After a three-year hiatus, the International Hot
Rod Association is thrilled to welcome the return of the historical President’s
Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway as the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series
returns to the track the of weekend of June 13-14.
The two-day President’s Cup Nationals will feature two full days of sportsman racing
on the IHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL in addition
to two thrilling nights of nitro-powered drag racing action featuring the IHRA’s
premier classes of Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Altered, Nitro Harley, Mountain Motor
Pro Stock, Jet Dragster and much more.
The historical IHRA President’s Cup Nationals return to Maryland International Raceway
June 13-14 with the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series
“One of the longest tenured events in the history of the IHRA is Maryland International
Raceway’s President’s Cup and we are very excited to bring this amazing race back
to fans in southern Maryland,” said Skooter Peaco, Vice President of IHRA Motorsports.
“The all-new Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is packed full of entertainment and great
competition as we bring in classes unique to this series. We very much look forward
to returning to the tradition and excellence of this great event once again in 2014.”
The 2014 President’s Cup Nationals will include competition in a number of classes
unique to the International Hot Rod Association and its Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.
Fans will enjoy championship competition in three nitro classes plus the world’s
first Jet Dragster championship and the much anticipated return of Mountain Motor
Pro Stock as drivers from across North America compete for points in the year-long
battle for the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series championships.
“We are thrilled to have nitro racing and the President’s Cup back at MIR,” said
Royce Miller, President of Maryland International Raceway. “The new Friday and
Saturday night format is very fan and family friendly and will be an awesome experience
for everyone. The Miller family will be on the starting line to celebrate the return
of the President’s Cup when the first nitro qualifying session roars to life. We
invite all of the MIR fans to be there and celebrate with us.”
The return of the President’s Cup Nationals will see a unique collection of classes
including Nitro Funny Car, Pro Stock, Jet Dragsters and much more
Nitro Funny Car and Nitro Harley will bring with it the best racers in the world
in those two classes as racers in two of the most popular categories in the country
compete for eight spots on the ladder on Friday followed by a three grueling rounds
of eliminations on Saturday to determine the champion.
The Nitro Funny Car class will be led by series points leader Jason Rupert in the
“Bays & Rupert” ’69 Camaro following a dominating start to the season. The California
native has won three out of four events to start the year and reset the IHRA elapsed
time record on his way to his commanding start. He will be joined in Maryland by
“Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders, the legendary “Jungle Jim” Camaro driven by John
Smith, Mike McIntire Jr. and the “McAttack” team, former IHRA Top Fuel world champion
Bruce Litton in “U.S. Male” and more as a dozen nitro-powered Funny Cars do battle
at a track known for its very fast surface.
Rupert’s biggest threat, Peter Gallen in the “Poverty Stricken” nostalgia machine,
will also return to action in Maryland. Two of the fastest Funny Cars in the world
representing both coasts, Gallen and Rupert produced an epic battle at IHRA’s last
stop and the two will once again fight for the right to be called IHRA’s top dog
Mountain Motor Pro Stock – a longtime staple of the IHRA – will also to IHRA
at the President’s Cup Nationals as many of the baddest racecars in the country
compete for a spot on an eight-car ladder and a shot at a victory at one of America’s
premier racing destinations. The Black Diamond Motorsports team, led by John DeFlorian
and Kevin Bealko, will continue the fight against the recently announced three-car
team of Goforth Racing with points leader Cary Goforth, father Dean Goforth and
Todd Hoerner, along with two-time IHRA Pro Stock champion Pete Berner and more.
The President’s Cup was last contested in Maryland in 2010.
Nitro Altered and Jet Dragster will round out the competitive action as two classes
unique to the IHRA do battle with the fastest of the fast walking away with the
Ironman. Easily the most exciting addition to the IHRA in some time, the all-female
Larsen Motorsports Jet Dragster team have been the talk of the series so far with
close, side-by-side jet-powered racing and a unique pit area that welcomes fans
to explore the world of jet racing.
The professional action will be coupled with two days of sportsman racing on the
Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour as the best racers in Division 1 do battle
for valuable points on their way to clinching a spot in the year-end Summit Tournament
In addition to the on-track action, the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam President’s Cup Nationals
will feature an all-new and fully interactive Fan Fest pit experience. Fans can
tour the pits, meet the drivers and take part in a number of fun family activities
including the Larsen Motorsports Jet Technology Center and the Hollywood Cars of
the Stars featuring real cars from famous movies and television series.
Showtime is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
One of the longest running races in IHRA history, the President’s Cup Nationals’
inaugural race came in 1992 at Royce Miller’s Maryland International Raceway. The
race was run annually for the next two decades with some of the most famous names
in drag racing lore having made a pass at the President’s Cup event.
Visit www.nitrojam.com for complete details as the President’s Cup returns to Maryland International Raceway