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Summit Racing Equipment Renews Commitment to IHRA Summit SuperSeries for 2022

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 2022.
This past season was the 20th anniversary of the IHRA Summit SuperSeries. In effect since 2002, the IHRA Summit SuperSeries is the most prestigious sportsman-oriented drag racing series in the world.

The $200,000 program is the World Championship for over 12,000 IHRA member-track racers each season, held at IHRA-sanctioned member tracks across North America.

“The Summit SuperSeries, Summit Team Finals and Summit World Finals continue the IHRA and Summit Racing Equipment legacy and commitment to sportsman racers,” said IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco. “We are coming off a huge 50th anniversary for IHRA and 20th anniversary for our Summit-backed sportsman events. We saw near-record participation levels last year and are excited to present the 21st edition of these best-in-class programs in 2022.”

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NHRA NAMES DENSO AS TITLE SPONSOR OF 2022 DENSO NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS

SAN DIMAS, CA – NHRA officials announced today DENSO as the title rights sponsor of the 2022 DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 22-24.

The DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the second stop of the annual NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Western Swing, is a highlight for racers and fans alike. Seeded in the heart of wine country, Sonoma Raceway is one of the most scenic facilities on the NHRA circuit.

As a long partner of NHRA and several race teams, including five-time and reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Matt Smith as well as his wife and teammate Angie Smith, DENSO has been amongst the NHRA family of partners since 2016.

“DENSO is proud to continue our partnership with NHRA as the primary sponsor of the 2022 Sonoma Nationals,” said Fran Labun, vice president of DENSO’s Aftermarket Sales Group. “Sonoma Raceway is a legendary motorsports venue — what could be better than a weekend of competition with the fans and our customers in beautiful wine country!”

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Drag Illustrated Announces Inaugural DI Awards, Racer of the Year Honor & Hall of Fame

FT. WORTH, TX – Drag Illustrated will honor 2021’s most outstanding racers, tuners, promoters, moments and more when it unveils the winners of the inaugural DI Awards on Thursday, February 3, 2022. The winners will be revealed on the DI Awards show streamed live on the Drag Illustrated Facebook and YouTube pages at 6:30 p.m. Central. The winners will also be featured in the new Racer of the Year Issue launching in early February.

“I’ve labored over this for a long time and spoken about it a lot, but it’s worth repeating: drag racing is hard,” said Wes Buck, founder and editorial director, Drag Illustrated. “This is an extremely competitive sport with some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows – sometimes coming in the same weekend. You don’t see ‘undefeated’ drag racers. This is a sport where losing is simply part of the game, it’s part of the journey, and, honestly, I think that is why this community is full of such incredible human beings…because that’s what this sport, this level of competition, oftentimes produces.

“All that said, the hustle-and-grind of drag racing being such a well-known thing,” Buck continued, “we felt it was important that we do everything we can to honor and validate that effort – that’s what the Drag Illustrated Awards are all about.”

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Laris Motorsports Insurance Named Official Insurance Provider of PDRA

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Laris Motorsports Insurance, a racer-owned insurance company specializing in motorsports, has been named the official insurance provider of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA). Laris Motorsports Insurance will also serve as the presenting sponsor of the PDRA’s Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster and Lucas Oil Top Dragster classes in 2022.

“Just like the PDRA, Laris Motorsports Insurance is a company for racers, by racers,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “They really understand what racers need from an insurance policy. I know a few of their customers already compete in the PDRA, and I’m sure many more of our racers will be interested in learning more about covering their equipment through Laris Motorsports Insurance.”

Laris Motorsports Insurance is an extension of the Laris Insurance Agency, a fourth-generation south Louisiana multiline insurance agency. Members of the Laris family have been drag racing for over 30 years, with numerous NHRA sportsman racing accomplishments to their name. The family created Laris Motorsports Insurance to offer policies to racers that would specifically cover race cars and racing equipment, with coverage extending from the race shop to the racetrack. On-track coverage is also available.

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CANADA’S CAPE BRETON DRAGWAY JOINS NHRA MEMBER TRACK LINEUP

 

SAN DIMAS, CA – Cape Breton Dragway, seeded in Sydney, Nova Scotia, joins NHRA’s extensive roster of member tracks.  A group of Canadian drag racing enthusiasts formed the Cape Breton Drag Racing Association and began the search for a location to host drag racing events in the region. They found the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport and later the Cape Breton Dragway was born.

Gary Pozzebon, Gerard Bryden and Tom Aucoin oversee the Cape Breton Drag Racing Association and the events at the racetrack. The team hosts events featuring competition in Super Pro, Street and Jr. Dragster racing.

“Our goal is to keep drag racing safely within the walls of a controlled environment and our partnership as an NHRA Member Track will provide us the guidance and support,” said Pozzebon, Cape Breton Drag Racing Association President.

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Former PMRA teams prepare for PMRA/NEOPMA races at Empire Dragway

“It’s extremely encouraging to hear from our teams after our time away”

CAYUGA, ON – The first race may still be six months away, but a number of former PMRA (Pro Modified Racing Association) teams are first to indicate their plan to attend the June 17-18 North East Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge (NEOPM Challenge) at Empire Dragway at Leicester, NY.

This event will be the first of two races headed up by the two Pro Modified groups from the North Eastern US and Southern Ontario. The other race is scheduled for August 5-6 at Leicester with more than 20 Pro Modifieds to compete.

“I cannot describe how encouraging it is to hear from PMRA teams after our time away,” said Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the PMRA. “It is exciting to come back to the sport.”

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VP PROMOTES DOLAN TO VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

San Antonio, TX – VP Racing Fuels, Inc., a world leader in fuel technology and product innovation, announced the promotion of Ben Dolan to Vice President of Marketing.

“The VP team takes pride in having star players in every division and at every level,” said Alan Cerwick, VP’s President and CEO. “Since joining the VP team as Director of Marketing in September of 2020, Ben has proven his star power, bringing unique and creative marketing ideas and leadership qualities that are being applied across all business units. Ben is a VP team player who has earned this promotion with his skills and strong work ethic.”

Prior to joining VP, Dolan was Director of Sales and Marketing at holding company UGGM, LLC, where he was responsible for the marketing and sales of the company’s five largest divisions, ranging from signage fabrication to diesel mechanics. He has over 20 years of marketing and sales experience across a broad range of industries. Dolan earned his BS in Marketing and MBA with a digital marketing concentration from the University of Dayton.

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