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Tuesday, 15 June 2021 20:21

Businesses Fight Against EPA Overreach

The $2 billion racing industry is seeking passage of the RPM Act of 2021, which clarifies the motorsports-parts industry’s ability to sell products that enable racers to compete, and protects Americans’ right to convert street vehicles into dedicated race cars. The $2 billion racing industry is seeking passage of the RPM Act of 2021, which clarifies the motorsports-parts industry’s ability to sell products that enable racers to compete, and protects Americans’ right to convert street vehicles into dedicated race cars.

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Businesses throughout the country are taking a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) claim it is illegal to modify street vehicles and convert them into dedicated race cars.

The $2 billion racing industry is pushing back by seeking passage of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2021 (H.R. 3281), a bipartisan bill which clarifies the motorsports-parts industry’s ability to sell products that enable racers to compete, and protects Americans’ right to convert street vehicles into dedicated race cars.

 

“The inconsistency of the EPA's stance around converting street cars to purpose-built track vehicles has not only constrained long-term investment in the industry but it is creating added complexity/concern for our customers,” said Chris Douglas of Edelbrock Group, a company that has been manufacturing performance parts since 1938. “The RPM Act is the first step in protecting and preserving our industry for future generations---now is the time for action."       

 

In 2015, the EPA endangered the motorsports industry when it introduced a proposal that would have put an end to racers’ ability to modify street vehicles into dedicated race cars, a practice that has taken place for 45 years since the Clean Air Act was introduced. Although the EPA formally withdrew the proposal, the agency has since maintained that street vehicles cannot be converted into race cars---an assertion that has left the motorsports industry in a state of flux.

 

Passage of the RPM Act will make clear that the Clean Air Act does not apply to street vehicles that have been converted into race cars used exclusively in competition, giving the industry the confidence and clarity that it needs.

 

As advocates for the motorsports industry, Performance Racing Industry (PRI) is also pushing for the RPM Act.

 

“Businesses are at risk,” said Dr. Jamie Meyer, PRI president. “Racers and businesses deserve a law that clarifies that it is legal to convert a street vehicle into a dedicated racecar. PRI will continue to fight to preserve what is an American tradition until the RPM Act is passed.”

 

Introduced by U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA), the RPM Act currently has the support of...


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