(Norwalk, OH) - Bill Bader President of IHRA has announced he will step down and that Aaron Polburn will take over the top spot at the Norwalk, Ohio based drag racing and motorsports company.
"I have worked to the exclusion of my family and faith my entire professional life," stated Bader. "Whatever the current project, it received my full attention. It's time to step back and smell the roses. I have been considering this the past 12 months and simply thought.....it's time.
"After purchasing IHRA in 1998 my goal was to instill pride, attitude, integrity and profitability to the struggling organization", added Bader. "Attitude was achieved almost immediately and profitability the second year. Better facilities, bigger markets, excellent sponsor support and quality events brought with them much needed integrity and pride".
Added Bader, "What makes this easy is the great staff we currently have in place. There isn't anything they can't do. Aaron is the most capable person I know to succeed me; I hired him over 30 years ago to teach me the business. IHRA is in very good hands. Since the planning for 2005 and 2006 is going on right now we thought this was the best time to pass the torch."
Polburn assumes his new duties, effective immediately and reflected on his new position.
"I'm very excited and humbled at the same time. The staff at IHRA and Clear Channel Motorsports is poised to grow IHRA and have a lot of fun doing it. But, in the mean time all prayers will be gratefully accepted."
Clear Channel Motorsports President, Charlie Mancuso added, "We would like to thank Bill for all he has done for IHRA and look forward to working hand in hand with Aaron and his team to build a very very bright future."
Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, IHRA is the fastest growing drag racing sanctioning body in North America. IHRA sanctioned professional, sportsman and bracket racing series provide competition for drivers at all levels. Those series include the Hooters IHRA Series, Mr. Gasket Pro-Am Series, Summit SuperSeries and Junior Dragster series. IHRA is a division of Clear Channel Entertainment's Motorsport Division. Please visit www.ihra.com for more information.