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EVENT STATUS UPDATE   


EVENT DATE:

  FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MAY 6-7 2016

EVENT NAME:

  Speed Unlimited Midnight Madness & ET Series

STATUS:

Wet Ground Delays Asphalt Resurfacing at Maryland International Raceway. Midnight Madness and Speed Unlimited ET Series is canceled this weekend.

Action on the newly paved asphalt surface will resume on Friday, May 13 with the Speed Unlimited Midnight Madness series. MDIR will also host the Speed Unlimited ET Series on Saturday, May 14 and a full day of test & tune action is set for Sunday May 15.


 

 


RACE RESULTS
March 2016

April 2016

Click Link Above For Race Results
 


Due to conflicting schedules for the 2016 season, MDIR regrets to report the cancellation of the September 9 – 11 Quad 5k event previously scheduled.

The August 5-7 Quad 5K will go on as scheduled as will the remainder of the 2016 Speed Unlimited ET Series events which include the guaranteed weekly purse increase in Top ET to $3,000.

The 2016 Speed Unlimited ET Series kick-off is scheduled for April 9.


 

 

05/04/16:::::::Wet Ground Delays Asphalt Resurfacing at MDIR

 

MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (May 4, 2016) – Maryland International Raceway ™ (MDIR) announces with much disappointment the cancellation of the originally scheduled Speed Unlimited Midnight Madness on May 6 and the Speed Unlimited ET Series event May 7.  The cancellation is due to weather and the paving has been rescheduled until Monday. IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE) COO Royce Miller, who is directing the project stated, “To maintain MDIR’s reputation as one of the best racing surfaces in the nation, we are taking great pains to be sure everything is done right. In order to place the Geotextile Overlay Fabric and pave the track, we need a completely dry surface to start with and about eight hours without rain. None of which we have had or look like we will have this week.”

05/02/16:::::::Winegardner Auto Group Named MDIR’s Super Chevy Show...

 

MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (May 2, 2016) – Maryland International Raceway ™ (MDIR) proudly announces Winegardner Auto Group of Prince Frederick, Maryland, as the presenting sponsor for the Super Chevy Show and Jet Wars event scheduled for August 20-21.The event will feature the world's largest Chevy automotive drag racing action, a premiere car and truck show, huge swap meet, car corral, vendor midway and much more all weekend long.

04/28/16:::::::All American Harley-Davidson Partners with MDIR

 

Mechanicsville, Maryland (April 28, 2016) – Fans who frequent Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) will soon see a major All American Harley-Davidson presence at the famed facility as the two have partnered beginning with the current 2016 season. All American Harley-Davison, located at 8126 Hughesville Road in Hughesville, Maryland has become the official sponsor of the track’s winner-circle, prep shed, bike rider pit parking location as well as the track’s motorcycle highway safety entrance and exit signs.

04/22/16:::::::IRG Sports + Entertainment Appoints a President...

JUPITER, Florida/NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 22, 2016) - IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) announced the appointment of Jack Korpela as president and general manager of the Mickey Thompson International Drag Bike League (IDBL) today. Mr. Korpela will assume the position immediately in time for this weekend's season opening Pingel Spring Nationals at Maryland International Raceway.

04/21/16:::::::NTS 11.50 to compete at the President’s Cup Nationals at MDIR

In a continued effort to grow its sportsman programs and continue to provide an abundance of options for its competitors, the International Hot Rod Association is pleased to continue the, entry-level sportsman index class that will be run at select events in 2016. The class, currently labeled the No Throttle Stop (NTS) 11.50 class, will be run at four events in 2016 and will feature entry-level, heads-up index racing for racers without the need for additional expenditures.

04/12/16:::::::Shawn Hackman Named Chief Revenue Officer of IRG Sports + Entertainment


JUPITER, Florida / NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (April 12, 2016) - IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences across the globe, today announced the addition of Shawn Hackman as chief revenue officer (CRO). A recognized expert on business development and sponsorship acquisition in the major sports industry. Mr. Hackman is instrumental in guiding IRGSE's future success, developing the strategies to drive substantial year-on-year revenue growth across sponsorship, hospitality, merchandise and licensing and leverage the IRGSE-owned properties.

"Mr. Hackman is a results driven, proven sales leader with the breadth and depth of experience we need to expand IRGSE and IRGSE-owned properties," stated Chris Lencheski, IRGSE vice chairman of the board and CEO. "TPG and the Board of Directors are positioning IRGSE into a best-in-class organization in sports and live entertainment experiences. His guidance will be instrumental as we continue to build upon our capabilities and deliver value to our portfolio of partners."

Mr. Hackman joins IRGSE as CRO from Speedway Motorsport Inc.'s (SMI) Kentucky Speedway. SMI is a major promoter of multiple nationally sanctioned events from NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA to name only a few. At the Kentucky facility; Mr. Hackman developed and executed creative sales and marketing plans for prospective clients and secured entitlement partners for the facility.

Prior to SMI, Mr. Hackman was the vice president of motorsports for Front Row Marketing Services, a division of Comcast Spectacor. He was responsible for sales and marketing support to a variety of clients in the sports and entertainment industry and grew revenue 40% over three years. His motorsports clientele included: NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA, World Endurance Challenge, Pocono Raceway, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Aston Martin and Porsche.

In addition to the motorsports industry, Mr. Hackman launched a full-service sports marketing firm that catered to Trina Solar and their involvement in major golf events and was the executive vice president and general manager of the Quad City Mallards, an International Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. While managing the daily operations of the hockey team, Mr. Hackman increased attendance over 35% from the previous team and finished second in overall attendance in minor league hockey.

"IRGSE is a company that is well positioned to expand upon its current foundation and leverage their portfolio of companies," stated Shawn Hackman, IRGSE CRO. "The goal is to improve the IRGSE brand, strengthen the business performance and bottom line results. I am excited to be a part of the team as we work with both current clients and new prospects. We have a commitment to provide our partners with a unique platform to showcase their company with proven results."

IRGSE is a TPG portfolio company that owns and operates four motorsports facilities; Memphis International Raceway, Cordova International Raceway, Maryland International Raceway and Palm Beach International Raceway, as well as two sanctioning bodies the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League (IDBL). For more information, please visit IRGSE.com or IRG Sports + Entertainment on LinkedIn.

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About IRGSE: IRG Sports + Entertainment™
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States, Canada and Australia. The Company is owned by TPG, a leading global private investment firm with $70.2 billion of capital under management. IRGSE owns and operates four motorsports facilities: Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) and Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR); as well as the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL).

For more information, contact:
Name: Shayna Keller
Title: IRGSE Director of PR & Corporate Communications
Phone: (561) 578-5638
Email address: skeller@irgse.com
 



 

4/07/16:::::::Don ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits, the Father of Drag Racing, to Serve as...

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 5, 2016 – Just under 150 days from the biggest event to take place at the Memphis International Raceway (MIR) in nearly seven years, raceway officials today announced six premier drivers who will compete in the 2016 World Series of Drag Racing presented by Sunoco and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, slated for Aug. 26 and 27. These drivers are among the many who will compete in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Nostalgia, U.S. Pro Mods and Fortune Hunter Big Buck Series categories...

3/23/16:::::::MDIR Announces Improvements to the Facility

 

MECHANICSVILLE, Maryland (March 23, 2016) – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), a TPG portfolio company, and Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) announced facility improvements are now underway at the famed Budds Creek drag strip. The initial stages of tearing down the existing spectator grandstands are now in progress. Once completed, the next step will be to begin to restructure the ground surface and footings for the new bleacher structure that will be placed in the same location. The new structure will not only allow for an additional 1,000 spectators to be seated, it will raise up the lower level seating for better track viewing and will enhance the overall visual presence on the premises.

03/22/16:::::::Racer Media & Marketing and the IHRA announce partnership in 2016
 

IHRA coverage featured on RACER media platforms

NORWALK, Ohio/ NEW YORK, NY (March 22, 2016) - The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the world's leading motorsports media and marketing company, Racer Media & Marketing announced a global partnership today. The premiere media outlet will bring drag racing into the homes of hundreds of thousands of motorsports fans via online, print and digital coverage of the IHRA during the 2016 season.

Racer Media & Marketing will cover all facets of the IHRA throughout the year, with a dedicated page on RACER.com, weekly newsletters and social media content. The IHRA season consists of sportsman and professional drag racing from February until October, and culminates with sportsman team finals and a championship event for both sportsman and professional racers at the end of the year. The relationship will reintroduce motorsports fans to the sport of drag racing and give insight into the international series with lifestyle pieces, event coverage, feature articles, and segments about the history of the IHRA.

"Drag racing is the purest form of racing and the spirit of the IHRA is exciting and welcoming to both racers and fans," stated Racer Media & Marketing Founder & CEO Paul Pfanner. "Our team at Racer Media & Marketing looks forward to delivering great coverage of IHRA events across all of our RACER media and social media platforms by providing compelling insights into the sport's unique competitors, cars and characters."

"The IHRA partnership with Racer Media & Marketing is a milestone for the IHRA and parent company IRG Sports + Entertainment," said Shayna Keller, Director of Corporate Communications at IRG Sports + Entertainment. "RACER's extensive reach will allow us to connect with a new audience and introduce the IHRA to millions of people around the world."

RACER was founded in 1992 and provides its readers with an insider's perspective on racing's intoxicating blend of people, passion, speed and technology. It creates high-quality original content that reflects the full spectrum of emotional, physical and technical aspects of racing's vibrant culture and passionate way of life.

Coverage of the IHRA on the RACER media platforms launched today and can be located on the website at http://www.racer.com/ihra.

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About Racer Media & Marketing, Inc.
Based in Irvine, Ca with a sales office in London, Racer Media & Marketing publish RACER, RACER.com and the Sports Car Club of America's official publication, SportsCar. In addition, RACER Special Projects Studio has produced creative, content and brand communication strategies for many of North America's top sanctioning bodies, manufacturers, promoters and sponsors. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. is privately owned.

About IHRA Motorsports:
The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) is owned and operated by IRG Sports + Entertainment™, a TPG Lending portfolio company. The IHRA promotes professional and sportsman racing for drivers of all levels. Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the IHRA sanctions more than 100 motorsport facilities in the United States, Canada and Australia and has more than 14,000 racers as members. The IHRA Drag Racing Series stars the fastest and loudest race machines on the planet with multiple events a year. The IHRA also oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour, Summit Racing Equipment Super Series, and Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions. For more information, visit www.IHRA.com, www.IHRADRS.com or connect with us on Facebook/IHRAMotorsports, Twitter @IHRA or Instagram @IHRADRS.

For more information, contact:
Name: Shayna Keller
Title: IRGSE Director of Corporate Communications
Phone: (561) 578-5638
Email address: skeller@irgse.com

 

03/08/16:::::::The Official Super Chevy Show Returns to MDIR August 20-21

 

Mechanicsville, Maryland (March 8, 2016) – The world’s largest manufacturer show is heading back to Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) and is less than five months away. This year’s original Super Chevy Show returns with the history and prestige of TEN: The Enthusiast Network with full coverage from Super Chevy Magazine. The August 20 – 21, 2016 event brings together Chevy enthusiasts from around the country to celebrate their favorite manufacturer. “We can’t wait for the Super Chevy Show to come back to Maryland International Raceway. It is the premiere national event for all Chevrolet enthusiasts,” said Rick Lindner, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of Maryland International Raceway. “The support for this show is overwhelming across the country and I guarantee the family-friendly event offers something for everyone. Mark your calendars now for extraordinary drag racing, car show, swap meet and Pro Shows all Super Chevy style,” Lindner continued.

02/24/16:::::::IRGSE names Pilson Communications, Inc. to guide future television and digital agreements
 

Former CBS President, Neal Pilson, partners with IRGSE and IHRA to assist with future growth


NEW YORK, NY (February 23, 2016) - IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), a global leader in marketing and promoting of sports and live entertainment experiences, has named Pilson Communications, Inc. (PCI) as its consulting company for future television and digital agreements. The newly aligned partnership will focus on the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA), the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL) and the oldest continuously running drag racing event in the country, the World Series of Drag Racing.

IRGSE, a TPG portfolio company, recruited PCI due to their worldwide experience and credibility in sports television, media and marketing negotiations. The PCI client base includes such notables as the NFL, NBA, NCAA, NASCAR, the Rose Bowl, the International Olympic Committee and numerous others. Former two-term CBS president, Neal Pilson, is the founder and president of the consulting company.

In two terms as President of CBS Sports, Pilson was responsible for negotiating broadcast agreements for all of CBS's major sports franchises including the NFL, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, The Masters, college football and basketball, and he handled the acquisition of domestic television rights for the Olympic Winter Games. During his tenure, the CBS production unit won major Emmy Awards for coverage of the Final Four, NFL Football, Major League Baseball, the Daytona 500 and other events, as well as a George Foster Peabody Award for The Masters. In December 1994, the International Olympic Committee awarded Pilson the Olympic Order, the highest honor given by that organization. Before joining CBS, Pilson was in private law practice in New York and served as an executive at both Metromedia, Inc. and the William Morris Agency, Inc.

"Pilson Communications, Inc. and Neal Pilson are the right fit for the future of the IHRA, IDBL, and IRGSE," remarked Chris Lencheski, IRGSE Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO. "Their portfolio and Mr. Pilson's experience in the sports television industry will enable IRGSE to take things to the next level and bring awareness to our series', racers, fans, IHRA membership tracks and sponsor partners. Mr. Pilson understands our vision and he is a key element in the tactical transformation strategy."

IRGSE announced last week several long-term agreements with multiple individuals and their respective companies to assist with the reorganization and future growth of the IHRA and IRGSE properties. Rod Campbell and John Coletti from Automotive Performance Partners joined to oversee the newly created IHRA Manufacturers Council, Suzy DaSilva with Competitive Edge Media and Marketing is available to assist all IHRA membership tracks and future partners with media planning and strategic communications, and Joe Favorito was enlisted to assist and consult on all matters of strategic corporate communications.

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About IRGSE: IRG Sports + Entertainment™
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States, Canada and Australia. The Company is owned by TPG, a leading global private investment firm with $70.2 billion of capital under management. IRGSE owns and operates four motorsports facilities: Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) and Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR); as well as the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL).

For more information, contact:
Name: Shayna Keller
Title: IRGSE Director of PR & Corporate Communications
Phone: (561) 578-5638
Email address: skeller@irgse.com
 

02/22/16:::::::IRGSE Announces Multiple Partnerships in Reorganization
 

IRGSE Momentum includes new Manufacturer’s Council; Advertising Planning for IHRA Member Tracks and new NYC based Corporate Marcom Executives

JUPITER, Florida (February 16, 2016) – IRG Sports + Entertainment ™ (IRGSE) and The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) announced several long-term agreements with multiple individuals and their respective companies to assist with the reorganization and future growth of the IHRA and IRGSE properties. These announcements come on the heels of the appointment of Mike Dunn as the new IHRA President.

IRGSE, a TPG portfolio company, recruited highly notable and accomplished motorsports and automotive manufacturer professionals Rod Campbell and John Coletti via their Automotive Performance Partners to lead the newly developed IHRA Manufacturer’s Council. The creation of a Manufacturer’s Council marks the first time in IHRA history that a specific working group has been developed by professionals from the major automotive manufacturers with experience across many OEM’s and global engine platforms. The group just conducted their first of several major off-site meetings at new IRGSE partner; the Jupiter, Florida based PGA Resort and Spa the week of the 10th.

Rod Campbell and John Coletti from Automotive Performance Partners, bring almost 100 years of automotive experience between them. They have been appointed to oversee the newly formed Manufacturer’s Council for the IHRA. The duo will take the lead on the development of the highly anticipated Dragster 1: D1 Series and oversee the project.

Mr. Campbell has spent 50 years in the automotive world as a marketer and creator of niche vehicles, motorsports and related business. His career included stints in automotive publishing, radio and television, and as leading public relations executive serving racing greats Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss. Campbell was the founder of Detroit based Campbell & Co. and also founder of California’s RWB LLC in Torrance, California. Mr. Coletti’s extensive background includes 45 years of experience in the automotive industry working with such companies as EcoMotors International, and Ford Company where he is credited with leading the team that saved the Mustang from extinction in 1994 and led the team that brought the 2004 Ford GT supercar to market in a short 26 months.

The IHRA also appointed Suzy DaSilva with Los Angeles based Competitive Edge Media and Marketing to assist all IHRA membership tracks and future partners with media planning and strategic communications. This marks the first time that the IHRA has made this available to all 98 member tracks to utilize their strength in collective media buying and assist their regional advertising planning across every form of media including digital. CEMM plans and executes all traditional media, sponsorships, events and digital/social communications. Mrs. DaSilva brings 20 years of experience with her and offers CEMM’s services to IRGSE, IHRA and all IHRA Member Tracks.

Finally, the IHRA appointed Business Marketing Communications “Industry-Thought-Leader”, Joe Favorito, to assist and consult on all matters of strategic corporate communications. Mr. Favorito has been added to support the existing IRGSE and IHRA communications team led by IRGSE Director of Corporate Communications Shayna Keller and help with the restructuring of the department to be more proactive with non-traditional business media. Mr. Favorito has 30 years of experience and has managed the day-to-day activities in strategic communications for NBA’s New York Knickerbockers, Philadelphia 76ers, The WTA Tour, The United States Tennis Association and much more.

Chris Lencheski, IRGSE Vice Chairman of the Board of Managers and CEO stated, “These additional appointments and assignments are just a few of the early tactical transformation strategies being employed now to assist the 2016 “gateway” year through the beginning of the 2017-2020 master plan. The IRGSE ecosystem of Membership Tracks, IHRA Team Owners, Racers and IHRA Sponsors had addressed these items with myself and our IRGSE board when we requested their opinions on what a future sanctioning body should be offering its collective members as benefits of their participation and relationship.” Lencheski added, “There will be additional announcements over the next several weeks and months on human talent, media advisory to assist our global TV and digital planning and of course additional development of the Dragster 1: D1 strategy.”

The 2016 IHRA season kicked off two weeks ago to record breaking participation numbers at the Summit Pro-Am Tour at Immokalee Regional Raceway and the Summit Pro-Am Tour at Bradenton Motorsports Park. The IHRA Drag Racing National Series kicks off March 4 – 6 at Orlando Speed World Dragway with the AMSOIL Nitro Nationals. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit IHRA.com or IHRADRS.com

ABOUT IRGSE:
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States, Canada and Australia. The Company is owned by TPG, a leading global private investment firm with $70.2 billion of capital under management. IRGSE owns and operates four motorsports facilities: Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) and Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR); as well as the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL).
 

02/17/16:::::::Management Appointments at Maryland International Raceway
 

Jason and Chris Miller continue Haltech World Cup Finals at MDIR with IRGSE support

JUPITER, Florida (February 17, 2016) - IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) announced today that Jason Miller and Chris Miller from Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) are transitioning into a full-time role with their highly successful Miller Brothers Productions company (MBP) with the full support of the IRGSE family of companies.

IRGSE is proud to support this effort and the Haltech World Cup Finals, Import vs Domestic event (owned and promoted by MBP) will still be held at MDIR on November 4 - 6, 2016. Future MBP events will be held at IRGSE motorsports venues along with other motorsports venues.

The Miller family has played an integral part in the success of the premiere motorsports facility in the Washington-Baltimore region. The facility opened in 1966 and became a part of the Miller family in 1989 when Royce and Linda Miller leased and later purchased the quarter-mile drag strip. Their sons, Jason and Chris have always been a part of the family operation and learned the day-to-day operations and promotions of the facility.
In 2014, IRGSE purchased the Budds Creek, Maryland drag strip and the Miller brothers stayed on board to manage MDIR. Jason Miller was named the Vice President and General Manager and Chris Miller the Director of Operations.

“We’d like to wish Jason and Chris the best in their future endeavors with Miller Brothers Productions,” stated Chris Lencheski, IRGSE Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO. “They have both contributed significantly to the success of MDIR. Furthermore, Lencheski added, “this new opportunity is made in harmony because of the relationship we enjoy with the patriarch of the Miller family. Royce Miller will be more involved in the running of MDIR, in addition to his current role as COO of IRGSE.”

“I’m excited for Jason and Chris as they build on their already successful company (MBP) and continue to bring second-to-none events such as the Haltech World Cup Finals to MDIR and other facilities,” stated IRGSE COO, Royce Miller.

“My brother Chris and I are excited to continue hosting the Haltech World Cup Finals, Import vs Domestic event at MDIR,” stated Jason Miller, Promoter of Miller Brothers Productions. “This unbelievable event has a rich history at Budds Creek, Maryland and racers and fans come from all over the world to compete in front of one of the largest crowds in the sport. We started Miller Brothers Productions so we could focus on WCF, and create new events in the coming years to fill some voids that currently exist in the market place.”

For more information about MBP and the Haltech World Cup Finals, Import vs Domestic event on November 4 - 6, please visit www.importvsdomestic.com

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For more information, contact:
Name: Shayna Keller
Title: IRGSE Director of PR and Corporate Communications
Phone: (561) 578-5638
Email address: skeller@irgse.com

ABOUT IRGSE:
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States, Canada and Australia. The Company is owned by TPG, a leading global private investment firm with $70.2 billion of capital under management. IRGSE owns and operates four motorsports facilities: Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) and Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR); as well as the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL).
 

02/9/16:::::::The International Hot Rod Association Names Mike Dunn As President
 

One of the legendary names in drag racing to help
lead the organization’s new strategic vision


NORWALK, Ohio/New York City, New York: (February 9, 2016) – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), proud portfolio company of TPG; parent company to the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA); one of the fastest-growing professional racing circuits globally, today, announced that Mike Dunn has been installed as President of the IHRA organization in advance of the complete reorganization of the company and its various operations. Dunn, one of the most successful drivers and team organizers in the history of motorsports, joins the IHRA after spending the last 14 years as the face of major league professional drag racing for ESPN.

“We welcome Mike Dunn, one of the most respected figures not just in drag racing but in all of motorsports, to the IRGSE family of companies and specifically the IHRA as we begin to reshape the entire organization; Racing Operations, Television and Digital, Licensing, Track and Individual Membership and a newly developed Team Ownership Sponsorship Business Unit into a first class motorsports and entertainment platform. The future of the IHRA intends on delivering the world’s fastest race cars, in important automotive manufacturer influenced global markets, as a platform for growth in the important 9-19 socially active generation Z consumers, while re-igniting the platform of our traditional drag racing consumers with new investment and engagement,” said Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO of IRGSE, Chris Lencheski. “Mike has been a part of the most memorable moments that this sport has ever seen, and we are excited to have his expertise as a winning driver, businessman and influential media member to help lead us forward.”

“I welcome this new opportunity after so many years in a race car and in front of the screen at ESPN,” Dunn said. “I think the vision that IRGSE and the IHRA is pulling together fits a younger and engaged fan base that loves action, speed and the personalities around those elements. I am looking forward to working with Chris and the entire IRGSE family of tracks and properties, the current drivers, the current race teams and the traditional IHRA tracks and all fans of this great sport to get things moving forward quickly.” Dunn added, “The IRGSE Board are committed to the their decisions and vision for drag racing into the future but are staying flexible in their approach to teams, markets, promoters, media and sponsorship. I think they may have the best vision to come along in Drag Racing in a very long time and I am excited to be a part of the leadership team.”

Dunn is one of only four drivers to ever win 10 or more races both Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars, joining fellow legends Don Prudhomme and Gary Scelzi and six-time world champion Kenny Bernstein. The son of Hall of Fame Drag Racer "Big Jim" Dunn, Dunn began racing just before he turned 20 in 1976. The following year he earned his Funny Car license before taking a job as a crew member for legendary car owner Roland Leong and working for him until 1980.

Respected by his peers for being a mechanic as well as a driver and for always getting his own rides and consistently producing, Mike has forged a solid career and ranks among the most prolific drivers in fuel racing history with 22 NHRA national event victories. In 1987, the Southern California native obliterated Funny Car's 280 mph barrier, setting the National Speed record in Dallas, Texas and enjoyed the best season of his career in 1991, finishing third in the final points standings. In 1999, Dunn received one of his greatest honors: selection as Car Craft Top Fuel Driver of the Year, an award that in the past has gone to greats of the sport "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney.

He left competitive driving in 2002 joining ESPN telecasts for the NHRA Drag Racing series, a position he held until leaving last fall.

The current 2016 IHRA Drag Racing Series is serving as an interim year between the current format and the restructuring format which will be announced throughout the 2016 season. The 2016 Competition Schedule begins at Orlando Speed World Dragway (Orlando, Florida) with the AMSOIL Spring Nitro Nationals on Friday, March 4, 2016. Highlighting the 2016 schedule will be stops in: San Antonio, Texas; Grand Bend, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta; Martin, Michigan; West Salem, Ohio and Budds Creek, Maryland. The full schedule can be found at http://www.ihradrs.com/schedule/.
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ABOUT IRGSE:
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States, Canada and Australia. The Company is owned by TPG, a leading global private investment firm with $70.2 billion of capital under management. IRGSE owns and operates four motorsports facilities: Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) and Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR); as well as the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL).


ABOUT THE IHRA:
The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) promotes professional and sportsman racing for drivers of all levels. Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the IHRA sanctions more than 100 motorsport facilities in the United States and Canada and has more than 12,000 racers as members. The IHRA Drag Racing Series stars the fastest and loudest race machines on the planet with multiple events a year. The IHRA also oversees sportsman racing programs including the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL, and Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL. Owned and operated by IRG Sports + Entertainment™, the organization also publishes the monthly Drag Review Magazine which is distributed to its members and partners. For more information, visit www.IHRA.com, www.IHRADRS.com or connect with us on Facebook/IHRAMotorsports or Twitter @IHRA.
 

02/11/16:::::::MDIR Raises Top ET Purse to $3,000 for 2016 Season

 

MECHANICSVILLE, Maryland (February 10, 2016) – Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) is proud to announce that it will raise the guaranteed weekly purse to $3,000 in Top ET for all 2016 Speed Unlimited ET Series events. The racer entries for the weekly events will remain the same as last season at $85 and the winner will still receive an Irontree trophy.

01/13/16:::::::TEN: The Enthusiast Network and IRG Sports + Entertainment Announce a Multi-Year Partnership
 

Duo joins forces to bring major events to automotive enthusiasts


JUPITER, Florida (January 13, 2016) – The world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, TEN: The Enthusiast Network (TEN) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) announced a multi-year partnership that will bring a number of highly sought after automotive events to IRGSE venues. TEN’s portfolio of events include: HOT ROD Power Tour, LOWRIDER Super Show, HOT ROD Drag Week, CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, Great American Racing Series, and HOT ROD Engine Masters.

The new partnership pairs the leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences with the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD, and GRINDTV. TEN’s media portfolio includes more than 50 publications, 60 websites, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel, and the world’s largest action/outdoor sports media platform.

The two organizations will work together to deliver an unmatched at-track racer and fan experience. This relationship also extends benefits to all of the member tracks of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) as well as IRGSE’s individual memberships.

“As part of the 100-day plan written to the board of IRGSE, we promised that the future of the collective companies under our umbrella would benefit by working only with best in class companies and by every measure the TEN network and their brands are among the very best in the automotive marketplace,” stated Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO, Chris Lencheski. “We look forward to this partnership for many years to come.”


IRGSE and TEN hosted multiple events together in previous years with the HOT ROD Power Tour making stops at Memphis International Raceway in 2013 and 2015. The inaugural season of The Great American Racing Series also held their championship weekend at Memphis International Raceway’s tri-oval last year. In addition, HOT ROD Drag Week visited Cordova International Raceway in 2015 as well as Memphis International Raceway in 2012 and 2013.

The expanded relationship will include the Super Chevy Show at all IRGSE properties in 2016, and the exploration of future joint endeavors during the five-year partnership including Truck Mania. The first event scheduled for 2016 is the country’s largest Chevy enthusiast event, the Super Chevy Show at Memphis International Raceway on April 8 – 10.

“The TEN / IRGSE partnership allows us to solidify and grow our position as the premier promoter of enthusiast focused auto events,” said TEN’s President of Automotive Scott Bailey. “Using the rebirth of the Super Chevy Show series as the initial building block of the TEN / IRGSE partnership, we look to aggressively expand this and several other event properties across IRGSE owned and operated tracks as well as throughout the network of IHRA facilities.”

The confirmed 2016 event dates include: Super Chevy Show at Memphis International Raceway, April 8 – 10; Super Chevy Show at Palm Beach International Raceway, April 23 - 24; Super Chevy Show at Cordova International Raceway, May 21- 22; and Super Chevy Show at Maryland International Raceway, August 20 – 21. Additional events will be announced as they are finalized.

For more information, please visit www.irgse.com or www.enthusiastnetwork.com.

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network
TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, 1,000 branded products, MOTOR TREND OnDemand subscription video on-demand service, and the world’s largest action/adventure sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.

About IRGSE: IRG Sports + Entertainment
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States and Canada. The Company owns and operates four motorsports facilities: Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) and Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR); as well as the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL). IRG properties promote more than 1,150 motorsports, live entertainment and corporate events annually at its venues and within its series. For more information, please visit www.irgse.com, follow @IRGSports on Twitter and LinkedIn.
 

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11/30/15:::::::IRGSE Names Chris Lencheski as Vice Chairman of Board & CEO




Sports Industry Veteran and Former Comcast-Spectacor Entity President Named IRGSE CEO

NEW YORK CITY (November 30, 2015) - IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE) has appointed sports industry veteran and former Comcast-Spectacor entity President Chris Lencheski as Vice Chairman of the Board of Managers and Chief Executive Officer.

IRGSE properties promote more than 1,150 motorsports, live entertainment and corporate events annually at their venues and within their series. Lencheski will be responsible for strategic and portfolio operations of the IRGSE family of companies, including the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) sanctioning body and the International Drag Bike League (IDBL) sanctioning body, as well as IRGSE properties: Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway (MIR), Maryland International Raceway (MDIR), and Cordova International Raceway (CIR).

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