Drive Wire: New EPA Proposal Would Curb Amateur Racing

In amateur racing news, the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to drop the hammer on all you enthusiasts. The EPA wants to make it illegal to modify your car for racing in any way that might affect emissions. The exact wording is as follows: “the EPA is proposing to clarify that the Clean Air Act does not allow any person to disable, remove, or render inoperative emission controls on a certified motor vehicle for purposes of competition.” In other words, the EPA prefers you race your stock Honda. We understand the EPA’s logic but the emissions from amateur races is a drop in the bucket compared to the total car emissions in the U.S. anyway, the proposed regulations would go into effect this July, just in time for the historic races at Road America, where the trees are doing just fine.