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Robin DeRose, president of the club that runs the raceway, says the selection speaks to the quality of the track.
“This sanctioning agreement recognizes the great facility we have here in Fort St. John and the quality of races we run. We are very pleased to be a part of the IHRA family and look forward to growing with their organization.”
The local raceway received the news, along with the Gulfport Dragway in Mississippi and the Lakeland Dragstrip in Florida, as part of a flurry of new signings over the past month to help push the IHRA member track count to 100.
Northern Lights Raceway will join the Division 6 Border Bandits in IHRA competition, and with the signing, the IHRA track count reaches across 29 states and territories, four Canadian provinces, along with who additional countries in New Zealand and Aruba.
The track is also the ninth Canadian track to sign with the IHRA and fourth from B.C.
Skooter Peaco, IHRA Vice President of Race Operations, talked about the emotion that comes with signing new tracks from around the world.
“This is an exciting time for the IHRA and all of our racers and fans around the globe. Our primary goal has been the creation and continuation of new and exciting programs for our racers to make racing with the IHRA a fun and rewarding experience. We are excited to welcome the Northern Lights Raceway and all of our recently added tracks and look forward to continuing to provide great programs and opportunities for tracks and racers well into the future.”
According to local racer Bryan Bates, the new sanctioning will be extremely beneficial to everyone involved in the track, bringing extra publicity to the raceway, while also providing drivers the opportunity to compete for trophies and points on a much larger regional circuit.
The next set of races at the Northern Lights Raceway will be taking place July 14 and 15, when the track will begin operating under the IHRA banner.
For more information on the Northern Lights Raceway, visit the track’s official website.
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