WEST PALM BEACH, FL – As the second-largest drag racing sanctioning body in the world, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) continues to evolve its unique drag racing programs, implement new technologies and find ways to boost events for racers, fans and sponsor partners. To ensure the IHRA has the resources to support their mission, IHRA executives have announced a new annual membership starting January 9, 2017, for members world-wide.
The heightened 2017 IHRA membership includes:
– Live streaming of the Summit Sportsman National Championship program via a National broadcast partner.
– Upgraded sportsman format with the best point purses in the motorsports industry.
– A weekly digital newsletter, coverage on RACER.com and access to a quarterly digital copy of Drag Review Magazine.
Double champion Jeff Strickland, Del Worsham, Elon Werner, NHRA National Dragster’s Kevin McKenna and NHRA’s Alan Reinhart on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro Podcast
WFO Radio will be On Location at PRI in the Vallen booth (formerly IDG) 5659. Stop by to hear interviews with the stars of racing.
NHRA Nitro featured Del Worsham who discusses his decision to leave Kalitta Motorsports so he can restart his family’s Funny Car team.
Double NHRA champion, Jeff Strickland, talks about his extremely rare feat, winning in both Stock and Top Dragster.
DELAWARE, OH – Accomplished Sportsman drag racing star Troy Coughlin Jr. already was incredibly excited about the 2017 NHRA season after it was announced he’d run a sixth nitro entry for Kalitta Motorsports for a small handful of races. Now the 26-year-old third-generation racer can hardly believe what’s happening right before his eyes on the heels of the announcement he’d be taking over the seat of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster.
“I had little doubt I was the luckiest guy alive when we said we’d be running four or five races in a JEGS.com-sponsored dragster next year,” Coughlin said. “But this is beyond anything I could have ever dreamed. I literally can’t sleep I’m so excited. I’ve never felt like this before, even after winning Indy.”
Plans have been put into place for Summit Motorsports Park and Total Venue Concepts to partner for the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit 15 presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Sept. 14-17, 2017 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
According to park president Bill Bader, Jr., Total Venue Concepts’ Kurt Johnson will collaborate with the park’s marketing team and track manager, Sam Lance, for the event’s marketing and track preparation.
“Shakedown is a really unique event for us, and it’s starting to take on its own identity,” said Bader, Jr. “Because of that, we want to do everything we can to ensure its continued success.”
Summit SuperSeries and Summit Sportsman National Championship highlight the schedule; points funds increased
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), the world’s second-largest drag racing sanctioning body, is gearing up for 2017 with two National sportsman programs highlighting the season. The bracket racing based Summit SuperSeries will make its return to IHRA-sanctioned member tracks for the 16th season and the newly formed Summit Sportsman National Championship, which takes the place of the Summit Pro-Am Tour regional format, will make its debut for class racing competitors. The points funds for both sportsman programs will be greater than and pay more places than any other class racing series in existence.
The 2017 edition of the IHRA $200,000 Summit SuperSeries will be contested at nearly 100 IHRA member tracks. The program will feature the same format and structure as what was introduced in 2016 but with an increased and expanded national championship purse. IHRA Summit SuperSeries participating tracks will crown a Summit SuperSeries track champion and those champions are invited to compete in the Summit World Finals in Memphis, Tennessee at the end of the season.
For the past seven years, Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel’s Spring Fling brand of bracket races have consistently over-delivered and provided racers with the best experience any racer could ask for. Yet it seemed like, after each action-packed event, racers were always wanting for more of the same. For the past few years the co-promoters have quietly searched high and low for the right facility and time of year with the premise of expanding the Spring Fling brand to a third event.
“When our racers come into a Spring Fling event, they are expecting a one-of-a-kind experience at a premier facility,” Biondo explained. “So, Kyle and I have searched high and low for the right facility and time of year and have put a ‘Fling schedule and payout structure in place for 2017 that I think racers are going to love.”
GLENDORA, CA – NHRA officials announced today the 2017 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series schedule, headlined by the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car categories. The series, celebrating its tenth season, includes classes for front engine dragsters, altereds and gassers, along with the Nitro burning dragsters and funny cars.
The season opens at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Jan. 14-15 for Groups 1 & 2, followed by the famed Good Vibrations March Meet and the kick off for the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Cars, March 2-5 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., and the Nostalgia Reunion at Sacramento (Calif.) Raceway in early April. The series then heads north for the first of two stops at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor with a second stop at Sacramento Raceway slated for June 16-17, a Friday-Saturday night event.