Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2019 (RPM Act)

The RPM Act is common-sense, bi-partisan legislation to protect law-abiding citizens who convert cars, trucks and motorcycles into racing vehicles.  The bill clarifies that it is legal to make emissions-related changes to a street vehicle for the purpose of converting it into a racecar used exclusively in competition.  It also confirms that it is legal to produce, market and install racing equipment.  

In July 2015, the EPA issued a proposed regulation declaring that the Clean Air Act prohibits converting a motor vehicle into a racecar.  Manufacturing, selling and installing race parts for the converted vehicle would also be a violation.  Although the EPA did not finalize the proposed rule, the agency still maintains the practice of modifying the emission system of a motor vehicle for the purpose of converting it for racing is illegal.  The EPA’s interpretation contradicts 45 years of previous EPA practice. 

Converting street vehicles into dedicated race vehicles is an American tradition dating back decades and has negligible environmental impact.  While California is known for having the strictest emissions laws, the state exempts racing vehicles from regulation. 

There are about 1,300 racetracks across the country.  Most cater to thousands of organized amateur-racing events which involve converted vehicles.  These drivers, race teams and spectators all help drive local economies.  They fill up hotel rooms and restaurants, and shop at local stores.  Racing-related activities translate into tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity, including about $2 billion in annual sales of racing equipment. 

The RPM Act does not interfere with the EPA’s authority to enforce against individuals who illegally install race parts on vehicles driven on public roads and highways and the companies that market such products.  Tampering with the emissions system of a motor vehicle used on public roads is a clear violation of the Clean Air Act.

The RPM Act will provide the racing community with certainty and confidence in the face of an EPA interpretation of the Clean Air Act that threatens to devastate an American pastime and eliminate jobs in our communities. 

Tell Your Elected Officials to Protect Motorsports and Pass the RPM Act


Republican and Democrat members of Congress have expressed a desire to provide certainty to racers and the motorsports parts industry. However, there is much more to be done before the RPM Act becomes law.

Use our Action Center to send a message to your Senators and Representative to ask them to support the RPM Act.

SEMA members can help spread the word by including links on their websites, social media platforms, storefronts and garages.  Members can also rally their customers, employees, followers and friends to act.  Use the assets found in SEMA’s digital toolkit: And don’t forget to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SaveOurRacecars.



  • Hot Rod Network: Saving Motorsports: RPM Act Update! (November 17, 2017)
  • The SHOP: RPM Act Passes First Legislative Hurdle (November 15, 2017)
  • Performance Racing Industry: SEMA President Gives RPM Act Testimony (November 15, 2017)
  • BangShift: Declare Your Hot Rodding Independence - Support the RPM Act Today (November 14, 2017)
  • Charlotte Observer: NC lawmakers seek permanent race car exemption from EPA anti-pollution standards (January 13, 2017)
  • The Hill: Republicans to EPA: Race cars off limits (January 9, 2017)
  • PRI: SEMA Legislative Experts Discuss Status of RPM Act At PRI Trade Show (December 8, 2016)
  • The SHOP: SEMA on RPM Act: 'We Intend to Get the Job Done in 2017' (December 8, 2016)
  • The Detroit News:Mod-shops push for protection from EPA (July 20, 2016)
  • The Detroit News:Aftermarket industry, racers rev up RPM Act support (July 20, 2016)
  • Congress needs to weigh in on the EPA’s proposed rules about race cars (July 15, 2016)
  •“VIDEO: Can the EPA Force a Motorsports Ban?” (May 11, 2016)
  • Super Chevy:“The EPA Wants to Outlaw Your Race Car. Don’t Let Them!” (May 5, 2016)
  • Richmond County Daily Journal:“Emission Rules Parked: Hudson, McHenry Seek to Protect Racing Industry” (April 22, 2016)
  • Beyond The Flag: “EPA Drops Controversial Racecar Rule, Threats Still Remain” (April 17, 2016) 
  • Hot Rod Network: “EPA Update: Members of Congress Joining Fight to Save Racecars” (March 30, 2016)
  • Gaston Gazette: “McHenry: EPA needs to leave racing alone” (March 18, 2016)
  • FOX News: “EPA crashes amateur car races with buried regulation” (March 16, 2016)
  • Hot Rod Network: “We Need Your Help: Support H.R. 4715 ‘Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016’” (March 9, 2016)
  • Road & Track: “Congressmen Work to Block EPA Proposal on Race-Modified Street Cars” (March 8, 2016)
  • Street Legal TV: “How One Proposed New EPA Regulation Could Decimate The Aftermarket” (February 29, 2016)
  • Motor Trend: “EPA’s Read Target: The Automotive Aftermarket” (February 12, 2016)
  • “EPA proposal would restrict road to race car conversions” (February 9, 2016)



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