WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah-- After a three year affiliation with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA,) Rocky Mountain Raceways will be returning to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) as part of Pacific Division Seven for 2013 and beyond.
"We appreciate our relationship with IHRA, and we hope we did a good job for them as a member track. We feel at this time that switching back to the NHRA sanction will help increase our car count across all of our classes," says Mike Eames, Rocky Mountain Raceways General Manager and Ron Craft, Rocky Mountain Raceways Drag Strip Manager.
Headquartered in Glendora, California, NHRA is the largest sanctioning body in the world. Wally Parks founded the NHRA in 1951; he worked to get racing off the city streets and highways and into safer, organized venues. He wanted NHRA to provide guidance to timing clubs and tracks. Soon, NHRA was hosting national events, as tuning cars became a hobby rather than just a necessity.
By moving to the NHRA, Rocky Mountain Raceways and the State of Utah once again have the opportunity to host a Lucas Oil Divisional race that will draw racers and fans from across the Western United States. The race is tentatively scheduled toward the end of Rocky Mountain Raceways' 2013 racing season.
"Having a Lucas Oil Divisional event so late in the season makes it very appealing with several of the 2013 national and divisional NHRA championships being swayed here," says Eames.
"The move to NHRA makes it easier for RMR racers and out-of-state racers, because they will not have to carry two separate licenses, chassis certifications, etc just to run a few events at RMR. It should strengthen the competition with the Boise, Grand Junction, and Las Vegas cars that run at Rocky Mountain Raceways," says Eames.
Utah racers will benefit from the NHRA transition because they will have greater opportunity to participate at other NHRA Drag Strips and events. "It is a good opportunity for our junior dragster team to participate at the Western Conference Finals in Denver, and our RMR Summit Racing Series team to run the Summit ET Bracket Finals," says Eames.
"I am excited for the potential growth in participation, and look forward to building a renewed relationship with NHRA," says Craft.
"We are thrilled to have Rocky Mountain Raceways returning to the NHRA Member Track fold as part of the Pacific Division. Salt Lake City has a long and storied history in drag racing and we look forward to bringing the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series back to such a strong market," says Mike Rice, NHRA Division Seven Director.
A driver's meeting will be held at the end of the 2012 racing season to discuss the transition. Please direct specific questions to Ron Craft, Rocky Mountain Raceways Drag Strip Manager.
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