Drag Race Central - IHRA
Fri, 12 Dec 2008, 12:24 PM

VP Racing Fuels to Sign on as Official Race Fuel of IHRA Drag Racing at PRI Show
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
Photo copyright 2008 Roger Richards

Will also be the Presenting Sponsor of IHRA's seven-event Sportsman Nationals Schedule


Jim Kelly and Aaron Polburn
VP Racing Fuels has agreed to enter into a multi-year agreement with the International Hot Rod Association to serve as the Official Race Fuel of the sanctioning body. In addition VP will be the presenting sponsor of IHRA's seven-event Sportsman Nationals schedule in 2009. The "Official Race Fuel" agreement extends through the 2011 season.

The deal will be signed in the media center at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Orlando Friday, Dec. 12 at 11:30.

VP will be the exclusive on-site supplier of racing fuels at all IHRA Nitro Jam national events as well as all IHRA Sportsman Nationals. VP's Nitro Race Nitromethane will be designated for use in the Top Fuel class and C23 the designated spec fuel for Pro Stock. In addition, C23 and VP's M1 Methanol will also be the spec fuels for IHRA's Pro Modified class.

It is a match IHRA president Aaron Polburn is excited about.

"VP Racing Fuels has been one of the most active and trusted sponsors in drag racing for a very long time," Polburn said. "And their product is the best in the business, without question. I'm thrilled with this partnership. VP is the perfect company to work with as we move forward. The future of IHRA is very bright and we're pleased to have a great company like VP Racing Fuels with us as we look to the future."

VP Racing Fuels is pleased they were able to put a deal in place with IHRA.

"They say good things come to those who wait. We've wanted to work with IHRA for 20 years and when the opportunity finally arose, we grabbed it," VP Racing Fuels Eastern Regional Manager Jim Kelly said. "Historically IHRA racing has featured some of the tightest competition among a great group of racers at venues like Rockingham Dragway, Maryland International Raceway and many other great tracks. VP closed out the 2008 drag racing season by fueling both the IHRA and NHRA Pro Stock World Champions, something no other fuel company has ever been able to say. And at least through 2011 that will remain the case."

But the VP-IHRA partnership is about more than Pro Stock.

"Pro Modified, Top Fuel, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and all the other classes in IHRA competition will now have trackside access to our product line while members of VP's research and development group will be at every IHRA national event and every IHRA sportsman national event," Kelly said. "They will be there to answer questions or provide tuning tips to anyone who wants them. If racers need dyno fuel or fuel for racing right away, they can visit www.vpracingfuels.com to find the nearest VP sales center or dealer.

A key component of the agreement if VP's presenting sponsorship of IHRA's seven-event 2009 Sportsman Nationals schedule. When IHRA made the decision to offer seven Sportsman National events in 2009 it wanted to find a partner company that valued the racers as much as the sport to work with. VP, with its history as the most reliable fuel in drag racing, was more than happy to full the role.

"We have a very strong Sportsman Nationals schedule that will take us, and VP Racing Fuels' brand name, to all different parts of the country," IHRA national sales director Tommy Dupree said. "We're looking forward to an outstanding partnership on this exciting sportsman racing program. VP has elevated its product to the top of the list when it comes to quality, consistent racing fuel. That's the direction we hope they will help us take with the IHRA Sportsman Nationals schedule."

The IHRA Sportsman Nationals presented by VP Racing Fuels schedule consists of races at Immokalee Regional Raceway in Immokalee, Fla. Feb. 6-8, Richmond Dragway May 29-31, Cherokee County Motorsports Park in Rusk, Tex. June 19-21, Byron Dragway in Byron, IL June 19-21, Carolina Dragway in Jackson, S.C. July 17-19, Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria, PA Aug. 14-16 and Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, N.C. Oct. 22-23.

2009 IHRA Champion System Sportsman Nationals presented by VP Racing Fuels Schedule

Feb. 6-8    Immokalee Regional Raceway         Immokalee, FL         1/8 mile
May 29-31   Richmond Dragway                   Richmond, VA          1/8 mile
June 19-21  Cherokee County Motorsports Park   Rusk, TX              1/4 mile
June 19-21  Byron Dragway                      Byron, IL             1/4 mile  
July 17-19  Carolina Dragway                   Jackson, SC           1/8 mile
Aug. 14-16  Pittsburgh Raceway Park            New Alexandria, PA    1/8 mile
Oct. 22-23  Rockingham Dragway                 Rockingham, NC        1/4 mile

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