Courtesy of SPEEDSPORT.COM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it plans to remove wording from a proposed bill that led to many in the racing industry thinking the EPA was trying to ban street-to-race car conversions.
The wording was hidden inside a 629-page proposal that the EPA released last June meant to cut carbon emissions in medium- and heavy-duty trucks. In February the Specialty Equipment Market Ass’n caught wind of the rule and began petitioning to have the wording removed.
The EPA has since received numerous public comments against the proposed rule.
SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting said that while the EPA has withdrawn the proposal, there is still work to be done. SEMA is supporting the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (RPM Act), introduced by, U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Bill Posey (R-FL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
The RPM Act will address any doubts regarding regulation of race cars and give the public and race car industry much-needed certainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is applied.
“We want to thank Congress for pushing EPA to withdraw an ill-conceived proposal,” said Kersting. “However, confusion reigns: the agency continues to assert new-found authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate modification of vehicles for use in competition. This means that those converting and racing competition vehicles, and the parts and services industries that support them, do so under new EPA policy that considers the activity illegal. Only clarifying legislation, such as that offered under the RPM Act, will confirm that such activity is legal and beyond the reach of future EPA regulations. The racing industry and public need a long-term solution to eliminate any uncertainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is interpreted.”
Rockingham Dragway’s Steve Earwood to receive prestigious Founder’s Award by the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame
Steve (Stephen) Earwood, one of drag racing’s most effective marketing specialists, and highly respected track owner/operators, has been named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Founder’s Award by the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame (a part of the famed Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum in Ocala, Fla.). He will receive the honor at the 26th annual Hall of Fame induction dinner on March 17, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. The Rockingham, N.C. businessman has been an influential part of the growth of the sport in a number of key roles.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Earwood grew up with the smell of race fuel and howling engines in his youth. His father, Charles (Charlie), was the Chief Steward for the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and other road racing series, overseeing the operation of the on-track events. He graduated from Briarcliff High School in Atlanta, Ga. In 1966, he entered West Georgia University in Carrolton, Ga, graduating in 1970.
After his college years, he was influenced by his brother Terry, who drove for legendary Plymouth Super Stock team owner Steve Bagwell, winning the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) US Nationals in Super Stock in 1973, among other NHRA events. But Earwood’s focus was not on the cars, rather the idea of telling people about racing, and getting them to buy tickets. The enterprising Earwood organized the Southern Pro Stock Circuit while in the early 70’s, after a stint as co-manager of Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway with brother Terry. His efforts did not go unnoticed, and he was tapped by the NHRA to oversee the public relations effort for the 1975 Gatornationals at Gainesville, one of the sport’s oldest and most important annual events.
Impressed by his efforts and results, the NHRA hired him to join the Publicity Department in 1975, and joined his now long-time friend and oft-time collaborator, Dave Densmore (winner of the 2015 Founder’s Award). For 10 years, the pair charted an ambitious and highly effective effort to build rapport with the major media outlets in the markets where the major NHRA National Events were being contested. Throughout those years, the pair steadily grew the media recognition of the sport, and for the first time, the press room, starting line and pits had local newspapers and television stations following the events.
The North Carolina Motorsports Association will honor four-time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon with its Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award during the 10th Annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.
10th Annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank
January 13, 2016
The Concord Convention Hall – Embassy Suites Concord
Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony: 7 p.m.
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CV Products, LLC announced today that it is moving forward with its new direction to place an increased focus on its various manufacturing businesses and the distribution of performance engine components located in Thomasville, NC. CV Products is successfully transitioning its Mooresville, NC store location and Professional Race Service (PRS) Trackside programs to SRI Supplies. The Mooresville facility and PRS programs specialize in chassis, suspension and trackside products for the racing industry. SRI Supplies will operate under a new name, SRI Performance beginning December 1st. This transition is being done seamlessly, without interruption to the customers.
Clyde Vickers stated “CV Products has been in business for 27 years supplying quality racing components to the performance industry. We fully intend to maintain our focus of outstanding customer service and competitive pricing. CV’s future emphasis will align with our heritage, the #1 Supplier of Racing Engine Products in the Industry. We are proud of our manufacturing achievements and the leading brands that we have built. We will now shift our focus to accelerating their growth. It was important that we found someone to satisfy the racers needs for chassis parts, suspension parts and trackside supplies. Greg Fornelli and the SRI Performance team will do an excellent job in this regard.”
Greg Fornelli, the President of SRI stated, “With 20 years of experience in the motorsports distribution business, this opportunity is the next logical step in the evolution of Stock Car Steel & Aluminum and SRI. When Clyde announced that CV was exiting the chassis parts side of their distribution business, we immediately realized that a void would be created in the local and national market. Clyde and CV Products have built a stellar relationship with their customers over the years. We feel like combining the strengths of CV and SRI will lead to an overall increase in customer satisfaction and convenience.”
The SRI Performance store, located at 107 Overhill Dr., Mooresville, NC will open on December 1st 2015, with a focus on chassis parts and fabrication supplies. SRI Performance will attend its first trackside event December 2nd at 5 Flags Speedway for the 48th running of the Snowball Derby.
CV will continue operations from its 42 High Tech Blvd, Thomasville, NC location with a keen focus on supplying quality manufacturing capabilities and race engine related products to the performance racing community.
CV and SRI were built on racing solutions and customer service excellence. Both agree that this new direction will satisfy a common goal, helping the racing industry win.
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As NASCAR prepares to crown its national series champions this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, FOX NASCAR already has begun preparations for the 2016 season, announcing its full broadcaster lineup for next year, including a new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team featuring veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analysts Darrell Waltrip, together for their 16th season, and newcomer and four-time champion Jeff Gordon, plus new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series play-by-play announcer Vince Welch.
NASCAR on Wednesday afternoon handed out warnings to Sprint Cup Series teams for irregularities related to technical inspection last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
CONCORD, N.C. — Race industry leaders say safety, marketing with new technology and incorporating fresh faces are all factors that will determine the future of NASCAR. Another challenge is drawing in a new generation of racers. Multiple industry leaders, including Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske and Roush Yates Racing Engines, shared insight into the world of NASCAR at Tuesday’s annual North Carolina Motorsports Association meeting.
As speedways work to fill seats, a challenge is drawing in a new generation.
“We have to meet them where they are, with something they’re going to find relevant and compelling,” said Steve Phelps, with NASCAR.
“The challenges continue to be everybody wants more for less, but at the same time, it’s not as much about who has a personal relationship with Motorsports as it is with return on investment,” said Tim Cindric, the president of Team Penske.
Teams cited the importance of social media platforms but also say a challenge is measuring the success of marketing campaigns.
“Much of that technology will bring the race fan closer to the sport that they love, that’s going to be more important particularly as we try to get younger and more diverse,” said Phelps.
Another challenge NASCAR faces is gaining additional owners.
“Value on your numbers, value on a spot in the field, which I think NASCAR is going toward, is a huge thing,” said Greg Fornelli, the chairman of the North Carolina Motorsports Association board.
The goal is to continue to grow the fan base using social media, while providing entertainment value for fans
NASCAR Hall of Famer and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip and veteran FOX NASCAR broadcaster Mike Joy welcomed future FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon into the booth Friday night..