The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series heads to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area for the second race of the 2015 season at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen on March 13-14. The IHRA Nitro Jam Mardi Gras Nationals will mark the biggest drag race in the history of Louisiana at one of the sanctioning body’s most prestigious tracks in United States.
The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) is proud to announce its Master and Advanced Jr. Dragster classes have been added to the annual Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL – held during the World Finals in Memphis, Tennessee – and will be will be sponsored by longtime series partner Summit Racing Equipment.
“The JR Race Car Jr. Dragster racers are the future of our sport and this announcement is exciting news for them,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “We would like to thank Summit Racing Equipment, our valued and longtime partner, for adding their support to this class by including them in the Summit Tournament of Champions and posting a most generous purse.”
With sadness we note the passing of Carmen Tedesco on Saturday, February 21. Carmen was on the management team of Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, from 2001-2011.
“Carmen was a larger-than-life personality who had a love for our sport and a passion for Pittsburgh Raceway Park and all the history it holds,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA Vice President of Race Operations. “He created Carmen’s Cafeteria, which was more than the food service end of the business. It was a fun place where people gathered to socialize and have fun while at the track, which is exactly the way Carmen wanted it. It was an extension of his personality. Everyone was family at Carmen’s. I don’t ever recall seeing Carmen at an event without a smile on his face and a bounce in his step. The IHRA team will really miss his warm Italian greeting which usually was, ‘Hey, great to see you! You hungry?’ “
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) are proud to announce The New Onondaga Dragstrip, located in Onondaga, Michigan, has signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement to join the IHRA as a member track.
The New Onondaga Dragstrip, owned by Dan Pranshka, is an eighth-mile track constructed on a retired airstrip, south of Lansing and east of Kalamazoo. The track had been closed for 35 years but was reopened by Pranshka in 2013. Pranshka has made a number of upgrades to his facility.
The following is a format clarification for all IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour competitors.
Competitors in all divisions must have a minimum of four (4) claims from events within the respective divisional schedule.
Wild card events may not be used as the only source of in-division claims. Wild card events are designed to help competitors living in certain regions – where Summit Pro-Am events are less concentrated – compete for a division championship while keeping costs of travel at a minimum. They are not intended to replace actual competition at the events within a division. At least two (2) of the four (4) mandated points-claiming events in any division must be from events physically located within the division.