Irwindale drag race dates announced

Irwindale Dragstrip/NHRA Street Legal Summit ET Series drag race dates announced. Irwindale, Calif. - - A series of eight Summit ET race events leading up to a 2004 track drag racing championship in each of four racing divisions will be held ...

Irwindale Dragstrip/NHRA Street Legal Summit ET Series drag race dates announced.

Irwindale, Calif. - - A series of eight Summit ET race events leading up to a 2004 track drag racing championship in each of four racing divisions will be held again this year at the quick eighth-mile Irwindale Dragstrip. Beginning on Saturday night February 14, and concluding on Sunday afternoon August 22, the series will see well over 100 competitors and hundreds of fans getting a great introduction to affordable drag racing competition."

"This can be the first step on the road to a pro career, and/or a great place to still let those competitive juices flow at a local level for racers that have done plenty of time on the road, but who still want that shot of adrenalin that competitive drag racing provides. Either way, we have some serious fun at the Summit races," said Dragstrip director of operations, Gene Bergstom, himself a veteran of many years as a NHRA national official and a drag racing competitor before that!

"We're very pleased to be announcing our second season of Summit ET racing," said Bergstrom. "The competition here at Irwindale has become very intense, we're seeing some top quality car preparation and driving."

"This series is something that brings out the best in our competitors. As we did last year, Irwindale Dragstrip will field a Summit Series Team for the prestigious ET finals which will be run at legendary Famoso Raceway, in Bakersfield, California October 8 through 10, 2004. Last year's 5th place finish by the Irwindale team was just a sign of things to come in 2004," Bergstrom concluded.

Irwindale will host a 8 Race Series with the 7 Best Races counting toward the Championship, points will be awarded as outlined in the 2004 NHRA rule book under "Sportsman's Points Divisional Championship"

<pre> FOUR Brackets will be contested this season: (BODIED CARS ONLY): Category Pro-Street 6.00 to 7.99 seconds No Electronics, 5 tenths full tree Sportsman 8.00 - slower No Electronics, 5 tenths full tree Truck / S.U.V. 6.00 - slower No Electronics, 5 tenths full tree Pro-Bike 6.00 - slower No Electronics, 4 tenths full tree 1 Tenth dial-in or out of the eliminator allowed </pre> 2004 NHRA Summit ET Racing Series Schedule:
Feb. 14th Saturday Night Race
March 6th Saturday Night Race
April 25th Sunday Day Race
May 16th Sunday Day Race
June 6th Sunday Day Race
July 11th Sunday Day Race
August 8th Sunday Day Race
August 22nd Sunday Day Race

Saturday Events Gates Open @ 2pm with time trials @ 2:30pm. Eliminations @ 6pm Sunday Events Gates Open @ 9am with time trials @ 10am. Eliminations @ 1pm

Entry fee for all classes will be $45.00. Purse structure will be prorated based on the number of entries in each class.

Each Track Champion in Each class will receive a 2004 Track Champion's Trophy and Gold Card for complimentary 2005 Irwindale Dragstrip Summit Series ET entries.

SPECIAL NOTE:  At each event a certain number of non-racing (time only)
"test'n'tune entries will be allowed.  ($20.00)

SUMMIT ET SERIES BACKGROUNDER:

The NHRA Summit Racing Series features a bracket racing format, allowing drivers in many types of cars to compete on an equal basis against each other. In addition to the three categories of competition for cars, a motorcycle category is featured.

NHRA Summit Racing Series racers compete for points and cash awards in a number of qualifying events at 140 NHRA member tracks throughout North America. Drivers who gain the most points are eligible to compete for individual and team honors at the Summit Racing NHRA Division E.T. Finals in each of NHRA's seven divisions-individual winners receive a division trophy and travel expenses to attend the Summit Racing NHRA National E.T. Finals, where they compete for a national championship, $5,000, a national champion's trophy, and bragging rights for the year.

The commitment by Summit Racing was a huge boost to the Sportsman series, which has long been the backbone of drag racing. The sponsorship more than doubled the financial commitment to the series, including a record increase in cash payouts and awards. In addition, the series includes a national event where a champion in each category is crowned. Summit Racing has expanded the member-track participant kit and developed extensive programming for both consumers and enthusiasts designed to increase visibility for the sport on a national level. Internet components and links to Summit Racing (www.summitracing.com) and NHRA (www.nhra.com) Web sites are part of the initiative to increase racer participation.

As many as 80,000 racers participate in the NHRA Summit Racing Series-it is the largest organized series in drag racing nationwide.

"Summit Racing's increased involvement with NHRA and sponsorship of the E.T. Drag Racing Series significantly elevates our already established and successful grassroots racing programs," said NHRA President Tom Compton. "In addition, Summit increased its visibility with grassroots drag racers, forging an even greater relationship with many of their best customers. Not only does Summit Racing's involvement with the E.T. program significantly increase the E.T. series purse, but it also maximizes opportunities available in the program for our local-based competitors across North America.

"With Summit's aggressive approach to its sponsorship of this series, we are able to enhance our value to member tracks while giving them the resources to stage events that benefit both the racer and the venue," Compton added.

"Many racers can't travel across the country to participate in the professional drag racing circuit," said Jeff Winters, Marketing Manager. "The NHRA Summit Racing Series gives weekly sportsman racers an opportunity to be more than a champion in their division--they have a shot at winning a national championship. There are racers in the series who would otherwise not be able to compete at such a level, and we're happy to support such a program."

NHRA has featured an E.T. drag racing series since the mid-1970s. It provides safe, even, and exciting competition for the local racer, the backbone of NHRA.

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