The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ are excited to announce that Spokane County Raceway, located in Airway Heights (west of Spokane), has become IHRA’s newest member track and IHRA’s first on the West Coast!
Spokane County Raceway (SCR), which boasts one of the largest motorsports facilities in the northwest, will instantly become an important hub for the IHRA as the sanctioning body looks to make its presence felt for the first time in the western half of the United States. Plans are already in place to bring IHRA’s most popular series to the facility, including the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series which will find a home on the SCR calendar in 2015.
“We are thrilled to welcome Spokane County Raceway to the IHRA member track family. Spokane County is a great track with a dedicated racer base and a facility that is second-to-none in the northwest,” said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports. “Over the past few years the IHRA has enjoyed a great deal of growth and expansion. We have seen the IHRA become a dominating force in Canada, make a shift to the southwest with our company-owned track in Arizona and we have added other facilities in New Zealand, the Bahamas and other parts of the world.
“It takes courage to be the first at something and we applaud Spokane County for being the first facility in that region to join IHRA. It is obvious in talking with everyone at the facility that they want to bring new opportunities to their racers and fans and we look forward to being a partner in making that happen.”
Founded in 1974, Spokane County Raceway features a quarter-mile drag strip, a paved oval, road course, mud drags and more. Spokane County, which owns the 315-acre facility, purchased the track in 2008. By partnering with the IHRA, facility General Manager Craig Smith hopes to provide a foothold in bringing IHRA drag racing to the western United States while providing his racers and fans with more racing opportunities in the years to come. “The Advisory Board for Spokane County Raceway is very excited about the new opportunities IHRA will bring to our community, sponsors, and racers. Bringing the Nitro Jam to Spokane is a huge step forward with national TV coverage and professional drag racing,” Craig said.
Over the past two decades, the International Hot Rod Association has made major headway in bringing its motorsports programs to the world. Currently, the IHRA sanctions more than 100 facilities in 31 states, five Canadian Provinces and five countries. With the addition of Spokane County Raceway, the IHRA now hopes to see even more growth in the one area of the country that its presence is currently not strongly felt. With it, IHRA hopes to bring its extremely popular Summit Racing Equipment sportsman programs to a brand new audience.
“IHRA’s Summit sportsman programs are second-to-none in providing racer-friendly competition, ease of participation and national-level drag racing to everyone, from the dedicated class racer to the local weekend bracket racer,” said Skooter Peaco, Vice President of IHRA Motorsports. “We look forward to providing these great programs to the racers at Spokane and making the transition to the IHRA an easy and exciting experience for all.”
In addition to the great new options for racers, spectators will enjoy the debut of the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series in 2015 as the best racers in Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Pro Stock, Top Fuel and more travel to Washington next season. Details on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season will be announced later this year.
For more information about Spokane County Raceway visit www.racing.sc and for more information on the IHRA and its programs, visit www.ihra.com.
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