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2016 PRI TRADE SHOW FINISHES WITH WHIRLWIND OF ACTIVITY

Race industry professionals from throughout the world gathered last week in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the three biggest business days in racing, also known as the 2016 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show. Featuring thousands of manufacturers, new products and industry announcements, the annual trade event was a resounding success, as Showgoers left prepared and eager for more business heading into the 2017 racing season.

From the pre-Show seminars and special events, to the Grand Opening Breakfast with Rick Mears and Jeff Gordon, and the product debuts and unveilings on the Show floor, the race industry’s premier Trade Show was filled with education, networking and sales.

DON SCHUMACHER RACING'S MAKE-A-WISH, INFINITE HERO FUNNY CARS WILL RETURN IN 2017 WITH CONTINUED SUPPORT FROM TERRY CHANDLER

New Mexico philanthropist and drag racing enthusiast Terry Chandler has funded the Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero Funny Cars at Don Schumacher Racing for the past three seasons. During that time, the teams have combined to win a remarkable 15 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events and 16 No. 1 qualifying spots.
 
Chandler and her teams have just barely missed the championship in each of the past two seasons; in 2015, Jack Beckman finished No. 2 in the nation in the Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, and in 2016, it was Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish Dodge team that finished the year in second place.

FIRST LOOK - KHALID AL BALOOSHI'S NEW BICKEL CAMARO ZL-1

While drag racing fans were flocking to the 2016 PRI Show in Indianapolis, the Jerry Bickel race car factory back in Missouri was rolling another masterpiece out the door.

ZAPPIA RETURNS TO FAMILIAR PERCH ATOP ANDRA TOP DOORSLAMMER POINTS

 

The Zappia Racing crew traveled to Adelaide last week and attended the ANDRA Championship Dinner before Round 3, and driver John Zappia was presented with his Top Doorslammer Championship Gold Christmas Tree for 2015/2016 – his ninth back-to-back championship.
 
“Many thanks to ANDRA for supporting racers and Group 1, and Snap-on for the vouchers," Zappia said. "This Gold Christmas Tree is prestigious and I am so proud of what we have achieved as a team together for this Championship. It means everything to me as a racer and team owner – drag racing is our life. I presented my ANDRA Championship Jacket this year to longtime dedicated crew member Frank Cook, who works so hard for the team”.

ENCORE - PRO MODIFIED: TWO DECADES OF THRILLS, PT. 2

11_24_09_pro_modIf you raced Top Sportsman during the years of 1986 through 1989, it was important that you brought a label to the race. Usually that label was the world’s fastest [insert car year and make here] and that was usually enough of a calling card to generate match races, t-shirt sales and magazine articles.

There was no official World’s Fastest Group per se, but the ability to claim a niche in the fast-growing class was enough for the multitude of teams in the fledgling movement to seek out a unique identity.

R.C. Sherman’s unheralded introduction didn’t inspire any real titles, but when Dave Bishop proclaimed Charles Carpenter’s 1955 Chevy as the “World’s Fastest ’55 Chevy” – those immortal words spoken by a part-time journalist was enough to inspire other racers.

BIG BUSINESS MAKES FOR BANNER DAY TWO OF PRI TRADE SHOW

Motorsports parts and equipment buyers packed the booths and overflowed into the aisles of the Indiana Convention Center on Friday during one of the busiest days in Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show history.

Day Two of PRI 2016 kicked off with a trio of Show-sponsored seminars focused on enhancing business and marketing, making connections and achieving success on- and off-track, and the themes carried over onto a Show floor that more than lived up to host city Indianapolis' tag as the Racing Capital of the World.

COURTNEY INKS PRIMARY SPONSORSHIP WITH ADVANCE AUTO PARTS

 

Courtney Force will roll into the 2017 season with a familiar name emblazoned on her Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car.

Force, the youngest daughter of 16-time NHRA champion John Force, will race with sponsorship from Advance Auto Parts, as part of a multi-year agreement announced on Friday at John Force Racing's Brownsburg, Ind.-based facility.

“I am thrilled to be driving the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car starting in 2017," said Force. "Last season, we made some big strides toward our first championship, and I am very confident in my team led by my crew chiefs, Dan Hood and Ronnie Thompson, and that next season can be even better. I love the look of this red, yellow and black Camaro and I can’t wait to get it into the winner’s circle."

SEE THE 2016 PRI SHOW IN PHOTOS -

Walk the floor with CompetitionPlus.com Director of Photography Roger Richards and Bill Swanson as they bring you the sights of the 2016 Performance Racing Industry held in indianapolis. Tune in multiple times daily as we recap the show in photos.

FIRST LOOK - RICKIE SMITH'S NEW PRO MOD ZL1 CAMARO

 

Here's a sneak peek of "Trickie" Rickie Smith's 2017 ZL1 Camaro destined for battle in NHRA Pro Modified. The Jerry Bickel race car factory is cranking out these beauties at a rapid rate. 

BLOCKBUSTER START TO 2016 PRI TRADE SHOW

Indy car legend Rick Mears and NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon helped pace the start of the 2016 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show with an unforgettable appearance at the Show's Grand Opening Breakfast in the Indiana Convention Center's Sagamore Ballroom Thursday morning. Hosted by MAVTV’s Dave Despain, this year's traditional kickoff event featured a lively hour-long talk show-style program with two of the best to ever pilot a race car.

“Day One of the 2016 PRI Show exceeded our expectations,” said PRI General Manager Bill Miller. “Rick Mears and Jeff Gordon set the tone at the opening breakfast, and on the show floor the day was filled with business and networking. There are so many new products debuting, lots of great seminars to attend and race professionals to meet with.”

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