With a new series sponsor and enthusiasm for continued growth in the sport, NHRA announced its 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule as part of a whirlwind of announcements and activities at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis on the eve of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Highlighting the 2013 schedule is the inaugural NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, June 20-23. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ visit to the Northeast marks a process of more than a decade in the making.
The summer months leading into the most prestigious and historic event on the tour, the NHRA U.S. Nationals, Labor Day weekend (August 28-September 2) at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, will be a grueling challenge for the teams with nine races in 12 weeks and will see the teams travel from coast to coast.
That portion of the schedule kicks off the first weekend in June (May 30-June 2) with the Toyota NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown.
After a week off, the circuit embarks on four races in row, beginning with the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol (June 14-16), the inaugural NHRA New England Nationals (June 20-23), the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago (June 27-30), and concluding with the traditional July 4th celebration in Norwalk with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (July 4-7).
From Norwalk, the series will head on to the famous Western Swing, which features three races in three weeks under three very different conditions: the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver (July 19-21), the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma (July 26-28), and the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle (August 2-4).
After a week off, the demanding summer stretch will conclude in Brainerd with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (August 15-18).
The 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series begins, as it has for 53 years, with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona February 14-17, and continues the following week in Phoenix with the NHRA Arizona Nationals (February 22-24).
The traditional East Coast opener will be held March 14-17 at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville with the 44th running of the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals.
The fourth stop in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (April 5-7), followed by the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte (April 19-21).
The series continues with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston (April 26-28), the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta (May 3-5), and the NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka (May 17-19).
The six-race 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs, will kick off in the fall with four consecutive weeks of racing: the NHRA Nationals in Charlotte (September 13-15), the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas (September 19-22), the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis (September 27-29), and the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals in Reading (October 3-6).
The season concludes out West with the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas (October 24-27) and returns to where it all began for the season finale with the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals (November 7-10).
Pro Stock Motorcycle riders will compete in a 16-race schedule with six of those races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events featuring action from qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday’s race.
For more information, visit www.nhra.com.