On the Road with PRI


In an industry first, PRI in mid-October set out on a groundbreaking cross-country campaign to gather and share content from dozens of racing and performance businesses. Dubbed “The PRI Road Tour,” the effort took the PRI team directly to the doorsteps of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, race teams, race tracks, and more over a two-month span. The team’s fully wrapped van, further customized by our friends at Vision Wheel, began at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, then followed a multi-state trail through Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and ultimately PRI headquarters in Southern California. “If the industry can’t come to the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, then PRI is coming to the industry,” declared PRI President Dr. Jamie Meyer. Over the course of our journey the PRI team managed to capture and share video, photos, and exclusive interviews highlighting the industry’s newest products, vehicles, races, and developments, a selection of which appears in the pages that follow—part one of a two-part pictorial from the Tour. Part two will be featured in the February 2021 issue of PRI Magazine, as well as online at performanceracing.com and on our social media pages throughout the year.

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One of the PRI Road Tour’s first stops was the headquarters of Chip Ganassi Racing in Indianapolis, Indiana, where we visited with officials from the championship-winning race team and learned more about its operations.

 

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During our visit with Chris “The Greek” Karamesines, the legendary drag racer gave us a rare look into his Chicago, Illinois, shop. Ageless at 89, The Greek is still competing, building engines, and maintaining race cars. 

 

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Management at Powermaster Performance opened the doors to their West Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing facility, where they produce high torque starters, performance alternators, and the PowerGEN, a replacement generator for motorsports applications.  

 

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The PRI Road Tour got a behind-the-scenes look at how Trick Flow Specialties of Tallmadge, Ohio, manufactures its high-performance cylinder heads, among other components.  

 

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When we visited Jackson, Michigan-based Paul’s High Performance, the company’s namesake showed us several of his current projects, including the first running Ford 7.3L crate engine in a Mustang.   

 

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The ROUSH Automotive Collection in Livonia, Michigan, includes a wide assortment of vehicles, including its WorkHorse 3 prototype Ford GT used to prototype and validate GTs. 

 

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Our contacts at CORSA Performance in Berea, Ohio, told us their goal is to build the ultimate driver exhaust system for motorsports customers by perfecting the science of sound. 

 

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The PRI Road Tour paid a visit to PIT Instruction & Training in Mooresville, North Carolina, where our staff got to see students in action as part of its pit instruction and training courses, in addition to welding workshops, welder testing, and more. 

 

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