: Under founder Larry Carrier the old IHRA provided an alternative series to the NHRA for professional drag racers, sponsors and fans. Over the years the IHRA gradually gave up any pretense of being a competitor to the NHRA. Do you see that changing?

JR: Let me be clear -- we are not going after the NHRA’s professional cars. We are not planning on going head to head with the NHRA. We’ll have our own teams, rules and tracks. We are, however, going to concentrate on our IHRA’s sportsman racers and servicing the 100+ tracks that are IHRA-sanctioned. We believe we can compete with the NHRA for tracks supported mostly by sportsman racers.

: If the IHRA were to return with a national event series to rival the NHRA's current program with your own nitro classes, would you run them on the quarter mile? Also, would the IHRA management use that opportunity to rewrite the rules so that the nitro classes would be more affordable and less prone to catastrophic explosions?

JR: We are going to have classes and rules that make sense to the racers.

: If a current NHRA national event track operator wanted to change to IHRA would that be pursued?

JR: If someone calls us looking for a change we, of course, would talk to them.  We want strong track partners and while we are not actively pursuing NHRA national event tracks we would certainly entertain the conversation with them.

: A recent press release from IRG stated that the company is actively seeking to acquire other racetracks and entertainment venues. Is acquiring major facilities part of a plan to re-invigorate the IHRA brand and race series?

JR: IRG recently acquired Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Arizona, which means the IRG now owns tracks in Florida, Tennessee, and Arizona. What we are looking to acquire are tracks with 8,000-15,000 seats and the capability of hosting one of our Nitro Jam events. We are definitely looking for tracks to acquire all over the country. I think that eventually the IHRA would like to have 16-20 Nitro Jams during a year and IRG would ideally like to own 8-10 tracks that host a Nitro Jam or IHRA sportsman race yearly.

: What is your view of the sport of professional drag racing and do you feel that it has enough fan support for a second major sanctioning body with nitro and fast doorslammer classes?

JR: Absolutely.  It is evident that there is enough fan support for door slammer classes based on the number of competitive series that are running them.  My feeling is they just need one home, whether that is IHRA or another series.

: One of the things that the NHRA has done is to reduce the track length for Top Fuel and Funny Cars to 1,000 feet for safety reasons. This has angered some of their hardcore fans. Do you see the IHRA following suit?

JR: The IHRA will be a 1320-foot racing series unless something unforeseen occurs to warrant changing that or the track we are running at is not safe to run 1320.