More than 115 representatives from the Specialty Equipment Market Association gathered in the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2017 Washington Rally, Wednesday, May 17. Racing business owners and industry leaders took to the halls of Congress to remind lawmakers of the cultural and economic importance of motorsports and the automotive specialty-equipment industry.
A top focus during the rally was H.R. 350/S.203, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM Act) of 2017. The bipartisan bill would protect Americans’ right to modify street vehicles into dedicated racecars and the industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete.
The RPM Act now has 118 co-sponsors in the House and 29 co-sponsors in the Senate, and the number continues to grow. Members also talked to their lawmakers about other issues facing the specialty-equipment industry, including countering burdensome regulations, preventing higher ethanol content in gasoline and fighting counterfeit products. [05/26/17]
Easy Elegance, Inc., the parent company of Liquid Glow car care products, announced today that Alex Rogeo has left Liquid Glow and Liquid Glow Racing.
Richard Kratz, CEO of Easy Elegance, reaffirmed the company’s continued efforts in support of women in motorsports stating, “Liquid Glow has been, and will continue to be, a big supporter of women in motorsports. To that end we will commence the search for a new female driver shortly.”
Kratz went on to emphasize that, “Liquid Glow remains committed to its racing program and we expect to resume racing before the end of the season.” [05/26/17]
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AutoMeter has announced the newest addition to their line of American-built gauges, the Chrono Series. Chrono is available in a range of 2-inch instruments with highly detailed, three dimensional beveled dials and over 320 degrees of pointer movement. With timeless styling inspired by high-end sporting timepieces and a not towards aerospace, Chrono features while LED though-dial lighting for incredible visibility, the most accurate digital stepper motor movements available, and a bright anodized, low-rise bezel with flush mount window that will set off the dash in any vehicle. [05/26/17]
At the recently completed NHRDA Oklahoma Diesel Nationals at Tulsa Raceway Park the NHRDA Pro Street and Super Street World Records were completely smashed.
In Pro Street Lavon Miller and his Firepunk Diesel team shattered the record when he ran a 7.993 at 174.75 mph in a 4700 lb. 4X4 2006 Dodge making him the first NHRDA Pro Street driver to run in the 7’s. Miller of Plain City, Ohio, wasn’t able to back up the ET but he did run an 8.121 in the final round making that the new NHRDA Pro Street ET World Record. His 174.75 mph was backed up in the finals. [05/26/17]
In the Industrial Injection Super Street class, Phillip Franklin went 8.853 at 158.89 mph setting both the NHRDA Super Street ET and MPH World Records. Franklin previously was the first NHRDA Super Street driver in the 8’s and now he has the record to go with it. [05/26/17]
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The Tony Stewart Foundation announced that Jim Beam® Bourbon, the world's #1 bourbon, would sponsor the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry in the 2017 Indianapolis 500. The entry, driven by British racing ace Jay Howard, will carry the iconic Jim Beam logo and imagery during the 101st running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
"It's really great to see Jim Beam return to the Indy 500, especially as a part of our Team One Cure program," said Howard. "To join a distinguished list of drivers who have had the opportunity to be associated with a brand like Jim Beam is really special to me.
“Our 2017 program continues to grow daily and bringing in big brands is really fundamental to the longevity of this effort with the Tony Stewart Foundation. This first year is simply definitely the start to a greater initiative, and I'm thrilled to welcome everyone from Beam Suntory to this family."
Howard will start in the middle of Row 7 in the 20th position for the Indianapolis 500, which will be contested on Sunday, May 28.
And the Agent must add, enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, but please don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to make it back when we return to duty on Tuesday, May 30. [05/26/17]