IHRA Heading To San Antonio

Texas native and 2012 IHRA race winner John Hale will return to defend his victory in the Nitro Boss category during the San Antonio Nitro Jam. (IHRA Photo)
Texas native and 2012 IHRA race winner John Hale will return to defend his victory in the Nitro Boss category during the San Antonio Nitro Jam. (IHRA Photo)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Let’s face it, the 2013 San Antonio Nitro Jam won’t be a race for the timid.

With many of the top teams from across the country gearing up for a wild ride down 1,320 feet of Texas asphalt, there is no room for “comfort” when the fastest machines in the land take to the strip. No, when the top teams tangle in Texas, it will be “all out” for five seconds of 300 mile-per-hour glory with the winner taking home one of the most coveted trophies of the year – an Ironman from the San Antonio Nitro Jam.

Heralded as the biggest Nitro Jam in the United States, the sport’s top racers will be on hand for two days of nitro-powered racing action as drivers in Top Fuel, AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Fuel Altered and Nitro Harley battle it out alongside nearly half a dozen jet-powered machines, wheelstanders, fireworks and more at the 2013 San Antonio Nitro Jam presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and CarSafe.

And headlining that list is a lineup of Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars that will leave fans talking.

Want the defending race winner, a Texas native with a wild Lone Star State theme coloring the side? How about Nitro Jam’s quickest and fastest machine, owning all of the records there is to set and two championships to boot? How about the fastest talker in the west, a man known better by a nickname than by his own name with a go-or-go-home personality straight from the glory days? Yes, the San Antonio Nitro Jam has it all.

“The entire ‘explosive’ team is ready to take on the best in the country and they are coming to San Antonio to finish some unfinished business,” said Mark Sanders, better known to the public as “Mr. Explosive.” “Don’t miss this one. Texans know how to party and we are ready for all of them in the winner’s circle to hang with us.”

Leading the way into San Antonio is two-time defending Nitro Jam World Champion Peter Gallen. With a brand new design on the side of his record-setting 1978 Monza bodied “Poverty Stricken” Funny Car, Gallen is looking forward to his first race of the 2013 season as he tries to take home his first win at the San Antonio facility since winning the series’ first race back at the track in 2011.

“There is still more we want to do in this car,” Gallen said. “We are always pushing our car and our team harder, to be the best, and even with the success we have enjoyed over the last few years we aren’t backing down one bit. There are still mountains out there left to climb.

“The race in San Antonio is filled with heavy hitters and we didn’t get to show our stuff last year due to some problems with the car. We think we got those problems ironed out and we are ready to show our stuff in front of those great fans.”

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