2007 Pro-Am schedule announced

IHRA ANNOUNCES 2007 MR. GASKET PRO-AM SCHEDULE NORWALK, Ohio (December 1, 2006) -- The IHRA Competition Department has announced the 2007 Mr. Gasket Pro-Am Tour schedule. Expanding upon the successful double-event format from...

IHRA ANNOUNCES 2007 MR. GASKET PRO-AM SCHEDULE

NORWALK, Ohio (December 1, 2006) -- The IHRA Competition Department has announced the 2007 Mr. Gasket Pro-Am Tour schedule.

Expanding upon the successful double-event format from last season, nearly all of the 2007 races will be doubles. This allows drivers to travel to a scheduled event and compete and earn points for two races, all in one weekend. In addition, two venues will host an event where the points can be counted toward multiple divisions.

"Travel costs are not going down anytime soon, so this format, combined with the sportsman-friendly restructure of the national and Pro-Am points systemwill provide incrediblevalue toIHRA sportsmancompetitors and host track operators," said IHRA Vice President of Racing Operations Skooter Peaco.b^0x001cCreating innovative solutionstohelp sportsman competitors compete both on the national and Pro-Am level is what makes IHRA uniquely different from the mainstream.

"The best way to measure the success of the double-event concept is by how the competitors responded," added Peaco. "The racers spoke, as we saw substantial car count increases at those events over most single event weekends."

The series kicks-off in Florida, February 10-11, at Immokalee Regional Raceway, the first opportunity for competitors to take advantage of the double-event format. Immokalee Regional Raceway is an award-winning 1/8th-mile track in southern Florida.

"We've created a schedule with proximity and venue-quality in mind," said IHRA Director of Competition and Technical Services Mike Baker. "The tracks making up the schedule are either some of the nicest smaller venues in the country, or current IHRA national event tracks, offering competitors good facilities to race.

"For 2007 we are instituting a new points format for the Pro-Am seriesthat will increase the value of the events and in turn the World Championship as well," added Baker.b^0x001cOur goal is to continue to provide competitors withflexibility in scheduling and increase the value of the events for ourhost track operators, competitors and sponsors."

New venues to the schedule include Ohio's Mansfield Motorsports Park and South Carolina's Darlington International Dragway. Darlington's September 1 -- 2 event is one in which competitors can earn points in both the Heat Wave and Raiders divisions. The other multiple-division event is at Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park in West Virginia, June 8 -- 10.

"As always, we try to keep travel to a minimum for our Pro-Am competitors," said Baker. "This accounts for the double-event format, as well as the two multiple-division races, which are held at tracks located near a shared border between divisions.

-credit: www.ihra.com

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