Law & Order

Support for the RPM Act Expands in the U.S. House of Representatives

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

Ralph Sheheen (left), owner of Speed Sport magazine;
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), the lead sponsor of the
RPM Act; and Greg Fornelli (right), owner of SRI

Congressional support for the bipartisan Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2021 (RPM Act), H.R. 3281, continues to expand as racers and members of the motorsports’ parts industry write their members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the bill. The RPM Act now has 82 bipartisan cosponsors, as five members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently agreed to publicly support the bill, including U.S. Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Austin Scott (R-GA), Jay Obernolte (R-CA), Andy Barr (R-KY) and Michael Cloud (R-TX).

While the House has been out of session during the last two weeks, members of Congress have been getting out in the communities they represent to meet with their constituents. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), the lead sponsor of the RPM Act, recently visited SRI Performance in Mooresville, North Carolina, which sells racing and street performance products. During the visit, Rep. McHenry spoke with Greg Fornelli, owner of SRI Performance; Ralph Sheheen, owner of Speed Sport magazine; and David Miller, executive director of the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA), about the importance of passing the RPM Act.

“It was great to visit SRI Performance,” said Rep. McHenry. “SRI is a leader in providing racing parts for the motorsports industry. Racing has a long and storied history in North Carolina and is an important part of our economy. Recently, I was proud to reintroduce the RPM Act to protect grassroots motorsports and industries that support them.”

The RPM Act must be enacted into law to guarantee your right to modify street cars, trucks and motorcycles into dedicated race vehicles, and ensure that industry can offer parts that enable racers to compete. It is imperative that lawmakers continue to be reminded of the importance of passing the RPM Act. Click here to see the current list of RPM Act cosponsors, and don’t forget to send a letter to your U.S. Representative asking them to support the bill and fight for it to become law.

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