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Posted by: NHRA.com staff

Drag racing fans can go head-to-head against racers from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on the Sonoma Raceway kart track at the 12th annual NHRA Tour de Charity.

Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, will host the fundraising  event on Saturday, March 22, with all proceeds benefiting Sonoma County youth groups. The event has generated more than $122,000 since 2003.

Funny Car stars and Don Schumacher Racing teammates Ron Capps and Jack Beckman will return as the featured NHRA competitors at this year’s event. Among the most recognizable stars in the sport, Beckman is the 2012 NHRA Funny Car Champion, while Capps is fresh off his 2013 Sonoma Nationals victory. Capps and Beckman have been regular Tour de Charity participants since its inception, and look forward to returning each year.

“It’s a wonderful day, awesome group of people and it’s for a great cause,” said Beckman. “No matter the results on track, you can’t leave here without feeling fantastic.”

The event is limited to 40 fans; cost is $325 and includes a full day of karting with the drivers, autographs, lunch, and the chance to compete in a 10-lap timed qualifying event for a grand prize.

The Simraceway Performance Driving Center, which operates the karting center, provides the karts, race suits, classroom instruction and on-track pointers for all competitors. There will be giveaways during the day, and the top-10 qualifiers (race fans) will compete in a 10-lap timed race at the end of day for the NHRA Experience, which includes two tickets to the NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 25-27). All karting levels are welcome.
 
To reserve your seat in the NHRA Tour de Charity, visit http://sonoma.speedwaycharities.org/events/nhra_tour_de_charity_karting/.  For more information, contact Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3950 or cplattner@racesonoma.com.

 

Dunn returns to Phoenix with USD, Inc.Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Posted by: NHRA.com staff

Fresh off a strong showing at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Jim Dunn Racing will run the special edition Grime Boss/USD, Inc., Mopar Funny Car at the CARQUEST Auto Part NHRA Nationals in Phoenix, Feb. 21 –23.

“We’re looking forward to teaming up again with our marketing partner at USD,” said Jim Dunn Racing team manager Jon Dunn. “We’re proud to represent USD at their home track and help them reach their customers who love NHRA Drag Racing.”

In 2013 USD, Inc., teamed up with Jim Dunn Racing as presenting sponsor at three NHRA national events and welcomed primary sponsor, Grime Boss, into their business family. Grime Boss Heavy Duty Wipes are now available to thousands of USD customers.

“Hard to believe a year has gone by since we first partnered with Jim Dunn Racing as sponsor for this event in 2013, and we are excited to be the primary sponsor again this year.  Last year it was a new venture for us and neither our company, nor our customers were exactly sure what to expect,” said USD, Inc., President/CEO, Eric Bromenshenkel. “This year, after having done multiple races last season, these dates have been circled on the calendar for months and we have been building excitement and anticipation toward this coming weekend for some time.  With Phoenix being our corporate headquarters, this race weekend has turned into the biggest employee and customer appreciation event of the year for USD, Inc., and having Jim Dunn Racing and Jeff Arend out there representing us makes it even more special for us!”

Employees of USD will get an up close look at the Funny Car and meet driver Jeff Arend when Jim Dunn Racing visits the company headquarters in Phoenix. Over the race weekend, 500 guests of USD, Inc., will be in attendance.

Arend is anticipating putting on a good show for everyone at USD, Inc.  “I am looking forward to the Phoenix race after our consistent performance in Pomona. Big Jim has a great handle on the tune up and we look forward to putting our USD/Grime Boss Funny Car into the winner's circle at the newly renovated Wild Horse Pass track in Phoenix!”


 

Posted by: NHRA.com staff

Bill New, the patriarch of family that for years had run Firebird raceway in Boise, Idaho, died of natural causes Feb.11, 2014, with his entire family by his side. Operating a family business for nearly half a century, he was keenly involved and respected in the development, expansion and growth of Firebird Raceway and was the producer of the Boise Roadster Show.

A hot rodder since his teen years in Idaho, he took part in the original NHRA Safety Safari meets at an air base outside Pocatello back in 1954. After service in U.S. Army in the late 1950s, he married his wife of 53 years, Ellanor, and moved back to Idaho from Southern California. A trio of sons – Scott, John, and Brad -- were born to the couple and formed the nucleus of the family that would run Firebird Raceway from its founding in 1968 until present.

Opening day, under NHRA sanction, was July 28, 1968, and crew a turn away crowd on 100-degree day to watch the Hemi Under Glass wheelstander. Through the years, virtually the who’s who of the sport have competed at the raceway, including racers like Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, Shirley Muldowney, Tom McEwen, John Force and countless others. New was so proud to earn the distinction of a three-time NHRA Track of the Year, a seven-time Division 6 Track Team Finals champion, and an opportunity to be selected by NHRA founder Wally Parks to serve on the NHRA National Track Operator’s Council for the Northwest Division.
 
New started one of the region’s biggest motorsport’s events, the Boise Roadster Show. Spanning 42 years, the Roadster Show takes place at Expo Idaho every March and is a nationally-recognized event aligned with the International Show Car Association.

New is survived by his wife Ellanor, sons Scott (Debbie), John (Anna), Brad, and three grandchildren, Connor, Colin and Austyn. Moreover, the New Crew as they have been recognized for many decades includes all the staff and crew of the raceway, too, many of which have been like an extension to the New family.

A private family burial will take place at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life will take place at The Riverside Hotel on Sat., Feb. 22, from 2–6 p.m., open to anyone that might like to attend. The Riverside has set up a special rate of $79 for accommodations, which will be under "New Memorial”; the reservation number is 208-343-1871.
 
 

Posted by: NHRA.com staff

John Force Racing and PEAK Antifreeze and BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid teamed up at the 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals today to announce that PEAK has joined the 18-time NHRA Mello Yello championship team as a major associate sponsor. The multi-year sponsorship agreement will include PEAK Antifreeze and BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid branding on all three JFR Funny Cars and the JFR Top Fuel Dragster, as well as team uniforms and haulers.

“We are excited to add PEAK and BlueDEF to the John Force Racing team. We pride ourselves on treating all of our sponsors like family for more than three decades. Bringing PEAK and BlueDEF into the family will make us stronger in 2014 and for many years to come. We have had a lot of conversations about the future and I know this will be a great deal for everyone,” said John Force, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion and CEO of John Force Racing, Inc.

PEAK has been actively involved in motorsports for more than 30 years, showcasing the excellence and competitive quality of its products through the NHRA, NASCAR, and other motorsports series important to its customers. In 2013, PEAK entered into a multi-year agreement with the NHRA, naming PEAK Antifreeze, BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid, and HERCULINER truck bed liner kits as official sponsors of the NHRA.  Additionally, in 2013 PEAK kicked off its Sportsman’s program with NHRA championship drivers, including Jay Payne, Duane Shields, Dan Fletcher and Sherman Adcock.
“We’re proud to expand our support of the NHRA and its fans through our new relationship with John Force Racing,” said Bryan Emrich, Chief Marketing Officer for Old World Industries, which includes PEAK and BlueDEF brands. “Partnering with JFR, a respected organization with a history of success, was a natural fit for PEAK, BlueDEF and our family of automotive products. We’re looking forward to a longstanding, winning relationship together.”

 

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