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Racing action cranks up at Memphis International Raceway

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Since reopening in the fall of 2011, Memphis International Raceway has roared back into the motorsport’s scene with extreme sports and high-octane racing excitement.  The 200-plus events hosted at MIR in 2012 attracted 300,000-plus visitors changing the face of sports and entertainment in Shelby County and the Mid-South; plus providing a much-needed boost to the region’s economy.

“The first full racing season at Memphis International Raceway was an incredible success,” said Pam Kendrick Vice President and General Manager.  “But if you liked what you saw in 2012, you will love what we have planned for 2013!  The 2013 season offers an incredible variety of events with something for everyone from the seasoned driver to the racing spectator,”   said Kendrick.

The racing season cranks up in early February with Xtreme Xperience Drive or Ride.  This is a perfect opportunity for thrill seekers that takes place on MIR’s challenging 1.8 mile road course.  The racing action continues full throttle through the first of December.  Some of the highlights include these national events:

Super Chevy Show – the premier national event for all Chevrolet enthusiasts with high-powered Chevy racing excitement, the spectacular Chevy Show Cars, one of the finest Performance & Restoration Midways for GM products, Swap Meet and Car Corral.  Super Chevy Show also includes a Pro Show featuring Jet Funny Cars GOJO and Top Secret, Wheelstander Superwinch and the fan favorite Pro Mod Show Down – who’s the baddest ProMod in town.

 HotRod Power Tour – the ultimate hot-rodder vacation.  The attention of 40 million automotive enthusiasts will focus on the Hot Rod Power Tour during the 7 days in June when the rubber meets the road. Thousands of car enthusiasts, drawn together by their love of the automobile, will cruise across American with the staff of Hot Rod Magazine and icons of the automotive industry.  Sponsored by the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fun Ford Weekend – the family friendly event features Ford-powered or Ford-bodied bracket racers, restoration experts showcasing their finished masterpiece in the Car Show, Swap Meet and Car Corral, Midway offering performance aftermarket and restoration products from show sponsors and vendors, as well as Pro Shows featuring Jet Cars!

 ADRL – American Drag Racing League’s top drag racers driving the fastest cars on the planet.

Nitro Jam and IHRA World Finals – Nitro Jam™ Drag Racing Series is a professional drag racing entertainment circuit featuring 300+ MPH Top Fuel Dragsters, nitro-powered Pro Fuel Dragsters, wild Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars as well as amazing exhibition acts including jet vehicles, wheelstanders and other various racing acts.  The Summit SuperSeries World Championship consists of the best 16 racers in Top, Mod and Junior Dragster classes from across the US, Canada and Aruba and New Zealand in a race that will determine the Summit SuperSeries World Champions.

 Regional action includes:

Traction Optional Drift, Mid-South Nostalgia Nationals ,OUTLAWS – THE COMEBACK, IHRA Division 4 Pro-Am, Mopars in Memphis, Monster Truck Freestyle, Jr. Drag Nationals, IHRA Summit Team Finals and the Thanksgiving Bracket Brawl $5K

 

For the local racers:

14 Bracket Racing Series Points Races presented by COMP Cams, 5 Put Up or Shut Up Bike Nites, 8 Midnight Madness events and 40 Test and Tune sessions.

MIR is also pleased to announce a five year agreement with Rusty Wallace that gives race enthusiasts a personal, adrenaline-filled, NASCAR experience of a lifetime on the three-quarter mile paved oval at Memphis International Raceway.

In addition to a robust racing season, MIR will focus on expanding their Race on the Track, Not on the Streets campaign to discourage illegal street racing.  Street racing is a growing epidemic across the country.  Each year increasing numbers of youth are injured or killed by this senseless activity.   “Memphis International Raceway is committed to discouraging street racing and proud to have racing superstar, Clay Millican as spokesperson for our Race on the Track not the Street Campaign to bring awareness to the dangers of illegal street racing,” said Kendrick.

The only legal way to satisfy a need for speed is in a controlled environment like that at Memphis International Raceway.  Attend any Test and Tune sessions or Midnight Madness event and you can see what your favorite car or bike can run in the quarter-mile on MIR’s historic drag strip.   Drivers must possess a valid driver’s license and the vehicle must pass a tech inspection for safety. “Satisfy your need for speed legally and in a controlled race environment with safety personnel as your catch net.  Join us in keeping our streets safe and race on the track at Memphis International Raceway,” said Kendrick.

“We are thrilled to be here and able to offer the racers and race fans in this area a first class racing experience,” Kendrick said.  “With 200+ events scheduled and new ones added daily, I’m sure we have something to offer everyone.  Come feel the excitement for yourself at Memphis International Raceway – Where the Racing Rocks.”

UPCOMING MIR EVENTS:

FEBRUARY

7-10 – Xtreme Xperience Ride & Drive

16 – Test N Tune

17 – Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams

23 – Test N Tune

24 – Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams

28 – Test N Tune

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