WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The numbers are trending upward in the land Down Under. IRG Sports + Entertainment announces that the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Australia has achieved a milestone of issuing more than 2,000 competitor licenses in just seven months.
As a proud partner and sanctioning body of the 400 Thunder Australian Professional Drag Racing Series and the 400 Thunder Australian Sportsman Championship Series, IHRA Australia has experienced tremendous growth over the past several months.
“By every measure of how you achieve success in business, our movement into IHRA Australia has been an outstanding success under the guidance of IHRA President Mike Dunn and Maurice Allen, Managing Director for IHRA Australia,” said Chris Lencheski, vice chairman and CEO of IRGSE, parent company of IHRA Australia. “If you’re achieving more than 2,000 memberships in less than seven months, you’re doing something right.”
DELAND, FL – During the 2016 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, FTI released the new Pro Boost Transmission and Torque Converter package. This Pro Boost Package was specifically designed for high horsepower boosted applications in which the right drivetrain components are key. Paying testament to the Pro Boost package and what it has to offer, several well renowned racers have already put the FTI Pro Boost package to work, scoring new heights while dominating in their field.
Among some of the racers that have already proven what the Pro Boost Package has to offer is Lester Johnson and his Procharger powered 1955 Chevy. It was in Gainesville for the NHRA Gatornationals where the only change Lester made was in the FTI 10” billet bolt together torque converter with one of FTI’s new custom designed billet aluminum Pro Boost stators. Lester used this new FTI technology alone to jump from his previous 6.14 ET to a record setting 5.949 at 244.16MPH pass in Top Sportsman. Following up on this record setting run, Johnson backed it up with a 6.02 qualifying pass just for any nay-sayers that thought his 5.94 pass was a fluke. Johnson also made sure to extend a great thank you to the few sponsors that have helped make this incredible feat possible: FTI Performance, Procharger, Mickey Thompson, and ComSyncEFI that have helped make this 2,651lb door car so freaking fast!
Vice President of Dinosaur Nutrition, Ben Lorandos, spearheaded the deal, for two reasons. “Dino (Scirvani), President of Dinosaur Nutrition, and myself are always looking for new avenues to market our products. We noticed the cross over in demographics between racing and fitness and felt the BSO was one of our best bangs for the buck. Another reason we chose to partner with the BSO is pretty unselfish. It’s great racing and it’s local. We’re a local company and we understand how important is to get local support. Both Dino and I are very happy to be involved with Kozak Motorsports Marketing and the Buffalo Street Outlaws. We can’t wait for the season to start.”, said Lorandos.
Dinosaur Nutrition is a Buffalo, NY based nutritional supplement company that supplies nutritional supplements to fitness minded consumers. Much like Drag Racing fitness is about Performance, Aesthetics, and POWER!
Gainesville, FL – Annie and Steven Whiteley became the first mother and son in NHRA history to double up at a national event, Annie scoring for the fourth time in her Top Alcohol Funny Car career and Steven for the first time ever in Pro Mod.
Team leader Jim Whiteley termed the landmark double-up for his wife and son nothing less than the highlight of his illustrious career. “This means more than any race I ever won,” said Jim, who won 24 national events, 24 divisionals races, and two NHRA championships in Top Alcohol Dragster. “If none of us ever wins again, this weekend makes my whole drag racing career worthwhile.”
Both started from the No. 5 spot – Annie with a 5.45 and Steven with a 5.80 that topped the early qualifying charts – and both made the fastest runs of their lives in the final. Annie hit 273.22 mph on a single when two-time Gatornationals winner Dan Pomponio was unable to appear. Steven hit 253.52 mph in a career-best 5.791 seconds to train-length runner-up Mike Castellana, whose Frank Manzo-tuned entry blew the tires off in low gear in the Pro Mod finale.
Plus, Jonnie Lindberg, Mike Green, Phil Schuler, Courtney Force, John Schaffer, Dave Connolly, and Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden discuss the event.
The NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello recap the Gators. SHARE LINK: http://wforadio.com/nhra-nitro-03212017/
BROWNSBURG, IN – John Force’s Funny Car victory Sunday in the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., was memorable for many reasons, including yet another milestone over the team’s 40-year existence in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
After winning all four rounds, and coupled with Robert Hight’s first-round victory, the team achieved the 2,500-round victory threshold for Funny Cars. Force’s final-round win over rookie Jonnie Lindberg sealed the deal.
JFR’s first round victory was June 1, 1979, when Force defeated Tom McEwen at the Cajun Nationals in Baton Rouge, La. Force himself has accounted for just over half of those 2,500 Funny Car round victories, as he now stands at 1,269, with six round wins this season. He defeated Del Worsham, Jack Beckman, and Tommy Johnson Jr. before beating Lindberg on Sunday.
Even more impressive is that JFR’s 2,500 NHRA Funny Car round wins account for more than 20 percent of wins all-time in the class.
Gainesville, FL – This past weekend at the historic National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) GatorNationals, Casey Spradlin advanced to the final round for the second year in a row. Spradlin proves his driving versatility by performing the repeat in this year’s event in the Top Sportsman category to go along with his appearance in last year’s Top Dragster final round.
This was the season opening race for the Southeastern Hose sponsored team. The team opted to skip the traditional Lucas Oil Series “warm up” events that take place in the weeks leading up to the prestigious east coast opener for the NHRA Mello Yellow series.