Light and Clifford elected to Board of Directors GLENDORA, Calif. (March 30, 2004) - Wally Parks, founder of the NHRA, today announced the election of two new members to the association's Board of Directors. In an action taken at a board...
Light and Clifford elected to Board of Directors
GLENDORA, Calif. (March 30, 2004) - Wally Parks, founder of the NHRA, today announced the election of two new members to the association's Board of Directors.
In an action taken at a board meeting earlier this month, Peter Clifford, executive vice president and general manager and Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations for NHRA, were elected to the Board.
"In expanding the Board, we carefully considered various options, focusing attention on what we felt to be in NHRA's and the sport's best interest to continue to oversee the multi-faceted organization," said Parks. "As the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body, NHRA is charged with a vast scope of responsibility."
"We must continue to maintain the delicate balance that has made NHRA and the sport of drag racing the success it is today and Peter and Graham bring to the board additional dimensions and experience that will help in overseeing the continuing challenges of the future," concluded Parks.
Clifford, who prior to his current title was the association's senior vice president and chief financial officer, joined NHRA in 1997. He oversees all NHRA-owned race track facilities, publications, information technology, national event business, ticketing, customer service and human resources. Clifford also is responsible for all fiscal functions including management of accounting and finance departments. Clifford currently sits on the board of directors of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.
Light oversees competition and event operations at all 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events and is responsible for development and implementation of the rules and regulations that govern competition in the NHRA's many racing series'. He also is chairman of the NHRA Competition Committee. Light, a former Top Fuel dragster driver, car show promoter and track operator, joined NHRA in 1984, handling business development in an area that now comprises NHRA Division 6 and 7. In 1986, he took over as Division 7 director and was promoted to the position of competition director in 1987. Later that year, he was elevated to vice president for technical operations and in 1993 to his current position.
"The balance essential to efficient management of NHRA and to effectively direct activities of our sport requires individuals who clearly understand all that NHRA does and how each relates to one another," said Dallas Gardner, NHRA's chairman of the board. "When we combine all the elements into the mix -- racing, tracks and related facilities, track owners and operators, safety programs, sponsors with diverse interests that support programs at all levels, members of NHRA, and our worldwide population of fans -- balance is not only complex, but critical."
The NHRA Board of Directors includes Parks, Gardner, NHRA president Tom Compton, Dick Wells and now Clifford and Light.
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 80,000 members and 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 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.