West Palm, FL – Scotty Cannon is one of the most colorful and successful drivers ever to race in the International Hot Rod Association. The six-time IHRA Pro Modified champion, famous for his mohawk haircut and fast machines, is the first Pro driver named to the IHRA Hall of Fame. The South Carolina driver, who began his career in 1979, won two races in the Top Sportsman ranks a decade later before scoring his first Pro Mod win at Bristol Dragway at the 1991 Spring Nationals.
He went on to set records with 28 victories and 45 final-round appearances. He received a tremendous honor in 1999 when the readers of Drag Review magazine voted Cannon the IHRA Professional Racer of the Year. In February, he was inducted in the latest class of the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
He also captured two IHRA Top Fuel victories and finished third in the 2007 points standings. However, his favorite IHRA moment came in 1989, a year before he turned pro.
“I remember at Gateway, winning the Quick 8 shootout on Saturday night and then I won the bracket race for Top Sportsman on Sunday,” Cannon said. “To do that on the same weekend, that sticks out.”
Hagerty Insurance and Moser Engineering Return as Sponsors
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), the premier grassroots drag racing sanctioning body in North America, announce the 2021 schedule for the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering. The Sportsman Spectacular series will feature an expanded 15-race schedule this season that will make stops at new venues along the way.
Top (Box), Mod (No Box / Footbrake) and Junior Dragster competitors who are members of IHRA will have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious IHRA Ironman at each event as well as the coveted oversized championship checks. This season’s iconic IHRA Ironman will be the special edition 50th Anniversary model. IHRA members will also be in the running for the limited-edition Sportsman Spectacular commemorative medals and round prizes from IHRA sponsors Sunoco Race Fuels, Moser Engineering and Summit Racing Equipment in addition to their winnings.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Sunoco Race Fuels announce a multi-year partnership renewal that will see Sunoco Race Fuels continue as the official fuel of the IHRA.
For decades, Sunoco Race Fuels have been associated with racing excellence. As the largest manufacturer of racing gasolines in the world, Sunoco Race Fuels has a 40-year track record of winning performances. With an expanded product line, Sunoco Race Fuels offers drivers more choices than ever before. For the performance your engine is designed to deliver, consistently choose Sunoco Race Fuels.
“We appreciate the opportunity to continue our partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels, a company that has set the standard in the race fuel industry,” said Dana Landry, senior director of corporate partnerships, IRG Sports + Entertainment. “Sunoco Race Fuels offers many high-quality fuels used by IHRA racers helping them achieve peak performance on and off track.”
Summit SuperSeries Celebrates 20th Anniversary in 2021
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Summit Racing Equipment will continue the longest series partnership in drag racing with the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, Summit Team Finals and IHRA Summit World Finals in 2021.
The 2021 season marks the 20th Anniversary of the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the most prestigious drag racing series that began in 2002.
The $200,000 program is the World Championship for over 12,000 IHRA member-track racers each season and held at nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned member tracks.
IHRA Summit SuperSeries track champions from 28 states and international competitors from Canada, and Aruba are represented in Top (Box), Mod (No Box), Sportsman and Junior divisions, at the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals at Memphis International Raceway October 14-16, 2021. In addition, qualifying Summit Team Final champions from seven IHRA regions are also competing at Memphis, making it the most illustrious championship event in bracket drag racing.
“The Summit SuperSeries, Summit Team Finals and Summit World Finals continue to be successful programs that have withstood the test of time,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “We are extremely proud of the success the Summit SupersSeries has seen in the last 19 years thanks to our great IHRA member tracks that care for and administer this program during the season and the team at Summit Racing Equipment who have championed our Sportsman racers for so long.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Bunker Hill Dragstrip, the oldest continuously running dragway in the Hoosier State, has renewed its commitment to the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) through a new multi-year sanctioning agreement.
Located in Bunker Hill, Indiana, there is a rich history dating back to 1956. The facility features an 1/8-mile drag strip. In 2018, Bunker Hill was named the IHRA Division 5 (Thunder) Track of the Year.
Under the new ownership of Mark Cregier the track has plans for improvements to the facility over the course of the off-season. Improvements includes the timing system, track prep equipment, guardrails and safety equipment.
“The enthusiasm that Mark has shown in the last few months of the 2020 season has shown that he’s putting his heart into this place,” said IHRA Division 1,3, and 5 Director Jon O’Neal. “From driving to Memphis for the IHRA Summit World Finals to learn about the Summit SuperSeries to installing new guardrail in the clutches of Indiana winter, Mark is not pulling any punches.”
Central Illinois Dragway is in rural Havana Illinois. The 1/8-mile dragway is situated on 64 acres among rolling farmland and the Illinois river opening on August 17, 1969. New Central Illinois Dragway promoters Gary Landgrebe and Don Scott secured a 3-year lease to run the track as well as an option to purchase it after the lease expires.
Planned improvements heading into the 2021 season include updating the timing equipment, increasing the flow of participants into the facility and several upgrades to track cleanup and preparation equipment.
“In a time when more dragstrips are closing than opening, it’s refreshing to see someone step up to the plate at a track like Central Illinois Dragway,” said IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal. “There’s a core group of dedicated racers and a strong IHRA Summit SuperSeries presence due to the hard work of the previous owner and management team. Don and Gary bring a strong reputation and business acumen to the table along with a persevering spirit. We look forward to working through the new endeavor with them.”
Central Illinois Dragway plans to have around 23 events in 2021 with the anticipated schedule coming out in less than a month.
IHRA Introduces Virtual Hall of Fame
As part of the plans to celebrate this significant milestone, beginning in March, the IHRA will introduce an inductee to the inaugural to the IHRA Hall of Fame each month. Five legendary professional drivers (Pro Class), five Sportsman drivers and two legends that have greatly contributed to the sanctioning body will be inducted virtually into the newly formed IHRA Hall of Fame housed at IHRA.com.
“Celebrating 50 years is a major accomplishment and one that we at the IHRA are proud of,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “Many great people have been involved and contributed to the IHRA from Pro to Sportsman drivers and Legends of the sport. Creating the Hall of Fame allows us the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments made over the course of our 50 years.”
The IHRA will announce additional 50th anniversary program details in the coming weeks.