“Snake” and “Mongoose” to open PRI Show
“Tom McEwen and Don Prudhomme are legends in auto racing. McEwen’s findings of utilizing air respirators and fire extinguishers in race cars has forever changed the industry. They are the perfect openers for PRI 2014!” ~ Rick Goerke
Legendary drag racers Don “the Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen will help kick off the opening of this year’s 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show with an appearance at the show’s Grand Opening Breakfast, Dec. 11 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
The PRI Trade Show, which will run from Dec. 11-13, returned to Indianapolis last year for the first time since 2004 with record-breaking numbers.
“We are thrilled to have two of the most influential racers and personalities in American racing history in Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen to help us kick-off the PRI Trade Show’s Grand Opening Breakfast,” said John Kilroy, PRI Trade Show Producer. “It only seems appropriate that here in Indianapolis, the heart of drag racing in the United States, that we play host to The Snake and the Mongoose who were at the forefront of the sport’s popularity.”
In addition to winning a combined eight U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the duo’s Snake and the Mongoose Hot Wheels sponsorship transformed the business of racing.
A movie portraying the story of “The Snake and the Mongoose” was released in the summer of 2013. It follows the story behind the rivalry of the two racers.
“When Tom and I get together, we have a lot of fun,” said Prudhomme, “We’re just going to talk about the sport and our experiences and when we get going, I think everyone at the Breakfast is going to have a lot of fun, too. I’m looking forward to being back with the heart of the racing community in Indianapolis.”
McEwen also attended last year’s show in its first year back in Indianapolis.
“I was there last year,” relayed the Mongoose. “I really have a good time there, seeing a lot of people. PRI is a hard-core racing show and Indy is the place where it belongs. It’s going to be a great show and I really look forward to being there.
“The duo will be among a variety of guests to appear with MAVTV personality Dave Despain, who will serve as host of the ever-popular Grand Opening Breakfast show. Previous guests for the show have included Richard Petty, John Force, Bobby Rahal, Kenny Schrader, Bob Bondurant, Humpy Wheeler and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
The Grand Opening Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, with doors set to open at 7 a.m. It will be held in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center. It is open to trade-show attendees and exhibitors only.
This year’s PRI Trade Show is expected to play host to exhibits from over 1,100 racing companies occupying 3,000 booths, and attract tens of thousands of racing professionals from across the US and 70 countries around the globe.
For additional information on the 2014 PRI Trade Show, or hotel and travel information, visit www.pri2014.com. Also, check the web page periodically for program updates, as well as times and locations for all Race Industry Week events.