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    Default Spokane Changes to IHRA in 2015?

    So what gives? IHRA easier to work with than NHRA?

    I got this E-mail

    "Spokane County Raceway to become newest IHRA member track in 2015. The International Hot Rod AssociationTM (IHRA) and IRG Sports + EntertainmentTM are excited to announce that Spokane County Raceway, located in Airway Heights, Washington just outside of Spokane, has become IHRA’s newest member track and IHRA’s first on the West Coast, effective 2015.

    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. In addition to providing a number of new and exciting options for area racers, plans are already in place to add IHRA’s most popular series, the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, to the SCR calendar in 2015.

    The exciting nitro-powered IHRA series features professional competition in a number of fan-favorite classes including nostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Pro Stock, Jets and, special to this event in 2015, 10,000 horsepower, 320 mph Top Fuel Dragsters. All of that will take place in addition to a full weekend of sportsman competition. And to add to the excitement, the entire Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series event at Spokane County Raceway will air as part of IHRA’s national television series in 2015.

    Not since the mid-1980s has Spokane County Raceway played such a pivotal role in hosting a national drag racing championship as it will with the IHRA’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Spokane County Raceway to the IHRA member track family. Spokane 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 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.”

    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.

    “Myself, along with the Advisory Board for Spokane County Raceway, are very excited about the new opportunities IHRA will bring to our community, sponsors and racers,” said Craig Smith, General Manager at Spokane County Raceway. “Bringing Nitro Jam to Spokane is a huge step forward with national television coverage and professional drag racing for all of our great fans to enjoy.”

    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.”

    And to further assist in the crossover to IHRA, many of the IHRA sportsman classes and rules closely resemble those racers are already familiar with.

    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 North America travel to Washington next season. Details on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season will be announced later this year.

    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.

    For more information on 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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    one more set of rules to play by... and additional licensing requirements and other racer related costs... sounds like for the local racer more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumnuts View Post
    one more set of rules to play by... and additional licensing requirements and other racer related costs... sounds like for the local racer more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    From what I understand IHRA accepts NHRA certs and rules so there may not be additional expenses. ???????????

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    Competition for the NHRA in the Northwest. Love it.

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    From what I hear, both Mission and Bremerton are also changing to IHRA, heard rumors that Renegade is switching too :o
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    looking at the IHRA Web site... looks like we would have to purchase licenses to drive our noise makers.. they take our NHRA licenses but then charge a fee...

    What is the draw for tracks to switch??

    So if Mission goes and Spokane is going IHRA that only leaves Boise, Woodburn, and Seattle for finals??

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    I doubt that Mission would make the switch. The only other current rumor floating around is Yakima (around here, at least).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumnuts View Post
    looking at the IHRA Web site... looks like we would have to purchase licenses to drive our noise makers.. they take our NHRA licenses but then charge a fee...

    What is the draw for tracks to switch??

    So if Mission goes and Spokane is going IHRA that only leaves Boise, Woodburn, and Seattle for finals??
    The idea is that it is suppose to be cheaper for the track and the racers, tech is a lot more lax, things like header tethers and such wouldn't be required.
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    I see Spokane has its schedule out... no mention of sled/bike... if anyone believes that Spokane has "guaranteed payouts" I have a bridge in New York I want to sell you...we got burned on that years past..... http://www.spokanecountyraceway.com/#!schedule/c1ilr

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