Sportsman Program 2004 preview

IHRA Summit SuperSeries Sportsman Program Kicks-Off April 1 NORWALK, Ohio (March 17, 2004) -- In two weeks, racers throughout the country will head to their local dragstrip with one thing in mind: to become the 2004 Summit SuperSeries World ...

IHRA Summit SuperSeries Sportsman Program Kicks-Off April 1

NORWALK, Ohio (March 17, 2004) -- In two weeks, racers throughout the country will head to their local dragstrip with one thing in mind: to become the 2004 Summit SuperSeries World Champion.

The program, which rewards sportsman racers competing at IHRA-sanctioned tracks in the U.S., Canada and for the first year, Aruba, enters its third year and will again crown a Box world champion and a No Box world champion. Drivers participate at their home track, and their final score for the season is compared on a divisional, or regional, level, and ultimately on a national level, to crown the two world champions. Up for grabs for each world champion is over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

"What makes this amazing program work is the fact that racers can compete at their local track, within 20 miles from home, and still chase an IHRA World Championship," said IHRA Director of Track Services Tom Kreager. "And the payouts go well beyond the two $100,000 prize packages for the two world champions. Racers are paid for their divisional accomplishments and accomplishments at their home track.

"Last season IHRA and Summit Racing Equipment paid over 500 racers."

How it Works

Participants race at their home track within the Box or No Box category. The racers first 40 rounds of competition are factored in to a score called a Performance Rating (PR), which is simply the number of rounds won, divided by 40. In other words, the PR is like a batting average, based on a fixed amount of 'at bats'. Each round of competition is like an 'at-bat' (except there are no walks). Win the round and your PR increases, lose and it goes down.

The points are tabulated by IHRA after every weekend and the drivers are compared at their home track within their declared class. The best driver from each track advances to the divisional level and is compared with the best drivers within their division. The best driver from each of the five divisions advances to the national level and is compared with the best drivers in the entire program. The best of the best is world champion. At the end of the season, IHRA and Summit Racing Equipment pay: the top five at each track in Box and No Box; the top five in each division in Box and No Box; and the two national finalists in Box and No Box.

Qualifying participants win cash and prizes (see, "Show me the money!", below). Of those receiving payouts, from the world champion to the top five on the track level, Summit Racing Equipment will automatically double any driver's cash winnings if he/she qualifies for the Summit Bonus. To be eligible, the driver must purchase $1,000 from Summit Racing Equipment between December 1, 2003 and July 1, 2004.

"Show me the money!"

As mentioned, cash and prizes are awarded through the program.

The two World Champions win $25,000 ($50,000 if the driver meets the Summit Bonus), a world championship diamond ring, and an IHRA Iron Man.

Plus, the Box world champion receives a turnkey Worthy/Sunset Quick Rod dragster, courtesy of Worthy Race Cars and Sunset RaceCraft Racing Engines, 2 Pit Pro pit bikes and the Aruba Aloe trip for two. The No Box world champion receives a 2005 Pontiac G6, a complete Huntsville Engine & Performance 540 Big Block Chevy Racing Engine (as seen in the current Summit catalog), and the Aruba Aloe trip for two.

Top five finishers in Box and No Box from each division receive $2,500, $1,000, $750, $500, $250, respectively. Top five finishers in Box and No Box at each track receive $250, $125, $65, $40, $25, respectively. All payouts are automatically doubled for any competitor meeting the Summit Bonus.

In addition to cash and prizes, the two world champions are honored at the IHRA Awards Banquet, along with IHRA's professional and sportsman world champions. Divisional and local winnings will be paid at the driver's home track banquet.

Sign Up Today

If you've made it this far, we can tell a few things about you: you like money, free cars, engines, scooters and trips to paradise (most people do). So your question is, 'How do I participate in the Summit SuperSeries?'

Call your local IHRA track and verify they are signed up to run the Summit SuperSeries. Next, contact IHRA and sign up for your Summit SuperSeries membership and "X" number unique to the program. Once registered, you must display IHRA and Summit SuperSeries decals in designated locations (see rulebook) on your car during the entire 2004 season.

Now you are eligible. But you can't take the chance of leaving any money on the table, so link to www.summitracing.com/store_bin/freecatalog/ and request a free catalog. Make sure you order all your race parts and any other items from Summit. When ordering, please reference the Summit source code: SPR004. Please note: tax, shipping, handling, returns and or refused merchandise do not count towards the $1,000 total. Log onto www.summitracing.com for more information on products.

For more information, obtain a 2004 Summit SuperSeries brochure from your local track or check out the program's landing page on www.ihra.com.

-irha-

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