SEMA eNews Vol. 19, No. 12, March 24, 2016

Rep. Richard Hudson Warns Billion Dollar Racing Industry Could Be Wiped Out

By SEMA Editors

  Rep Richard Hudson (R-NC)

The statement took place at a joint hearing, and comes on the heels of last week’s U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Oversight Subcommittee hearing with SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting.

   

Earlier this week, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) questioned EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on the agency’s proposed regulation that would prohibit the conversion of a motor vehicle to a race-only vehicle.

Rep. Hudson:  “… not only is this an important part of the way of life for a lot of Americans who enjoy taking cars and modifying them so they can race, but it’s a billion-dollar industry of aftermarket folks who make parts for people to use in competition. I remember back in February you testified before the committee and you made the point that, ‘Not one EPA regulation has ever cost one job.’ Well I’m telling you this is a billion-dollar industry that will be wiped out if we can’t clarify this and make sure the intent you’ve expressed is reflected in the regulation.”

The statement took place at a joint hearing, and comes on the heels of last week’s U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Oversight Subcommittee hearing with SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting.

It also follows Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-California) and Austin Scott's (R-Georgia) letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. In the letter, the Members ask Administrator McCarthy to provide clarity on the regulation and certainty for racers and our industry. 

Rep. Hudson represents the congressional district that includes Charlotte Motor Speedway and Rockingham Dragway. He is a co-sponsor of the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016,” a bill introduced earlier this month, which clarifies that emissions-certified street vehicles can be modified and converted for competition use.

Join the effort. Tell Congress to save our racecars and support the RPM Act. Sign the letter today!

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