SMITH: 2018 PRI Experience

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McKenzie Smith.

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — After school on Wednesday, Dec. 5, my dad and I headed on our way to Indianapolis for the 2018 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.

On the seven-hour ride there, I was making my list of who I needed to visit with for 2019. We arrived in Indianapolis late that night and went to the hotel to settle in.

The first day of PRI is exhilarating because it only happens once a year. I also remember how much fun I had and how many people I met last year. The day started off with an opening breakfast and the Unsers on the main stage.

I picked a table and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum staff joined us. After breakfast, I headed to the trade show to start working on my list.

After a few hours of visiting with people I met last year, we arrived at the Bell Racing Helmets booth where I met up with McKenna Haase for the Bell Women in Motorsports Mentor announcement. As the day came to an end, we went the to the Lucas Oil Stadium where there was a big reception for everyone.

On day two, I attended seminars in the morning. The first one was about Women in Racing, the second one was about finance and the third focused on social media. I took the afternoon to meet new people and visit with businesses about my 2019 plan.

The last day of PRI, I spent walking through all of the machinery and tools. I walked about 20 miles during PRI. PRI is the best environment to meet the leaders of auto racing and to conduct business to business meetings.

A big thank you to my partners for their support: Sky Zone Des Moines, MyRacePass, Gregg Young Chevrolet Norwalk, EBU, Ellis Greenhouse, Jocko’s Sprint Part, Central Iowa Insurance Services, Hog Wash, Midwest Balloon Services, Sign Creations, SPEED SPORT, Compass Racing Development, Monte Motorsports, Adams Performance, grandparents.