Weekend Preview: Summit Racing Equipment World Finals Featuring Nitro Jam at Memphis International Raceway
NORWALK, OH – The Summit Racing Equipment World Finals featuring Nitro Jam takes place this weekend at Memphis International Raceway (MIR). The final race of the 2015 season will be highlighted by crowning champions in 14 classes in sportsman and professional racing on October 9 – 10.
The 2015 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series has visited 11 venues across the U.S. and Canada over the course of the last eight months. There has been 28 different winners across five professional classes and a multitude of first time winners across all categories. In addition, the Crower Pro Mod class enjoyed their first season back with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) after being absent for several years and witnessed a different winner at each event.
MONTREAL – Forty of Canada’s drag racing legends will be inducted into the newly formed Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame at the inaugural Gala starting at 5:30 pm on October 9, 2015 at the Hotel Universel in Montreal.
“The recognition of world-class Canadian drag racing legends, all under one roof, is long over due,” says John Scotti, Founder of the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame. “I am very excited about this achievement for the sport and look forward to sharing it with others who will visit the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame” museum as well.
The 30 living and 10 posthumous legends who are being inducted include, racers, crew chiefs, mechanics track officials, promoters, and sponsors from Victoria, B.C. to Poole’s Corners, P.E.I who have made a lasting impact and significant difference in the development of the sport of Drag Racing in Canada and elsewhere.
Championships on the Line at the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals Featuring Nitro Jam at Memphis International Raceway
NORWALK, OH – The 2015 International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) season has been nothing less than exciting this year as sportsman and professional racers around the globe have competed for an opportunity to race in the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals featuring Nitro Jam at Memphis International Raceway on October 9 – 10.
The World Finals is a two-day, nonstop drag racing extravaganza with professional racing running in conjunction with the top sportsman racers. Four professional Nitro Jam class champions will be determined as well as seven sportsman class champions during the Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions (TOC) and three sportsman bracket champions during the Summit SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL. The best drivers in more than a dozen professional and sportsman classes head to Memphis for the final race of the 2015 season in hopes of taking home the title of IHRA World Champion.
WYNNEWOOD, OK – Reigning NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Erica Enders and Elite Motorsports team owner Richard Freeman will appear on the premier episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, which will air Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Eastern on CNBC and will feature Enders teaching the talk-show host/comedian and car enthusiast how to drive a drag race car.
“It will be a great way to introduce the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to a new audience,” Enders said. “That was a great experience and a neat opportunity. I grew up watching Jay Leno and always enjoyed him throughout my life, so it was cool to be able to work with him. He shares the same passion for automobiles that we do, and that was pretty evident.”
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) has announced that two more of the 2014 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner sponsors have returned to back the 2015 event being held at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 21st 2015.
The first is the Flint Insurance Group that is sponsoring the table wine – as they did in 2014. Flint is an independent broker offering a wide range of high quality, affordable insurance products. The Group specialises in all aspects of Commercial Business Insurance; Motor Fleet and Motor Trade in addition to being able to look after any of your personal Insurance requirements; Car, Van, Home and Travel. Their client base is varied, but all enjoy a professional and personal service. For more details visit their website for details www.flintinsurance.co.uk
Directors Darren and David Taylor, along with long time Flint Consultant and drag racing commentator John Price confirmed their support early in September. David will be attending the event with his wife Carolyn and John will be playing an increased role on stage this year.
Memphis International Raceway was second with Holly Springs third
Of the 29 drivers in three classes that Knoxville sent to the starting line for the first round, 24 of them came away victorious. That gave Knoxville a comfortable cushion over both the MIR team and the team from Holly Springs, which battled it out for second and third.
It’s the first team title for Knoxville in the four years this event has been hosted at MIR. Memphis won in 2012 and 2013 and Holly Springs was the defending champion.
Beckman Races 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T to National Record Run and Holeshot Win at NHRA Keystone Nationals
Mohnton, PA – A dramatic holeshot victory by Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) pilot Jack Beckman aboard his 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in the final elimination round of the 31st annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Keystone Nationals, the third of six “Countdown to the Championship” playoff events, brought to a close a challenging race day that saw the Mopar driver set a national elapsed time (e.t.) record, and earn a career-best seventh title this season. The win was also the 15th Funny Car title for DSR with the new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T since it made its debut 21 national events ago.
“On behalf of everyone at Mopar I would like to congratulate Jack Beckman on his seventh victory this year and an important playoff win,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA. “To see Don Schumacher’s team take the 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to the winner’s circle for a 15th time this year and battle for another championship is a testament to the amount of time, investment and hard work that has gone in to building this fantastic and competitive new vehicle.”