writes “about people, not parts.” We may have been disappointed with the...

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By Dan Schechner on August 20, 2014

Dozens of race industry professionals came together at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in August for PRI’s annual Manufacturers Luncheon at the Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa. The event drew local motorsports professionals and those in town for the Nationals to the second floor of the Hall of Fame facility for a delicious BBQ lunch supplied by The Rib Shack in an informal, collegial setting overlooking the iconic Knoxville Raceway. Among those in attendance were Ray Evernham and Erin Crocker Evernham, Cary Agajanian of Motorsports Management International (MMI), Tim and Margo Frost of National Speedway Directory, and representatives from Aeromotive, Bell Racing Co., Competition Cams, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Rod...

By John Kilroy on August 19, 2014

This is going to be fun!

One of the most enjoyable tasks in organizing the PRI Trade Show each year is planning the Grand Opening Breakfast. It has a grand heritage as part of the PRI Trade Show, and as a favorite social gathering in the racing industry’s annual calendar. We’ve presented an extraordinary array of some of the most respected figures in the sport of auto racing. They know they’re speaking to fellow racers, so they relax and let it fly. We get to hear their colorful racing stories and gain a dose of inspiration from these greats. In recent years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with MAVTV motorsports journalist Dave Despain, who is a master at coaxing out the kinds of stories and insights we all want to hear.

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By Dan Schechner on August 5, 2014

More than 200 promoters, race track owners and associated stakeholders are expected to attend the inaugural Speedway Benefits Promoters Conference, which will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in conjunction with the 2014 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.

The upcoming conference, scheduled for December 12, 2014, will allow promoters to gather, share ideas, and learn from industry leaders about promotion, advertising, concession, sponsorship sales and public relations during the world's premier racing industry trade show, which takes place annually in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"It is a natural fit," said H.A. Humpy Wheeler, legendary promoter and founder of Speedway Benefits. "PRI is the leading...

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