Leo Taugher, longtime NHRA national and divisional event announcer and “Voice of the North Central Division,” passed away recently after a long illness.
Taugher began announcing at Quaker City Dragway in Salem, Ohio, his lifelong hometown. In 1977, he was part of the announcing crew for the inaugural NHRA Division III E.T. Finals, now recognized as the NHRA Summit Racing Series.
The 1978 U.S. Nationals was Taugher’s first national event, and in 1988, he was named the North Central Division’s official announcer covering special events throughout the division and emceeing the annual Land of the Winners Awards Banquet.
Taugher’s distinctive voice and vast knowledge of NHRA Sportsman racing has made him one of the favorites of racers and fans alike. Over the years, he has worked alongside greats like Dave McClelland, Steve Evans, Bob Frey, and Alan Reinhart to bring out the excitement of NHRA Drag Racing.
A racing collectibles show will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Visitors can browse through nostalgic items such as hat pins, postcards, diecasts, racing apparel, and more. Race fans attending the Circle K NHRA Winternationals can ride a tram back and forth between the racetrack and the museum.
Admission is free. Parking is free after 5 p.m.
The drivers of John Force Racing will meet their fans at Mark Christopher Chevrolet in Ontario on Wednesday, Feb. 4 prior to the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. All four drivers will be at the huge Chevrolet dealership, located off Interstate 10 in Ontario, from 6-8 p.m. signing autographs and posing for photos with fans.
“We had a great test session on Phoenix with our new Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Cars and now we are ready to get the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season started,” said 16-time Funny Car champion John Force.
In addition to John Force, who finished No. 2 in the NHRA Funny Car standings last season, Courtney Force, Robert Hight and Brittany Force will be at Mark Christopher Chevrolet. The dealership is located at 2131 East Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764, phone: (909) 545-6669.
A group of racers and owners in the NHRA Top Fuel Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series have started the Top Fuel Harley Racers Association and launched a website: TopFuelHarleyRacers.com.
The Top Fuel Harley Racers Association was formed during the 2014 racing season to encourage racers competing in the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing series to work together to take the sport of Top Fuel Harley Racing to the next level. Thanks to the support of NHRA, its strong fan base and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the Top Fuel Harley bikes will be running at four NHRA national event races in the 2015 season, doubling the number from the 2014 season when they competed at two national events early in the season. The remaining six races for the 10-race tour will be contested at NHRA divisional events.
Team owner Ray Price, one one of the people who helped form the Top Fuel Harley Racers Association, said, “Damian Cownden, Ray Pelrine, Kevin Boyer and I were talking and we wanted to do something to help support the owners, riders and their teams who are so passionate about what they do, while also helping introduce fans to the excitement of Top Fuel Harley racing. We look forward to a successful 2015 season and growing our audience.”
On TopFuelHarleyRacers.com fans can get the latest news on these 200-mph nitro-powered bikes, find out when the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing series will be visiting a track near their hometown, learn more about their favorite drivers, scroll through photo galleries and catch up on rider points rankings.
The first race of the season for Top Fuel Harley Racers is the Circle K NHRA Winternationals Feb. 6–8 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Teams encourage race fans to visit the pit area in order to get to know them personally and request autographs and pictures with their favorite riders. Top Fuel Harley Racers can also be found on Facebook and Twitter under @TFHarleyRacers.