Performance Racing Show Won’t Return To Indy

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that the Performance Racing Industry won’t return to Indianapolis. The PRI show was one of Indianapolis’ largest trade shows and had promised four years ago to return to the Indiana Convention Center after its expansion. But, the Star is reporting now it won’t return at all.

“Officials from PRI and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association confirmed today that continued growth of the show since it moved to Orlando in 2005 will prevent it from coming back to Indianapolis even after the expansion of the center is completed in 2010.

PRI and the ICVA had a letter of agreement that the show, which was held in Indianapolis from 1998 through 2004, would return annually post-expansion from 2011-2013. Visitor spending from the last PRI in Indianapolis in 2004 was estimated at $26.6 million.

However, since moving to Orlando, PRI space demands have exceeded 1 million square feet. The expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, which includes exhibit space in Lucas Oil Stadium, will total about 750,000 square feet.”

The three biggest business days in racing are the show dates for the PERFORMANCE RACING INDUSTRY TRADE SHOW, which annually attracts over 45,000 members of the racing industry from 45 countries. With 1,450 companies exhibiting in 4,200 booths, it is the world’s largest auto racing trade show-gateway to the worldwide racing marketplace. The three-day trade show provides a professional business atmosphere where racing retailers, race engine builders, race car fabricators, race engineers and WDs can conduct business face to face with suppliers, preview next year’s hottest new racing products, make buying decisions, and have new lines in inventory for the start of the next racing season.

The PRI TRADE SHOW has been named the 45th largest trade show in the US by Tradeshow Week Magazine, and one of the 50 fastest growing trade shows in the country.

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