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IHRA and Sunoco Announce Multi-Year Partnership

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Sunoco announce a multi-year partnership that will see Sunoco Race Fuels continue as the official fuel of the IHRA.

The partnership includes Sunoco Race Fuels as the official fuel of the new IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular series that kicks off March 9, 2018 at Xtreme Raceway Park outside of Dallas, Texas and the popular $200,000 IHRA Summit SuperSeries that competes weekly at nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned tracks.

“Our partnership with Sunoco aligns the IHRA with a product that has for decades been associated with racing excellence,” said Lou Partenza, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRG Sports + Entertainment. “Through their extensive distributor network, our racers will have access to a complete line of Sunoco performance fuels including the new 105 octane, non-ethanol, leaded racing fuel, Sunoco Surge.”

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IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Opener Set

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The new International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular will make its debut at a brand-new facility in the Lone Star State.

The opening weekend of races will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the state-of-the-art Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas. The races feature a $10,000-to-win payout on Saturday and a $5,000-to-win on Sunday. The event flyer and all racing information can be found here.

The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular was created to produce a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that are affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week.

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Dunn Named IHRA Senior Consultant

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a leading promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences, announced today that Mike Dunn has been named senior consultant for the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).

One of the most accomplished figures in drag racing, Dunn served as IHRA President from Feb. 2016 until moving to this new position. The change allows him to pursue other interests outside of the sport, while continuing to serve as a trusted advisor to IHRA management and officials with the sanctioning body recently re-affirming its commitment to grassroots, Sportsman racing.

The son of legendary racer “Big Jim” Dunn, the Southern California native is one of only four drivers to win 10 or more races in both Top Fuel dragsters and Nitro Funny Cars. After retiring as a driver with 22 national-event victories in 2002, Dunn served as a drag racing analyst for the ESPN family of networks for 15 years including his time with IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship last season.

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IHRA Launches Summit Sportsman Spectacular Series in 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – With a focus on grassroots Sportsman racing, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has partnered with industry leader Summit Racing Equipment to produce 20 Summit Sportsman Spectacular races over 10 double-race weekends in 2018.

The Summit Sportsman Spectacular was created to provide a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that are affordable for grassroots bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week.

“There are plenty of big-money races currently available for competitors willing to travel and spend $300 to $1,000 per weekend on entry fees,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “That is not the bracket-racing program we are producing. The Summit Sportsman Spectacular events are designed with the majority of drag racers in mind. Most are looking for a fun and value-oriented event with affordable entry fees and solid payouts.”

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Summit SuperSeries World Champions Crowned at IHRA Summit World Finals

MILLINGTON, TN – Hundreds of International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit SuperSeries track champions, along with Summit Team Finals divisional champions from around the United States and Canada, gathered at Memphis International Raceway on Oct. 19-21 for the IHRA Summit World Finals.

Representing nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned tracks, drivers traveled from all over North America, coming from as far north as Alaska and as far south as Florida, to the largest and most prestigious bracket racing championship in drag racing.

The IHRA Summit SuperSeries champions were crowned Saturday in Top (Box), Mod (No Box) and Junior Dragster. The $200,000 program is the championship competition for IHRA member Sportsman racers and more than 8,000 racers compete in the program annually.

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IRG Sports + Entertainment Affirms Commitment to IHRA and Grassroots Drag Racing

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences, today reaffirmed its commitment to IHRA and grassroots drag racing.

IRGSE purchased the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) in 2015 with the primary plan to make the sanctioning body a successful motorsports organization that consistently promotes grassroots drag racing and provides exceptional events for it racers and fans. Two years later, the original focus remains, and IRGSE maintains its long-term commitment to the IHRA as well as its membership, racing venues, and corporate partners.

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IHRA Announces Launch of New Sportsman Bracket Racing Program

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) sportsman program will be moving to an all-bracket racing format for the first time in the organization’s history in 2018. The IHRA will produce both the Summit SuperSeries and the new Summit Sportsman Spectacular programs next season.

The very successful IHRA Summit SuperSeries will return for a 17th season and will continue to be the leading bracket racing program for Top, Mod and Junior Dragster competitors in North America. This program is hosted by nearly 100 member tracks and has over 8,000 active and specifically registered participants. The program recently secured a multiple-year renewal from title sponsor Summit Racing Equipment.

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