IHRA announces 2013 Summit Team Finals schedule
Six states and Canada to welcome IHRA's best grassroots racers
NORWALK, Ohio (November 16, 2012) – Following another record-breaking year for the International Hot Rod Association's grassroots racing programs, the IHRA is pleased to announce the Summit Team Finals schedule for the 2013 season.
Designed to give local racers an opportunity to compete on a national stage, the Summit Racing Equipment Team Finals presented by AMSOIL and Moser Engineering and Summit SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL and Moser Engineering programs have grown in size each year. Thousands of new racers have spawned new divisions, more teams and more drivers competing for championships and that tradition will continue in 2013 and beyond as Summit Racing Equipment renews its commitment to the IHRA with a three-year deal to return as sponsor of these popular programs.
"Every year the Summit Team Finals and Summit SuperSeries programs continue to grow and expand in ways we never thought possible when they were first conceived a decade ago," said IHRA President Aaron Polburn. "From the creation of new divisions in the northwest and the southwest over the past two years to the inclusion of Junior Dragsters to the championship program this past season, it has been exciting watching these programs grow and with the continued support of Summit Racing Equipment and other great sponsors these programs will only continue to prosper in the future."
Today thousands of racers from all across North America compete at their local track for an opportunity to advance to the Summit Team Finals for a fun weekend of racing with individual and team prizes on the line. Awards are given out in multiple categories including team championships, individual special awards and the Summit SuperSeries championship race. Each Summit Team Finals event advances a set number of racers in the Top, Mod and Junior Dragster classes to the Summit SuperSeries World Championships at the end of the year.
This year's Summit Team Finals schedule spans six states and one Canadian province beginning in late August and running through early October. The IHRA season will culminate with the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals October 11-12 at Memphis International Raceway.
The 2013 Summit Team Finals season will get underway at Castrol Raceway in Alberta with an early showdown in Division 6 Border Bandits the weekend of August 16-18.
The racing season will really pick up the weekend of September 13-15 with four consecutive weeks of competition throughout the country. That weekend the Division 5 Thunder competition will take place at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan while Caprock Motorplex in Odessa, Texas will host the Division 7 Gunslingers Division.
The following weekend two more Team Finals will hit the track as Carolina Dragway in Aiken, South Carolina hosts the Division 2 East Heat Wave Team Finals and Pittsburgh Raceway Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hosts the Division 3 North Stars both the weekend of September 20-22.
Two more races will bring September to a close as the Division 4 Renegades Team Finals at Dallas Raceway in Texas and the Division 9 Raiders Team Finals at Piedmont Dragway in North Carolina take place the weekend of September 27-29 as Piedmont prepares for a back-to-back slate of Team Finals action. One week later, the weekend of October 4-6, Piedmont Dragway will be back in action as it hosts the Division 1 Patriots Team Finals.
The 2013 Summit Team Finals season will wrap-up at Memphis International Raceway the weekend of October 4-6 with the Division 2 West Team Finals.
More details about each individual Summit Team Finals event will be released soon including special races, rule packages and a complete schedule of events. Check back with www.ihra.com for more information.
2013 SUMMIT TEAM FINALS SCHEDULE
Division 1 Patriots
Piedmont Dragway – October 3-5
Division 2 Heat Wave East
Carolina Dragway – September 20-22
Division 2 Heat Wave West
Memphis International Raceway – October 4-6
Division 3 North Stars
Pittsburgh Raceway Park – September 20-22
Division 4 Renegades
Dallas Raceway – September 27-29
Division 5 Thunder
U.S. 131 Motorsports Park – September 13-15
Division 6 Border Bandits
Castrol Raceway – August 16-18
Division 7 Gunslingers
Caprock Motorplex – September 13-15
Division 9 Raiders
Piedmont Dragway – September 27-29