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  • Largest car count ever at Immokalee nets first big winners of the year


    NORWALK, Ohio (February 4, 2013) – In the largest car count ever at Immokalee Regional Raceway’s annual season opener, the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL attracted over 220 cars from an impressive 20 different states and from as far away as Minnesota and Nova Scotia to compete in the Division 2 Heat Wave season opener and Wild Card competition in Immokalee, Florida.


    Five different states were represented among the winners with Florida making up the bulk of the trophy holders. Drivers from Indiana, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia also took Ironman trophies home with them from the Pro-Am season opener.


    In the two-day competition 14 different drivers took victories in the big classes. Saturday’s winners were Norm Williams (Top Sportsman), Claude DeBonis (Top Dragster), Allen Wade (Super Stock), Jim Wahl (Stock), Jim Morrison (Quick Rod), Steve Garmon (Super Rod) and Mark Mullen (Hot Rod). Sunday’s winners were Chris Gulitti (Top Sportsman), Mark Smullen (Top Dragster), Anthony Bertozzi (Super Stock), Jeff Lewis (Stock), John Labbous Jr. (Quick Rod), Joseph Deluco (Super Rod) and Ralph Hester (Hot Rod).


    Junior Dragster winners from the weekend included Amanda Foley and Taylor Bouldry in Masters, Gage Burch and Autumn Greene in Advanced and Katie Craft in Beginner.


    To add to the excitement, the entire Pro-Am opener was broadcast live on IHRA.com by Motor Mania TV and the results were once again fantastic as thousands of people from around the globe tuned in to watch the best sportsman racers in the country do battle at Immokalee.


    “It was a great weekend and an incredible race. We couldn’t have been happier with the turnout and we hope this is a sign of things to come for the Pro-Am Tour in 2013,” said Frank Kohutek, IHRA Division 2 Director. “Ralph Hester always puts on a fantastic event and this was no exception. The track was exceptional, the racers had a great time and the live feed was an incredible bonus. It gave fans and racers an opportunity to see how the IHRA puts on an event.”


    Perhaps the weekend’s biggest winner was track operator Ralph Hester who not only put on a great event, but put his 1986 Chevrolet Camaro in the winner’s circle in Hot Rod on Sunday. In the second biggest field of the weekend behind Top Dragster, Hester went four rounds on Saturday and added a few more on Sunday before breaking through with a big win over Saturday’s winner Mark Mullen who broke out.


    Eight-time IHRA champion Anthony Bertozzi also continued his impressive streak at the IHRA season opener with his fifth win in the past five seasons at Immokalee Regional Raceway. After falling out in round one on Saturday, Bertozzi stormed back on Sunday and drove his familiar 1998 Grand-Am to a big win over Richard Preiser. Bertozzi was also runner-up in Stock on Saturday giving him two finals over the weekend.


    One of the biggest non-winners from the weekend was defending Top Sportsman World Champion Mike Thompson from nearby Naples, Florida. The 2012 champ drove his 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier to two runner-up finishes to Norm Williams on Saturday and Chris Gulitti on Sunday, but from a points perspective is off to another great start.


    Another Floridian to produce a strong start to the season was Meraitt Island’s Jim Morrison who visited two finals in Quick Rod and Super Rod on Saturday, winning in Quick Rod over Deborah Bogle.


    It was an incredible start to the year for the drivers of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL as a strong contingent and superb Florida weather made for a memorable two days of racing.


    Racers in the Heat Wave Division will wait nearly two months before their next race as the IHRA Nitro Jam series makes its return to Bradenton Motorsports Park for a Pro-Am double-header April 19-21. The next event on the Pro-Am schedule is at State Capitol Raceway in Baton Rouge the weekend of March 8-10.


    About IHRA Motorsports

    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.

  • IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour season opener at Immokalee Regional Raceway to be broadcast live


    NORWALK, Ohio (January 21, 2013) – Following an incredibly successful debut with Motor Mania TV in 2012 at the IHRA Summit Racing World Finals, the International Hot Rod Association, Summit Racing Equipment and Immokalee Regional Raceway are proud to announce that the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL season opener at Immokalee Regional Raceway will be broadcast live the weekend of February 1-3.


    Thanks to a unique partnership between Immokalee’s legendary owner Ralph Hester and the Seminole Casino and John Taylor of Taylor Elevators, Motor Mania TV will provide complete coverage of the event from the first pair of cars down the track to the last in both qualifying and eliminations – a first in the history of the Summit Pro-Am Tour.



    Motor Mania TV will broadcast the IHRA Summit Pro-Am season opener February 1-3


    The live coverage will feature four camera angles plus full event results, live audio from the track and a photo gallery from the weekend.


    “We are beyond thrilled to be able to broadcast this event to the world thanks to our friends at the Seminole Casino and Taylor Elevators,” Hester said. “This is always a great time of year as we host the very first points meet of the season and that brings a lot of great cars and heavy hitters to the track, especially our colder weather friends up north. This year we are expecting an even greater turnout and with the entire event being broadcast live all of these great racers will be given a unique stage to showcase their talents.”


    The 2013 Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL season opener at Immokalee Regional Raceway is unique in that it is one of two Wild Card events on the schedule. The event is open to racers of all divisions and will count as an in-division claim no matter what division the racer claims. The event will also feature two point paying races in one weekend making it an attractive option for northern racers looking to get a little track time.


    “Immokalee is always a unique event on the Summit Pro-Am schedule as it attracts a lot of racers from a lot of different divisions who are tired of being cooped up at home,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA VP of Race Operations. “It is always one of the most competitive races of the season and with the event now being broadcast live, it should add a little extra incentive for the racers to show their stuff in front of thousands of people watching at home.”


    IHRA’s very first live broadcast with Motor Mania TV was the 2012 Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway. The event attracted over 34,000 viewers from 25 different countries making it one of the most successful debut events in the history of Motor Mania TV.


    The broadcast of the 2013 Summit Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL season opener at Immokalee Regional Raceway is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 2 and again at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 3.




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