Mike Rice named NHRA Northwest Division Director

GLENDORA, Calif. (July 17, 2001) - Mike Rice has been named Northwest Division Director (Division 6) for the National Hot Rod Association, it was announced today by Len Imbrogno, NHRA director of sportsman racing and member tracks. In his new ...

GLENDORA, Calif. (July 17, 2001) - Mike Rice has been named Northwest Division Director (Division 6) for the National Hot Rod Association, it was announced today by Len Imbrogno, NHRA director of sportsman racing and member tracks.

In his new position, Rice, 32, will manage the competition at the 19 NHRA-member facilities in the Northwest Division, which includes tracks located in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Canada. Among his responsibilities include coordination of NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series events and NHRA Summit Racing Series events. In addition, he will provide consultation with track operators at all NHRA-member facilities in the division as well as supervise development of new racetrack activity.

"Mike's knowledge in promoting and organizing events will ensure continued success in the Northwest Division," said Imbrogno. "His experiences in a variety of different areas in drag racing, including race operations, safety, sales and marketing, makes him a highly qualified candidate for the position."

Prior to accepting the new position, Rice has been a contract employee of the NHRA, working as a certification specialist in Div. 6 and a Chief Starter in Div. 7, among other duties. Prior to working with NHRA, he spent 12 years in a variety of positions, including sales and shipping, for Art Morrison Enterprises, a Fife, Wash.-based race car manufacturer. He spent 10 years as an employee at Seattle International Raceway and has worked on a contract basis for Woodburn Dragstrip, Woodburn, Ore.

"I hope to make the NHRA experience more enjoyable for everyone in Division 6 -- competitors, sponsors, track operators and fans," said Rice. "I am looking forward to trying some different programs that will provide more opportunities for our racers."

Rice graduated from Pierce College in Puyallup, Wash. with degrees in Marketing and Business Management. He and his wife, Beth, live in Puyallup with their two daughters, Ashlyn, 7, and Kaitlyn, 4.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 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, NHRA Summit Import Series and the Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

-NHRA-

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