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JUST IN: Key House Committee Chairman, Members Press EPA on Regulation that Threatens Racecars and Racing Industry

WASHINGTON (April 12, 2016) – U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfeld (R-KY), and Committee Member Richard Hudson (R-NC) sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy calling for more information on the agency’s proposed regulation that threatens the racing community and industry, and tens of thousands of American jobs.

SEMA Data Co-op Launches Automatic Updates

LENEXA, Kansas (March 23, 2016) - The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) introduced a new feature that gives receivers instant data updates and makes it possible for manufacturers to get their products to market faster than ever before. Receivers will now automatically and instantly receive updated data formatted to their individual requirements, anytime a supplier publishes new information. With more than 1,200 manufacturers included in the repository, the SDC is the largest openly accessible industry product data repository.

SEMA President Urges Congress to Protect American Motorsports

Washington, DC (March 16, 2016) –SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting recently testified before a key Congressional committee, urging Congress to continue to allow street vehicles to be modified and converted for motorsports competition. Kersting joined President of National Speed Sports News Ralph Sheheen, and legislative experts at the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Oversight Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday (available to view here). The committee examined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule that would prohibit the conversion of emissions-certified vehicles into racecars.

SEMA Leadership Commends Senate Introduction of Legislation to Protect Modified Racecars

WASHINGTON, DC (March 10, 2016) – SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting and Chairman of the Board Doug Evans today commended Senate members for introducing legislation that would protect modified racecars from overreaching U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Today’s bill introduction underscores the growing Congressional effort to clarify the law and preserve our nation’s racing industry and pastime.

SEMA Announces New Online Career Center

DIAMOND BAR, CA (February 22, 2016) – The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) recently launched the SEMA Career Center, an online employment resource dedicated to the automotive aftermarket industry. Available at www.sema.org/jobs, the SEMA Career Center addresses the employment challenges of automotive companies and facilitates a talent pipeline for entering into the automotive aftermarket industry.

EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles Into Racecars

Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

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