The International Hot Rod Association™ announced that the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ will feature a number of enhancements for the 2014 racing season including an exciting 12-race series schedule, the addition of a national points fund, the return of traditional drag racing, a new Fan Zone pit experience and more all to be implemented for the 2014 North American Tour.
The expanded schedule, which will return each event to the designation of Nationals, will include the Palm Beach Nationals at Palm Beach International Raceway, May 2-3, 2014.
All events in 2014 will feature four core classes of competition – Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Nitro Altered and Jet Dragster, plus additional sportsman classes at each event. The series will also include an expanded Fan Zone pit experience for fans including interactive exhibits, driver Q&A’s, racing simulators and the addition of the world famous “Hollywood Cars of the Stars” collection from Miami's Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection that will travel the IHRA circuit throughout the year.
Among the many changes for the 2014 racing season will be a return to a traditional drag racing format featuring qualifying and eliminations for professional classes. The professional classes of Nitro Funny Car and Nitro Harley will feature a championship points fund and all classes will enjoy an increased purse in 2014. The classes will have two qualifying sessions on the first day of competition followed by three rounds of eliminations on the second day.
IHRA will showcase Nitro Funny Car as one of its four premier professional classes in 2014 and will feature a purse of $50,000 per event plus a year-end championship points fund of more than $100,000. The champion will receive $50,000, while the runner-up will receive $25,000. The class will feature an invitation-only, 10-car field with the top eight qualified drivers competing in traditional eliminations.
Also new in 2014, the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events will feature a four-car field of Jet Dragsters competing in elimination-style competition for the IHRA jet championship. Each event on the tour will feature the “Fastest Girls in Racing” as the Larsen Motorsports jet team will join the IHRA exclusively for the 2014 season. The four-car team, made up of female racers Elaine Larsen, Marisha Falk, Dawn Perdue and Kat Moller, will showcase themed dragsters and incredible 300 mph jet-powered competition.
Nitro Harley will also be showcased next season with an $18,000 purse per event, plus a championship points fund worth more than $60,000, with $25,000 going to the year-end champion. Nitro Altered will retain its Chicago-style eliminations format in 2014 as these wild machines return to their role as a feature class.
Larsen Motorsports will also be hosting the newly expanded Fan Zone pit experience that will feature driver and fan interaction, activities for fans and one of the most exciting additions ever to the series – the world-famous “Hollywood Cars of the Stars” from Miami's Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection.
At all IHRA events in 2014, the Dezer Collection on Tour will hit the road with the “Hollywood Cars of the Stars” featuring some of the most incredible cars in the world including vehicles from such hit shows and movies as Dukes of Hazzard, Beverly Hillbillies, Grease, Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, The Munsters, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Back to the Future, James Bond, Batman and more. Each event will showcase different cars from the collection.
Fans can see all of these famous Hollywood cars during the prerace Fan Zone activities before the start of Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series action each night.
In addition to its professional lineup, IHRA will retain its status as the home for sportsman racing with sportsman racing to be included at every Nitro Jam event in 2014.
In addition to all of the exciting professional racing action taking place at Palm Beach International Raceway, the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Palm Beach Nationals will also feature a full weekend of racing starring south Florida's top ET bracket racers. This is an exciting opportunity for Palm Beach bracket racers to be featured on the big stage in front of one of the largest crowds on the entire IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour.