March 1, 2013

From the original 999 of 1901 through the Le Mans winning GT40s of the 1960s to today's array of Ford-powered racing cars around the world, competition has always been a part of the Ford DNA. Now, Ford Racing is highlighting the importance of competition around the world with a new global identifier being applied to race cars supported and powered by Ford.

"Racing Ford products predates the Ford Motor Company, as Henry Ford himself raced and won in 1901 to generate interest for the company he was trying to start," says Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "We haven't stopped racing for over 110 years-in sports cars, off-road trucks, rallies, stock cars, open-wheel cars, drag racing, and lately even action sports like drifting and rallycross. Everywhere drivers compete, Ford is there."

The distinctive blue/black identifier that has inspired today's Ford Racing signature look was introduced on the new '13 Fusion that will run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013. To unify Ford's global racing efforts, this look was applied to a variety of Ford race vehicles, including NASCAR Fusion and Mustang, NHRA Mustang Funny Car, Grand-Am Focus ST-R, Rally America Fiesta, BITD off-road F-150, CTCC Focus, and V-8 Supercar Falcon.

Ford Racing prototypes like the Fusion and concepts like the Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo are finished in white with a wide, offset black and blue stripe running over the length of the car. Development cars are distinguished by having the black and blue stripes on a matte black base instead of white. Going forward, the blue and black bars will be a consistent element of all Ford-powered race cars that participate in contingency programs, including those in sports car racing.

"We're bringing together our production vehicles under the global Ford banner, and we're mirroring that by creating a visual connection everywhere we race around the world," adds Allison.

The #1 all-Ford Motorsport show in the United States will feature a tighter schedule, more heads-up racing, and exciting special events. Each NMRA national event also features a huge UPR Products All-Ford Car Show. For more information on the NMRA Ford Nationals, log on to http://www.nmradigital.com or call (714) 444-2426.

2013 NMRA Ford Nationals Event Schedule
March 7-10, 2013
19th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout Presented by Steeda
Featuring the Muscle Mustangs Spring Break Shootout
Bradenton Motorsports Park; Bradenton, FL

April 11-14, 2013
5th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals
See NMRA & NMCA Stars Racing the Same Weekend at the Same Event!
Atlanta Dragway; Commerce, GA

May 3-5, 2013
13th Annual NMRA Ford Nationals
Featuring Special SVT 20th Anniversary Race Classes
Maryland Int'l Raceway; Mechanicsville, MD

June 14-16, 2013
10th Annual NMRA Ford Nationals
Featuring Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords 25th Anniversary Celebration and a special 5.0 Shootout
Summit Motorsports Park; Norwalk, OH

July 11-14, 2013
8th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing Presented by Miller Welders
Watch as Team NMRA Takes on Team NMCA for Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Super Bowl Rings!
Route 66 Raceway; Joliet, IL

October 3-6, 2013
15th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals
Featuring 5.0 Mustang's King of the Street and the 3rd Annual VMP Tuning Terminator/GT500 Shootout
Beech Bend Raceway; Bowling Green, KY

NMRA Celebrates NMRA's 15th Anniversary Tour with 2013 Event Schedule

SEMA Unifies Racing Industry Trade Shows

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) recently finalized an agreement to purchase the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), the racing trade show that has been held annually in Indianapolis since 2009. Having purchased the Performance Racing Industry organization in 2012, SEMA has now consolidated the IMIS show with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, which returns to Indianapolis for 2013 and beyond. The 2013 PRI Trade Show will occupy the entire Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday show days, December 12-14, 2013.

"The racing industry needed to have just one motorsports trade show in the U.S. I'm proud to say we've accomplished that," said Scooter Brothers, SEMA chairman of the Board of Directors. "We have all worked toward a common goal, and have succeeded on behalf of the industry. To have a single home for the racing trade show is clearly the best thing for the industry, and working together with Chris Paulsen (co-founder of IMIS), we got it done."

The 2013 PRI Trade Show will be organized and produced by the PRI team based in Laguna Beach, California, with John Kilroy at the helm as Vice President/General Manager. This year's PRI Trade Show in Orlando is the 25th edition. PRI also publishes the racing industry's only business magazine.

"This consolidation is all about helping the racing industry to succeed," said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. "Unifying the racing industry's trade shows makes it more affordable for all to participate and allows us to focus on providing the greatest value and benefits for the racing segment." For more information, visit www.performanceracing.com, or www.sema.org