IHRA Returns To ESPN

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) – After a nearly two-decade hiatus, the International Hot Rod Association and ESPN have signed a multi-year agreement for the worldwide leader in sports to resume its partnership with the IHRA. The agreement is effective immediately with broadcasts to begin when the 2017 IHRA Drag Racing season opens on February 3 to 5, at Immokalee Regional Raceway in Immokalee, FL.

ESPN will broadcast more than 200 hours of the 2017 IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship via ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network. ESPN3 will stream as much as eight continuous hours of each event’s eliminations from 13 race weekends.

“This is a landmark opportunity for the IHRA to further advance its plans for all stakeholders in the Sportsman Racing Division,” said Chris Lencheski, vice chairman and CEO of IRGSE, the parent company of the IHRA. “This agreement highlights our sportsman racers and positions us to move into 2018 with a tremendous partner for our professional racing series with significant momentum behind the IHRA, its teams, tracks and sponsors.”

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