Inaugural events in Orlando and Ohio.
International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) officials and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) unveiled their 2016 IHRA Drag Racing Series schedule. The 2016 professional schedule currently features nine-events throughout the United States and Canada. The season will kick off in March and conclude in September.
The IHRA Drag Racing Series remains comprised of traditional stops along with the addition of two new markets. Highlighting the 2016 schedule will be powerhouse stops in: San Antonio, Texas; Grand Bend, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta and Martin, Michigan. Also returning to the schedule is Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Cordova, Illinois, and Budds Creek, Maryland
The season will get underway March 5 – 6 at Orlando Speed World Dragway in Orlando, Florida and conclude at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio. Both of these venues are new stops on the IHRA professional tour.
The 2016 IHRA Drag Racing Series (formerly Nitro Jam) is a departure of the traditional format with all events featuring the same classes of competition. The IHRA strategically determined professional classes that are best suited for each facility and market. This move will make for the most exciting and competitive drag racing ever produced by the sanctioning body.
“The IHRA worked tirelessly at creating a series that features key classes in key markets,” stated IHRA President Scott Gardner. “The 2016 series has more diversity in classes and locations than ever in the history of the IHRA. We believe the revised schedule and format will create fierce competition for the racers and great entertainment for our fans.”
IHRA officials are currently working with several additional venues for possible new dates to the 2016 schedule. In addition, the dates and locations of the Jet Dragster class will be announced at a later time.
The biggest weekend this year for Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am competitors came to a close
on Sunday, October 11th, 2015. The top three divisional champions in each of the Stock, Super Stock, Hot Rod, Super Rod, Quick Rod Good Vibrations Top Sportsman and Good Vibrations Top Dragster converged on Memphis International Raceway for a world champion shootout.
The IHRA Summit World Champions for 2015 are Donny Urban (Good Vibrations Top Sportsman), Nick Womack (Good Vibrations Top Dragster), Jimmy Hidalgo Jr (Super Stock), Michelle Martel (Stock), Vernon Rowland (Quick Rod), Doug Lynden (Super Rod), Patrick Forster (Hot Rod) and Kassie Thomas (Junior Dragster).
To view all the 2015 IHRA World Champions click here.
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman World Finals Returns to Memphis in 2016.
NORWALK, Ohio (October 22, 2015) – The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries World Championship events will return to Memphis International Raceway (MIR) in 2016. The track will host what is collectively known as the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals on October 14-16, 2016.
IHRA will award over $500,000 in cash and prizes during World Finals weekend to sportsman racers through the Summit Pro-Am Tour, Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries. Racers travel from all of the country to compete for 11 sportsman championships and the updated event will focus solely on them.
“The IHRA is thrilled to be bringing the greatest sportsman World Championship races back to Memphis for a sportsman-only weekend in 2016,” said IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco. “When we originally started running these events in Memphis, it was for sportsman racers only and I’m happy we are returning to that format.”
Debuting in 2009, the Summit Tournament of Champions has grown exponentially over the past few years and holds its place as the nation’s premier sportsman event. The rules are simple – finish in the top-three in one of the six Summit Pro-Am divisions and qualify for the year-end championship tournament. Once there, all qualified drivers in their respective classes go head-to-head for the world championship in the following classes: Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and Junior Dragster. http://www.ihra.com/programs/summit-tournament-of-champions
The Summit SuperSeries is comprised of more than 100 IHRA member tracks within regional IHRA divisions. The competition is populated by Sportsman competitors, or ET Bracket Racers, who are the backbone of grassroots drag racing. Top (Box), Mod (No Box) and Junior Dragster compete at participating IHRA tracks in head-to-head competition each week. Each track crowns a Summit SuperSeries track champion who will then move on to race other track champions at the IHRA World Finals for the Summit SuperSeries World Championship. View here.
“MIR is proud to host this prestigious event that exceeds any program you will see in sportsman racing today,” said Memphis International Raceway General Manager Pam Kendrick. “The Summit Racing Equipment World Finals brings everyone together to determine who the best-of-the-best is. It is an honor to have it back and we look forward to the event.”
“Memphis has consistently been a wonderful host track,” noted Peaco. “The management and staff care about this event and the racer experience as much as we do and that’s a huge reason why Memphis is at the top of our list as a host track.”