• Team Aruba Feels Right at Home with IHRA

    After a long off season, Team Aruba was anxious to get back on the track and tackle the 1320 feet of an IHRA Nitro Jam racing surface. State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, La. played host to the IHRA Mardi Gras Nationals this past weekend and was the stage for Team Aruba’s return to the restructured and renewed racing organization.

    “It was great to personally meet all the new members of the IHRA ownership and staff,” told Trevor Eman, pilot of the Aruba.com Mustang. “We could not feel more welcome in a racing sanctioning body than we did from them. The race was really fantastic all around. It was great to be back with the IHRA.”

    Despite Mother Nature cancelling Friday’s test session, Team Aruba qualified for the elite eight car field with a 6.39 elapsed time at 222 MPH. Eman and team were then set to take on number one qualifier and former World Champion, John Montecalvo, in round one. Although Montecalvo was a very formidable opponent, the Aruba.com Mustang made easy work of Montecalvo’s bowtie entry, when Montecalvo was forced to abort the run. Eman posted his best elapsed time of the weekend, a 6.326.

    Rainy weather on Friday made for tricky track conditions on race day and in round two, this would prove to be Team Aruba’s nemesis. Eman encountered tire shake that forced him to let off the throttle, giving opponent J.R. Carr the semi final victory.

    “Rain took its toll on the racetrack and affected the schedule in such a way that we could not test nor qualify on Friday,” Eman explained. “However, the IHRA staff did a phenomenal job on the racetrack getting it ready for Saturday. We were certainly impressed in their accomplishment of getting not only the track ready for racing, but certainly even the entire event in the books with all the added difficulties they faced. It has been several years since we have raced quarter mile so pre race testing and additional qualifying runs would have been helpful, but we were able to get the Aruba.com Mustang qualified and past round one, which was a great accomplishment for our first race back on the quarter-mile.

    “Regardless of the rainy weather conditions that hindered our testing and qualifying, this was truly a great event,” Eman added. “Besides being able to race quarter mile again, the greatest aspect of the entire weekend was the treatment we received by the people. The people from State Capitol Raceway and all of the New Orleans area fans treated us especially well.

    “I think you can comfortably say that New Orleans has somewhat of a different culture compared to the rest of the entire United States. And in our case, as we are from a different country and thus also differently cultured, we automatically create a connection with people that have different customs and traditions. We immediately felt connected to the people of New Orleans and appreciated their unique flavors, sights and sounds.”

    The Mardi Gras-themed Nitro Jam brought much of that culture right to the track, providing great entertainment for fans and racers alike. In recent years the IHRA has placed greater emphasis on the fan experience at their events, a move that has proven beneficial to fans, racers and sponsors alike.

    “We can’t wait to get to Bradenton to continue our effort in accumulating points,” Eman said, speaking of the next IHRA Nitro Jam to be held April 17-19 at Bradenton Motorsports Park. “We have a very good working race car, an engine producing a tremendous amount of power and above all, a very good team in place who all work together very well. This combination, together with a great group of people in the IHRA will make for great racing this season.”

  • Boychuk, Bealko, Kile, Moller win IHRA Nitro Jam Mardi Gras Nationals


    Tim Boychuk (AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive), Kevin Bealko (U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock), Tracy Kile (Nitro Harley) and Kat Moller (Jet Dragster) won final-round eliminations tonight at the IHRA Nitro Jam Mardi Gras Nationals at State Capitol Dragway in Port Allen, Louisiana.

    Boychuk, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, faced defending IHRA AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car champion Jason Rupert in the final round of eliminations. Boychuk outran Rupert to the finish line, 5.867 sec./235.72 mph to 5.993 sec./245.43 mph.

    “This is big for us,” Boychuk explained. “We struggled for the last year-and-a-half or so and it’s been really painful. We started off winning a lot, then it kind of all went away on us. Now it’s back – the car’s back. I can feel the car is back and it’s really working the way we want it to work.  We changed a few things. I bought out my partner, Ron Hodgson. We had a great relationship – we still do – he didn’t want to race as much as I did. Now we got Twig (legendary driver Twig Zeigler of 1970s Pizza Haven Funny Car fame) and Roland (revered ’60s-’70s “Hawaiian” Funny Car owner Roland Leong) both working on the car and they’ve got it back again. I’ve got two great guys looking after the car. The team – we’ve got the same crew working on the car – has so much consistency.”

    Boychuk defeated No. 1 Qualifier and past IHRA champion Paul Romine in first round, then scored a bye run in the second to meet Rupert in the final.

    Kile, of Asheville, North Carolina, faced Brian Jernigan in the Nitro Harley final. After Jernigan crossed the finish line, he became separated from his motorcycle and crashed. He was transported to a local medical center for evaluation. Kile qualified third and defeated Rocky Jackson in the opening round and Alvin Kobernusz in the second.

    “It’s the second race of the year, and a very big win,” said Kile. “We come to every race knowing we can win. The IHRA Nitro Harley field is gonna be tough all year long. We’re just going to get used to it and run ’em round by round.”

    Bealko, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, qualified seventh in an eight-car field. He defeated Cary Goforth in the first round of eliminations, then faced teammate John DeFlorian Jr. in the second. Bealko defeated J.R. Carr in the final, 6.272 sec./224.71 mph to 13.602 sec./62.20 mph, to collect the coveted IHRA Ironman trophy.

    “It was a big win for us,” said Bealko. “Having to race my teammate, John, in the semi-finals is never our best-case scenario. To be able to get by him, then run J.R. Carr, who’s been stellar all day. I just got switched up on the lights and got an awful long light before I left. But the car went right down there and the whole way there I was just thinking of my crew they’re gonna kill me if I don’t get in front of him. I was able, by the grace of God, to get in front of him and we had a nice win.”

    Moller, a 19-year old University of Florida student, faced Elaine Larsen in the Jet Dragster final. It was a repeat of the season-opener in Tucson, Arizona, last month, where the pair faced each other in Jet Dragster finale. This time, Moller prevailed.

    “I’m super excited about it,” admitted Moller. “Last race I had Elaine in the final and she beat me to the finish line so this race I’m glad I got to beat her. So we’re even and we’ll see who wins next time.”

    The local 1/8-mile Outlaw Pro Modified final was won by Bill Doucet of Lawtell, Louisiana, over Bill Banaka of Brandon, Mississippi, 3.80 sec./193.09 mph to 4.604 sec./123.79 mph.

    Tina Pierce and Alex Taylor staged an exhibition race in their street-legal cars during the event. Pierce’s S-10 crashed during the race. She was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and released. The IHRA’s rigid safety standards prevented her from suffering serious injury.


    AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive

    First round:

    Tim Boychuk defeated No. 1 Qualifier Paul Romine, 5.773 sec./245.36 mph to 6.822 sec./176.50 mph.

    Jason Rupert defeated Ricky Young, 5.897 sec./245.83 mph to 16.255 sec./68.56 mph.

    Mark Sanders defeated Steve Nichols, 5.840 sec./250.97 mph to 8.278 sec./105.94 mph.

    Second round:

    Boychuk (bye) 11.768 sec./68.28 mph.

    Jason Rupert defeated Mark Sanders, 5.979 sec./247.32 mph to 6.129 sec./231.30 mph.


    Tim Boychuk defeated Jason Rupert, 5.867 sec./235.72 mph to 5.993 sec./245.43 mph.


    U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock

    First round:

    John DeFlorian Jr. defeated Dean Goforth, Goforth fouled and DeFlorian ran 215.51 mph (E.T. was ruled invalid).

    J.R. Carr defeated Scott Hintz, 6.305 sec./224.10 mph to 6.339 sec./223.15 mph.

    Trevor Eman defeated No. 1 Qualifier John Montecalvo, 6.326 sec./222.05 mph to 7.913 sec./115.57 mph.

    Kevin Bealko defeated Cary Goforth, 6.275 sec./223.99 mph to 6.397 sec./221.72 mph.

    Second round:

    J.R. Carr defeated Trevor Eman, 6.314 sec./223.71 mph to 7.554 sec./162.07 mph.

    Kevin Bealko defeated John DeFlorian Jr., 6.379 sec./222.88 mph to 11.035 sec./77.68 mph.


    Kevin Bealko defeated J.R. Carr, 6.272 sec./224.71 mph to 13.602 sec./62.20 mph.

    Nitro Harley

    First round:

    Rickey House defeated No. 1 Qualifier Jay Turner, 6.394 sec./217.18 mph to 6.372 sec./214.54 mph.

    Brian Jernigan defeated Jim Fagan, 7.056 sec./206.61 mph to 7.642 sec./141.15 mph.

    Alvin Kobernusz defeated Randal Andras, 6.914 sec./177.65 mph to 13.568 sec./72.93 mph.

    Tracy Kile defeated Rocky Jackson, 6.488 sec./212.51 mph to 7.444 sec./170.16 mph.

    Second round:

    Brian Jernigan defeated Rickey House, 7.116 sec./199.73 mph to 7.100 sec./211.91 mph.

    Tracy Kile defeated Alvin Kobernusz, 6.541 sec./195.56 mph to 6.809 sec./204.08 mph.


    Tracy Kile defeated Brian Jernigan, 6.568 sec./205.66 mph to 6.962 sec./210.03 mph.

    Jet Dragster


    Kat Moller defeated Elaine Larsen, 5.584 sec./286.53 mph to 5.801 sec./277.00 mph.



    AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive – Racers elected not to conduct a second round of qualifying.

    1. 1.       Paul Romine (Fishers, Indiana) 5.734 sec./244.23 mph.
    2. 2.       Jason Rupert (Yorba Linda, California) 5.822 sec./250.62 mph.
    3. 3.       Mark Sanders (Maple Valley, Washington) 5.985 sec./225.22 mph.
    4. 4.       Steve Nichols (Newark, Delaware) 6.189 sec./236.59 mph.
    5. 5.       Ronny Young (Wylie, Texas) 6.332 sec./209.20 mph.
    6. 6.       Tim Boychuk (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) 9.611 sec./86.67 mph.

    U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock

    1. John Montecalvo (Center Moriches, New York) 6.235 sec./224.94 mph.

    2. Cary Goforth (Holdenville, Oklahoma) 6.270 sec./223.49 mph.

    3. Dean Goforth (Holdenville, Oklahoma) 6.290 sec./223.65 mph.

    4. J.R. Carr (Pasco, Washington) 6.305 sec./221.83 mph.

    5. Scott Hintz (Odessa, Texas) 6.320 sec./225.05 mph.

    6. John DeFlorian  Jr. (Arnold, Missouri) 6.339 sec./222.88 mph.

    7. Kevin Bealko (Bridgeport, West Virginia) 7.134 sec./142.15 mph.

    8. Trevor Eman (Pos Chiquito, Aruba) 6.390 sec./222.44 mph.

    9. Scott Beham (Conroe, Texas) 6.554 sec./192.06 mph.

    10. John Konigshofer (Otterville, Ontario, Canada) 10.846 sec./99.74 mph.

    Nitro Harley

    1. 1.       Jay Turner (Julian, North Carolina) 6.476 sec./209.25 mph.
    2. 2.       Alvin Kobernusz (Manly, Iowa) 6.778 sec./203.20 mph.
    3. 3.       Tracy Kile (Asheville, North Carolina) 6.974 sec./170.03 mph.
    4. 4.       Brian Jernigan (Cypress, Texas) 7.015 sec./209.64 mph.
    5. 5.       Jim Fagan (Valley City, Ohio) 7.092 sec./200.04 mph.
    6. 6.       Rocky Jackson (Youngsville, Louisiana) 7.421 sec./174.92 mph.
    7. 7.       Randal Andras (Amelia, Louisiana) 7.759 sec./204.59 mph.
    8. 8.       Rickey House (Humble, Texas) 7.874 sec./198.32 mph.

    Next IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series national event:April 17-18 IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals, Bradenton Motorsports Park – Bradenton, Fla.Nitro Jam classes include: Crower Pro Mod, AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley-Davidson, Jet Dragster.

    Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) promotes professional, semi-professional and local level racing for drivers of all levels. The Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is a North American professional drag racing series comprised of events in major cities throughout the United States and Canada. The IHRA also oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL and Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL. For more information on IHRA Motorsports visit www.ihra.com or the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages @IHRA.

  • IHRA announces new official partners


    IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) are proud to announce five new official partners for the 2015 season.   Joining the growing IHRA family of official sponsors are: Klipsch, Luna-C, Larsens Inc., Stingray Systems and Pro Things.


    Klipsch is the official audio partner of IHRA. Klipsch (www.klipsch.com) has been manufacturing world-class speakers (for cinemas, home audio, home theater, wireless), and headphones since 1946. Klipsch speakers are an integral part of the IHRA’s powerful traveling sound system at all Nitro Jam events.


    Headquartered in Johns Creek, Georgia, Luna-C (www.lunacclothing.com) is the official apparel provider for Miss Nitro Jam Lee Anne Powell and her Nitroettes at all IHRA Nitro Jam national events. Luna-C designs are influenced by automobiles and they offer “high tech meets high style” apparel for both men and women.


    Larsens Inc. (www.larsensinc.com) is the official canopy of IHRA. For more than 25 years, the Santa Cruz, California, company has been manufacturing high-quality canopies, awnings, banners, backdrops and mobile event products for concerts, automotive events, television companies and government agencies.


    Stingray Systems of Indianapolis is the official eye wash system of IHRA. Stingray’s Tepid (www.tepid.com) eye/face wash system meets clients’ needs with ANSI/ASSE-compliant tepid (safe temperature) solutions.


    Pro Things Custom Apparel is the official uniform shirt of IHRA. The Chandler, Arizona-based company (www.prothings.com) offers custom-made products, including team sports apparel, custom model dresses, retail shirts, jackets and compression shirts.


    The next IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series event will be held March 13-14 at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, Louisiana. The IHRA Nitro Jam Mardi Gras Nationals will feature AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley-Davidson and Jet Dragster competition.


    For more information, please contact the IHRA at (419) 663-6666 or visit www.IHRA.com. Follow IHRA and Nitro Jam on Twitter and Facebook.

  • McIntire, Goforth, Turner, Byrum, Larsen win IHRA Nitro Jam series season opener at Southwestern International Raceway

    The first race of the 2015 International Hot Rod Association’s

    Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season now is in the record books. Fans at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz., were treated to an exciting show as Mike McIntire (AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car), Cary Goforth U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stocks), Jay Turner (Nitro Harley-Davidsons), Lyle Byrum (CIFCA Funny Cars) and Elaine Larsen (Jet Dragsters) scored impressive wins at the Good Vibrations Nitro Jam Southwestern Nationals presented by Budweiser.

    AMSOIL NITRO FUNNY CAR: McIntire, of Mentor, Ohio, set a new IHRA Nitro Funny Car world record when he made a blistering pass of 5.680 seconds (256 miles per hour) in his new “McAttack” second-generation Camaro during the third round of qualifying and backed it up with a run of 5.708 seconds (251.06 miles per hour) during the second round of eliminations.

    McIntire defeated Jason Rupert of Yorba Linda, Calif., in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car final, when his opponent fouled (“red-lit”) on the starting line. McIntire caught a break as his car’s burst panel activated as broken parts scattered from the orange Chevrolet after leaving the starting line. For the record books, McIntire crossed the finish line at 13.555 seconds (62.89 miles per hour).

    When asked if he thought he would set a new Nitro Jam Funny Car record at this event, McIntire simply replied, “No. We were just doing our normal deal and it just happened to happen. My crew, I couldn’t do it without them. My wife, it’s a family deal, friends, all volunteers. You couldn’t ask for anything better.”

    To face Rupert in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car final, McIntire defeated Will Martin in the first round and Kris Krabill in the second. Rupert defeated Mark Sanders in the opening round and took out Tim Boychuk in the second.


    U.S. BOUNTY HUNTERS MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCKS: Goforth met John Deflorian of Arnold, Mo., in the final round of eliminations for the U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock class. Goforth defeated Deflorian 6.348 sec./219.72 mph to 6.40 sec./217.98 mph.

    Goforth earned his way into the final by defeating Canada’s John Konigshofer in the first round and Texan Scott Hintz in the second. Deflorian trailered J.R. Carr in the opening round of eliminations and waded into the final by defeating John Decalvo in the second.

    NITRO HARLEY-DAVIDSON: Turner defeated Randal Andras of Amelia, La., 6.383 sec./221.02 mph to 6.402 sec./228.04 mph.

    Andras defeated Tracy Kile of North Carolina in the first round and topped Brian Jernigan in the second. Turner beat Rickey House in the first round and Ron Gledhill of Arizona in the second.

    JET DRAGSTER: Elaine Larsen of West Welborne, Fla., defeated 19-year-old Katarina “Kat” Moller of Port Orange, Fla., on a hole shot, 5.73 sec./281.77 mph to 5.85 sec./273.50 mph.

    “Kat was reeling me in (after the hole shot). My son was tuning Kat’s car and in the middle of the night he said, ‘I think we’re gonna win, we’re not gonna mess with Kat’s tune-up, so you better watch out.’ It’s girl power, baby. We brought it home for the Miller (Welding) boys in blue.”




    AMSOIL Nitro Funny Cars

    Winner:Mike McIntire (Mentor, Ohio) Camaro 13.555 sec./62.89 mph.

    Runner-up:Jason Rupert (Yorba Linda, Calif.) Camaro 13.394 sec./56.77 mph.

    Nitro Harley-Davidson

    Winner:Jay Turner (Julian, N.C.) 6.383 sec./221.02 mph.

    Runner-up:Randal Andras (Amelia, La.) 6.402 sec./228.04 mph.


    U.S. Bounty Hunters Mountain Motor Pro Stock

    Winner:Cary Goforth (Holdenville, Okla.) Camaro 6.348 sec./219.72 mph.

    Runner-up:John Deflorian Jr. (Arnold, Mo.) Camaro 6.40 sec./217.98 mph.

    Jet Dragster

    Winner:Elaine Larsen (W. Welborne, Fla.) 5.73 sec./281.77 mph.

    Runner-up:Katarina Moller (Sarasota, Fla.) 5.85 sec./273.50 mph.


    CIFCA Funny Cars

    Winner:Lyle Byrum (El Paso, Tex.) Daytona 7.57 sec./174.89 mph.

    Runner-up:Andy Mears (Lubbock, Tex.) 1957 Bel Air 7.53 sec./167.68 mph.



    U.S. Bounty Hunters Mountain Motor Pro Stock – Eight-car field

    1. Cary Goforth (Holdenville, Okla.) Camaro 6.385 sec./218.48 mph.

    2. J.R. Carr (Pasco, Wash.) Camaro 6.387 sec./218.09 mph.

    3. Brad Waddle (Salina, Kans.) Mustang 6.406 sec./216.31 mph.

    4. Scott Hintz (Odessa, Tex.) Mustang 6.415 sec./217.11 mph.

    5. Kevin Bealko (Bridgeport, W.V.) Chevrolet 6.429 sec./217.70 mph.

    6. John Deflorian Jr. (Arnold, Mo.) Camaro 6.434 sec./217.14 mph.

    7. John Montecalvo (Center Moriches, N.Y.) Camaro 6.476 sec./215.93 mph.

    8. John Konigshofer (Otterville, Ontario, Canada) Ford .790 sec./121.33 mph.

    9. Dean Goforth (Holdenville, Okla.) Camaro 14.641 sec./52.50 mph.

  • 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season opens this weekend at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson

    The International Hot Rod Association’s 2015 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season will open this weekend at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz.


    The fifth annual Good Vibrations Motorsports Southwestern Nationals presented by Budweiser – featuring the fastest cars and the biggest stars in the sport of drag racing – will take place on Friday and Saturday. Gates will open both days at 9 a.m. The Nitro Jam (Nitro Funny Cars, CIFCA Funny Cars, Pro Stocks, Nitro Harleys and Jet Cars) will start at 4 p.m. each day. Tickets are $25 for adults on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Kids tickets are $10 each day. Fans may save $5 by purchasing their tickets in advance at www.nitrojam.com.


    Southwestern International Raceway (www.raceswir) is located at 12000 S. Houghton Rd. in Tucson.


    The annual IHRA Nitro Jam season-opener continues to grow. This year’s Good Vibrations Motorsports Southwestern Nationals presented by Budweiser will feature the largest fields in the history of the event as the stars of the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley and Jet Dragster classes will converge on southern Arizona.
    Southwestern International Raceway is expecting a large field of AMSOIL Nitro Funny Cars and California Independent Funny Car Association (CIFCA) entries. At least 20 of the best nostalgia racers in the country will burn up the quarter-mile drag strip at speeds in excess of 260 miles per hour.
    Among the Nitro Funny Car stars expected in Tucson are the top five drivers from the 2014 IHRA championship standings, including defending IHRA champion Jason Rupert in the Bays & Rupert Black Plague Camaro. Other drivers scheduled to compete include “Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders, Mike “McAttack” McIntire and Tim Boychuk in the “Forever Forward” Pontiac.
    The Nitro Jam event also will feature the U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stocks (including defending champion Cary Goforth), Nitro Harleys and Jet Dragsters.
    The IHRA pit experience allows fans to tour the pit area, meet the drivers and take part in a number of fun family activities, including the Larsen Motorsports Jet Technology Center. A special attraction this year is the renowned Hollywood Cars of the Stars collection from the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection. The exhibit will include famous television and motion picture cars including the TV Batmobile from 1966, the General Lee Dodge Charger from theDukes of Hazzard TV series and the DeLorean time machine from the 1985 cinema hit, Back to the Future.


    For more information on the Good Vibrations Southwestern Nationals presented by Budweiser, please visit www.nitrojam.com.
    For more information, please contact the IHRA at (419) 663-6666 or visit www.IHRA.com. Follow IHRA and Nitro Jam on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Black Diamond Motorsports is Ready for the Hunt to Begin

    Kevin  Bealko’s  Black  Diamond  Motorsports,(BDMS)  IHRA  Mountain  Motor  Pro  Stock  team  is   ready  to  start  the  hunt  for  a  IHRA  Pro  Stock  Championship  with  a continued sponsorship with AMSOIL “The First in Synthetics” while welcoming the U.S.Bounty Hunters as  a new primary sponsor.


    BDMS had a great 2014 IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock season with both BDMS Camaro’s winning races and reaching the finals in seven of the nine IHRA contested races. The BDM Camaro’s ended the season placing  second  and  third  in  the  IHRA  Pro  Stock  Championship  points.


    BDMS was extremely proud to be flying the AMSOIL Colors in 2014 while working with the AMSOIL’s staff and using their professionally tested products. Partnering with AMSOIL was a major factor towards BDMS very successful 2014 season.  AMSOIL  will  continue to be the Primary  Sponsor  of Kevin  Bealko’s Camaro  and  will  continue  to  be  BDMS   secondary  sponsor  on  John’s DeFlorian’s Camaro.  AMSOIL is truly “The First in Synthetics”.


    John DeFlorian (Bret Kepner Photo)
    John DeFlorian (Bret Kepner Photo)

    BDMS is very pleased to welcome the U.S. Bounty Hunters as the 2015 IHRA Pro Stock  Class  Sponsor  and  BDMS is really excited  to  fly  their  colors  as  a  Primary Sponsor  on  John  DeFlorian’s  new  2015 Camaro  as  well  as  a  Secondary  Sponsor  on Kevin Bealko’s  2014  Camaro Fred  Slack,  Denise Mirro, and their Bounty Hunter Crew will  be quite visible at all the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Events.


    “We  are  also  excited  to  partner  with  one  of  the  top  teams  in  that  class  in  Black  Diamond   Motorsports  with  Kevin  Bealko  and  John  DeFlorian.  With  this  perfect  marriage,  we  are   committed  to  making  this  partnership  successful  and  continue  growing  our  brand  ”  said  Fred   Slack  with  US  Bounty  Hunters.  Denise  Mirro,  with  US  Bounty  Hunters,  also  stated  “We  are   also  proud  to  sponsor  the  incredibly  exciting  Pro  Stock  class  and  adorn  the  side  of  Black   Diamond  Motorsports  team.  Much  like  IHRA’s  hands-­on  treatment  with  the  fans,  Black   Diamond  Motorsports  gives  their  fans  the  same  attention  that  fans  of  racing  want  more  of.”


    BDMS  is  very pleased  to  be  running  the  1/4  mile  again in their second  season  with  the  IHRA.  Running  with the  IHRA  last  season  was  a  great  racing  experience  and  BDMS is very thankful to the IHRA for their support of Mountain Motor Pro Stock Racing!!! BDMS will open the season this weekend at Southwest International Raceway in Tucson Arizona.


    BDMS  is  certainly  looking  forward  to seeing  our  race  fans  at  Southwest   International  Raceway  in  Tucson!!!


    The San Antonio Nationals originally scheduled for March 13 & 14, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas has been postponed. Replacing that date on the 2015 Nitro Jam Schedule will be the return of the Mardi Gras Nationals at State Capital Raceway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
    “Time was simply running out for a resolution that the track could reopen in time to host the San Antonio Nationals in March,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “Our parent company, IRG Sports + Entertainment, have been in negotiations to purchase the facility for the past six months and are still pursuing the purchase of this facility. The only thing IRG was not able to confirm for us was a final timetable for the transaction, which is why we had to make this change in the schedule. We are optimistic we will return to San Antonio this fall once the ownership and direction of the facility becomes clear.”


    Professional classes at the Mardi Gras Nationals will include Amsoil Funny Car, Nitro Harley, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro-Stock, Jet Dragster and exhibition runs of the Fire Force Jet Fire Truck. The sportsman program will be E.T. bracket classes.
    “We made a decision not to include the Pro-Am classes at this event namely due to a lack of notice for the Division 4 Summit Pro-Am competitors” continued Peaco. “We have handled a lot of calls from Texas racers regarding the San Antonio date and I really didn’t want to throw a venue change at the Division 4 competitors this late in the planning process. I know with the uncertainty of San Antonio’s reopening date many racers may have made other plans for that weekend. We will open the Division 4 Summit Pro-Am season at Pine Valley March 27-29 as scheduled. When we return to San Antonio in the fall we will put the event back together and we can give all the competitors plenty of notice on the new national event date.”
    State Capital Raceway, located in southern Louisiana returns to the IHRA Nitro Jam schedule after a 2 year hiatus. The quarter-mile dragstrip features 660′ concrete launch pads, concrete barrier walls, Compulink timing, LED scoreboards and seating for 9,000 fans.
    “I’m very thankful that Track Manager Gary Carter called us to offer up a replacement date at the facility. Track owners Lanny and Val Lewis are some of the best people in the IHRA family and they always have the welcome mat out for IHRA. I know the professional racers love the track as it provides a great opportunity to set records with an elevation of a mere 18 feet above sea level,” said IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco.
    The IHRA 2015 Nitro Jam season will open February 6-7 at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Arizona.
    For more information on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule and lineup, please visit www.IHRA.com for complete details.


    JohnBisciThe International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) has named John Bisci as its new public and media relations director.

    With more than 30 years of media relations experience, Bisci will serve as the public and media relations director for IHRA Motorsports and will be the gatekeeper for all communication both internally and externally. Bisci will be responsible for all advance and on-site media relations for IHRA, Nitro Jam, Sonic Rush Tour and various other IHRA events in addition to many other responsibilities.

    “I’m very happy we found John as he has a massive amount of experience in working with the media, generating promotional programs and social media experience,” said Scott Gardner. “He will be hitting the ground running as we gear up for a very busy season.”

    “I am both pleased and proud to accept this challenging position,” Bisci said. “I am looking forward to representing this company and its thrilling style of motorsports entertainment. It will be my job to tell the IHRA’s story to the world and work with all forms of media.”

    Bisci spent the past year at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., as Director of Communications.

    Bisci’s experience in media relations includes nearly 14 years (2000-2014) as Public Relations Manager for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Prior to working in Las Vegas, Bisci spent six years working as a media specialist for NASCAR teams and sponsors in the Charlotte, N.C., area. Bisci launched his motorsports media career in 1988 and served as public relations director for three short tracks in the Northeast.

    Bisci will work alongside the staff at the IHRA’s offices in Norwalk, Ohio, and will report for duty in February.

    The IHRA’s 2015 Nitro Jam season will open Feb. 6-7 at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz.

    For more information, please contact the IHRA at (419) 663-6666 or visit www.IHRA.com. Follow IHRA on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Team Aruba Comes Back for 11th Racing Season in the US

    arubamustangTeam Aruba is back for another US Drag Racing tour in their Aruba.com Ford Mustang. This season they return to the birthplace of Mountain Motor Pro Stock, the International Hot Rod Association. The 2015 IHRA season will kick off at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Az. February 6-7.


    “IHRA has shown they have set up a great deal for the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class for 2015 with great class sponsors,” stated Team Aruba driver, Trevor Eman. “We certainly look forward to seeing what this season has in store. We’re excited to be racing quarter mile again and returning to the home for Mountain Motor Pro Stocks.


    “Although Extreme Pro Stock will not be with the PDRA anymore as of this year, we certainly would like to thank and congratulate the PDRA on what they have accomplished in 2014. We are grateful that they had the class in 2014,” Eman added, speaking to the organization Team Aruba competed with in 2014. Due to a split in class support across organizations, the PDRA selected not to run the Pro Stock division in 2015. Many hope that the class will be unified and grow as IHRA becomes the premier place for mountain motors to compete once again.


    “We’re very excited to have Pro Stock,” stated IHRA President Scott Gardner. “They came back in 2014 and now even stronger in 2015. Teams like Team Aruba, for example, are coming on board with us this year. We’re excited to have them, in particular. They’re a very professional team, representing the Ford camp and Aruba. I’ve seen them in action in the past years and it’s great to have them come home to IHRA.”


    “We truly believe that Mountain Motor Pro Stock needs one stable sanctioning body to compete in,” Eman added, reflecting on the recent history of his class. “Having options is nice, but we saw last year how the class only split itself between two sanctioning bodies, creating a situation where neither had full fields. Hopefully we can see 18-20+ fields and make the competition as tough as possible again. That’s what makes racing fun, exciting, and gives you the ultimate bragging rights when you get the opportunity to knock out four racers on race day.


    “At the end of last season we took delivery of our brand new T&E trailer, which we only got to use at the last race, so we certainly look forward to racing out of our new trailer this entire IHRA season,” Eman continued. “We’ve come a long way since we started racing back in 2004. We have been able to acquire more assets over the course of our racing career such as a spare engine, collection of specialized tools and equipment, additional transmission etc, etc. It got to the point that if the flathead screwdriver was not in the right place the trailer door wouldn’t close. It was time for a new trailer and even having gone to just one race with the new trailer last year, it made a world of difference. So, I’m sure once we get better acclimated to the new trailer this year, it will allow us to only work more efficiently during between runs maintenance.”


    As Team Aruba moves back to the IHRA they hope to reconnect with old fans and meet new ones, as well. Their colorful pit area and welcoming smiles are always a fan-favorite no matter what organization they’re in. This year will be no different as Team Aruba continues their main objective of making the ‘One Happy Island’ famous.


    “Aside from looking forward to strong competition this year, we certainly look forward to meeting as many fans as possible. We hope to get to speak to many people both about our Mountain Motor Ford Mustang, but more importantly, about our great island destination, Aruba. Hopefully we can see a successful year for Team Aruba this year and with that have our fans come visit our ‘Happy Island’, Aruba.”


    Keep up with Team Aruba on Facebook and Twitter. Find race results, team updates, videos and photos. Also leave your comments to cheer on Team Aruba!


    For more on your Aruba vacation visit www.Aruba.com and www.Destination-Magazines.com.