The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment have selected Clay Millican and Carissa Biele as hosts of the all-new Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series television show airing on MAVTV this fall.
Millican, one of the most decorated racers in the history of the International Hot Rod Association, will return to the IHRA spotlight as a commentator while newcomer Biele will serve as pit reporter for the brand-new show airing later this year.
Focusing primarily on character-driven entertainment, the NJDRS show on MAVTV will showcase drivers, classes and cars in a unique blend of on-track racing and behind the scenes stories. With its roots in reality storytelling, MAVTV will bring fans up-close-and-personal with the stars of the IHRA’s professional drag racing series and all of the exciting drama that is associated with championship motorsports.
“When you think of IHRA you think of Clay Millican. He is the most successful racer in the history of the IHRA, so when this opportunity came about, we thought who better to host this show than Clay,” said Scott Gardner, president of IHRA Motorsports. “With Clay’s racing experience and charisma, coupled with the broadcast experience and charm of Carissa, we feel that this team will elevate the program and create even more excitement when the IHRA finally makes its return to television later this year.”
Millican won six consecutive IHRA Top Fuel championships from 2001 to 2006, winning 52 races and earning more than 60 finals during that span. He won 68 percent of the races during his six-year reign atop the IHRA Top Fuel world including recording an amazing 21 wins in 24 races in a two-year span. He also set both ends of the IHRA Top Fuel world record and was the very first IHRA driver to dip into the 4.40s on the quarter-mile.
While Millican is definitely known for his accomplishments on the track, he is also a veteran in front of a camera. Millican has served as host and commentator on a number of motorsports shows including Pinks All Out, Burnout and Drag Race High, making him a perfect fit to join the IHRA team on MAVTV.
“I am really looking forward to partnering with the IHRA in bringing this great series back to television and hopefully turning this into one of the most watched motorsports shows on television,” Millican said. “There are so many great stories and characters within the IHRA and this program will bring those people to the spotlight and show what really goes on behind the scenes at a drag race, good, bad and ugly. I really feel like this format can turn into something big.”
Working alongside Millican will be Biele, a young, energetic reporter hailing from Nashville, Tenn. A former television news anchor in Missouri and aspiring country music artist, Biele will work with the drivers and teams as pit reporter for the all-new Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.
“I have always had an interest and passion for motorsports and I hope to carry that love for racing over to this great show and help bring to life the stories that make the IHRA so unique,” Biele said. “I have worked with the IRG team through Memphis International Raceway and Jason Rittenberry and I also did some work with Speed TV and all of that has led to this awesome opportunity. I am really looking forward to the upcoming season.”