NORWALK, Ohio --
Beginning on the west coast for the first time ever, the 2012 Nitro Jam schedule will take America's premier drag racing entertainment show from the deserts of Arizona to the hills of Michigan and everywhere in between on an eight-event tour of North America.
"Over the past two years we have taken Nitro Jam from an event struggling to find an identity to one of the most exciting shows in the country," said Nitro Jam President Aaron Polburn. "We have a very strong schedule for 2012 that is designed to build off of the momentum of last year. We had a very successful year in 2011 traveling to some exciting new markets and we are thrilled to be returning to many of those same locations while continuing the success at many of our other top facilities."
In addition to an exciting schedule, the 2012 Nitro Jam lineup will continue in the tradition of providing high-speed, nitro-powered drag racing action featuring everything from Pro Fuel Dragsters and ProstalgiaT Nitro Funny Cars to Nitro Harleys, Fuel Altereds and more. The entertainment portion of the evening will once again include a performance by the legendary Grave Digger monster truck and many of the top exhibition acts in the country.
Nitro Jam will also keep its "race only" format for professional classes while continuing to feature and grow sportsman competition through new and exciting programs. Professional categories will also continue to have invitation only fields with a new Nitro Jam champion being named at the conclusion of each day of racing.
Check back with NitroJam.com throughout the year for a full lineup of professional and sportsman classes and exciting extras at all Nitro Jam events in 2012.
Kicking off the 2012 Nitro Jam season will be a stop in Tucson, Ariz. in late March at one of the most unique stops on the tour.
Southwestern International Raceway will host the season opener for the first time ever the weekend of March 23-24 with an event featuring one of the biggest funny car races of the season.
Following the event in Texas, the Nitro Jam series will head to one of the most unique races on the schedule at State Capitol Raceway in Baton Rouge, La. Featuring the party atmosphere of Mardi Gras, this event always draws a crowd as the series returns the weekend of May 4-6.
June will feature two big races at Pittsburgh Raceway Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both events are popular stops for racers and fans as Nitro Jam travels to the Steel City the weekend of June 1-2 and Salt Lake City the weekend of June 29-30 to kick off the west coast swing.
In July the Nitro Jam series will shift to the Canadian portion of the tour with stops at the two biggest events of the year at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alb. and Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ont. Nitro Jam will venture to Edmonton for the only three-day Nitro Jam the weekend of July 6-8, followed by a trip to Grand Bend July 21-22 to wrap up the Canadian schedule.
The 2012 Nitro Jam series will wrap up championships for the professional categories at the most spectacular facility on the Nitro Jam tour at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. the weekend of August 10-11.
In addition to a thrilling professional show, sportsman racing will also be featured at all of the Nitro Jam events on the schedule culminating with the sportsman-only IHRA World Finals at Memphis International Raceway in October. More details coming soon at IHRA.com.
For more information on the 2012 Nitro Jam series and a complete listing of events, visit www.nitrojam.com.
2012 NITRO JAM SCHEDULE DATE VENUE CITY March 23-24 Southwestern International Raceway Tucson, Ariz. March 30-31 San Antonio Raceway San Antonio, Texas May 4-5 State Capitol Raceway Baton Rouge, La. June 1-2 Pittsburgh Raceway Park Pittsburgh, Pa. June 29-30 Rocky Mountain Raceways Salt Lake City, Utah July 6-8 Castrol Raceway Edmonton, Alb. July 21-22 Grand Bend Motorplex Grand Bend, Ont. August 10-11 U.S. 131 Motorsports Park Martin, Mich.