The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is entering a new era under the ownership of renowned car and chassis builder, Larry Jeffers. With a long career in drag racing and a deep understanding of the industry, Jeffers is poised to lead the IHRA into a thrilling future. As the second-largest drag racing organization in North America, the IHRA has always been dedicated to supporting grassroots and Sportsman racers. Now, with Jeffers at the helm, the focus on these foundational pillars will be stronger than ever.
A Legacy of Racing Excellence
The IHRA has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1970 by legendary promoter Larry Carrier. Since then, the IHRA has become a haven for grassroots and Sportsman racers, providing them with opportunities to showcase their skills and compete at top-tier racing facilities across the country. With a strong emphasis on community and camaraderie, the IHRA has fostered a passionate and dedicated racing community.
Larry Jeffers: A Visionary Leader
Larry Jeffers, the new owner of the IHRA, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. As a world championship car builder and successful businessman, Jeffers understands the intricacies of the racing industry. His Missouri-based company, Larry Jeffers Race Cars, is known for its high-quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service. With his deep relationships with current and potential sponsors, Jeffers is well-positioned to propel the IHRA to new heights.
Commitment to Grassroots Racing
Under Jeffers’ ownership, the IHRA’s commitment to grassroots, Sportsman drag racing remains unwavering. The IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the largest national championship program in bracket drag racing, will continue to be a highlight of the IHRA calendar. This prestigious program showcases the talents of Sportsman racers and provides them with a platform to compete at the highest level. With the IHRA Summit SuperSeries Team Finals and IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals, the IHRA is dedicated to recognizing and supporting the racers who are the backbone of the sport.
Expanding Opportunities for Racers
In addition to the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the IHRA offers a range of programs and events to cater to racers of all levels. The IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering provides racers with exciting opportunities to showcase their skills and compete for prestigious titles. With events held across the United States, this program allows racers to connect with fellow enthusiasts and enjoy the thrill of drag racing.
A Growing Network of Tracks
The IHRA boasts over 75 member tracks, providing racers with a wide range of venues to showcase their talents. These tracks are the lifeblood of the IHRA community, and their success is paramount. To support their growth and development, the IHRA offers various benefits and opportunities to member tracks. Through partnerships with Morrow Brothers Ford and Extreme Racing Oils, the IHRA is helping tracks generate revenue and engage with their local communities. The chance to win a new Ford F-150 4-wheel drive truck valued at $60,000 has proven to be a major draw, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the tracks.
An Exciting Schedule Ahead
The IHRA’s 2024 schedule is already shaping up to be one of the most exhilarating yet. The IHRA Hot Rod Classic, a highly anticipated event, will be broadcast on IHRA-TV, allowing fans and racers from around the world to experience the thrill of the competition. Class rules and payouts for the Hot Rod Classic will be announced soon, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event. Furthermore, the IHRA Summit Team Finals and IHRA Sportsman Spectacular schedules will be released in the coming weeks, giving racers even more opportunities to showcase their skills on a national stage.
Support from Dedicated Partners
The success of the IHRA would not be possible without the support of its partners. Companies like Summit Racing Equipment, Sunoco Race Fuels, RJS, Darana Hybrid, Laris Insurance, and ATI have been instrumental in fueling the growth of the IHRA. Their ongoing commitment to the sport and the racers is invaluable. Additionally, new sponsors like Don Baskin Truck Sales and M&M Transmission have joined the IHRA Hot Rod Classic, further enhancing the event and providing racers with additional opportunities.
A Bright Future for IHRA
As the IHRA embarks on this new chapter under the leadership of Larry Jeffers, the future looks incredibly promising. With a strong focus on grassroots racing, a growing network of tracks, and an exciting lineup of events, the IHRA is poised for continued success. The dedication and passion of the racing community, combined with the expertise and vision of Larry Jeffers and his team, will undoubtedly propel the IHRA to new heights in the years to come. Exciting times await as the IHRA continues to be the driving force behind grassroots and Sportsman drag racing.
For any inquiries or further information, please reach out to Larry Jeffers, IHRA President and CEO.
Email: LJeffers@ihra.comText/Call: 636-262-3382
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Additional Information: The IHRA Hot Rod Classic is a highly anticipated event that showcases the skills of grassroots and Sportsman racers. The IHRA has a strong focus on community and camaraderie, fostering a passionate and dedicated racing community. The IHRA is committed to recognizing and supporting the racers who are the backbone of the sport.