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Spent a little time at Maple Grove with old acquaintance “Jungle Pam” Hardy. What a treat it is to talk with her at the drags! If they can get her, someone in drag racing should hire her just to promote the sport. As she told the Burkster many years ago, “Drag racing is far out, man!”
With the acquisition of the Tucson, Arizona, track the new IHRA now owns three nice drag racing facilities. Make no mistake, with their new partnership with former IHRA owners, entertainment giant Feld Entertainment, the IRG folks plan to be a serious competitor for some of the NHRA’s fans, sportsman racers, and sponsors. But in my opinion they are absolutely not trying to promote a race series that copies what the NHRA is doing now.
I believe, based on the signs coming out of the Norwalk headquarters, that there will be an attempt to add some type of Pro Mod class for their Nitro Jams races in 2014. I wonder why? For selling more tickets and bringing in more sponsors? I think that another sanctioning body with yet another fast doorslammer class just doesn’t make sense. The fast doorslammer fans already can see Pro Mods at selected NHRA races and there are established and healthy Pro Mod circuits on both the East and West Coast as well as Canada and let’s not forget the ADRL where fans can get FREE TICKETS to see premier Pro Mods and Mountain-motored Pro Stocks. If I were in charge of the IHRA I would be working on giving IHRA fans full fields of race vehicles they can’t see at NHRA, ADRL or any other regional or national series.
Attention, NHRA suits: to borrow a phrase from comedian Bill Engvall “Here’s your sign.”
Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing did an interview with FordRacing.com to discuss Ford's business decision to end its sponsorship of both the John Force and Bob Tasca FC race teams in the Mello Yello Series at the end of 2014. Allison said that part the reason for Ford’s decision was, “We made a business decision as we evaluated the Pro/Nitro level in the sport this past year, reviewing our investment, the returns from activation, television ratings and overall product/technology relevancy. It is vital that we align our motorsports at Ford to closely match our global products, technologies and customer outreach, especially in this ever-changing automotive world.”
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