FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gary Schuetz IHRA Motorsports (423) 764-1164 Nov. 8, 1997 EVENT SCHEDULE TOPS IHRA ANNOUNCEMENTS BRISTOL, Tenn. -- IHRA Motorsports has unveiled an 11-race 1998 national event schedule for the IHRA...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gary Schuetz IHRA Motorsports (423) 764-1164
Nov. 8, 1997
EVENT SCHEDULE TOPS IHRA ANNOUNCEMENTS
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- IHRA Motorsports has unveiled an 11-race 1998 national event schedule for the IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series. While still aggressively seeking to add other new early-season events, the current schedule launches with a March 27-29 event, and concludes Oct. 15-18 at an all-new facility at Red River Raceway in Shreveport, La. The tour will also feature a second new national event venue, Lake Slip Away Dragway at Lena, Miss. The series' 1998 rules package is in the final stages of completion with release set for Nov. 15. In announcing the schedule, IHRA Motorsports Chairman Elton Alderman revealed other details of the sanctioning group's plans. "Headlined by the continuing support of Snap-on Tools as our series sponsor, IHRA maintains a fast-track path to new levels of value and entertainment," Alderman said. All of this falls in the wake of a 1997 season that saw IHRA explore new heights in performance and racer participation. The tour's record books were rewritten early and often, with new performance marks repeatedly set in many eliminator categories. Among them, few were more memorable than those set in the featured Top Fuel category. The 300 mile per hour mark was first eclipsed by Doug Herbert, and repeated by several other drivers for a total of 16 times during the season. Top Fuel World Champion Paul Romine clocked an IHRA-best elapsed time of 4.709 seconds at Ohio's Norwalk Raceway Park. An IHRA record 849 race cars passed through the gates at the Prolong Super Lubricants/Ohio Lottery World Nationals at Norwalk. Adding to the excitement of its 1997 eliminator world championships, IHRA racers waged heated battles, many of which went to the season's final event in determining the ultimate points outcome. In looking ahead, Alderman revealed that the series is also strongly considering the possibility of adding new eliminator categories to accommodate the fast-growing 'Muscle Car" classes. "We've received many enthusiastic inquiries about IHRA creating a permanent home for these popular street-relevant race cars," said Alderman. "We'll gauge its sponsor potential and viability from our quarter-mile national event format and respond accordingly." The series invites all parties interested in the Muscle Car categories to present themselves, and will announce its decision on the addition of these classes shortly.