Drag Illustrated Issue 177, July / August 2022 | Page 98




■ Performance Racing Industry strengthens commitment to motorsports and welcomes racers and race fans in racing capital of the world .
Racers and dignitaries joined hundreds of motorsports professionals for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Performance Racing Industry ( PRI ) Membership Headquarters in Speedway , Ind ., on May 26 .
Located at 1255 Main St . along the pathway directly to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway , the new 42,500-square-foot facility is among the recent attractions added to the revitalized town . The facility , which includes event space , a 25,000-square-foot garage , and office space for race-related businesses and organizations , will continue to evolve and become a one-of-a-kind gathering area for the motorsports community . Dedicated to building , promoting , and protecting the racing industry , the PRI Membership Headquarters will include a content creation and podcast studio , as well as a Members Lounge , in the near future .
“ We ’ re excited to provide the racing industry with a place to call home ,” said Dr . Jamie Meyer , PRI President . “ For years , the industry has gathered at the PRI Trade Show to conduct business and celebrate all things motorsports . For the first time , the racing industry has a dedicated place where they can connect all year long .”
Invited guests at the Grand
Opening were treated to an IndyCar helmet display , silent auction , current and historic racecars , driver appearances , live paintings , and private tours of the newly renovated building , including the Bryan Herta Autosport race shop and Bell Helmets workshop .
Cars on display included Antron Brown ’ s 2022 Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster , John Force ’ s Camaro SS Nitro Funny Car , Graham Rahal ’ s 1990 March Porsche IndyCar , and more . Amongst those in attendance were U . S . Rep . Greg Pence , three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford , ACCUS-FIA President George Silbermann , and Speedway Council President Vince Noblet .
“ PRI plays such a critical role in the motorsports industry , and the opening of the Membership Headquarters is both significant and historic ,” said Antron Brown , owner / driver of the AB Motorsports Matco Tools Top Fuel team . “ Being able to connect in a centralized location will strengthen our advocacy efforts . I look forward to visiting the PRI Membership Headquarters whenever I am in town .”
PRI Membership debuted over a year ago to give businesses and individuals a way to support the motorsports industry while gaining exclusive benefits . As members of PRI , all attendees of the 2022 PRI Trade Show will be able to visit the PRI Membership Headquarters during the event December 8-10 , 2022 .
■ Design Engineering , Inc . welcomes Matthew Botos as its new Lead Engineer and Designer .
Botos joined the team on May 10 , with his main role focused on designing new products and improving current products . He brings extensive experience in mechanical engineering , computer aided design , computer-numerical control ( CNC ) machining and information technology .
After 16 years owning his own company , Botos Design & Distribution , Botos is excited to be part of DEI ’ s work to design and engineer products that solve problems across a multitude of industries .
“ The sky is the limit for companies like DEI who have the foresight and flexibility to adapt in an ever-changing world ,” Botos said .
“ It ’ s great to have Matt on the Team , and we ’ re thrilled to work with him on developing new products ” Mike Buca , Product Manager of DEI said .
He has a passion for designing new products and bringing them to market , and is bringing that enthusiasm and experience to continue
DEI ’ s commitment to providing customers with the highest-quality heat and sound insulation products on the market .
“ Working at DEI is a perfect fit for my passions ,” he said .
An Ohio native , Botos was born and raised in Grafton , and was the 1991 Ohio State Pole Vault Champion . In his free time , he enjoys motocross and anything CNC .


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