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NOVEMBER 2020 THE SHOP 77 the track in June at GingerMan Raceway in Michigan, in July at Autobahn Country Club in Illinois, in early August at Mid- Ohio Sports Car Course in Ohio, in mid- August at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado and in mid-September at Road America in Wisconsin, Jabaay reports, with events planned after press time in October at GingerMan and November at NOLA Motorsports Park in Louisiana. Based in Chicago, Gridlife has hosted track events since 2004 and has been offi- cially producing them since 2014. Jabaay estimates typical race weekends draw 150- 250 cars, and pre-COVID festival events at places like GingerMan, PPIR and Road Atlanta have attracted more than 6,000 spectators a day. "State-by-state re-openings and outdoor activity allowances" allowed the races to go on this year, he says, with increased safety measures put in place for racers, spectators and officials. A leadership team including Jabaay, Chris Stewart and Shawn Fenton made the decision to go ahead with the planned Gridlife events. "The canceled event in April was a decision Kentucky made for us," he says, noting that other health-related interactions were out- lined by regulations affecting the individual facilities. "We've been reaching out to local health departments when we felt the need to verify or ask questions, either through our team or through the facility team." Safety measures at events include the wearing of masks, barriers for personal interaction at registration and hand sani- tizer stations throughout venues, all of which are appreciated. Despite the pandemic, driver participation is largely unchanged from previous years, and while vendor/partner numbers were down somewhat, they are slowly coming back. (Photos courtesy WWW.BORLA.COM/INSTALLER 1-877-GO BORLA If more customers and profits sounds great, then let's talk about great sound. At Borla ® , we put more passion, investment and innovation into the sound of our exhaust systems than any other brand. To learn how that can boost your bottom line, let's talk. You're gonna like what you hear. Call for your free Borla ® Pro Installer catalog, or download at ProXS ™ and CrateMuffler ® , two of many popular Borla ® product lines for installers.

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