NORWALK, Ohio – Spokane County Raceway, located in Airway Heights, Wash., just outside of Spokane, has become IHRA’s newest member track and IHRA’s first on the West Coast, effective in 2015.
Spokane County Raceway, which boasts one of the largest motorsports facilities in the northwest, will instantly become an important hub for the IHRA as the sanctioning body looks to make its presence felt for the first time in the western half of the United States. In addition to providing a number of new and exciting options for area racers, plans are already in place to add IHRA’s most popular series, the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, to the Spokane County Raceway calendar in 2015.
The exciting nitro-powered IHRA series features professional competition in a number of fan-favorite classes including nostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Pro Stock, Jets and, special to this event in 2015, 10,000 horsepower, 320 mph Top Fuel Dragsters. All of that will take place in addition to a full weekend of sportsman competition. And to add to the excitement, the entire Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series event at Spokane County Raceway will air as part of IHRA’s national television series in 2015.
Not since the mid-1980s has Spokane County Raceway played such a pivotal role in hosting a national drag racing championship as it will with the IHRA’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.
“We are thrilled to welcome Spokane County Raceway to the IHRA member track family. Spokane is a great track with a dedicated racer base and a facility that is second-to-none in the northwest,” said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports.
“It takes courage to be the first at something and we applaud Spokane for being the first facility in that region to join IHRA. It is obvious in talking with everyone at the facility that they want to bring new opportunities to their racers and fans and we look forward to being a partner in making that happen.”
By partnering with the IHRA, facility General Manager Craig Smith hopes to provide a foothold in bringing IHRA drag racing to the western United States while providing his racers and fans with more racing opportunities in the years to come.
“Myself, along with the Advisory Board for Spokane County Raceway, are very excited about the new opportunities IHRA will bring to our community, sponsors and racers,” said Smith.
“IHRA’s Summit sportsman programs are second-to-none in providing racer-friendly competition, ease of participation and national-level drag racing to everyone, from the dedicated class racer to the local weekend bracket racer,” said Skooter Peaco, Vice President of IHRA Motorsports. “We look forward to providing these great programs to the racers at Spokane and making the transition to the IHRA an easy and exciting experience for all.”
Founded in 1974, Spokane County Raceway features a quarter-mile drag strip, a paved oval, road course, mud drags and more. Spokane County, which owns the 315-acre facility, purchased the track in 2008.