2003 Summit Sport Compact series schedule announced

GLENDORA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2002) -- The addition of two new venues highlight the 2003 NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series schedule, released today by officials from the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body. The 10-race, $1.4 ...

GLENDORA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2002) -- The addition of two new venues highlight the 2003 NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series schedule, released today by officials from the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body.

The 10-race, $1.4 million series will once again feature exciting competition at many of the nation's premier drag racing facilities with each race being showcased on ESPN2. A year-end championship bonus fund of $144,000 as well as purses at each event totaling $260,500 are guaranteed. The series also offers the sport's most lucrative contingency program.

Two facilities new to the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series will host events to open the season, as the tour kicks-off at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 15-16) before moving on to Moroso Motorsports Park (April 5-6), near Miami, for the tour's second stop. The series will once again conclude at historic Pomona (Calif.) Raceway (Oct. 25-26), near Los Angeles.

The series will return to several familiar destinations to complete the remainder of the schedule, including two stops at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. (May 3-4 and Oct. 4-5), Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway (May 17-18), Atco (N.J.) Raceway (June 7-8), Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas outside Dallas (Aug. 8-9), Woodburn (Ore.) Dragway near Portland (Aug. 23-24), and Infienon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. (Sept. 6-7).

"We're extremely excited about our NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series schedule for 2003," said Gary Darcy, NHRA vice president of marketing. "With the addition of two outstanding race facilities in The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Moroso Motorsports Park in South Florida, and some key changes to the category structure at the competition level, we are now firmly positioned to continue to grow our leadership position in the sport compact drag racing arena."

The schedule announcement comes just after NHRA officials realigned its professional "heads-up" categories, providing a logical progression for enthusiasts to step up from a novice class to the ultimate level of professional competition.

In 2003, the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series will feature two professional "heads-up" categories competing for a world championship: the Pro RWD (rear-wheel drive) class, and the new Pro FWD (front-wheel drive) category.

The current Hot Rod (front-wheel drive) and All-Motor (no power adders) will be maintained in 2003 and compete for an NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series Championship.  The current Modified category will feature rear-wheel drive only vehicles. In all, five NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series championships (Pro RWD, Pro FWD, Hot Rod, Modified, All-Motor) will be up for grabs in 2003.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA's involvement in the sport compact scene culminates with the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, featuring 10 events throughout the country with exclusive television coverage on ESPN2.

The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 130 member tracks.  The NHRA-sanctioned pro, sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The premier NHRA touring series is the 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, which crowns champions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17. 

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