NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series to open

2003 season at The Strip at LVMS March 15-16

 

 

            The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the opening race of the 2003 NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series on March 15-16.

            The 10-race, $1.4 million series will once again feature exciting competition at many of the nation's premier drag racing facilities with each race being showcased on ESPN2. A year-end championship bonus fund of $144,000 as well as purses at each event totaling $260,500 are guaranteed. The series also offers the sport's most lucrative contingency program.

            "Sport Compacts are the future of drag racing and we are excited to be a part of the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series," said Chris Blair, LVMS' director of drag racing operations.  "The 2003 season promises to be a revolutionary year for this series and we're proud to see it kick off at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
            "Our event will feature special editions of our popular Midnight Mayhem Street
Racing program, car shows, displays and other youth oriented lifestyle events.  The NHRA Summit Sport Compact race will be more than just another drag event -- it will be a major happening in Las Vegas." 

NHRA officials have realigned the series' professional "heads-up" categories, providing a logical progression for enthusiasts to step up from a novice class to the ultimate level of professional competition.

In 2003, the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series will feature two professional "heads-up" categories competing for a world championship: the Pro RWD (rear-wheel drive) class, and the new Pro FWD (front-wheel drive) category.

The current Hot Rod (front-wheel drive) and All-Motor classes will be maintained in 2003 and compete for an NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series Championship.  The current Modified category will feature rear-wheel drive only vehicles. In all, five NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series championships (Pro RWD, Pro FWD, Hot Rod, Modified, All-Motor) will be up for grabs in 2003

Last year, the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series consistently featured the biggest names in professional import drag racing, including 2001 NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series Pro champion R.J. Simrock of El Cajon, Calif.

The series also has ties to the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.  Jim Epler, who less than a decade ago when he became the first Funny Car driver to exceed 300 mph, has announced the details of a new three-car team that will compete in the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series in 2003. The team will field cars in the Pro FWD, Hot Rod, and All Motor classes.