One of the longest running and most exciting events in IHRA history is returning to the schedule as the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series welcomes back the 24th annual Summer Nationals the weekend of July 18-19, 2014 at Cordova Dragway Park in Illinois.
The Summer Nationals at Cordova Dragway Park will become the 12th event on the 2014 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour, expanding the reach of the schedule to include nine states and Canada.
Cordova Dragway Park hosted the IHRA’s annual Summer Nationals from 1997-2002, the last year the name appeared on an IHRA sanctioned national event. Previous iterations of the Summer Nationals were held in Ohio, Wisconsin, Tennessee, New Jersey, Indiana and Ontario.
“I am very excited to bring the IHRA back to Cordova and showcase this incredible series at Cordova Dragway Park,” said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports. “The Summer Nationals is one of the marquee events on the IHRA calendar and I am looking forward to reviving this important and prestigious event.”
It’s not quite December, but nitro fans are already getting excited for a revitalized season of professional drag racing on the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour.
Featuring a dozen stops with the addition of Cordova Dragway Park to an already robust lineup that includes races in nine states and two Canadian provinces and the return to traditional IHRA races at Rockingham Dragway and Maryland International Raceway, the 2014 Nitro Jam series boasts a lineup not available anywhere else in the sport with a few new additions that are sure to spice up the innovative series.
In one of the most exciting additions to the national event lineup, the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) is pleased to announce that the series will showcase the popular “Hollywood Cars of the Stars” collection from the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection at all Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ (NJDRS) national events in 2014.
Featuring some of the most iconic cars ever created for film and television, the “Hollywood Cars of the Stars” from the Dezer Collection will hit the road with the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series beginning next spring featuring select cars from the collection in its own specially designed transporter.
Some of the famous machines that will be included on the tour next season include The General Lee 1969 Charger from the hit television show Dukes of Hazzard, the DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future movie franchise, the Ford Gran Torino from the hit show Starsky & Hutch, the Batmobile from the 1960s television show Batman, an Aston Martin from the James Bond movies series, and the Flying Ford Anglia as seen in the Harry Potter movie franchise.
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), the parent company of the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and multiple motorsports facilities, announced today that Aaron Polburn has stepped down as President and General Manager of the IHRA and Scott Gardner, the longtime owner and promoter of Cordova Dragway Park (CDP), has been named the new President effective today. Polburn, who had been at the helm of IHRA since 2004, has stepped down for personal reasons and will transition the company to Gardner over the next two weeks. Gardner will lead the IHRA team based out of the current Norwalk, Ohio office.