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Historic U.S. 13 Dragway Joins IHRA Family Of Tracks

Friday, 27 March 2015
We welcome U.S. 13 Dragway to the IHRA family. We welcome U.S. 13 Dragway to the IHRA family.

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) are proud to announce U.S. 13 Dragway, located in Delmar, Delaware, has signed a sanctioning agreement to join the IHRA as a member track.

Constructed in 1963, U.S. 13 Dragway is one of the country’s longest-running tracks. U.S. 13 Dragway was constructed by the Cathell family, sole owner-operators of the facility throughout its 52-year history. U.S. 13 Dragway currently is managed by the founders’ son, Charles Cathell.  The historic quarter-mile drag strip near the Delaware-Maryland border is part of a 155-acre motorsports complex that also is home to a dirt oval track and go-kart racing facility.

“We are pleased to welcome the Cathells and the revered U.S. 13 Dragway to our growing IHRA family,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “U.S. 13 Dragway is one of the most respected tracks in the country and we are impressed by their efforts to maintain a friendly atmosphere toward racers and fans alike.”

Since its opening day, U.S. 13 Dragway admits children age 12 and under free of charge.

“We decided to join IHRA because we perceive it as being easier to work with new customers – racers – coming in,” said Cathell. “My parents built the track in 1963 and since its inception there have been growing pains. But we do not own another business. Our only income comes from the drag strip, speedway and go-kart facility. This is not a hobby for us. The family, staff racers and fans are excited for this new partnership with the IHRA.”

While the track was born during drag racing’s golden age, Cathell says its biggest moment in its 52-year history was the U.S. 13 Dragway 50th anniversary celebration.

“It was a real tribute to my parents,” said Cathell. “It was the largest crowd we’ve ever had. This family-owned-and-operated business is proud to acknowledge that over the 52 years we have witnessed more than three generations of fans and racers coming out to support the facility.”

For more information on U.S. 13 Dragway, please call (302) 846-3911 visit www.delawareracing.com.

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