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Sat, 2 Dec 2000, 08:10 AM

IHRA and Screamin' Eagle Announce Record Nitro Harley-Davidson Purses and
Courtesy of IHRA Communications

NORWALK, Ohio -- Shootout Screamin' Eagle Performance, a division of Harley-Davidson, has announced their increased commitment to the IHRA Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley-Davidson class. Beginning with the 2001 season, the class will be known as Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley-Davidson's. The commitment creates the biggest, most lucrative motorcycle drag racing competition program in the United States.

"We are so excited to continue our long relationship with the IHRA," said Anne Paluso, Screamin' Eagle Marketing Manager. "Screamin' Eagle is proud to increase our support of these professional racers and help IHRA put on one of the greatest shows in motorsports."

IHRA's partnership with Screamin' Eagle includes a $19,000 purse at each of 11 Nitro-Harley Davidson national event races and a $90,000 season-ending championship points purse fund that guarantees $35,000 to the world champion.

New to the program is the $22,000 Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley Shootout at a yet undetermined location. The Shootout pays $8,000 to win, with $5,000 awarded to the runner-up.

"Screamin' Eagle and Harley-Davidson are one of the most recognized brands in the world," stated IHRA Vice President of Sales and Marketing Aaron Polburn. "We are pleased that Screamin' Eagle thinks enough of IHRA to make Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley-Davidson's the largest and most competitive drag racing motorcycle series in the world.

1998 IHRA Nitro Harley World Champion and successful Houston Harley-Davidson dealer, Johnny Mancuso has supported the class from its beginning and welcomes Screamin' Eagle's increased commitment.

"The Top Fuel Harley Racers Association (TFHRA) has been involved with Screamin' Eagle and IHRA for three years," said Mancuso. "The entire TFHRA is happy to see them take this huge leap forward. With the increased financial commitment, I expect to see the Nitro Harley-Davidson class open up and grow with more riders and teams looking to get involved. I've been with the class since its humble beginnings in 1998 and look forward to being around to enjoy the benefits of IHRA's and Screamin' Eagle's hard work."

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