CONFUSION REIGNS: Racing Industry, Community Call for Clarifying Congressional Action Following Latest EPA Action

April 18, 2016

Contact: Della Domingo


CONFUSION REIGNS: Racing Industry, Community Call for Clarifying Congressional Action Following Latest EPA Action 

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2016) – A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision has done little to protect the future of American motorsports and the racing industry. Despite Friday’s announcement, the EPA continues to claim that it has the authority to regulate street cars modified exclusively for the track. The racing industry cannot live with this doubt and uncertainty.  The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is the only solution that would make it clear now and in the future that the law allows emissions-certified street vehicles to be modified and converted for competition use. 

In case you missed it, here’s SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting’s reaction the latest EPA action: “We want to thank Congress for pushing EPA to withdraw an ill-conceived proposal. However, confusion reigns: the agency continues to assert new-found authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate modification of vehicles for use in competition. This means that those converting and racing competition vehicles, and the parts and services industries that support them, do so under new EPA policy that considers the activity illegal. Only clarifying legislation, such as that offered under the RPM Act, will confirm that such activity is legal and beyond the reach of future EPA regulations. The racing industry and public need a long-term solution to eliminate any uncertainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is interpreted."

Race fans and industry stakeholders can support the RPM Act by visiting


FORTUNE MAGAZINE: The EPA Is Not Going to Ban Your DIY Race Car
April 16, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has removed controversial language buried in a proposal to regulate emissions of heavy duty trucks that critics feared would make modifying a car for racing illegal. The issue, however, is far from resolved. And yet, this issue doesn’t appear to over because the EPA has said that it’s always been illegal to tamper with or defeat the emissions controls systems on vehicles.

BEYOND THE FLAG: EPA Drops Controversial Racecar Rule, Threats Still Remai

The EPA has consistently said that and removal of emissions control devices from street cars has always been prohibited but has not taken to enforce it for persons who convert cars to race only vehicles. The language in the new rules package sparked fears that the EPA’s stance might be changing. This worried aftermarket parts manufacturers that their business might be affected by the changes.

The RPM act is a piece of legislation that was developed with members of congress that would prevent the EPA from ever taking action against people who have long converted street cars for racing purposes. It is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives who are working for its passage.

Let’s make sure that this cannot happen again by supporting SEMA with the RPM act. A simple click here and it will take you to SEMA’s page where you can have your voice heard and protect racing all over this great country of ours.

U.S. REP. PATRICK MCHENRY: McHenry Bill Forces EPA to Drop Racing Regulation
April 15, 2016

“The EPA’s attempt to regulate amateur racers is misguided and unnecessary. Not only is racing a beloved pastime for countless Americans, it also employs millions including many here in western North Carolina. While it's positive to see the EPA react to my legislation, the need for Congressional action on the RPM Act remains. Passing the RPM Act into law is the only way to ensure this ill-advised, job-killing regulation is stopped for good.” 

AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE: EPA Confirms It’s Not Coming For Your Race Car
SEMA still pushing for clearer protections.
April 17, 2016

SEMA is clearly chalking up this development as a win, but it contends there still is a need for more concrete legislation delineating the boundaries of the Clean Air Act. The proposed Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (cleverly dubbed the RPM Act) would do just this, most notably in that it would make it explicitly legal to sell parts for modifying street cars into track cars.

HOTROD: EPA Removes Language That Could Ban Racecars
April 15, 2016

Is it a true fix or a short-term victory? Either way, the threat of the proposed EPA regulations that could have banned racecars across the country appears to be over for now….Although race fans should be able to breathe easy for now, SEMA argues this is only a short-term fix and it is still necessary for the RPM Act to be recognized. Race fans can continue to show support for a long term solution and the RPM Act by writing their representative by visiting

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $36 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,633 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit

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