Series institutes Nitro Funny Car for 2006

IHRA Institutes Nitro Funny Car Class for 2006 Sanctioning body and Torco Racing Fuels enter three-year agreement Race fans coming to 2006 Hooters IHRA Racing Tour national events will get a bigger dose of nitromethane than in seasons past.

IHRA Institutes Nitro Funny Car Class for 2006
Sanctioning body and Torco Racing Fuels enter three-year agreement

Race fans coming to 2006 Hooters IHRA Racing Tour national events will get a bigger dose of nitromethane than in seasons past. Torco Racing Fuels owner Evan Knoll and the International Hot Rod Association have reached an agreement that will create the Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car class, a professional class that will be part of IHRA's schedule at all 11 national events during the next three years.

"This is a big, big deal," IHRA President Aaron Polburn said. "We knew, as we look to continue IHRA's growth, this was a necessary step because Nitro Funny Car is one of the most popular classes in drag racing. Evan Knoll was interested in helping us do this because, quite frankly, Evan is a drag racing fan and knows what people want to see at the strip. I'm really excited and already counting down the days until the '06 season starts."

Knoll is excited about the opportunity to bring the nitro Funny Cars back to IHRA competition. He's also excited about the future as well.

"You couldn't help but see the fan reaction to Mike Ashley and Del Worsham in Rockingham," Knoll said. "The place went crazy. We need to capitalize on that. A lot of things have transpired in this sport lately that makes this decision an easy one and a smart one as well. I think you are going to see the face of drag racing changing in the near future and we want to be a part of it at Torco Racing Fuels, Torco Pro Nitro and Knoll Gas Energy.

"I can't wait for 2006."

Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car will have a purse and payout structure that mirrors the revamped IHRA Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel's. Also, each entry in the class will receive a free car and driver entry as well as eight crew passes. A revised 2006 IHRA schedule will be released next week and nine of the 11 '06 events will be scheduled on "non-competing" weekends, this meaning IHRA will revise as to not hold races on the same weekend as Powerade NHRA national events.

The new class will also have no effect on IHRA's popular Alcohol Funny Car class, which will remain a professional class with the same payouts and purses.

"People love nitro, and we're going to give it to them in large doses starting next season," Polburn said. "With such a great sponsor teaming up with us to bring IHRA fans such a great class I expect great things."

The Torco Racing Fuels Nitro Funny Car Ironman winner at Hooters IHRA national events will take home $23,000. The runner up wins a cool $16,000 while semifinalists will receive $13,000 each. Qualifiers in the eight-car field are guaranteed $10,000 while the #9 and #10 qualifier will win $3,000.

The 2006 World Champion will win $150,000 while the runner up will take home $50,000. The third place finisher will net $25,000 while the fourth place finisher will win $15,000 and the fifth place finisher $14,000.

The total dollar amount up for grabs next season will be $1,475,000 in Torco Racing Fuels Nitro Funny Car.

Torco Race Fuels will have all grades of its popular fuel on site at all IHRA Hooters national events. Torco Race Fuels is the official race fuel of the IHRA.

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