State Attorneys General Rally to Protect Modified Racecars

April 1, 2016

Contact: Della Domingo

State Attorneys General Rally to Protect Modified Racecars

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (April 1, 2016) – Today, seven state attorneys general sent a letter urging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to withdraw a proposed rule that threatens the racing industry, as well as tens of thousands of jobs throughout the United States.

SEMA commends Attorneys General Mike DeWine (Ohio), Patrick Morrisey (West Virginia), Leslie Rutledge (Arkansas), Luther Strange (Alabama), Jeff Landry (Louisiana), Bill Schuette (Michigan), and Sam Olens (Georgia) for their effort to stop EPA overreach and to protect racing.

In July of 2015, the EPA issued a proposed regulation to make the act of converting a motor vehicle into a racecar illegal if the emission system is taken out-of-compliance from its stock configuration.  This prohibition would include even those vehicles used solely at the track and never again used on public roads. 

The letter states in part, “. . . we strongly urge the USEPA to remove the aforementioned language referencing vehicles ‘used solely for competition’ from the final rule. Not only is this language inconsistent with the federal Clean Air Act, but any purported benefit from this change would pale in comparison to the economic damage caused by this regulation.”

To read the letter, click here.

To learn more about the proposed rule and its harm to racing, click here

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $36 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,633 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit

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