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DRIVERS/TEAMS CHECK OUT RECENT PERFORMANCE RACING SHOW
Several ACT Tour competitors and teams were represented at Orlando’s recent Performance Racing Industry “PRI” trade show. The 19th annual trade-only affair utilizes some 1,000,000 square feet of the Orange Country convention center and features over 1400 exhibitors in a total booth count of some 4,100 – both are new records for the show. In its second year in Florida, PRI, which has also traveled to Indy, Columbus and Cincinnati, Louisville, and Nashville, is now the 45th largest trade show produced in the U.S.

Among the 45,000 attending the show were Vermont drivers Jean-Paul Cyr, Brent Dragon, Dave Whitcomb, Eric Chase, Joe Becker, Steve Fisher, and Ryan Nolin. Maine’s Ben Rowe, a four-time ACT winner last season, was there with car owner Rick Moody and a couple of crew members. Rowe will have his own ACT car for ’07.

Ontario racer Steve Munro, who bought and attempted to qualify the former Mike Olsen car at the Milk Bowl, revealed that he plans to run more ACT races on both sides of the border, in particular, the ACT Série Quebec at Capital City Speedway, his home track near Ottawa. Eighteen year-old Spencer MacPherson, who made his ACT Tour debut last season at Thunder Road was checking things out. MacPherson has a new Port City car on order from Ontario's Kenyon Racing Products. Also on hand from Ontario were former Oxford 250 winners and 2007 entrants, Dave Whitlock and Derek Lynch.

Crew members also headed to the sunny south to take in the show. Among them were Pete Duto and Matt Goslant from Phil Scott’s team as well as Karl Osha and Neal Woodard who work with returning former ACT Champion Brian Hoar. Joining their drivers were crew members of Becker and Cyr. Long-time wrench Brian Latuch was also gathering the latest technical info.

Pictures of ACT competitors can be found on the catalog pages of several ACT sponsors and affiliated companies. In the pages of the 2007 Five Star catalog are the cars of Mark Lamberton (ABC Chevrolet Monte Carlo) and Brent Dragon (Dodge Charger). Rep Corey Schultz took the pictures when he ventured east for the Tour’s August race at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Jean-Paul Cyr’s car can be found in the Diamond Racing Wheel catalog highlighting the 15” Challenger Series and the current Koni motorsports catalog features an action shot of Roger Brown, Phil Scott and Cooper MacRitchie.

If you have an interest in checking out next year’s PRI show, mark your calendar now – it’s already slated to return to Orlando next year on Dec 6-7-8. More info on the show can be obtained by visiting www.performanceracingindustry.com.