JEG'S New IHRA Top Stock Sponsor NORWALK, Ohio (June 4, 2006) -- The Ohio-based automotive aftermarket supplier JEG'S High Performance/JEG'S Mail Order has signed an agreement to assume title sponsorship rights to the International Hot Rod ...
JEG'S New IHRA Top Stock Sponsor
NORWALK, Ohio (June 4, 2006) -- The Ohio-based automotive aftermarket supplier JEG'S High Performance/JEG'S Mail Order has signed an agreement to assume title sponsorship rights to the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Top Stock class. The agreement, which became effective prior to the MOPAR Canadian Nationals at Grand Bend Motorplex June 2 - 4, was put together by class participant Bo Kenney and will continue at least through the remainder of the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series schedule.
"We're very happy JEG'S came on board with us," Kenney said. "Johnny (Coughlin) was very instrumental in it. He has been providing my team with parts and a lot of support. They have wanted to come back into sportsman racing and were looking at the Top Stock class. They are a great company to be associated with and I think they are going to bring a lot to Top Stock. They give us a lot of credibility as far as a major sponsor, and I think they will do a lot for other classes as well. Other racers will be able to look at a Top Stock car and know everything on it is available from their catalogue or JEG'S.com."
Top Stock is a heads-up muscle car class that features everything from 1960s classics to late model fuel injected sports cars. The class is run at nine of the 11 eMax Drag Racing Series event on the 2006 schedule.
"We're thrilled JEG'S came on board with us to sponsor the Top Stock class," IHRA President Aaron Polburn said. "I think this is a perfect marriage between a class dependent on a wide array of aftermarket parts and a sponsor who can showcase a great deal of product. I'm very confident this will be a big win-win situation for everyone involved."
Kenney thinks the IHRA had a lot to do with JEG'S coming on board.
"(Vice President of Racing Operations) Skooter Peaco knew, if we put the big purses out there it would make the class attractive for a major sponsor," he said. "That's what happened with JEG'S. Once JEG'S looked at the value IHRA was going to provide for them they decided it was a good place for them to be. And they thought this class would be the right class because the cars go fast and JEG'S has everything cars need to go fast. You name it, you can get it from JEG'S."
For more information on JEG'S High Performance/JEG'S Mail Order, please log onto www.jegs.com.
Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), a division of Live Nation, promotes professional, semi-professional and local level racing opportunities for drivers at all levels. The eMax Drag Racing Series is an 11-event North American professional drag racing circuit. In 2006, the series will be comprised of eight events in major cities throughout the United States and three in Canada. The Mr. Gasket Pro-Am Championship consists of competition at national events and 35 events in six regional divisions, while IHRA's Summit SuperSeries is conducted nearly every weekend at over 90 IHRA-sanctioned tracks. Providing a safe environment to develop future stars, IHRA offers the PM-1 Junior Dragster Racing Series for youths ages 8-17. Stand-alone events include Live Nation's entertainment-filled "Thunder Jam" shows and the street legal racing and lifestyle event series Kumho Street Warriorz presented by Hooters. More information can be found at www.ihra.com.