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Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:48

Senators Reintroduce RPM Act in U.S. Senate

Performance Racing Industry and Madison International Speedway hosted the SaveOurRaceCars.com Championship Night on Aug. 20 to advocate for the worldwide motorsports industry. Performance Racing Industry and Madison International Speedway hosted the SaveOurRaceCars.com Championship Night on Aug. 20 to advocate for the worldwide motorsports industry.

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U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT) have reintroduced the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act (S. 2736) in the U.S. Senate.

The pro-motorsports, pro-business bill, which was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in May, is critical to ensuring racers can continue to modify street vehicles into race cars used exclusively in competition, and businesses can continue to produce, market and install racing equipment.

 

The bipartisan Senate bill includes six original sponsors, including Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Thom Tillis (R-NC).

 

The racing community has been vocal in supporting the RPM Act since 2016, after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first declared the 50-year-old Clean Air Act does not allow street vehicles to be converted into racing vehicles, even if the vehicles are trailered to the track and are used exclusively for motorsports competition.

 

The RPM Act enjoys unprecedented energy in 2021, as racers and motorsports parts businesses have sent more than 1.5 million letters to federal lawmakers urging passage of the bill this year.

 

“The racing industry has made clear that the RPM Act is critical to protecting an American pastime and the small businesses involved,” said Dr. Jamie Meyer, president of Performance Racing Industry (PRI). “We thank Sens. Burr and Tester for introducing the RPM Act in the U.S. Senate and for bringing the bill one step closer to becoming law.”

 

The RPM Act is now being considered by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The bill is well positioned for passage in the current Congress as a result of the strong grassroots support for the legislation.

 

Members of Congress are familiar with the RPM Act, which has already been the subject of hearings in previous years by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which have jurisdiction over the bill.

 

“Amateur motorsports is a unique American pastime,” said Burr. “This bipartisan legislation provides certainty for...


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