Lana Chrisman – Executive; Vice President of McLeod Racing


She Is SEMA - Lana ChrismanCan you tell me a little bit about yourself?  What is your story?  How did you get into this industry?

I’m a single Mom with two daughters, Shelby and Amanda and the Vice President of McLeod Racing. I grew up in my family’s garage, where my father Jack Chrisman built some of drag racing’s most famous race cars including Chrisman’s Comet, the first Nitro Blown Funny cars. In 1971, my father retired from racing and founded Jack Chrisman Enterprises. I had a front row seat watching my dad change the course of driveline engineering from OEM to high performance driveline components able to withstand the horsepower being created by aftermarket manufacturers across the country. I appreciate the development of high performance parts for many reason, one being that safely eliminate. My father was seriously injured when the rear-end broke in the front engine dragster he was driving, nearly ending his life. Because of that incident, he dedicated himself on making sure that it didn’t happen to another driver. That motivation and focus on safety that I witnessed watching my dad build and improve the parts that other racers depend on, continue to influence my own commitment to manufacturing parts without compromising the safety element.

Jane Thurmond - Race Car Driver; VP of Marketing at GTS Customs Corvette Specialists


She Is SEMA - Jane ThurmondCan you tell me a little bit about yourself?  What is your story?  How did you get into this industry?

I am 52, a wife and mother of 3 grown humans! As a little kid, my father would take me to the boat drags and at the age of 12 he taught me how to drive. It was about that same time he bought his first Corvette. Virtually all of his friends were into cars, drag boats or vintage motorcycles and they were painters and had body shops. He, however, was an executive for Screen Actors Guild and headed the safety council for stuntmen after Vic Morrow lost his life. I remember two of my dad’s dearest friends were both stuntmen. Bill Hickman doubled for Steve McQueen in Bullett and drove the epic chase scene in the French Connection. The other guy was Hal Needham who actually was Burt Reynolds stunt double and his prowess behind the wheel of anything with a motor made him one of Hollywood’s most sought after stuntmen and coordinator. You may remember him from the Smokey and the Bandit Films!

Trends and Challenges for 2017

Council LeadersSEMA News spoke with SEMA’s council and network leaders to find out what’s in the pipeline for the coming year and to get their thoughts about the emerging trends and the challenges they can expect to face based on what their organizations are seeing in their respective marketplaces. Not surprisingly, many council and network chairs viewed the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act as essential to the continued viability of the automotive aftermarket industry.


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