With its sustained growth throughout the U.S., it’s no surprise that late model racing will play a prominent role at this year’s 26th annual PRI Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Dec. 12–14, 2013.
Beginning Monday, Dec. 9, and continuing through the show days, a number of events featuring some of the sport’s biggest names and latest technological advances will focus on late models.
“Whether it’s engine development, chassis set-up or finding the latest technology on the show floor, the PRI Trade Show is going to be a must for late model racers and businesses,” said John Kilroy, PRI trade show producer.
Among the featured events is Speedway Illustrated magazine’s seminar Winning Setup Strategies For Dirt Late Models, which takes place on Thursday, Dec. 12. Karl Fredrickson, publisher of Speedway Illustrated, will moderate the event featuring Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist, 2011 World of Outlaws champion Rick Eckert and Rocket Chassis’ Mark Richards.
On Friday morning, the Penske Racing Shocks Short Track/Late Model Technology seminar will feature speakers Aaron Lambert, Bloomquist, Dave Reedy, James Stevens and Kelly Falls discussing current late model short track technologies, trends in shock absorbers and more.
Hyperco Coils will present a Short Track/Late Model Suspension Set-Up seminar on Friday as well.
PRI also will offer up a pair of events that no engine builder will want to miss. The Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC) provides engine builders, racers, manufacturers, design engineers, business owners and more the opportunity to learn from the best and most creative minds in the performance business in a three-day conference running Dec. 9–11.
On Friday morning, PRI’s Ask The Experts Engine Builders Panel features noted engine builders Vic Hill (Vic Hill Race Engines, LLC), Ron Shaver (Shaver RacingEngines), Keith Dorton (Automotive Specialists) and Jon Kaase, (Jon Kaase Racing Engines), who will discuss how to run a successful race engine business and take questions from PRI Trade Show attendees.
“Each year the PRI show has grown, and it’s become imperative that we’re here — not only to represent our series, but also to work with our partners because they’re all here as well,” said Chris Dolack from World Of Outlaws. “It’s where you come to connect with people face to face. From our standpoint, all of our partners are here. From the dirt standpoint, we know they’re all here. And the show moving to Indy will be really good for us, as a strong majority of our competitors are within an easy day’s drive of Indianapolis.”