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By Dan Schechner on February 13, 2017

Widely considered the most decorated—and creative—promoter in the history of NASCAR auto racing, H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler has amassed an unparalleled list of career accomplishments. He’s reached legendary status for, among other achievements, bringing night racing to Charlotte Motor Speedway while more than doubling CMS’ seating capacity; taking the company he co-founded, Speedway Motorsports, public as the first racing firm to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange; and serving as director of racing at Firestone Rubber & Tire Co. at a pivotal point in the company’s history.

Perhaps lesser-known—but no less significant—among his contributions to the sport: In 2003, Wheeler launched the acclaimed Motorsports Management program...

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By Drew Hardin on February 3, 2017

Imagine you’re an engineering student presented with the opportunity to spend a year working for Infiniti and its Formula 1 racing partner, the Renault Sport team. It’s a deep immersion across vehicle platforms, the chance to learn from and work with veteran engineers on technical challenges facing production and competition vehicles.
That’s exactly what happened for seven fortunate students from around the world when they earned a spot at the 2016/17 Infiniti Engineering Academy.
In just its third year, the Academy fielded some 4000 applications from seven global regions: the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Emirates, China, and Asia-Oceana...

By Dan Schechner on January 17, 2017

A true racing historian and insider, Greg Zyla has been an invaluable contributor to Performance Racing Industry Magazine since day one.

His Industry Insights columns, a PRI cornerstone, have brought readers face-to-face with some of the most revered and recognizable names in motorsports, names like Roger Penske (November 2016), Wally Parks (July/August 1989, February 2005), Forrest Lucas (June 2011), Humpy Wheeler (February 1992, August 2003) and many more.

So when Greg informed us last year that he wished to dial back his workload and enjoy a semi-retirement beginning in 2017, we had a decision to make: Who would take over Insights?

Well, it didn’t take long to produce the world’s...

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By Dan Schechner on December 15, 2016

* Newsmakers: Recalling some of the more noteworthy goings-on from Race Industry Week and the 2016 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show: Madison Heights, Michigan-based Motovicity Distribution announced the appointment of Brian Lounsberry as President and CEO. An 11-year company veteran, Lounsberry, who has been integral in the company’s growth over the past decade, most recently served as Motovicity’s VP of Sales & Marketing….

SEMA’s government affairs team updated attendees on the status of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act. The bill was introduced in Congress in 2016 to clarify that it is legal under federal law to modify the emissions system of a street vehicle for exclusive racing...

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