Laura T. Pitts

Journalist in Orange County, CA

United States

I am a writer, editor, and photographer currently working as an associate editor for the Performance Racing Industry. I have a degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida and have experience in copy editing, copywriting, proofreading, social media, website management, and more.

I am also a certified yoga teacher (200RYT).

EMAIL: [email protected]

Portfolio

2022

Performance Racing Industry
05/03/2022
AutoGas Services Sets Liquid Propane Injection Record At ECTA Spring Fling

AutoGas Services (AGS) swapped the No. 27 RCR SB2 358ci engine with a liquid propane injection (LPI) fuel system, an alternative fuel for motorsports and more industries. AutoGas Services (AGS), the provider of liquid propane injection (LPI) fuel systems based in Markesan, Wisconsin, has secured a new record as the fastest liquid propane injected vehicle.

Performance Racing Industry
05/01/2022
Advocacy Corner

This month, PRI is tracking our new Membership headquarters in Speedway, Indiana, an update on supporters for the critical RPM Act, a lawmaker's recent visit to a motorsports retail superstore, a dedicated "Motorsports Day" in West Virginia, and more.

Performance Racing Industry
04/01/2022
How And Where Safety Products Did Their Jobs (sidebar)

When Austin Hill’s No. 16 NASCAR truck was hit from behind on October 2, 2021, at Talladega Speedway, the vehicle turned into Zane Smith’s truck, pushing both into the outside wall of Turn 3 on lap 58.

Performance Racing Industry
04/01/2022
Advocacy Corner

This month, PRI is tracking ways you can support the federal bill designed to protect motorsports professionals, as well as a California short track, plus an update on Japanese tariffs, lawmakers combating counterfeit goods, and a bill to support manufacturers in the Golden State.

Performance Racing Industry
03/01/2022
Advocacy Corner

This month, PRI is tracking details on the new PRI Membership Headquarters, an event to help support motorsports at Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval, a gathering of drag race operators, the Bonneville Salt Flats, how one elected official is supporting motorsports businesses, and more.

Performance Racing Industry
02/01/2022
Advocacy Corner

This month, PRI is tracking several initiatives, including many that came out of the 2021 PRI Trade Show: track operators and promoters uniting to benefit the industry; the Save Our Racecars Rally that raised funds to support motorsports; and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s visit to the event. Plus, an update on our campaign to increase awareness of the vital RPM Act.

Performance Racing Industry
02/01/2022
PRI Show Report: Solution Seekers

Attendees from around the world flock to Indianapolis in December for the PRI Trade Show, where they discover the latest motorsports parts and equipment, conduct business, network with fellow industry members, pick up information, discover education and training sessions and keep up with the latest industry developments.

Performance Racing Industry
01/01/2022
Advocacy Corner

This month, PRI is tracking a new campaign to raise awareness and pass the RPM Act, along with an update on international tariffs for U.S. businesses and a note about how PRI is supporting race tracks.

Performance Racing Industry
01/01/2022
Helping Turn A Corner In The Fight Against Street Racing (sidebar)

An Idaho-based organization has formed one of the first-ever mobile drag racing venues in the state. M.M.A.S.V. Racing (pronounced Massive Racing) was founded by Hayden Horne and Tom Tillotson following the closure of Snake River Dragway in Gooding, Idaho, in 2019.

2021

Performance Racing Industry
10/01/2021
Call To Action: SaveOurRacecars.com Championship Night (contributor)

A full night of racing at Madison International Speedway (MIS) took on added importance as fans and competitors were introduced to industry efforts to fight federal policies that threaten the future of motorsports in America. Through a partnership of MIS and Performance Racing Industry (PRI), the SaveOurRacecars.com Championship Night was staged August 20 at the Oregon, Wisconsin, paved half-mile oval.

Performance Racing Industry
09/01/2021
Advocacy Corner

This month, PRI is tracking an update on a vital bill designed to protect racing professionals, a look at the motorsports industry's presence at the 2021 SEMA Washington Rally, and a critical notification for parts manufacturers regarding emissions compliance.

Performance Racing Industry
08/01/2021
Rolling Outage

Manufacturers, tracks, and sanctioning bodies are working through a tire shortage resulting from a scarcity of labor and supply chain disruptions.

Performance Racing Industry
08/01/2021
Advocacy Corner

This month, PRI is tracking an update on the critical RPM Act designed to protect racing and a look at one of its leading co-sponsors, plus information on the Economic Bridge Coalition intended to provide relief to race tracks and other industries.

Performance Racing Industry
08/01/2021
Back with a Vengeance

Motorsports events are roaring back to life this year after numerous cancelations in 2020. Here’s how pent-up demand is contributing to whopping registration numbers for three upcoming marquee events.

Performance Racing Industry
07/01/2021
Advocacy Corner

This month, PRI is tracking an update on tax credits for businesses participating in trade shows, rules related to hiring independent contractors, and employee retention tax credits.

Performance Racing Industry
06/01/2021
Advocacy Corner

This month, PRI is tracking an update on the critically important bill to protect motorsports professionals, action needed to help restore the Bonneville Salt Flats, relief for race track operators, best practices for tracks to host fans, and new legislation on tax credits for California manufacturers.

Performance Racing Industry
04/20/2021
New York Eases Restrictions, 20% Capacity Allowed

Race tracks and facilities in the state of New York can now operate at 20% capacity after a recent announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo easing certain restrictions related to COVID-19.

Performance Racing Industry
03/02/2021
Steve Whipple Joins JEGS Private Label Department

Longtime industry veteran Steve Whipple has joined JEGS as its new director of private label sourcing, where he will work with racing manufacturers to help bring products to market through the JEGS brand.

2020

Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Magazine
08/18/2020
Oklahoma Among States Allowing 100% Fan Capacity

Although some race tracks have axed their 2020 plans due to coronavirus, several facilities report healthy car counts and scores of spectators, thanks in part to state guidelines that support socially distanced activities.

Performance Racing Industry Magazine
05/01/2020
Sponsor Spotlight: E3 Spark Plugs & NHRA

Narrowing its focus to a title sponsorship of NHRA's Pro Mods has allowed E3 Spark Plugs to increase its brand recognition and introduce new products while enhancing the racers' experience--as well as their budgets through additional funding.

Performance Racing Industry Magazine
03/01/2020
Sponsor Spotlight: IMCA & Speedway Motors

For this iconic sanctioning body and storied speed shop, a relationship built on trust has endured 40 years, with visions of another 40 on the horizon.

Go All Outdoors
02/20/2020
How To Hike With Your Child - Go All Outdoors

Hiking with kids can be a rewarding experience, and exposing them to the beauty of nature can have a lasting impact on their lives. Plus, walking provides light cardiovascular exercise, and the variety of terrain can help build agility and balance.

Performance Racing Industry Magazine
02/01/2020
Sponsor Spotlight: CARS Tour & MAHLE Motorsport

Answering calls from engine builders and racers who choose its pistons and rings, one of the industry's top suppliers joined forces with a venerated Super Late Model series to provide pole position winners with a cash bonus.

Performance Racing Industry Magazine
01/01/2020
Sponsor Spotlight: DEI & SCCA

How this inclusive road racing, rally, and autocross sanctioning organization found the ideal contingency partner in a leading heat and sound control products manufacturer.

2019

Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Magazine
11/01/2019
2019 Guide To Indy

Indianapolis City Directory for the 2019 PRI Trade Show

PRI Magazine
06/01/2019
International Report: Product Roundup

Discover cutting-edge motorsports parts and equipment from top overseas suppliers at the annual PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis and in the pages of PRI Magazine.

PRI Magazine
04/01/2019
Spring Forward

Innovation in design and materials continues to produce lighter yet stronger valve springs across a variety of race-specific applications.

PRI Magazine
01/01/2019
2019 MPMC Media Trade Conference

Dozens of top racing and performance manufacturers gather in Southern California to reveal their latest innovations exclusively for members of the motorsports press.

2018

PRI Magazine
11/01/2018
Indianapolis City Directory

Home to more than just the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, Indianapolis plays host each December to tens of thousands of racing professionals who converge on the Indiana Convention Center for the world's premier motorsports trade event, the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show.

Performance Racing Industry
08/01/2018
Sidebar: One Manufacturer's Long-Distance Solution

Race engines upon acceleration-or at speed-are not unheard of. But when those blasts struck multiple cars idling on pit road, teams were left scratching their heads.

Performance Racing Industry
02/01/2018
Quarterly Market Survey: Stock Car Market

PRI's exclusive report on this vital segment includes current demographic trends, operational challenges (and opportunities), effective outreach strategies, and much more.

2017

Performance Racing Industry
10/01/2017
2017 PRI Trade Show Preview

Preparation is key, as thousands of new components, innovative race technology, bustling business opportunities and more await buyers and exhibitors at this year's 30th anniversary edition of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.

Performance Racing Industry Blog
10/03/2017
Growing Operations At Calico

While congratulating Calico Coatings on 20 years of business, PRI got some exclusive info on what the next few months looks like for the coatings company.

Performance Racing Industry Blog
07/18/2017
Back On Track

After an early-season shakeup, Tennessee National Raceway appears to be back on track with new management and track officials.

Performance Racing Industry Blog
06/29/2017
Stepping Up No Prep

Despite having to cancel its inaugural event on June 28 due to rain, Lane Automotive's $30,000 No-Prep Triple Crown Series is still turning heads.

Performance Racing Industry Blog
05/12/2017
It Runs In The Family

Bear Ridge Speedway (VT), which has been owned or operated by a member of the Elms family since its opening, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Performance Racing Industry Blog
05/04/2017
Eibach Celebrates 30 Years In US

The suspension company welcomed PRI to its North American facility, where we saw firsthand what goes into creating high-performance shocks and more.

2016

Performance Racing Industry
11/01/2016
2016 Guide To Indy

There's simply no better place to host the three biggest business days in racing than Indianapolis, Indiana.

ThriveLife360
06/01/2016
Website Content Creation

Laura produced and edited content for Thrive Life 360's website, including the landing page (pictured).

NSM.today
03/31/2016
Florida habitat declared diverse but in danger

University of Central Florida biology professor Dr. Reed Noss trekked through the campus' arboretum, gazing at the greenery. He noted plants native to Florida, like the sand pine or yellow jessamine flowers, who Noss said has the sweetest scent "if you get a whole bunch of them together."

NSM.today
04/20/2016
Family of UCF journalist beheaded by ISIS sues Syria

The family of Steven Sotloff, a journalist and former University of Central Florida student killed by the Islamic State, is suing the nation of Syria in the United States federal court. The lawsuit claims that Syria provided financial, military and material support to the Islamic State, according to the Associated Press.

NSM.today
03/29/2016
Clemente wins violation battle with photographic evidence

The SGA elections commission voted on Tuesday morning to clear presidential candidate Christopher Clemente and running mate Rachel Altfield of the campaign violations filed against them. This was the final round of hearings for the pair who were cleared of two campaign violations on Friday, March 25.

NSM.today
03/25/2016
Clemente clears first round of violation hearings

The elections commissions voted on Friday, March 25 not to uphold the violations filed against SGA presidential candidate Christopher Clemente and running mate Rachel Altfield. Two violations were filed against the pair regarding their Facebook page, claiming it was created before declaring their candidacy and that it misrepresented their campaign.

NSM.today
03/23/2016
Clemente gets real about complaint rumors in exclusive Q&A

On Wednesday, March 23, the Student Government Association presidential candidates will debate in the Cape Florida Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ahead of the debate, we spoke with Christopher Clemente to find out what the student body can expect from their presidential candidate.

2015

NSM.today
11/04/2015
UCF company has sights on the moon

Looking up into the night sky, the moon may seem impossible to reach. But for one UCF Business Incubator company, Earthrise Space Foundation, the moon might not be too far away. The non-profit company, founded in 2008, is participating in the Google-sponsored Lunar XPRIZE competition to build a lunar rover.

NSM.today
11/04/2015
UCF Business Incubator Boosts BlurtBox

A new app is ready for its big break. BlurtBox, launched earlier this year, is like a digital comment card. Users can anonymously send comments about a business directly to managers. In turn, businesses receive feedback from customers for free; when they want to respond to comments, they can upgrade to premium service of $99 a month per location.

NSM.today
11/02/2015
UCF Dance Clubs Come Together on Halloween

Coin belts, painted faces and costumes filled the Nicholson School of Communication on Thursday when Shimmy Knights held their 10th annual Halloween Hafla for members of the UCF community. The hafla, or party, featured performances from Latin Rhythm salsa dancing club, Glee Club and Shimmy Knights.

NSM.today
10/29/2015
Lea DeLaria Delivers Laughs, Encouragement to UCF

Actress, comedian and jazz musician Lea DeLaria graced campus with her presence on Tuesday to speak at the closing ceremony for LGBTQ+ Month at UCF. Commonly known for her role as Big Boo on "Orange is the New Black," she spoke in the Key West Ballroom in the Student Union for an hour and a half, bringing many laughs and life advice.

NSM.today
10/28/2015
Students Create Knight-o-Lanterns at Pumpkin Palooza

UCF students had to share the Student Union with a few ghouls, monsters and jack-o'-lanterns during Pumpkin Palooza on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The event, put on by the Student Union, featured a pumpkin carving contest among 17 teams on the South Patio. Contestants had from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

NSM.today
10/28/2015
Spirit Makes a Splash at UCF

Splashing, rubber ducks and flip-flops? It may sound like a fun night in the tub, but it's actually one of the most well-known traditions at UCF. Spirit Splash, an event during Homecoming Week, took place at the Reflecting Pond outside of John C. Hitt Library on Friday.

NSM.today
10/14/2015
Victim Services Sheds Light on Domestic Violence

"Daddy shot Mommy." The words of Safe House Prevention Educator Michelle Jewett fell heavily into the Pegasus Ballroom on Monday evening; gasps could be heard from audience members at the Light Up the Night event put on by UCF Victim Services.

NSM.today
10/01/2015
LGBTQ+ Month kicks off in the Student Union

Thursday marks the start of LGBTQ+ history month, as well as the start of events in the Student Union to promote the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community to UCF students, staff and faculty.

NSM.today
04/28/2015
Anchors aweigh: On board the Semester at Sea

A cruise across the Atlantic Ocean holds swimming pools, a dining hall, lounge, spa and a piano bar. While it may seem like the perfect summer vacation, it's actually the Semester at Sea, which transports 700 students around the world for a semester. UCF theater professor Sybil St.

NSM.today
04/20/2015
Music major and her guitar know no barriers

Sitting on a chair with her acoustic guitar resting on one knee, performer and music major Caitlin Caggiano, a sophomore, closes her eyes and inhales deeply. A second passes, and as she releases her breath, a barrage of music fills the room, bouncing off the walls of UCF's Rehearsal Hall.