Friday, November 18, 2011

IHRA sportsman racing expands again with Division 7

IHRA adds second major division in two years

NORWALK, Ohio (November 18, 2011) – One year after expanding into the northwest with the newly created Division 6 Border Bandits in the western United States and Canada, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has announced that it will be expanding again, this time in the southwest and western part of the U.S.

While details are still be worked out, including a division name, a complete track list and a finalized schedule, the IHRA is thrilled to continue its expansion west and giving racers in the southwest and west an opportunity to compete in the Summit SuperSeries and Summit Team Finals programs.

"We have been working for years trying to expand our reach to new areas of the United States and Canada and I am proud to say that over the past two years we have worked hard to accomplish those goals," said IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco. "With the new Division 7 we will reach racers that have never had an option in racing and we hope to give that to them by providing the same great customer service and sportsman-oriented focus that has helped us excel in other regions.

"This expansion is the direct result of a group of track operators and owners getting together to organize this division with the specific goal of bringing their weekly racers more opportunity and value. We can't thank them enough for their willingness to try something new and to take an active role in creating this division.

"This division will concentrate on the Summit SuperSeries, the Summit Team Finals and other grassroots programs that IHRA offers. We will certainly take a conservative approach to building the division, but at the end of the day it is an exciting time for IHRA to have opened two divisions in two years. That is a huge deal for us."

Beginning as an organized division for the Summit SuperSeries and the Summit Team Finals, Division 7 will welcome racers that have, until recently, not had much experience with the IHRA. But thanks to the addition of tracks in Arizona, Utah and more in the works, the IHRA is pleased to be bringing its sportsman-focused style of racing to new areas.

The new division will also give the IHRA a reach expanding to all corners of the United States and Canada for the first time in the 40 year history of the organization. And with the recent announcement of an expansion of the popular Summit Sportsman Spectacular into new markets as well, the IHRA is excited to be adding more value for sportsman racers in a time when the industry is cutting back.

"We are always looking to add value for our sportsman racers and by giving them new venues, new programs and even more attention, we create the value and opportunity that are unmatched in drag racing," Peaco added. "This is just the beginning of what we hope is a new era of IHRA drag racing."

In addition to a divisional reach spanning the U.S. and Canada, the IHRA also sanctions tracks in Aruba, Curacao, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. Check back with for more information on the newly created Division 7 and its schedule and plans for 2012.