Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is pleased to once again team up with The Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. (PRO) to host the fourth annual PRO Winter Warm-up (#PROwarmup) on January 17 and 18, 2014. This event brings together all the top names in professional drag racing, under the lights at PBIR’s Drag Strip, as race teams test and tune their Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars in anticipation of the 2014 race season.
Presented by Bennett Auto Supply, the PRO Winter Warm-up will feature an impressive group of drag racing’s elite including: John Force, the newly crowned 2013 Funny Car Champion, his daughters Courtney and Brittany Force, and teammate Robert Hight. Newcomers to the event include Al-Anabi Racing drivers, Shawn Langdon and Khalid alBalooshi, as well as Torrence Racing driver, Billy Torrence. Additionally, in his return to Don Schumacher Racing, Tommy Johnson Jr. will join teammates Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, Ron Capps and Spencer Massey. Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta, David Grubnic, Del Worsham and Alexis DeJoria will also be in attendance. Other drivers making a return to PBIR include Chad Head, Sidnei Frigo, Leah Pruett, Bob Tasca III, Cruz Pedregon, Steve Torrence and Bob Vandergriff Jr.
Among the fastest-accelerating machines in the world, 8,000-horsepower Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars accelerate from 0-to-100 mph in less than a second and reach top speeds in excess of 300 mph. Fans will not only have the opportunity to watch the action on the track; they can also experience the thrill of being up close and personal in the pits, as teams rebuild their engines after each pass.
President and Chief Executive Officer of IRG Sports + Entertainment™, Jason Rittenberry noted, “The PRO Winter Warm-up offers South Florida fans unprecedented access to professional drag racing’s legendary drivers and teams – with two nights of full-fledged, thrilling competition on the PBIR Drag Strip. Because there is no purse on the line, you’ll see these racers engage in 300 mph wide-open runs with no holds barred.”
Owner, driver and PRO board member, Bob Tasca III said, “Most fans don’t even realize that some of the greatest Fuel performances of the year take place at the PRO Winter Warm-up! After a week of testing at PBIR, the Pro teams are always ready to put on a great show for the fans of South Florida. Don’t miss one of the best races of the year!”
Two-day spectator tickets for the PRO Winter Warm-up are $50 for adults, $25 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Parking is free at PBIR for all guests.
Event times per day:
Friday & Saturday, January 17 & 18
Gates open at 1 pm
Racing at 3 pm and 5 pm
(EVENT TIMES UPDATED AS OF JAN 16, 2014, FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE SEE THE PRESS RELEASE BELOW)
Autographs available throughout the event; visit the racers in the open pit area!
2-Day Adult Spectator $50
2-Day Adult Spectator VIP $80
2-Day Junior Spectator (Ages 6 to 12) $25
Friday Adult Spectator $30
Friday Adult Spectator VIP $40
Friday Junior Spectator (Ages 6 to 12) $15
Saturday Adult Spectator $35
Saturday Adult Spectator VIP $40
Saturday Junior Spectator (Ages 6 to 12) $15
VIP ticket includes reserved grandstand seating, private dining tent and a bottle of water.
Child 5 & Under FREE
COLD WEATHER FORCES TIME CHANGE FOR 4TH ANNUAL PRO WINTER WARM-UP
JUPITER, FL (January 16, 2014) - Unseasonably cold weather has forced the Professional Racers Owners Organization (PRO) and Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) officials to move up the racing schedule for the 4th annual PRO Winter Warm-Up. The two Nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel sessions will now be contested at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. While teams have been testing at the track since Tuesday continued cold temperatures have impacted performance and safety as temperatures drop later in the day.
"This was a tough decision but it was one we felt we needed to make to insure we have the safest possible conditions for our drivers, crews and fans. As the sun goes down the temperatures drop rapidly and it makes it extremely hard for these 10,000 horsepower Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars when it comes to traction and acceleration," said Bob Tasca III, PRO Board Member.
The track will be opening the spectator gates at 1 p.m. each day so fans can meet the drivers before the show starts. The track will also be honoring unused tickets from last year's event which lost a day of racing action due to rain. Fans can simply bring their ticket to the box office on Friday or Saturday and receive a ticket for the 2014 race.