Opinion

Letter to the Editor

Race cars should be protected

Editor:

I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act, H.R. 5434/S. 2602, in 2020. The bipartisan act protects the right to convert an automobile or motorcycle into a race car used exclusively at the track.

Modifying a vehicle into a race car is an integral part of America’s automotive heritage. Many types of racing, including NASCAR, were founded on the premise that street vehicles, including motorcycles, can be converted into dedicated race vehicles. Racing events are an economic driver for many communities and a source of affordable family-friendly entertainment for millions, with participants that range from professionals to novices using converted race vehicles.

Congress never intended for the Clean Air Act to apply to motor vehicles modified for competition use only. However, the EPA maintains that the Clean Air Act requires converted vehicles driven exclusively on the track to remain emissions-compliant.

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act clarifies that transforming motor vehicles into race cars used exclusively for competition does not violate the Clean Air Act. It is imperative that Congress passes the legislation to provide long-term certainty to racers and motor sports parts businesses.

David Bruns

Washington