Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series and LSX Shootout - Charlie Harmon on Speed Scene Live on 6/28 with BIG announcement
06-28-2011, 07:25 PM
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06-28-2011, 08:35 PM
AEROSPACE COMPONENTS NHRA UNLEASHED AND NMCA TO JOIN FORCES
GLENDORA, Calif. (June 28, 2011) —It was announced today that the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed program will combine forces with the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) to deliver an unparalleled offering of fun and close side-by-side racing for fans and competitors alike. The popular Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed program, which was formed in 2010, will be featured at five NMCA events for the remainder of the 2011 season.
NHRA has revised the 2011 Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed class rules and official schedule. Moving forward, the Unleashed classes will be featured at the following NMCA events: Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana (July 8-10); Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Ky. (Aug. 5-7); Milan Dragway, Milan, Mich. (Aug. 26-2; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, (Oct. 6-9); and Royal Purple Raceway, Houston (Nov. 11-13).
“The current Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed classes are very similar to some of the heads-up and index classes currently available in NMCA,” said Ray Wilkings, director of operations for NHRA Unleashed. “As a result, the eleven official NMCA class winners will be eligible to receive the coveted Wally at each of the five remaining events, courtesy of the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed program.”
NMCA will waive NMCA membership fees for NHRA Unleashed racers, unless they want to compete for NMCA Series points.
Aerospace Components and Trick Flow Specialties will continue to sponsor NHRA Unleashed, providing added benefits including more than $3.1 million purse and cash contingencies for all five events, given the new association with NMCA.
“I am very excited about the NHRA’s interest in reaching out to the growing heads-up and index drag racing market. The NMCA welcomes the opportunity to work directly with NHRA to carry on their support for heads-up and index drag racing,” said Charlie Harmon, president of ProMedia Events. “Over the years, NHRA has developed some amazing resources and all of us here at the NMCA are thrilled to have the support of the NHRA.”
By combining resources, NHRA and NMCA will provide an opportunity for racers to take advantage of both organizations’ many benefits and services. The same opportunities can be extended to sponsors providing the opportunity to reach out to a larger group of participants and fans alike.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
ProMedia has been the leader in street-legal events and publishing since 1999, the first year of the NMRA Ford Nationals and Race Pages magazine. Fastest Street Car (FSC) was introduced in 2001 and ProMedia purchased the NMCA in 2003, quickly turning it into the #1 all-domestic street-legal muscle car series in the U.S. Today NMCA has the most fans, racers, sponsors, and contingency support in the hugely popular muscle car segment. All NMCA events include awesome heads-up street-legal drag racing, huge all-domestic car shows, giant manufacturers midways and swap meets, 300+ mph jet cars, burnout contests, and much more! For more information on NMCA log on to www.nmcadigital.com.
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06-29-2011, 05:00 AM
Wow, it really is happening. :thumb:
On the one hand it could be said that something like this had to ultimately happen because some of these amateur/grassroots series' just couldn't realistically survive much longer on their own due to low car counts. But personally, I don't really care what the motivation was/is, I just think it's an all around great thing for the racers, promoters and sponsors alike. :nod:
Thanks for the updates/info.
06-29-2011, 11:38 AM
How does this affect the LS classes now or in the future?
Pro Stock John
06-29-2011, 02:22 PM
So adding a bunch more classes into each event?
06-29-2011, 09:11 PM
ProMedia’s Charlie Harmon Discusses NMCA, NHRA Unleashed Partnership
by Andrew Wolf on June 29, 2011
Yesterday’s announcement that the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed and Flowmaster NMCA Muscle Car series would be combining efforts for the remainder of the 2011 season has been met with more questions than answers regarding the continuation of the NHRA categories, both heads-up and index.
“We’ve got a deal with the NHRA through this year, and we weren’t in a position to take on additional classes and purses because we don’t have enough time to sell the sponsorship needed to accommodate that,” says ProMedia’s Charlie Harmon. “They have obligations to their sponsors, and we’re helping them get through the rest of this season. And I couldn’t just change my class rules, because that wouldn’t be fair to our existing racers. So we agreed to take on the brand and champion their cause for the rest of the season.”
What the absorption of the NHRA Unleashed series into the NMCA means is the unfortunate discontinuation of their eighth mile Outlaw 10.5, Limited Street, X275, and six index classes. Said Harmon, “unfortunately, one of the reasons they were having issues was because of their low car counts, and so it didn’t make any financial sense for us to try adding these classes that haven’t necessarily proven themselves yet this year.”
Harmon continued “what happens in the future and beyond, I don’t necessarily know. For the most part, we’re going to continue with our regularly formatted and scheduled classes with NMCA rules, and we invite the racers to come over and run with us if their cars fit. Some will and some won’t. We’ve got a variety of index classes, from Nostalgia Super Stock and Nostalgia Muscle Car, to Late Model EFI, and Open Comp. It’s a slightly different format, but we certainly welcome them,” says Harmon.
While the current agreement between the NMCA and NHRA is only through the remaining five events of the 2011 NMCA schedule, Harmon admits that ProMedia is keeping it’s door open for future negotiations.
“i don’t know what’s going to happen in 2012 and I certainly don’t want to mislead anyone, but I’m leaving the door open to take a look at what we can potentially do. We hope to help them accomplish their objective this year, and with any luck, they’ll want to continue the program next year and we can go in and evaluate our classes and structure and potential for other classes and find sponsorship for them, which is important to making these things work. But we have no guarantees beyond this year.”
Although racing for the coveted NHRA Wally trophy will be the biggest and perhaps most popular change that racers will see, some other differences will be evident at the next stop for the NMCA in Milan, Michigan next month.
“There will be signage from Aerospace Components, who we certainly welcome as a sponsor to events, and Trick Flow, which is already the presenting sponsor of the finals in Indianapolis, will now be the sponsor of our bracket program, as well. The NHRA will have an individual on site at each race, and we’ll be doing some things beginning in Fontana to stimulate interest in the NHRA and help their membership base. We’re also working out some additional coverage of our races in National Dragster,” explains Harmon.
The remaining five events will change only slightly in their branding and promotion, as they will now be known as the Flowmaster NMCA Muscle Car Nationals featuring the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed.
Said Harmon, “we think this is going to be a great deal for our racers, and we hope that the Unleashed guys can come over and join our group and compete for the Wally.”