GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2002)- The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today that Jim Skelly has been named Race Director for the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series. Skelly, 44, spent 10 years working as the technical ...
GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2002)- The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today that Jim Skelly has been named Race Director for the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series.
Skelly, 44, spent 10 years working as the technical communications director for the National Hot Rod Association before accepting the position with the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series.
"About four or five years ago I started working with (NHRA President) Tom Compton on developing the Sport Compact Series," Skelly said. "I have been involved with the series since its inception. When this opportunity came up, I took it. I spent 10 years on the domestic side of drag racing, and now I get to be part of a new and exciting area of drag racing. This is going to be a great opportunity to develop and grow with the series."
The NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series introduced drag racing for both import and domestic sub-compact models and features 10 events across the nation. In his new position, Skelly will be overseeing competition and event operations for all of the NHRA Summit Sport Compact races.
"Jim brings a lot of experience with NHRA drag racing to the table," Compton said. "He was instrumental in helping develop the series and I am confident he can make the Sport Compact Series a popular and competitive form of drag racing."
Skelly said he plans to make the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series a recognizable part of the NHRA.
"The Sport Compact market is not a fad," Skelly said. "This is not a trend. This is hot rodding in every sense of the term. We are going to do what it takes to see the car counts grow as well as the spectator base grow. We want to help pair the name of the series with the NHRA."
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.