Sebring International Raceway has become a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Member Track, allowing all drag racing activities at the Florida track to be governed by the rules of the United States’ primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing.
Best known as the Birthplace of American Endurance Racing and the famed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, Sebring is also home to a grass roots drag racing program on the front stretch of the famed Raceway.
The 2020 Air & Electrical Services Sebring Drag Racing schedule will include 12 events, a majority of which will be on Thursday nights. Two special events – the Sebring Battle at the Bridge and the Sebring Summer Showdown, will be high-prize-money weekend events attracting competitors from throughout Florida and the Southeast. The complete schedule will be announced soon, with the first night of the season tentatively scheduled for April 16.
Competitors race Sebring’s eighth-mile drag strip on the same concrete surface that IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA WEC World Endurance Championship drivers compete on each March. All drag races at Sebring are heads up races, making competitors come with their fastest cars and allowing fans an easy format to follow.
“Every year the Air & Electrical Services Sebring Drag Racing program grows, particularly for our fans,” said Matt Muha, Sebring’s drag racing director. “We’ve had good car counts every year and with the NHRA behind us we believe we will have even larger fields in 2020.”
All races at Sebring will continue to be operated by Sebring personnel under the NHRA rule book. Decisions regarding participating classes, entries, promotion, etc. will be managed by Raceway officials.
Aside from serious racing between the fastest cars, Sebring also provides fans who have a thrill for speed an opportunity to race their cars on the track in test-and-tune sessions. The test-and-tune nights allow drivers to run their cars in all-out, full-throttle passes without fear of a traffic ticket.
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 NHRA Plugs 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. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. 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 www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.
About Sebring International Raceway
Sebring International Raceway is North America’s oldest permanent road racing facility, established in 1950. The circuit originated from a WWII B-17 combat crew training base known as Hendricks Field. Nestled among the orange groves and cattle ranches of Central Florida, Sebring International Raceway has hosted the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring since 1952, now part of the prestigious IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Sebring was the site of the first FIA World Championship Sports Car Race in 1953, and in 2012 hosted the inaugural race of the FIA WEC, which returned in 2019 to run the day before the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts and will again for at least two more years in 2020-21. Sebring is also known as one of the most versatile testing facilities in the motorsports industry, offering a variety of circuit configurations for club and corporate events, private testing and racing schools. For more information on Sebring, visit www.sebringraceway.com.