Javier Ortega named as Consultant

Ortega named Consultant for NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series. GLENDORA, Calif. (June 7, 2002)- The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today that Javier Ortega has been named Consultant for the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing ...

Ortega named Consultant for NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series.

GLENDORA, Calif. (June 7, 2002)- The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today that Javier Ortega has been named Consultant for the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series.

Ortega, 34, has been involved with the import racing scene from its grassroots beginnings and currently serves as the Import Events Director at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, N.J. He willHeHe will remain in his position at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

In his new advisory position with the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, he will be responsible for advising the NHRA Summit Sport Compact team and NHRA management of key trends and opportunities in the sport compact market. In addition to traveling to all NHRA sport compact events, where he will advise race operations, marketing and sales and work with tracks, sponsors and racers, Ortega also will help develop and implement lifestyle marketing programs for the series in conjunction with NHRA management.

"Javier offers a lot of experience in sport compact racing," said Gary Darcy, NHRA vice president of marketing. "He has been instrumental in the success that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park has had with its program. I am certain that he will compliment our NHRA Sport Compact team and offer the advice and support that we need during this very important time of growth for our NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series. We look forward to working with him."

Ortega was first involved in sport compact racing as a competitor and later as a proprietor of one of the East Coast's first import tuner shops. After accepting a full-time position at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to develop the facility's sport compact racing program, Ortega pioneered the sport compact racing scene and developed the "Summer Slam", which in its sixth season continues to be one of the largest sport compact events in the world.

"It a very explosive time now for sport compact racing and I am excited about this new opportunity to join the NHRA as a consultant for their Summit Sport Compact Series," Ortega said. "I am confident in my ability to help make the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series the most appealing circuit for the expanding group of import racers."

The NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series features drag racing for both import and domestic sub-compact models and features 10 events across the nation with national television coverage on ESPN2.

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 POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 130 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 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag 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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