SAN ANTONIO NATIONALS POSTPONED;  BATON ROUGE ADDED TO 2015 SCHEDULE

NORWALK, OH – The San Antonio Nationals originally scheduled for March 13 & 14, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas has Baton Rouge - Nitro Jambeen postponed. Replacing that date on the 2015 Nitro Jam Schedule will be the return of the Mardi Gras Nationals at State Capital Raceway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“Time was simply running out for a resolution that the track could reopen in time to host the San Antonio Nationals in March,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “Our parent company, IRG Sports + Entertainment, have been in negotiations to purchase the facility for the past six months and are still pursuing the purchase of this facility. The only thing IRG was not able to confirm for us was a final timetable for the transaction, which is why we had to make this change in the schedule. We are optimistic we will return to San Antonio this fall once the ownership and direction of the facility becomes clear.”

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Glen Vardy stepping up his effort for 2015 drag racing season

Plans include continuing with his Quick 32 Sportsman Series Top Dragster, a Top Fuel ride, plus fielding a Top Sled entry in the PBSS with Colleen Cook

BURLINGTON, ON – Glen Vardy is going to be one busy racer this season.  The Burlington Ontario resident, who Glen Vardyhas competed in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series for the past five years, is planning to ramp up his racing for the 2015 season.

Not only does Vardy plan to continue racing his Top Dragster in the series, he plans on getting into the ultimate in drag racing, a Top Fuel Dragster.

And if that’s not enough, he will be heading up an effort for girl friend Colleen Cook to compete in the Pro Bike & Sled Series, and spend time with his son Gavin who will enter his rookie year in Junior Dragster.

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Keith Haney Racing helps educate STEM elementary school students

BROKEN ARROW, OK – Keith Haney Racing owner/driver Keith Haney helped plant the seeds of drag racing as a Keith Haney - Schoolcareer during a recent visit to an elementary school.

Haney took his Pro Nitrous Chevrolet to Rhoades Elementary School in Broken Arrow last week and interacted with more than 400 students who are studying a science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum at the school.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to allow them to see how these subjects are applied in the racing world,” Haney said. “The kids listened to a brief description about the car and how it works, and then I talked to them about the safety aspects of the sport.”

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JOHN FORCE RACING WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL PRE-SEASON TEST SESSION IN PHOENIX

CHANDLER, AZ – John Force Racing wrapped up the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season with three Brittany Force - Phoenix testingFunny Cars in the top five and a top ten finisher in Top Fuel. As soon as the NHRA Awards Banquet was over the entire operation went to work to get better for 2015. After an off-season of hard work at the sprawling race team complex in Brownsburg, Indiana, the entire team saw success during a four day test session at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, site of the Carquest NHRA Nationals, February 20-22.

“We have a lot of talent here. We had a lot of change in our crews which was our biggest challenge. We are excited to have Lucas Oil on board. Naturally PEAK coming on board with my Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car is big. You look at our new Funny Car body we worked with the NHRA on to get it approved,” said John Force. “We didn’t think it would be any better or any worse. It is 15-17 pounds heavier now. My guys have already put me on a diet.”

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IHRA ANNOUNCES JOHN BISCI AS NEW PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA DIRECTOR

NORWALK, OH – The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) has John Biscinamed John Bisci as its new public and media relations director.

With more than 30 years of media relations experience, Bisci will serve as the public and media relations director for IHRA Motorsports and will be the gatekeeper for all communication both internally and externally. Bisci will be responsible for all advance and on-site media relations for IHRA, Nitro Jam, Sonic Rush Tour and various other IHRA events in addition to many other responsibilities.

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THIRD GENERATION OF KIRK RACING READY TO TAKE ON PDRA TOP DRAGSTER

With the start of the 2015 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season less than two months away no one is Justin Kirk - Top Dragsterlooking forward to it more than 22-year-old Justin Kirk. The third-generation racer from Lenore, WV, is excited about stepping into Randy Kelley’s supercharged dragster and going after Rookie of the Year honors and maybe even this season’s PDRA Top Dragster championship.

“Last fall we were actually looking for a blower to put on my car, the one we ran at four races in 2013 with the ADRL, so we called Randy up to see if he had one or knew where we could look,” Kirk said. “He said he was cutting back a little this year and suggested maybe I should just drive his car. I wasn’t expecting that, to be honest, but it’s a great car and I couldn’t be happier about the opportunity. It’s like a dream come true for me.”

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Team Aruba Comes Back for 11th Racing Season in the US

UNION, SC – Team Aruba is back for another US Drag Racing tour in their Aruba.com Ford Mustang. This season Team Arubathey return to the birthplace of Mountain Motor Pro Stock, the International Hot Rod Association. The 2015 IHRA season will kick off at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Az. February 6-7.

“IHRA has shown they have set up a great deal for the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class for 2015 with great class sponsors,” stated Team Aruba driver, Trevor Eman. “We certainly look forward to seeing what this season has in store. We’re excited to be racing quarter mile again and returning to the home for Mountain Motor Pro Stocks.

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