USMA & Industry Leaders Submit Letter to EPA & Congressional Committee

The United States Motorsports Association submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to the Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology protesting the detrimental impacts of the EPA’s unfair overreach that could outlaw the conversion of street vehicles into race cars used on tracks across America. The letter also contained written statements from industry leaders including Bob Patison, Executive Vice President of Lucas Oil and President of MAVTV; Torrey Galida, President of Richard Childress Racing; Steve Farmer, Vice President of Corporate Development for the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH).

The section in the proposed rule states: Certified motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines and their emissions control devices must remain in their certified configuration even if they are used solely for competition or if they become non-road vehicles or engines.”

The USMA responded by stating: “There are race tracks in all 50-States, hundreds of thousands of competitors, millions of enthusiasts and fans all producing billions in economic impacts to jobs, tourism, innovation, education and much more. This economic driver will be adversely affected by any additional EPA mandates to competitive vehicles being used on non-public roads. We are especially concerned about the negative impacts to thousands of small businesses that rely on the racing industry.”

“The USMA and its membership have serious concerns with the EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act and its overreaching regulation of this issue. Supporting Motorsports in America means supporting a 100-year old industry that provides far more than entertainment. Our racing community is made up of a diverse group of job creators, innovators, and economic contributors.”

The USMA also expressed its appreciation for H.R.4715, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 {RPM Act) introduced by U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Richard Hudson (R-NC). This is crucial to ensure the stability and ongoing growth of the Motorsports Industry.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has been leading the advocacy effort on a National Level. Other organizations have joined the effort including Harley-Davidson, Tire Industry Association (TIA), Auto Care Association (ACA), American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).

SEMA has created a model letter supporting the RPM Act. It can be found on the SEMA website by clicking this link: Everyone Can Advocate


March 09, 2016

The Honorable Lamar Smith

Chairman, Committee on Science, Space,

and Technology

U.S. House of Representatives

2321 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C..20515

The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson

Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space,

and Technology

U.S. House of Representatives

394 Ford House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515