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Laura Pitts

Editor, writer and photographer in Orange County, CA

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Portfolio
Performance Racing Industry
12/31/2019
Newsletter

PRI's weekly newsletter features the latest news and information from the worldwide racing industry.

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 will gather in Southern California this month 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 a 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.

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