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THE RPM ACT

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is common-sense, bipartisan legislation that is being considered in the 2021-2022 session of Congress to protect law-abiding citizens who convert their personal vehicles solely for use in racing competitions. It also protects the right to purchase and install emissions-related parts on dedicated racing vehicles. The RPM Act was first introduced in 2016 and the necessary steps for Congressional passage have been taken. Hearings have been held, there is widespread bi-partisan support, and the bill is well positioned to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and signed into law in 2022. It is vital that you urge your member of Congress to support and pass the RPM Act.

Congress never intended for the EPA to regulate race vehicles and parts. The issue first surfaced in 2015, 45 years after the Clean Air Act (CAA) became law. At that time, the EPA stated in a proposed rulemaking that once a motor vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle) has been certified as a street vehicle, it cannot be converted into a racing vehicle even if that vehicle is unlicensed, trailered to the track, and never driven on public road. Although the EPA withdrew the draft provision in 2016 following a huge public outcry, the agency still maintains that the CAA does not allow a motor vehicle to be converted into a racing vehicle used solely for competition. For the past five years, the motorsports industry has been left in a state of uncertainty and will remain in such a state until the RPM Act is passed.

Individuals can urge their legislators to support and pass the bill. Companies, organizations, and influencers can urge their customers, followers, and fans to support the bill and write their legislators. There is a simple form that individuals can fill out to write their legislators in support of the bill. It only takes a couple of minutes and is easy to do. Once the letter is sent, individuals should continue to follow the issue until the bill is passed. In some cases, letters may need to be sent to lawmakers again. Updates and information will be posted on sema.org/epa-news on how individuals can best help.

The RPM Act protects your right to purchase emissions-related parts and use them to modify your dedicated racing vehicle, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles that started out as street-legal motor vehicles. The bill also protects the jobs of the thousands of men and women who work in the motorsports parts industry by providing clarity in federal law to establish that the production, sale, distribution, and installation of performance parts is legal if they’re used on a vehicle that operates solely on the track.

The RPM Act is collaborative legislation that SEMA and PRI drafted in coordination with staff for U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who officially introduced the RPM Act as a bill in March 2016. We continue to work closely with Sen. Burr, Rep. McHenry, and their senior staff to pass the bill into law and protect the right to race. What started out as a small group of lawmakers that coalesced behind the need to protect racing six years ago has increased to nearly 150 members of Congress who publicly support the RPM Act.

The RPM Act enjoys strong bipartisan support in the 2021-2022 Congress. At present, the bill has 121 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives (93 Rep. & 28 Dem.) and 27 Senators (18 Rep. & 9 Dem.).

The racing community has sent members of Congress over 1.5 million letters in the last year, which has been a driving factor in getting lawmakers to publicly support the RPM Act by serving as co-sponsors. It is imperative that members of Congress continue to hear from their constituents about the importance of supporting the RPM Act and using their political capital to pass the bill. The future of racing and tens of thousands of motorsports parts jobs are on the line. Congress must pass the bill in 2022 to protect this great American tradition that creates economic opportunity and provides entertainment in communities across the country.

PRI PAC

The people we elect will determine the future ability of the EPA to overreach, internal combustion engine bans, burdensome noise and zoning ordinances, and so much more. Elections have consequences! It’s imperative that our views are represented in Washington, and we elect lawmakers that share our concern for the future of motorsports.

A political action committee (PAC) is a political committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates.

By law, PRI may not use association funds to contribute to federal candidates. PRI PAC allows members to contribute their personal funds to help elect lawmakers who support the motorsports industry’s positions and initiatives.

PRI can cover 100% of the administrative costs to operate PRI PAC. That means every penny raised goes toward helping elect lawmakers that support our right to race!

Even if you are not a PRI member you can have an impact on the political process. Make your voice heard by visiting PRI’s Legislative Action Center and contact your lawmakers today!

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Everybody! PRI Membership is open to everyone including racers, enthusiasts, service providers, and fans of all forms of racing.

PRI Pro Member benefits include

  • Entrance to PRI Show for Qualified Attendees
  • Save Our Racecars Advocacy: Contribute to the fight to protect the racing community, and ensure racing continues and grows in the United States and internationally
  • Inclusion in the Performance Racing PAC
  • 10% Discount on PRI Merchandise
  • 12 Issues of PRI Magazine Digital Edition
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  • Posting Access on the PRI Jobs Board
  • Membership Card & Welcome Packet
  • PRI Stickers

PRI Champion Member benefits include:

  • Entrance to PRI Show for Qualified Attendees
  • Save Our Racecars Advocacy: Contribute to the fight to protect the racing community, and ensure racing continues and grows in the United States and internationally
  • Inclusion in the Performance Racing PAC
  • 25% Discount on PRI Merchandise
  • 12 Issues of PRI Magazine Print Edition
  • Subscription to the PRI eNewsletter
  • Posting Access on the PRI Jobs Board
  • Enhanced Membership Card & Welcome Packet
  • PRI Stickers
  • Exclusive Entertainment Discounts and Events
  • PRI Swag Pack
  • And More Exclusive Benefits and Discounts

All of your membership investment is focused on the goal to build, promote and protect the racing community. PRI Pro and Champion Members can join forces with the Performance Racing PAC, our Washington D.C. lobbying group, to fight for our racing community.

Yes! By joining the PRI Membership, individuals not only become part of the community to protect racing and gain a suite of benefits, but they also join forces with the newly formed Political Action Committee called the Performance Racing PAC. PAC Members may contribute up to $5,000.00 a year to help protect racing.
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