Diamond Bar, CA (August 2, 2016) – Hundreds of motorsports manufacturers, racers, celebrities and supporters gathered at the SEMA Garage’s annual Open House on July 28, where they got a firsthand look at SEMA’s state-of-the-art facility. The Industry Innovation Center gives auto parts manufacturers a convenient way to test their cars and products to ensure they meet state and federal regulations. In fact, this year’s Open House featured the Garage’s emissions compliance center.
WASHINGTON (April 18, 2016) – A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision has done little to protect the future of American motorsports and the racing industry. Despite Friday’s announcement, the EPA continues to claim that it has the authority to regulate street cars modified exclusively for the track. The racing industry cannot live with this doubt and uncertainty. The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is the only solution that would make it clear now and in the future that the law allows emissions-certified street vehicles to be modified and converted for competition use.
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2016) – Today, SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting released the following reaction to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it would withdraw its proposed regulation on modified racecars:
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.
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.
The “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act” clarifies that it is legal under federal law to modify the emissions system of a motor vehicle that is converted for race-use-only. If passed, the legislation will protect Americans’ right to modify street vehicles into dedicated racecars and industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete.