GLENDORA, CA – December 5, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Graham Light, who earlier this year announced his retirement as NHRA’s senior vice president of racing operations at the end of 2018, announced today that he will join the Board of Directors of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Auto Club of Southern California. Light will put his relationships, knowledge and years in the sport to the best use possible – furthering Wally Parks’ dream of creating a world-class motorsports museum to preserve NHRA’s history.
As a member of the board of the Museum, Light will work closely with Museum chairman of the board Tom McKernan, and the other members of the Museum board, to help move the Museum forward. Thus, Light will serve in a key stewardship position for the history of the sport which will be a natural fit due to his strong connections with many of the people who helped to shape that history. Light will be available to work on special projects that may be developed between NHRA and the Museum and will be a key fundraising partner with the Museum’s staff, furthering Wally’s legacy.
“We are thrilled to welcome Graham to the Museum’s board of directors. I can’t think of a single other person who would bring Graham’s level of passion and knowledge to the Museum and who could play such a key role in the Museum’s advancement efforts,” said McKernan.
Light is looking forward to working with the Museum’s staff to take the institution to the next level.
“I know Wally would be happy and impressed by how far the Museum has come since his passing in 2007. Wally loved the Museum and I am honored to have this opportunity to help advance his dream, while also helping to preserve the rich history of the sport and expose it to more people.”
“We will miss Graham being on NHRA’s board, but we fully support his decision to join the Museum’s board, where he will be able to make such a positive impact on furthering Wally’s dream and advancing the Museum’s mission,” said Dallas Gardner, chairman of the board of NHRA. “Moving to the Museum board is the greatest gift Graham can give to the sport and to Wally.”
Light joined NHRA in 1984 and progressed upwards in the organization, taking over all racing operations in 1993. His institutional knowledge and passion for drag racing are a mainstay in NHRA and the drag racing community. The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada native started out drag racing in Competition Eliminator before owning and operating a racetrack of his own.
About Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum:
Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum’s mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture. We collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. We are the place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, and the West Coast’s role as the historic center for their past and present development.
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 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. 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 four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; 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