LEN IMBROGNO NAMED DIRECTOR OF SPORTSMAN RACING AND MEMBER TRACKS Move Designed to Strengthen NHRA's Position With National Member Track Network and The Racing Community GLENDORA, Calif. (June 16, 2000) - In a move to strengthen its relationship...
LEN IMBROGNO NAMED DIRECTOR OF SPORTSMAN RACING AND MEMBER TRACKS
Move Designed to Strengthen NHRA's Position With National Member Track Network and The Racing Community
GLENDORA, Calif. (June 16, 2000) - In a move to strengthen its relationship with its member tracks while fulfilling the need to reach out to the sportsman racing community, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has named Len Imbrogno, a long-time drag racing enthusiast, director of sportsman racing and member tracks.
Imbrogno brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in motorsports as a sportsman and professional racer, team manager and marketing consultant. "His love for the sport of drag racing first began in the mid-'60s racing a Super Stock Chevelle and continued through the nitromethane Funny Car class, NASCAR and CART," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "His appointment as director of sportsman racing and member tracks takes his career full circle and we are confident he will become a huge asset to our new race operations team."
Earlier in the year, NHRA announced Ray Alley as director of top fuel and funny car racing and with Imbrogno's appointment, the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body has seasoned professionals and hands-on executives overseeing the day-to-day operations of two very critical components of its racing programs.
Imbrogno served as general manager of Team Tabasco in NASCAR Winston Cup. Before that, he was on the management team with Kenny Bernstein, longtime NHRA Top Fuel dragster owner and driver, serving as administrator of Kenny's professional racing teams in NASCAR and CART. He also was director of marketing for King Sports. In the mid-'80s, Imbrogno sold his company, Imbrogno Performance, a company specializing in building superchargers and fuel injection systems. Late last year, he served a short stint as vice president of competition for another drag racing sanctioning body. "My first love has always been drag racing," said Imbrogno. "As a teen-ager in the mid-'60s I raced everything from a 1933 Willys AA/Gasser to a Top Fuel Funny Car." In late 1979, he competed in the NHRA Winston Division Three Championship Series, where he placed second in points.
"Len brings a tremendous amount of experience from both the competitor and business side that we believe will be invaluable when making decisions that directly affect the sportsman racer," said Compton. "His business skills will be useful in developing programs for member tracks to utilize what NHRA currently offers, to create new forms of revenue streams, and to meet the ever-changing needs associated with running a drag racing facility including public and governmental relations, customer and racer amenities, infrastructure and marketing."
In his new role, Imbrogno will oversee the seven NHRA divisions and the technical department for sportsman racing. He also will serve as the liaison between NHRA and the sportsman racers and NHRA member tracks. He will report directly to Tom Compton and utilize the consulting services of Bob Devour, who was hired earlier this year to advise and assist the sanctioning body on a variety of sportsman-related issues.
"I hope to make the NHRA experience more enjoyable and fulfilling for the thousands of NHRA sportsman competitors," Imbrogno said. "Clearly this is one of Tom's primary initiatives as the new president and his vision and ambitions were one of the reasons I chose to come on board.
"My first order of business will be to understand the wants and needs of all of our sportsman racers and develop solutions for the group's many diverse and complex issues. I am also looking forward to working toward solidifying NHRA's ever-expanding member track system."
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 Winston Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 85,000 racers and members nationwide and 144 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 Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.