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NHRA champ Brown urges Congress to pass RPM law to protect motorsport

 

NHRA champion Antron Brown warns Congress that motorsports are in danger

— Top Fuel Champion shares inspiring stories about the value and importance of racing and why he’s pushing for RPM law —

WASHINGTON DC- Just days after winning the NHRA Top Fuel Race in Indianapolis, Indiana, Antron Brown traveled to Washington, DC to urge Congress to pass the SEMA-backed Motorsports Protection Recognition (RPM) Act. On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, the three-time Top Fuel world champion, who began his racing career nearly 40 years ago, appeared before Congress to share personal stories about the need for federal law to protect mass racing and tens of thousands of jobs in the motorsport parts industry.

Along with his two sons and wife, Brown shared how motorsport taught him to set goals, work hard to achieve them and shared other important life lessons. Representing a family of four generations of racing professionals, Brown explained how he started racing motorcycles at the age of 4, built a successful career with 70 NHRA wins and became a team owner more early this year. He continues to support and promote the NHRA to the community and youth groups, recounting the origins of the organization, which was formed in 1951 to get hot rodders safely off the streets and onto the track.

“Americans all over the country enjoy turning vehicles into race cars,” said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capita (RW.Va.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “The bipartisan Motorsports Protection (RPM) Act specifies that vehicles used solely for competition should not be considered vehicles intended for use on the roads of our country. This legislation ensures that small businesses that help enthusiasts who convert vehicles into off-road racing cars will not be unfairly penalized or targeted by the EPA It was great to have racing champion Antron Brown here today and hear the story of his life that demonstrates how the RPM Act will protect the future of motorsport by making it clear that those who want to pursue their passion can do so cheaply without fear of bureaucrats in Washington.

Ranking member Capito is among 31 bipartisan co-sponsors of the RPM Act. A bipartisan bill, first introduced in 2016, would enshrine in federal law the legality of converting road vehicles into dedicated race vehicles.

“Running to me is so much more than just entertainment,” Brown said. “I have countless fond memories of my childhood and learned many life lessons on the racetrack. I have built a life on the track and am building a business through AB Motorsports. I firmly believe that we We need to make the gateway to motorsport accessible to future drivers.

Brown explained that for amateur racers, modifying production cars is the only cost-effective way to participate in racing. He revealed that the modified motorcycle he started racing on cost around $5,000; a purpose-built car would be 10 times larger.

This practice of converting road vehicles into special race cars was only challenged in 2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft ruling that the conversion of cars production in special racing cars was prohibited by law. Although the ruling was never finalized, the EPA maintains its position that such conversions are not legal and continues to crack down on the manufacture and sale of high-performance parts.

During his testimony, Brown pointed out that the RPM law only targets special race cars that are brought to and from racetracks. Opponents of the RPM law acknowledged during a Senate hearing that these vehicles have no measurable or significant impact on the environment.

“Racing is important to many Arizonans — and it’s part of our state’s heritage,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ). “The RPM Act will help ensure that Arizona’s amateur racers and auto mechanics are shielded from EPA regulations that could impair their ability to enjoy the motorsport hobby.”

The RPM Act will not interfere with the EPA’s ability to enforce clean air laws. Vehicles traveling on public roads will continue to be governed by federal clean air law.

“For nearly 45 years, the Clean Air Act did not apply to race cars. The EPA’s recent interpretation of the law has thrown the motorsports industry into a state of uncertainty,” said Mike Spagnola, president and CEO of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). “Now that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has held a hearing on the RPM Act, we urge the committee to schedule a vote on the bill. SEMA encourages all drivers, motorsport companies and fans to ask their elected officials to support and enact the RPM Act.

“Racers and the small businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell racing parts have waited long enough. It’s time to pass the RPM law and give the racing community the clarity it needs and deserves,” Spagnola said.

The SaveOurRacecars.com The website contains resources to help identify and contact relevant decision makers about RPM law.

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, founded in 1963, represents the $50.9 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology for passenger and passenger vehicles. The association’s resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training, and product development support, as well as premier trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Performance Racing Show. Industry (PRI) in Indianapolis, Indiana. information, visit www.sema.org, www.semashow.com or www.performanceracing.com.

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