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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.
 


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Get your high performance shopping lists ready! The legendary Presidents' Day Sale is at Speed Unlimited Performance again and for those that have experienced this event you know everything including special orders will be on sale.

If you've never checked out this sale - you're really missing out. The Speed Unlimited Presidents' Day Sale is coming Monday, Feb. 15th. Doors open at 9:00 AM on Monday and we will be open as late as it takes so make sure you don't miss this once a year opportunity to save big.


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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.
 

 

 

01/07/16:::::::Winegardner Auto Group Is 2016 Door Wars “Presenting Sponsor”


Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) sends out a “Thank You Thursday” to Tommy Winegardner and the Winegardner Auto Group of Prince Frederick, Maryland. First time track partner in 2015, Winegardner Auto Group and MDIR recently announced a continuation and increase of their relationship for the 2016 season. The multilevel sponsorship which originally included Pro Street Class sponsorship with MDIR’s Truck Mania event last season; will now also include presenting sponsorship with the 2016 Door Wars event.

 

 

12/14/15:::::::MDIR Releases the 2016 Season Schedule

MDIR is proud to release our 2016 MDIR schedule! This will be the most exciting lineup of events in our history, and the season will consist of 100+ race days with the season opener being held on March 5-6th. Our signature special events in 2016 will include: (2) Swap Meets, Door Wars, (5) IDBL motorcycle events, (3) Custom T’s Grudge events, a Metro Area Grudge Racers event, (3) War on Wheels events, (2) IREV Import events, IHRA President’s Cup Nationals, Truck Mania, PDRA, Jet Wars, Legends at Budds Creek, Snap-On Tools Superchargers Showdown, Ford Fever Classic, Mopar Eastern Classic, and the Haltech World Cup Finals – Import vs Domestic event. This year’s schedule is once again all about our racers and fans, and we have kept all of the events that everyone has come to love.

 

12/04/15:::::::Attention 2015 D1 Summit Team Finals qualifiers for MDIR - New Date Released for Piedmont!


The Division 1 Summit Team Finals event will be held March 31- April 3 of 2016 and will again be hosted by Piedmont Dragway. “We worked really hard with the management team at Piedmont Dragway in finding these dates for the Spring 2016. I look forward to finally having great weather along with some great racing” said IHRA Director Josh Peake.
 

12/01/15:::::::IHRA To Modify Summit SuperSeries Championship Format...

The Summit Super Series, IHRA’s largest and most prestigious program for weekly bracket racers, has taken the next step in the evolution of the series. Beginning in 2016, the Summit Super Series track champions of each IHRA member track will win the right to compete in the Summit World Finals held at Memphis International Raceway on October 14-16, 2016. This change eliminates the traditional run-off of Summit track champions at each of the Summit Team Finals events. It also eliminates the variations of filling a 16 car field that the series has struggled with formatting that worked for everyone. Additionally, champions from each of the Summit Team Finals...

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).

11/13/15:::::::Haltech World Cup Finals – Import vs. Domestic Thrills Fans



MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (November 13, 2015) – Hundreds of teams and 22,000 fans from across the United States, Canada and all over the globe poured into Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD for the 20th Annual Haltech World Cup Finals Import vs. Domestic event. Eighteen competitors took to the MDIR track in Mickey Thompson Outlaw vs. Extreme competition gunning for the $10,000 cash prize. Extreme competition. This fan favorite class did not disappoint with several low 6 second passes, wild rides, fire and air all weekend long.



 

10/26/15:::::::2015 Raider ET Series Champions Crowned


MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (October 26, 2015) – Steve Witherow, Chris Moren, and Allison Lloyd each claimed their stake as the 2015 Raider ET Challenge Series champions this weekend, as the season long campaign was completed with the final two day event at Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) on October 25th.
The 12th season of the Raider ET Challenge Series was originally scheduled for 8 races over four weekends between Richmond Dragway, Virginia Motorsports Park, and Maryland International Raceway.

09/29/15:::::::MDIR Speed Unlimited ET Series Champions Crowned


MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (September 29, 2015) – The 2015 Speed Unlimited ET Series points champions were crowned during the 30th Annual Snap-On Superchargers Showdown this weekend in all four sportsman categories; Top ET, Mod ET, Motorcycle ET and Hubble Motorsports Jr. Dragster.

 01/07/16 - Winegardner Auto Group is 2016 Door Wars “Presenting Sponsor”
 12/14/15 - MDIR Releases the 2016 Season Schedule
 12/01/15 - IHRA To Modify Summit SuperSeries Championship Format...
 11/30/15 - IRGSE Names Chris Lencheski as Vice Chairman of Board & CEO
 11/17/15 - Race Results - SUN, NOVEMBER 15, 2015
 11/09/15 - Race Results - FRI - SUN, NOVEMBER 6-8, 2015
 11/13/15 - Haltech World Cup Finals – Import vs. Domestic Thrills Fans
 10/26/15 - Witherow, Moren, and Lloyd Claim 2015 Raider ET Series Championships
 10/25/15 - Race Results - SUN, OCTOBER 25, 2015
 10/25/15 - Raider ET Challenge Season Points - TOP ET
 10/25/15 - Raider ET Challenge Season Points - JUNIOR DRAGSTER
 10/25/15 - Raider ET Challenge Season Points - MOD ET
 10/24/15 - Raider ET Challenge Season Points - TOP ET
 10/24/15 - Raider ET Challenge Season Points - JUNIOR DRAGSTER
 10/24/15 - Raider ET Challenge Season Points - MOD ET
 10/24/15 - Race Results - SAT, OCTOBER 24, 2015
 10/23/15 - Race Results - FRI, OCTOBER 23, 2015
 10/23/15 - Raider ET Series Champions Crowned This Weekend at MDIR
 10/12/15 - National Record Falls during Ford Fever Classic at MDIR
 10/12/15 - Season Points - X275
 10/12/15 - Season Points - OUTLAW DRAG RADIAL
 10/11/15 - Race Results - SUN, OCTOBER 11, 2015
 10/10/15 - Race Results - SAT, OCTOBER 10, 2015
 10/09/15 - Updated X275 Class Rules
 10/09/15 - Updated Ultra Street Class Rules
 10/01/15 - IRG Sports + Entertainment Closes Recapitalization
 09/29/15 - MDIR Speed Unlimited ET Series Champions Crowned
 09/27/15 - Race Results - SUN, SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
 09/26/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - TOP ET
 09/26/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - JUNIOR DRAGSTER
 09/26/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - MOTORCYCLE ET
 09/26/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - MOD ET
 09/26/15 - Race Results - SAT, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
 09/23/15 - Nostalgia Legends Thrill MDIR Crowd at 6th Annual Event
 09/23/15 - Huge Pro Mod Field for 30th Annual Snap-On Superchargers Showdown!
 09/22/15 - ET Points on the Line at the Snap-On Superchargers Showdown
 09/21/15 - Winners Crowned as Points Battles Tighten at Raider ET Series
 09/21/15 - MDIR Hosts 30th Annual Snap-On Superchargers Showdown Sept 25&26
 09/20/15 - Race Results - SUN, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
 09/19/15 - Race Results - SAT, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
 09/16/15 - Fun Ford Series & Mega Mopar Action Events Move To MDIR
 09/15/15 - Winner Crowned for 2015 Rick’s Jewelers “Ring for the Queen” Challenge
 09/13/15 - Raider ET Challenge Season Points - TOP ET
 09/13/15 - Raider ET Challenge Season Points - JUNIOR DRAGSTER
 09/13/15 - Raider ET Challenge Season Points - MOD ET
 09/13/15 - Race Results - SUN, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
 09/13/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - TOP ET
 09/13/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - JUNIOR DRAGSTER
 09/13/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - MOD ET
 09/12/15 - Race Results - SAT, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
 09/11/15 - Race Results - FRI, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
 09/09/15 - Winners Crowned at 6th Annual $10K/$2K Poker Bash
 09/08/15 - 2015 Ultra Street Rules - UPDATED 09/08/2015
 09/06/15 - Race Results - SUN, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
 09/06/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - TOP ET
 09/06/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - JUNIOR DRAGSTER
 09/06/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - MOTORCYCLE ET
 09/06/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - MOD ET
 09/05/15 - Race Results - SAT, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
 09/04/15 - Race Results - FRI, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
 08/31/15 - Season Points - OUTLAW DRAG RADIAL
 08/30/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - TOP ET
 08/30/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - JUNIOR DRAGSTER
 08/30/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - MOTORCYCLE ET
 08/30/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - MOD ET
 08/30/15 - Race Results - SUN, AUGUST 30, 2015
 08/29/15 - Race Results - SAT, AUGUST 29, 2015
 08/28/15 - Race Results - FRI, AUGUST 28, 2015
 08/22/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - MOD ET
 08/22/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - TOP ET
 08/22/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - JUNIOR DRAGSTER
 08/22/15 - Speed Unlimited ET Series Season Points - MOTORCYCLE ET
 08/22/15 - Race Results - SAT, AUGUST 22, 2015
 08/21/15 - Race Results - FRI, AUGUST 21, 2015
 08/17/15 - Season Points - X275
 08/16/15 - Race Results - FRI - SUN, AUGUST 15-16, 2015
 08/14/15 - Race Results - FRI, AUGUST 16, 2015
 08/09/15 - Race Results - SUN, AUGUST 9, 2015
 08/08/15 - Race Results - SAT, AUGUST 8, 2015
 08/07/15 - Race Results - FRI, AUGUST 7, 2015
 08/04/15 - Season Points - OUTLAW DRAG RADIAL
 08/02/15 - Race Results - SUN, AUGUST 2, 2015




  

 

 

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