IHBA: 2001 season preview

IHBA Season Looking To Pick Up Speed April 10, 2001 (Austin, TX) --- Heading into its nineteenth season the International Hot Boat Association (IHBA) is building up tremendous momentum. In July, a 52 week television package will launch on ...

IHBA Season Looking To Pick Up Speed

April 10, 2001 (Austin, TX) --- Heading into its nineteenth season the International Hot Boat Association (IHBA) is building up tremendous momentum. In July, a 52 week television package will launch on Speedvision, the tour is returning to historic venues in Augusta, Georgia and Castaic, California, and current venues in Red Bluff, California, Marble Falls, Texas, and Phoenix are looking for record breaking attendance. All these positive signs point to a breakout year for the IHBA.

"2001 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years in the history of the IHBA. The TV package combined with great venues will give our fans the most exhilarating motor sports experience available. We are looking forward to getting into some new markets and bringing some new sponsors to the sport. We will have more announcements as the season unfolds," said Doug Fuqua, IHBA Chief Marketing Officer.

The IHBA national event season starts with Lakefest 2001, April 27-29 in Chandler, Arizona. The West Coast swing begins with stops in Bakersfield, California (Western Fuel Nationals, May 4-6), Red Bluff, California (Nitro Nationals, May 25-27) and Chowchilla, California (Hot Summer Nationals, June 15-17).

From California the IHBA national series heads to Texas for the historic Texas Shoot-out in Waco, Texas (June 31-July 1) and then moves to the East Coast for national events in Augusta, Georgia (Augusta Southern Nationals, June 20-22) and High Point, North Carolina (Oak Hollow Boat Drags, July 28-29).

Marble Falls, Texas, outside of Austin, is the next stop (Marble Falls Lakefest 2001, Aug. 10-12) and then the tour heads north to Chouteau Bend, Oklahoma (Mid America Summer Nationals, Aug. 25-26) and Wichita, Kansas (Wichita Summer Nationals, Sept. 14-16).

The IHBA national series makes a final swing West with a stop in Castaic, California (California Finals, September 28-30) before concluding at the World Finals at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona outside of Phoenix, November 1-4.

The International Hot Boat Association (IHBA) is the premier sanctioning association for drag boat racing in the United States. The IHBA is dedicated to producing top-level motor sports events across the country by sanctioning 16 events at the national and divisional levels. The 2001 IHBA national series is a 12-event tour, with a $1.5 million purse, reaching over 300,000 fans, and culminating with the crowning of the IHBA World Championship at Firebird International Raceway. Log onto the IHBA website for more information www.ihbaracing.com

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