NHRA, Aerospace Components, and ProMedia, the parent company of NMCA, will again combine forces and continue the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed Series in conjunction with the NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals event series.
Outlined in a multiyear agreement reached between NHRA and ProMedia, the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed Series will again be contested at NHRA member tracks on the 2012 NMCA and NMCA West tour. NMCA event sites include Atlanta Dragway (April 12-15), Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield (June 22-24), Route 66 Raceway in Chicago (July 12-15), Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky. (Aug. 3-5), Milan Dragway in Milan, Mich. (Aug. 24-26), Speedworld Dragstrip in Northwest Phoenix (Sept. 21-23), Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Oct. 11-14), and Royal Purple Raceway in Houston (Nov. 9-11).
The originally scheduled NMCA West season-opening event planned for Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (April 20-22) has been postponed due to a recent court ruling temporarily halting all drag racing activity at the facility. As a result of this development, NMCA West will begin the season at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield (June 22-24). NMCA West and NHRA officials are diligently working to relocate and reschedule this race. The NMCA West finals remains on the schedule for Oct. 19-21. NMCA and NHRA have developed a contingency strategy to contest the event at an alternative California facility.
Once again, all official NMCA class winners will be eligible to receive an NHRA Wally at each of the Aerospace Components Unleashed events contested at NHRA-sanctioned facilities. NMCA and NMCA West series champions will receive the double-tiered championship Wallys at the season-ending awards ceremonies in Orlando, Fla., and Pomona courtesy of the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed program.
Aerospace Components will continue to sponsor NHRA Unleashed, providing added benefits to the NMCA Flowmaster event series, which includes more than $3.1 million purse and cash contingencies for all 10 events.
“We are honored to be a 2012 major sponsor of NMCA and NMCA West, which will both feature NHRA Unleashed," said Kim Kussy, of Aerospace Components Inc. "We look forward to working alongside the NMCA and NMCA West teams and their great family of racers."
Charlie Harmon, president of ProMedia Events, said, “I continue to remain 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. 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. The multiyear support of the Aerospace NHRA Unleashed Series demonstrates there is no doubt that NHRA is continuing their long-standing commitment to Sportsman drag racing everywhere.”
“The heads-up, index segment of drag racing represents part of the very core in which NHRA was founded on. We are thrilled for the opportunity to carry on our relationship with the NMCA and continue to include the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed Series as a part of the Flowmaster/NMCA Muscle Car Nationals event series,” said Ray Wilkings, of NHRA.
“By combining resources, NHRA and NMCA will provide an opportunity for racers to take advantage of both organizations’ many benefits and services from coast to coast. The same opportunities can be extended to sponsors, providing the opportunity to reach out to a much broader group of participants and fans alike.”