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The Future is Bright After an Amazing First Year with the IHRA

Thursday, 26 October 2023

I’ve recently completed my first year as owner of the International Hot Rod Association and it has been quite an adventure.

First, thanks to all the track operators, racers and valued partners like Summit Racing Equipment and Sunoco Race Fuels who put their trust in our team to continue the IHRA’s mission to stay committed to the grassroots, Sportsman racers. Thanks to our dedicated staff who share in the vision and understand ultimately we all work for the racers and tracks.

You’ve seen through our actions, we’ve worked tirelessly to promote the drag strips, racers and partners. We’ve loved getting to know many of you at events like the IHRA Summit Team Finals, IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser and FuelTech and of course, the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals.

We thank all of our great partners including those who provided the grand prizes at the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals. Ezell Race Cars, Flying A Motorsports, B&C Trailer Services, Dart’s Carts and Evil SwingArms and helped to make the total prizes and payouts for 2023 exceed $275,000. 

We are looking to add to the prize package to make it even more valuable in 2024.

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I’ve personally enjoyed all the visits and calls to the different IHRA-member tracks. These relationships are so important as we all want to provide the best possible experience for the racers. Along those lines, we’ve seen tracks from the Carolinas to Western Canada participate in the IHRA Ironman Classic program. Sometimes, they’ve hosted it as a stand-alone event and other times as part of a larger celebration.

The IHRA boasts such a dedicated group of track operators. We look forward to continuing these partnerships and working with you well into the future. The word family is banded around often these days, but Roxboro Motorsports Park and Elk Creek Dragway truly set that example recently by helping racers from another track reach their IHRA Summit Team Finals.

On our end, we continue to work on offering great benefits to the racers like our recent partnership with Drury Hotels. It’s something both IHRA racers and their families can use for those long road trips, business trips, vacations or a weekend getaway. It’s the same with the grand prizes, we’re proud to offer items like the trailers and golf cart that racers can use at the track or away from it.

We will continue to support the tracks and offer great benefits to our members, along with launching an exciting new program with the IHRA Hot Rod Classic in 2024. Let’s finish this season strong and get ready to come back even better next year.

We encourage an open line of communication. Any racer or track that would like to contact me, you can reach me at LJeffers@ihra.com.


Larry Jeffers

IHRA Owner & CEO

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Summit Team Finals D6 - Thunder Valley Dragways
Thunder Valley Dragway
Thursday, August 22nd - Saturday, August 24th
Summit Team Finals D1 - Roxboro Motorsports Park
Roxboro Motorsports Park
Thursday, September 5th - Saturday, September 7th
Summit Team Finals D2 - Holly Springs Motorsports
Holly Springs Motorsports
Thursday, September 12th - Saturday, September 14th
Summit Team Finals D3 - Quaker City Motorsports Park
Quaker City Motorsports Park
Thursday, September 19th - Saturday, September 21st
Summit Team Finals D5 - US41 Dragstrip
US41 Dragstrip
Thursday, September 19th - Saturday, September 21st