New Racing Association Makes Alcohol Funny Cars It’s Marquee Division……

The newly formed National Drag Racing Association , a division of NDRA Motorsports, will take to the track for its inaugural season of competition in 2012 with four events featuring an Alcohol Funny Car division. The NDRA Alcohol Funny Car Drag Racing Series presented by Ohsweken Speedway will provide fans and racers alike with a first class racing program this coming season. 

The idea of drag racing businessman Dale Boeru, who also founded Canadian Drag Racer Magazine and Fast Entertainment Inc., this new series will provide a proving ground for Funny Car competitors who have been unable to compete on a level playing field with each other since the introduction of the screw style blower to the class.

 “With a competitor roster that includes three-time IHRA Champ Rob Atchison as well as Larry Dobbs, Brian White and Paul Noakes, to name a few, we are extremely excited about the support the series has received so far,” said Boeru. “It’s been far too long since these drivers have been able to put on a show for fans from Ontario and the North Eastern States who have missed the feel and excitement of Funny Car racing,” continued Boeru.

 Guaranteed payouts will ensure that each team who enters the NDRA Alcohol Funny Car Series presented by Ohsweken Speedway will be rewarded for their participation and the enforcement of weight restrictions for each category of car, running either a roots or screw set up, will assure each competitor has a legitimate chance to compete for event wins.

The series will host four events during its inaugural campaign, between two venues in Southern Ontario, including a traditional North Eastern season opener on May two-four weekend, May 19-20, at Grand Bend Motorplex. A second event will be contested at the IHRA sanctioned facility, Aug 10-12, during the Stratford Day Spectacular.

“We are very pleased that this series has been formed and are looking forward to the return of Alcohol Funny cars to our facility. The class always had a good spectator following here in Ontario and the North East US, and we are happy to be the ones showcasing them at our Spring Blowout Event May 19th & 20th, sponsored by RPM Magazine, Lucas Oil and Rudy Helds Performance Centre,” stated Paul Spriet, Chief of Operations at Grand Bend Motorplex.

The two remaining events will take place at the legendary Cayuga Dragway, which runs under NHRA sanction, starting with the Canadian Nitro Nationals June 23 -24, followed by the season finale during the Labour Day Funny Car Shootout Sept 1-2.

“It’s been quite a while since Funny Cars have had a series they could race at on a regular basis, and as an historic class to the sport, the creation of the NDRA Funny Car Series is a great addition to our already strong presence in NHRA Canadian Drag Racing. Cayuga Dragway, TMP, now has a variety of nearly every class available throughout the year, and we couldn’t be more pleased. We are already loaded with strong programs, and great marketing partners and this new series just moved us up one more notch,” said Director of Race Operations for Cayuga Dragway, Neale Armstrong.

The Alcohol Funny Car Series has already finalized title sponsorship for the division which will be presented by Ohsweken Speedway. This 3/8 mile clay oval, located just an hour from Hamilton, Ontario, host’s a World of Outlaw’s Sprint Car event each season, with last year’s show featuring 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart, as well as the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals.

Some of Canada's best alcohol Funny Cars will have a home circuit to race within beginning in 2012.

The Alcohol Funny Car series will run under a two day format with three qualifying sessions on day one, leading towards an eight car elimination round on day two of the event. Competitors in the series will also vie for the season long point’s race that will crown a champion at season’s end.

Former Nitro Funny Car pilot and NHRA record holder in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class Bob Elliott will serve as the series’ Director of Competition, working to ensure a safe, fair and efficient racing program is presented for the competitors and spectators. Drag racing promoter Larry Satchell has taken on the position of Director of Business Development under which he will work to secure additional funding for the blossoming series.

Multi-time IHRA Ironman winner and current NHRA Funny Car campaigner Paul Noakes has already committed his support to the series and is excited to be able to bring affordable and competitive Funny Car racing back for his fellow competitors. “The entire Paul Noakes Racing Team is very excited to see the Alcohol Funny Cars back! We are currently working hard to prepare a competitive car to campaign for the first championship. Our primary goal is to perform well and make sure that all fans are glad to see us back. Hats off to all involved with getting the NDRA up and running as well as the tracks that are supporting us, Grand Bend Motorplex and Toronto Motorsport Park,”said Noakes.

Also signing on to run the full series in 2012 is Cicero, NY based Brian White who pilots Bruce Freeman’s 2001 Avenger. “Freeman Farms Racing and I are pleased to be onboard with the launch of the NDRA Funny Car series.  The NDRA series will fill the void left for alcohol cars following the cancellation of the IHRA Funny Car program in 2009,” added White.

For more information on the NDRA Alcohol Funny Car Series presented by Ohsweken Speedway visit www.ndra.ca or contact Series Director Dale Boeru directly at 1-855-677-3278 or by email to dale@ndra.ca.


2012 marks the inaugural campaign for the NDRA and its Alcohol Funny Car Series presented by Ohsweken Speedway.

The Alcohol Funny Car division represents one of the most exciting groups of vehicles and competitors in all of motorsport. Reaching speeds of more than 250 miles per hour in less than six seconds over the quarter mile racing distance is just the beginning. These 3000 horsepower machines feature flip top carbon fiber bodies that often sport paint schemes and names as unique as the men and women who drive them.

With four events on the 2012 calendar, spread between two respected facilities, this will prove to be a landmark year for the NDRA, its competitors and fans.

For more information visit www.ndra.ca.

Posted by:  Jory Elliott