After a three-year affiliation with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), Rocky Mountain Raceways will be returning to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) as part of Pacific Division Seven for 2013 and beyond.
"We appreciate our relationship with IHRA, and we hope we did a good job for them as a member track. We feel at this time that switching back to the NHRA sanction will help increase our car count across all of our classes," said Mike Eames, Rocky Mountain Raceways General Manager, and Ron Craft, Rocky Mountain Raceways Drag Strip Manager.
Headquartered in Glendora, California, NHRA is the largest sanctioning body in the world. Wally Parks founded the NHRA in 1951.
By moving to the NHRA, Rocky Mountain Raceways and the State of Utah once again have the opportunity to host a Lucas Oil Divisional race that will draw racers and fans from across the Western United States. The race is tentatively scheduled toward the end of Rocky Mountain Raceways' 2013 racing season.
"Having a Lucas Oil Divisional event so late in the season makes it very appealing with several of the 2013 national and divisional NHRA championships being swayed here," said Eames. "The move to NHRA makes it easier for RMR racers and out-of-state racers, because they will not have to carry two separate licenses, chassis certifications, etc., just to run a few events at RMR. It should strengthen the competition with the Boise, Grand Junction, and Las Vegas cars that run at Rocky Mountain Raceways."
Utah racers will benefit from the NHRA transition because they will have greater opportunity to participate at other NHRA Drag Strips and events.
"It is a good opportunity for our junior dragster team to participate at the Western Conference Finals in Denver, and our RMR Summit Racing Series team to run the Summit ET Bracket Finals," Eames added.
A driver’s meeting will be held at the end of the 2012 racing season to discuss the transition.
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