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By John Kilroy on February 2, 2012

Carl Olson has been a real leader in the drag racing segment of the auto racing industry for decades, including a stint as NHRA vice president for international relations. We just received a report that he was inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Below is the citation regarding Carl's induction. Congratulations, Carl, and thank you for all you've done for racing.

An enthusiast for all types of motor sport, American Carl Olson started to visit drag race events as a spectator during the mid-1950s. He first drove a fuel dragster in 1964, but his greatest success on the strip came when he joined up with Mike Kuhl and by 1972 he was IHRA Top Fuel World Champion and a regular Top Fuel Dragster winner at NHRA...

By John Kilroy on February 2, 2012

Fifteen race carburetor businesses from around the country were represented in the inaugural Carb Shootout organized by BLP Racing Products, and held in its Orlando, Florida, facility just prior to the opening of the PRI Trade Show. By all the accounts we've heard, it was good fun with highly respeced race carburetor experts participating. We understand plans are already in the works to do it again in 2012.

There were two ‘shootouts’ utilizing the BLP Revolution inertia dyno by Excelleration. Chad Mullins, of Mullins Race Engines, provided the 430ci small block race engine, while Steve Schmidt, Steve Schmidt Racing, provided the 618ci big block race engine.

Mark Whitener won the small block competition, while AED...

Continue reading Results of the BLP Carb Shootout »
By on May 15, 2014

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are now over and it is now the end of the first week in January. Like everyone in the racing industry, I also look to a number of indicators to gauge what is happening and predict how current events will affect the coming season in terms of business opportunities.

Indicator number one for me is the feedback we are receiving about the 24th annual PERFORMANCE RACING INDUSTRY Trade Show. Even though it has been more than a month since thousands of racing businesses came to Orlando to do business, we are still receiving amazing messages from both exhibitors and attendees about the happenings on the show floor those three days. The fact that exhibitors did a substantial amount business, combined...

Continue reading Starting The Year Off Strong! »
By Jeff Swoboda on January 12, 2012

In my position here at PRI (Jeff Swoboda is a PRI sales and marketing manager), I am fortunate to have contact with a wide variety of motorsports related businesses, large and small, in all sectors of the industry. I'd like to report that while racing did not escape the downturn in the economy, the racing industry is definitely fighting back and getting results.

At our most recent PRI Trade Show in Orlando, I witnessed several companies that had implemented programs to keep motorsports sales charting in the right direction.

The first place I saw this occurring was at the Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax--a high profile, high energy, highly entertaining event that saw some of the top karting talent on the globe...

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