Milan: Event postponed to September 21-23

Seventh stop on 2007 Nitro Jam schedule moved to late September MILAN, Mich. (August 25, 2007) -- The Suzuki Motor City Nationals presented by GM Performance Division and Heritage Newspapers at Milan Dragway has tentatively been moved to Sept.

Seventh stop on 2007 Nitro Jam schedule moved to late September

MILAN, Mich. (August 25, 2007) -- The Suzuki Motor City Nationals presented by GM Performance Division and Heritage Newspapers at Milan Dragway has tentatively been moved to Sept. 21-23 due to weather concerns.

Heavy rain in Southeast Michigan Friday night dropped over an inch of rain on the Milan area. In addition, the region has experienced nearly 12 inches of rain in the past six days. IHRA was able to get the track dried Saturday morning and racing began at 9:30 a.m., but the rains came again at noon and continued until 3:00 p.m. when IHRA officials finally decided to pull the plug on the event.

The steady rain completely saturated the track surface, leading to the determination by IHRA track guru Jim Weinert that it would not be possible to offer a safe race track to the racers until late Sunday or early Monday at the earliest.

"The real issue is not the weather, the issue is the fact that there has been so much rain over the last few days that there was nowhere for the runoff to go," IHRA vice president of operations Skooter Peaco said. "They had over 10 inches of rain over the last five days and the storm sewers and drains in the area were full. The rain sitting beneath the race track was just percolating up when the sun came out, causing unsafe racing conditions. Racer safety is always our primary concern and we could not guarantee our racers a safe race track.

All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored at the rescheduled event.

The next event on the 2007 Knoll Gas Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is the IHRA Canadian Nationals presented by PartSource, September 7 -- 9, at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario.

-credit: ihra

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