IHRA Confirms 2012 Schedule & Canadian Dates

The IHRA will continue it’s Nitro Jam event format tradition for 2012 with a 8-race schedule including again two race dates within Canada…

Feld Motor Sports and the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) have revealed their 2012 schedule that includes stops at many of the most fan-friendly motorsports facilities inNorth America.

Beginning on the west coast for the first time ever, the 2012 Nitro Jam schedule will take it’s entertaining show from the deserts of Arizona to the hills of Michigan and everywhere in between on an eight-event tour of North America.

“Over the past two years we have taken Nitro Jam from an event struggling to find an identity to one of the most exciting shows in the country,” said Nitro Jam President Aaron Polburn. “We have a very strong schedule for 2012 that is designed to build off of the momentum of last year. We had a very successful year in 2011 traveling to some exciting new markets and we are thrilled to be returning to many of those same locations while continuing the success at many of our other top facilities.”

The IHRA's Prostalgia FC class will be of even higher profile in 2012.

The IHRA's Prostalgia FC class will be of even higher profile in 2012.

The 2012 Nitro Jam lineup will not include the Top Fuel dragster category this season**.  Instead the IHRA will focus it’s attention on nitro-powered drag racing action from Pro Fuel Dragsters (A/FD cars), Prostalgia™ Nitro Funny Cars, Nitro Harleys, Fuel Altereds (AA/FA).  The exhibition entertainment portion will once again include the legendary Grave Digger monster truck and also many of the top exhibition acts in the country.

**Editors Note – Exception:   FYI –  both of the Canadian events will include booked in Top Fuel cars by Grand Bend Motorplex and Castrol Raceway track management.   Contestants are TBA.   Plus there will be a PMRA Pro Mod Points race during the Grand Bend Motorplex Mopar Canadian Nationals event. 

“Last year was all about putting more variety into the schedule and we hope to continue that trend again this year,” Polburn said. “Each event will have a unique menu of nitro classes and exhibition acts, but all will feature the same excitement and ‘I can’t believe I just saw that’ action that fans have come to expect from NitroJam.”

Fuel Altereds will return to Castrol Raceway in Edmonton next July

Fuel Altereds will return to Castrol Raceway in Edmonton next July

Nitro Jam will also keep its “race only” format for professional classes while continuing to feature and grow sportsman competition through new and exciting programs. Professional categories will also continue to have invitation only fields with a new Nitro Jam champion being named at the conclusion of each day of racing.

SIR will be followed by a trip to San Antonio Raceway in Texas the weekend of March 30-April 1. After last year’s event broke attendance records, Nitro Jam is thrilled to be returning to this incredible facility for another Texas-sized show in 2012.

Following the event in Texas, the Nitro Jam series will head to one of the most unique races on the schedule at State Capitol Raceway in Baton Rouge, La. Featuring the party atmosphere of Mardi Gras, this event always draws a crowd as the series returns the weekend of May 4-6.

June will feature two big races at Pittsburgh Raceway Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both events are popular stops for racers and fans as Nitro Jam travels to the Steel City the weekend of June 1-2 and Salt Lake Citythe weekend of June 29-30 to kick off the west coast swing.

In July the Nitro Jam series will shift to the Canadian portion of the tour with stops at the two biggest events of the year at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alb. and Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ont. Nitro Jam will venture to Edmonton for the only three-day Nitro Jam the weekend of July 6-8, followed by a trip to Grand Bend July 21-22 to wrap up the Canadian schedule. 

The IHRA Nitro Jam will return to Ontario's Grand Bend Motorplex - July 21-22

The IHRA Nitro Jam will return to Ontario's Grand Bend Motorplex - July 21-22

The 2012 Nitro Jam series will wrap up championships for the professional categories at the most spectacular facility on the Nitro Jam tour at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.the weekend of August 10-11.

In addition to a thrilling professional show, sportsman racing will also be featured at all of the Nitro Jam events on the schedule culminating with the sportsman-only IHRA World Finals at Memphis International Raceway in October. More details coming soon at www.IHRA.com.


  • March 23-24                  Southwestern International Raceway      Tucson,Ariz.
  • March 30-31                  San AntonioRaceway                           San Antonio,Texas
  • May 4-5                           State Capitol Raceway                          Baton Rouge,La.
  • June 1-2                          PittsburghRacewayPark                      Pittsburgh,Pa.
  • June 29-30                    Rocky Mountain Raceways                Salt Lake City,Utah
  • July 6-8                          Castrol Raceway                                Edmonton, AB.
  • July 21-22                     Grand Bend Motorplex                 Grand Bend, ON
  • August 10-11                U.S.131 Motorsports Park                  Martin, Mich.


Posted by:  Larry Crum

DragRaceCanada File Photos by: Bruce Biegler 

For more information on the 2012 Nitro Jam series and a complete listing of events, visit www.nitrojam.com.