IHRA Returns To Grand Bend In 2016

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A competitor explodes from the start line during the 2015 IHRA races in Grand Bend.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(NORWALK, OH) – International Hot Rod Association officials and IRG Sports and Entertainment have unveiled the 2016 IHRA Drag Racing Series schedule. The 2016 professional schedule currently features nine-events throughout the United States and Canada with the season will kick off in March and conclude in September.

The IHRA Drag Racing Series remains comprised of traditional stops along with the addition of two new markets.

Highlighting the 2016 schedule will be powerhouse stops in San Antonio, TX, Grand Bend on June 24 through 26, Edmonton, AB, and Martin, MI. Also returning to the schedule is Baton Rouge, LA, Cordova, IL, and Budds Creek, MD.

The season will get underway March 5 and 6 at Orlando Speed World Dragway in Orlando, FL, and conclude at Dragway 42 in West Salem, OH. Both of these venues are new stops on the IHRA professional tour.

The 2016 IHRA Drag Racing Series, formerly Nitro Jam, is a departure of the traditional format with all events featuring the same classes of competition. The IHRA strategically determined professional classes that are best suited for each facility and market.

This move will make for the most exciting and competitive drag racing ever produced by the sanctioning body.

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The IHRA event in Grand Bend featured six classes of drag racing including Nitro Harley motorcycles, Jet Dragsters, and Pro-Stock.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

“The IHRA worked tirelessly at creating a series that features key classes in key markets,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “The 2016 series has more diversity in classes and locations than ever in the history of the IHRA. We believe the revised schedule and format will create fierce competition for the racers and great entertainment for our fans.”

IHRA officials are currently working with several additional venues for possible new dates to the 2016 schedule. In addition, the dates and locations of the Jet Dragster class will be announced at a later time.

The IHRA Drag Racing Series points will be determined by the best seven out of the eight events on the schedule. The World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova International Raceway on August 26 to 27, 2016, will count as a points race for the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive class.

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