FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164 June 20, 1997 Crane Cams President's Cup Nationals to be featured on CBS This Morning BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- IHRA Snap-on Tools ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164
June 20, 1997
Crane Cams President's Cup Nationals to be featured on CBS This Morning
BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing will be a featured segment in a three-part series called 'Hot Wheels', to be aired June 25-27 on CBS This Morning. The show is planned to air between 8-9 a.m. The footage for the program was captured by CBS This Morning videographers at the 6th annual Crane Cams President's Cup Nationals, June 20-22 at the Maryland International Raceway. CBS This Morning anchor Jose Diaz-Balart toured the pits, met with drivers and took a ride in the Speed Unlimited 1933 Willys as part of his visit to MIR.
The program will center around Bunny Burkett, former IHRA Alcohol Funny Car World Champion, who made her official return to IHRA competition at the event, after spending the last two years recovering from a life- threatening racing accident. In addition, five-time IHRA Pro Modified World Champion Scotty Cannon will be featured on the program, as well as Diaz-Balart's ride in the radical '33 Willys. Diaz-Balart was strapped into a specially constructed passenger seat in the nostalgia vehicle, which features a 705 cubic inch motor, and experienced a full-throttle burnout and 60-foot pass with driver George Mandes. The car is the official vehicle of Speed Unlimited, a Morningside, Md. performance center specializing in custom automotive and truck equipment. After the ride, Diaz-Balart had a serious case of bulging eyes. "That was amazing," the CBS anchor said. "I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my head when he took off. The power that this car has is incredible." Diaz-Balart was also impressed with the family atmosphere surrounding the event. "This is really what America is all about," Diaz- Balart said. "It's like a mobile community here. All of these racers become neighbors on the weekend. It's really incredible how racing provides a common bond for so many people."
The idea behind the three-part series was to showcase America's love affair with the automobile, and relate how racing has become a popular participant and spectator activity for many. In addition to the IHRA segment, CBS This Morning will also feature Diaz-Balart participating in a Demolition Derby in Decatur, Ill. (Wed., June 25), and spending time with NASCAR Busch Series drivers Elton Sawyer and Patty Moise, stock car racing competitors who also happen to be married (Fri., June 27). CBS This Morning airs weekdays from 7-9 a.m., and features anchors Mark McEwen and Jane Robelot in addition to Diaz-Balart.
The Crane Cams President's Cup Nationals is the third national event on the eight-race IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series.