Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a rough year for trade shows. Earlier, SEMA nixed its 2020 event in Las Vegas, and now PRI has done the same. The popular Performance Racing Industry trade show — scheduled for December in Indianapolis — has been canceled, due to concerns about the Coronavirus.
PRI announced Monday afternoon that its trade show, which drew more than 55,000 attendees last year, will not happen in 2020. Full refunds for those who booked a booth at this year's event will be issued.
“It is with great disappointment that we announce that the 2020 PRI Trade Show will not take place,” said PRI President Dr. Jamie Meyer. “Our goal is to always do what is best for the motorsports industry, and PRI will continue to lead with business solutions for an ever-changing future."
Currently, the state of Indiana is in Stage 4.5 of its reopening plan, meaning that social gatherings are limited to 250 people.
The PRI trade show has been an incredible success in Indianapolis, since moving from Orlando in 2013. According to tourism board Visit Indy, last year's attendance was 55,632, a sharp rise from roughly 49,000 in 2018. Many of the 1,200 booth operators at the 2019 event said they experienced high sales.
Check out Dynojet's highlight video from last year's event!