IHRA welcomes New London Dragway, Brainerd Optimist Dragstrip to family of member tracks
By IHRA Media
Mar 6, 2013
The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is pleased to
welcome New London Dragway in Virginia and Brainerd Optimist Dragstrip in
Georgia to the IHRA family of member tracks.
New London Dragway, built in 1958 and located just south of
Lynchburg, will be a welcome addition to Division 1 joining five other tracks
in the state of Virginia. Brainerd Optimist Dragway, located in Ringgold,
Georgia, is undergoing a massive improvement project and should prove a
destination track for racers in the area very soon.
The two facilities bring the IHRA’s track count to 103
strong in 29 states and territories, four Canadian provinces and two additional
countries in New Zealand and Aruba.
“We are thrilled to welcome New London and Brainerd Optimist
to our family of IHRA tracks,” said Phil Gingerich, IHRA Director of Track
Development. “Both tracks are very excited to be a part of the all-new IHRA and
we are certainly looking forward to their addition in each division. They will
only help strengthen IHRA racing in each region.”
New London Dragway is an 1/8 mile facility located just
outside of Lynchburg with a racing schedule stretching from March to October.
They will begin competition in Division 1 with plans to compete at the Patriots
Division Summit Racing Equipment Team Finals October 4-6 at Piedmont Dragway.
Brainerd Optimist Dragway becomes IHRA’s second track in the
state of Georgia and a valuable addition with work underway to massively
improve the facility. Under the direction of the Brainerd Optimist Car Club and
Leonard Lawson and Steve Farrow, the facility is receiving a face lift that
includes new guardrails, a renovated tower, brand new concessions and restrooms
and new asphalt all sitting on 80 acres of land. The track is located right off
Interstate 75 and is run by longtime IHRA racers.
For more information on the IHRA and its family of member