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An online history lesson (IHRA/JEGS)

Courtesy of Jegs

Delaware, OH – Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. will soon strap on his helmet and begin his 2011 campaign at the IHRA’s season-opening Palm Beach Nitro Jam, which runs from Jan. 28-29 at Palm Beach International Raceway in southeast Florida.

The son of Troy Coughlin, grandson of Hall of Famer Jeg Coughlin Sr., and nephew of John, Mike, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. — all drag racing champions in their own right — Troy Jr. knows it’s a big deal to carry his family name into any event.  

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Racers, escape the Frozen North!

Courtesy of IHRA

Norwalk, OH – Racers if you are tired of all the ice, snow and cold weather and wish you could just be racing, come join the International Hot Rod Association at its first two Nitro Jam events of 2011 at south Florida’s Palm Beach International Raceway for the Palm Beach Nitro Jam and at State Capitol Raceway for the Mardi Gras Nitro Jam.

If you haven’t had a chance to experience the new Nitro Jam format, or just want to hit the track before everyone else, the Palm Beach and Mardi Gras Nitro Jam events are a perfect place to start. Both events feature incredible hospitality, great racing and more and a win at either event will gain you entry into the 2011 Summit Racing Tournament of Champions championship runoff at the World Finals in October.

The IHRA prides itself as being the place for sportsman racing and the new Nitro Jam format certainly proves that is the case as it gives racers an entire day of racing to themselves without interruption from the pros and some classes are even featured during the professional rounds.

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Watch all the Nitro Jam action live on IHRA.com

Courtesy of IHRA

Norwalk, Oh – The International Hot Rod Association is pleased to announce that it is partnering with 1320go.com to provide Live Timing for all of the Nitro Jam events held throughout the 2011 racing season.

Race fans can now visit the IHRA website and watch all of the action live from the professional and sportsman sessions during each Nitro Jam event this season.

“Over the past eight months we have worked closely with 1320go.com to create a custom online Live Timing System for our Nitro Jam events. Continuing our efforts to reach out to the racing communities and to provide the best drag racing experience possible, the new Live Timing System will allow those that can’t travel to an event the ability to watch the action online,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA VP of Operations. “Our commitment to make drag racing available to the largest number of people has just taken a large step forward.”

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JEGS racer T.J. Coughlin has history in his sights

Courtesy of Jegs

DELAWARE, Ohio – Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. will try to become the third member of the famous Coughlin racing clan to win an IHRA Ironman trophy at the upcoming Palm Beach Nitro Jam, which runs from Jan. 28-29 at Palm Beach International Raceway in southeast Florida.

“Uncle John won an Ironman in Darlington (S.C) back in 1984 and Uncle Mike won one at Marion County International Raceway (LaRue, Ohio) in 1992 so I think we’re overdue for another Coughlin to find the winner’s circle at an IHRA race,” said Troy Jr., known to most simply as T.J. “I would consider it a great honor.

“I really like the IHRA deal. It’s some great, friendly Sportsman racing with a Hollywood show aspect to it all. I love to race and it’s the next big event on the schedule so we’re heading that way.”

T.J. will enter the Quick Rod class with the same JEGS dragster he’s raced to multiple NHRA national and divisional victories. The car has a new look this year, sporting an all-yellow theme that Team JEGS will banner in 2011, and his powerplant has been tuned up for maximum performance.

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Top Sportsman and Top Dragster back in the spotlight at IHRA

Courtesy of IHRA

Norwalk, OH – They are the quickest and fastest sportsman cars on the planet, and once again they are going to be a feature attraction at all Nitro Jam events in 2011.

Known as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, they are the premier sportsman classes in Nitro Jam competition and feature incredible racing, quick times and unique designs and the two classes will once again have an opportunity to showcase their talents on the biggest stage in the sport during the professional rounds of Nitro Jam competition this season.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to feature our two quickest and fastest classes during the professional rounds all season long,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA VP of Race Operations. “IHRA invented Top Sportsman and Top Dragster and we are the only ones really committed to showcasing these classes in front of thousands of fans and I’m very proud of that.

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Jan-Cen Power Takes Janis to Semi-Final Finish in Charlotte

Courtesy of: Mike Janis Racing Inc.

Elma, NY– Mike Janis took his 2010 Ford Mustang to a semi-final finish at the O’Reilly Auto NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC this past weekend.

Janis’ run to the winner’s circle was halted by a faulty pneumatic valve; causing incorrect timing early in his semi-final run.

“We’ve had a problem this year with little things getting us,” said Crew Chief, Mike Janis Jr. “We’re confident we have the power to run with anyone here. OK, the turbo car is in a class of his own right now but, if we can string a few runs together I like our chance against anyone.”

Janis started eliminations from the number six position after running a best of 5.95 at just under 244 miles per hour in qualifying. In round one Janis took on Californian Danny Rowe at the wheel of his Sterling Bridge ’68 Camaro. The race was over at the tree when Rowe fouled out turning on the red light. The win over Rowe set up a second round pairing of Janis versus Burgess. Roger Burgess, a self made millionaire from Duluth, Georgia, made his way to the second round by defeating his teammate Ray Commisso in round one.

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Round Three of PMRA Pro Modified Racing goes to Stawicki

Courtesy of the PMRA

GRAND BEND, ONTARIO – Mike Stawicki has made it known that he is the force in Pro Modified racing this season.  The veteran driver of the G-Force Race Cars MSR Performance powered 1968 Firebird from Medina, New York, qualified number one for race three in the 2010 Pro Modified Racing Association tour, and went the distance to win his first PMRA event of the year and the first IHRA Ironman of his career.

Stawicki beat former Alcohol Funny Car driver Paul Noakes of London, Ontario in the final. Noakes, who has settled nicely behind the wheel of the Noakes and Martin Racing 1963 Corvette, qualified seventh, and ran a stout 6.293, 223.28 final but it was no match for Stawicki’s 5.820, 253.28 victory run.

While Stawicki qualified number one, to win the Marydel Homes Qualifying Bonus with a 5.881, 252.05 lap, it was the New Yorker’s final run that set low ET and top speed during the IHRA Nitro Jam Nationals held at the Grand Bend Motorplex. Stawicki has been running in the five-second range since he set the PMRA Series record with a 5.803 at 255.15 during the previous event at the Cayuga Dragway.

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