GLENDORA, CA – March 2, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – NHRA announced today that Traxxas, the leading manufacturer and seller of high performance radio-controlled vehicles, has agreed to an extension agreement, including a renewal of the popular NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout.
The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout for the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes has been wildly successful, as the race within a race program has taken place during the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis each year since 2012. The specialty event features 8-car fields in the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes made up of the season’s event winners and one fan selection. A $260,000 total purse is awarded, with the winner in each category taking home a $100,000 payday.
World champions Tony Schumacher, John Force and Jack Beckman are all two-time winners of the event, while other past winners include world champions Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon. Schumacher and Courtney Force were the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout winners in 2016.
“We are excited that Traxxas will extend the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shoot and support NHRA teams and drivers,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout has been a resounding success and Traxxas’ continued presence at events is a great thing for NHRA and its fans.”
The Traxxas brand will also continue be integrated into all aspects of NHRA, including a prominent interactive display at all 24 NHRA events per year, Traxxas trackside entertainment during races, advertising during television broadcasts, and a strong digital and social media presence.
“The passion for horsepower and speed that we build into every Traxxas car, truck, boat, and helicopter goes hand-in-hand with NHRA,” said Damron Atkins, Traxxas Marketing Manager. “The Traxxas Nitro Shootout is our way of giving back to NHRA, adding excitement for fans and racers. Qualifying for this special event puts even more at stake each race weekend leading up to the Big Go, and the sixth consecutive year of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be bigger and better than ever.”
Traxxas, The Fastest Name in Radio Control® has been engineering and building the world’s fastest and most innovative Ready-To-Race® radio-controlled performance machines since 1986. Traxxas models are fully assembled with powerful, feature-rich radio systems and are Ready-To-Drive® in just minutes, including the 100mph Traxxas XO-1 supercar. Traxxas performance, durability, and world-class customer support all come together to deliver award-winning radio-controlled fun that’s designed to last for years to come. With cars, trucks, boats, and helicopters, there’s a fun Traxxas model for everyone. Prices start at less than $100 with over 20 performance models under $300. Visit www.traxxas.com for more information and to locate a Traxxas retailer.
About National Hot Rod Association
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Source: National Hot Rod Association