What has it meant to the IHRA to have IRG Sports + Entertainment take over and continue the ownership since 2013? Skooter: The biggest thing for us is stability. The IHRA is owned by IRG Sports + Entertainment, a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences, that oversees the IHRA and several other racing properties. We feel confident about our direction and future growth with our commitment to the grassroots, sportsman racer. IRGSE, our great partners and supportive racers all want to make sure we are successful long-term. Describe the growth the IHRA has had and is experiencing in places like Australia, New Zealand and even the Caribbean. Skooter: There were sanctioned tracks in New Zealand long before we did anything in Australia. There are even tracks starting to pop up in the Middle East. We have small pockets of people in many countries who are enthusiastic about racing — they’re either looking to build a facility or simply organize to get people off the streets. There are not a lot of tracks in Australia, just a few in New Zealand, and tracks in the Bahamas and Aruba that are government-owned. They’re not necessarily enterprising tracks like we think of NASCAR with thousands of people. These are run by individuals who are just passionate about the sport. They’re not making a living at it, and they just want to be organized and recognized by a legitimate sanctioned body that can help give them the tools and programs to be successful. Q&A Is there a difference between an IHRA fan and an NHRA fan? Skooter: I think there are many people who bleed NHRA, and it’s the only thing that exists to them. But there are people like that with the IHRA as well. Because of the national events and TV presence, the NHRA has a very wide base to draw from, whereas the IHRA is more regionalized. But I think there are a ton of drag racing fans who are just interested in the sport, the competition and the live events. If you were to strip away all the branding and found some track in the middle of nowhere, the majority of people on that property wouldn’t know which it was. They’re there for the cars and competition — not because it’s NHRA or IHRA. The racers are a different breed and more sanctioning- body loyal than spectators are. There are racers that will never be on an IHRA property, and there are racers that will never be on an NHRA property. What sort of risk management strategies do the IHRA and individual affiliated tracks utilize to best protect teams, participants and fans? Skooter: There has been a core set of strategies that were developed years ago that are still in play today. We’ve really needed some guidance along the way to keep up with the changes that are going on in the insurance and risk management industry — because that is not our forte. In the past, when we were owned by Clear Channel or Live Nation, there were specific people who handled risk management for a living, so we had it at our fingertips. When we got bought by IRGSE, there was really no infrastructure for us to tap into. So, for the last four with Skooter Peaco V.P . of the IHRA 26