In the multi-year agreement, Summit Racing Equipment, a national leader in direct marketing of auto racing parts and equipment, will continue to have the title sponsorship of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, effective immediately.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League consists of weekly racing at many of NHRA’s member track network and young drivers can compete at the premier NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western and Eastern Conference Finals, where Wally trophies are awarded to individual and team champions.
The League also offers the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge, a program that provides NHRA Member Tracks the opportunity to host a special event exclusively for their junior drag racers and award specially designed NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge Wally trophies.
“The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League provides the ultimate opportunity for young racing enthusiasts to participate in NHRA Drag,” said Gary Darcy, senior vice president of sales and marketing, NHRA. “By extending its title sponsorship of the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League, a unique program that is unparalleled in the world of motorsports, Summit Racing is solidifying its role in developing the next generation of NHRA stars.”
Founded in 1992, more than 4,000 kids compete in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. Jr. Dragsters are half-scale replicas powered by five-horsepower engines that produce speeds up to 85 mph in the eighth-mile distance.
“Summit Racing Equipment’s sponsorship of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League has been a rewarding opportunity to support the young stars of NHRA drag racing,” said Jim Greenleaf, motorsports & events manager for Summit Racing Equipment. “We are looking forward to continuing our involvement in this distinctive program that is at the very foundation of NHRA drag racing.”
Notable NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League alumni who now compete in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series include two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders, 2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon, Pro Stock standout Vincent Nobile and eight-time Top Fuel winner J.R. Todd.
The commitment increases Summit Racing Equipment’s presence in NHRA Drag Racing. The company is the title sponsor of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Georgia and the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The company also is the primary sponsor for the Chevy Camaros driven by multi-time Pro Stock world champs Greg Anderson and Jason Line in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In addition, Summit Racing Equipment also sponsors the popular NHRA Summit Racing Series, the premier grassroots level series in NHRA competition.
With headquarters in Tallmadge, Ohio, Summit Racing Equipment is the industry’s leading direct marketer of auto racing parts and equipment through catalogs and the Internet. The company also operates large retail stores in Sparks, Nev. and McDonough, Ga.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California.
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