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By John Kilroy on August 15, 2011

Thanks to Dean Case and the entire MazdaSpeed team, we viewed the Ayrton Senna documentary last night at the annual MazdaSpeed press gathering. Dean got some serious media there, including representatives of Road & Track magazine, Haymarket (Racer magazine), the Speed Freaks, and many of the area’s most noted free-lancers. The PRI team alone counted around 15 attendees.

“Senna” gets two thumbs up. We don’t ever remember viewing anything in film that resembled racing as we knew it until watching this documentary. It had a way of capturing speed that unnerved the viewer, and brought us close to that knife edge between fast and catastrophe.

Great drivers wring the maximum potential out of a...

By Meredith Kaplan Burns on August 18, 2011

We had a great conversation with John Godfrey this week, and part of the discussion involved his expanding sales of custom radiators for racing applications. We thought we'd share that information here with you.

Spike Products, Brownsburg, Indiana, manufactures custom radiators for a variety of racing applications. In addition to the company’s radiators for open wheel racing, such as sprint cars, midgets and Silver Crown cars, Spike also offers radiators for drag racing, road racing, and even go-karts, boats and motorcycles, said John.

John emphasized that all of Spike Products’ employees are involved in motorsports in some way so they understand the cooling system needs of the racing industry. “...

By John Kilroy on August 11, 2011

Earl Gaerte may not have been a familiar face to millions of race fans, but he was one of the most important, most talented, most respected figures in the US racing industry during my time here at PRI, which has now passed the two-decade mark.

Years ago, Earl would hold an event called the Gaerte Gathering at his Gaerte Engines shop in Rochester, Indiana. He would invite vendors for his engines, and it would end up being a folksy, friendly business gathering with some serious movers and shakers in racing when it came to oval track parts. A man of few words, Earl always had that kind of drawing power in the racing industry.

When I arrived at PRI, Earl had THE engine for midgets. Through Steve Lewis’ Nine Racing...

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By John Kilroy on August 9, 2011

Here’s a fun, behind-the-scenes moment at PRI: Michael Lewis, Steve and Loretta’s son, won today at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium where he competes in the Formula 3 Italia Championship Series. It was his first win in the series. (See photos below)

Driving his K&N Eibach sponsored Prema PowerTeam Dallara, Michael came to Spa-Francorchamps with high expectations for the next round of the Formula 3 Italia Championship Series.

He qualified Friday on the pole, which put him in the P1 position on the starting grid for the Saturday afternoon race at Spa-Francorchamps.

The race started today at 4 p.m. Belgium time in pouring rain wet conditions. Michael got a good launch from the start and led every lap...

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