Its December and time for a flight to Indy to see the largest racing industry show on the planet. PRI (Performance Racing Industry) is all about the racing world and the myriad of companies that support it with parts, services, and technology.
A couple of years ago it was purchased by the folks at SEMA and since that time Indianapolis has become its home in December.
There are thousands of people here and nearly a million square feet of space for exhibitors to show off their wares.
But before all that begins the folks that run PRI have a breakfast for the attendees with some entertainment and some interesting interviews. Yesterday’s breakfast featured some country singing and yodeling from a Texas girl followed with some comments from Dave Despain.
Dave also interviewed Brad Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and 2010 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion.
With the festivities complete the crowd moved to the show floor area where major and minor brands had their exhibits for all to see.
PRI is only open to racing folks, unlike the big SEMA show in Las Vegas, but if you are serious about racing then you should put this on your calendar.
So what is it like? Lets take a look at the many vendors…
One of the most fascinating areas of the show is known as machinery row. This area is packed with fabricating machines, welding machines, and huge five axis milling machines along with smaller providers of machine tools and cleaning supplies.
the Lincoln welding display showed a welder that does, both TIG and MIG off the same machine with automatic adjustment for type of metal and thickness.
It’s a fascinating area to wander around in as I mingled with the crowds, and there are plenty of crowds.
PRI is easy to find your way around in and there are plenty of guides around the area to help you find a specific vendor or area of interest.
It was nice to see some young faces in the crowd soaking up the racing technology.
I will be back with another entry later where I’ll showcase the cars, the celebrities, and some specific areas of interest.