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Sat, 9 Dec 2006, 10:57 AM

Summit Racing Equipment to Sponsor IHRA Pro-Am Tour
Courtesy of IHRA Communications

Mr. Gasket Remains Presenting Sponsor



NORWALK, Ohio --

Aaron Polburn and Kirk Heinbuch
IHRA has announced Summit Racing Equipment as sponsor of the sanctioning body's Pro-Am Tour. Mr. Gasket will be the presenting sponsor of the series.

Designed to offer semi-professional drag racers the opportunity to chase a championship without extended travel, the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by Mr. Gasket consists of races held in various regions throughout the country. Drivers earn points towards Pro-Am championships, as well as IHRA eMax Drag Racing Series championships.

"IHRA racers have always been great supporters of Summit Racing Equipment, and we're thrilled to reaffirm our commitment to them by sponsoring these two great programs," said Summit Racing Equipment motorsports and events manager Kirk Heinbuch. "Whether they're competing as a weekend warrior in the Summit SuperSeries or racing for a national championship in the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Series, sportsman racers can count on our support."

"Mr. Gasket was founded by a racer who saw the need for better products almost 50 years ago, and it has grown into the powerhouse that it is today because of that same desire to support racers and enthusiasts," said Ollie Volpe, director or racing services, Mr. Gasket Company. "We are excited to be able to show our ongoing dedication to the racers and the sport by presenting the Pro-Am Tour this year with Summit Racing."

"We're thrilled to close the year out with a major announcement like this, one that means so much to our sportsmen drivers competing in a Pro-Am tour we are constantly improving," IHRA President Aaron Polburn said. "Summit Racing Equipment and Mr. Gasket have shown their dedication to our sport throughout the years and this is just another step in that continued involvement."

In addition, sportsman racers will have the opportunity to participate in the Summit Racing Equipment Allstars presented by Mr. Gasket, a season-ending shootout event feature the top competitors in each of the seven Pro-Am classes: Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod. More information regarding the Allstars race will be released at a later date.

The Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by Mr. Gasket kicks-off the 2007 season in Florida, February 10, at Immokalee Regional Raceway. Many of the races are double-events, which allow drivers to compete in two races in one weekend, reducing the amount of required travel and increasing the value of each event.


2007 IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by Mr. Gasket Schedule

Division 1 Patriots
* April 14 Maryland International Raceway 1/4
* April 15 Maryland International Raceway 1/4

& June 8-10 Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park 1/8

* July 7 Pittsburgh Raceway Park 1/4
* July 8 Pittsburgh Raceway Park 1/4

Division 2 Heat Wave
* February 10 Immokalee Regional Raceway 1/8
* February 11 Immokalee Regional Raceway 1/8

* May 5 Douglas Motorsports Park 1/8
* May 6 Douglas Motorsports Park 1/8

& September 1-2 Darlington International Dragway 1/8

* September 15 Carolina Dragway 1/8
* September 16 Carolina Dragway 1/8

Division 3 North Stars

* May 26 US-131 Motorsports Park 1/4
* May 27 US-131 Motorsports Park 1/4

& June 8-10 Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park 1/8

* June 30 Mountain Park Dragway 1/8
* July 1 Mountain Park Dragway 1/8

* July 14 Milan Dragway 1/4
* July 15 Milan Dragway 1/4

* September 22 Mansfield Motorsports Park 1/4
* September 23 Mansfield Motorsports Park 1/4

Division 4 Renegades

* March 17 San Antonio Raceway 1/4
* March 18 San Antonio Raceway 1/4

* April 28 Tulsa Raceway Park 1/4
* April 29 Tulsa Raceway Park 1/4

* June 23 Pine Valley Raceway Park 1/4
* June 24 Pine Valley Raceway Park 1/4

* August 18 TBA 1/4
* August 19 TBA 1/4

Division 5 Thunder

To Be Announced

Division 9 Raiders

March 2-4 Rockingham Dragway 1/8

March 16-18 Farmington Dragway 1/8

March 30-April 1 Mooresville Dragway 1/8

April 27-29 Piedmont Dragway 1/8

& September 1-2 Darlington International Dragway 1/8

September 21-23 Kinston Dragstrip 1/8

* Double Events

& Multiple Division Events





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