NHRA Unleashed, a celebration of American horsepower, will visit seven new venues in 2011 and the popular heads-up drag racing series will be showcased at facilities in the Midwest and West Coast for the first time, it was announced today by officials from the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning organization.

NHRA Unleashed (nhraunleashed.com) events give fans of all makes and models of muscle cars and all things that go fast the ability to enjoy a sensory-overload high-performance weekend.  Each NHRA Unleashed event offers racing, automotive displays, and much more.  All of the activities are geared toward celebrating the love affair that young and old hot-rodding enthusiasts have developed with the car culture.

The 2011 season will open at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, Ga. on May 6-7 before heading to Tulsa Raceway Park in Oklahoma on June 3-4. No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, La. will host the series June 17-18 and it will visit Cordova Dragway Park in Illinois July 15-16. After taking the month of August off, the series will resume in September with two events – Milan Dragway in Michigan on Sept. 9-10 and Lebanon Valley Dragway in New York on Sept. 16-17. The series will conclude in Southern California Oct. 14-16 at Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.  Six of the seven NHRA divisions are represented in the 2011 NHRA Unleashed schedule.

“We are very excited to expand the 2011 NHRA Unleashed schedule to seven events and to be able to offer the tour to new regions of the country, introducing the events to nearly all of NHRA’s divisions,” said Ray Wilkings, director of operations for NHRA Unleashed. “The new schedule presents great geographic diversity as well as affords our racers the opportunity to compete at some of the best maintained and operated facilities in the U.S. Last season was a great beginning for NHRA Unleashed and we look forward to building even more momentum in 2011.” 

Once again NHRA Unleashed will feature an incredible variety of classes, including the Outlaw 10.5, Limited Street, and x275 Radial, as well as index classes for 8.50, 9.50, 10.0, 11.0, 12.0, and 13.0.

All NHRA Unleashed winners will continue to receive the famous Wally trophy.

NHRA will partner with Disrupt/ive Studios Inc., producers of the popular drag racing show PINKSTM, in hopes of creating programming around the NHRA Unleashed events again in 2011 and media opportunities for the series are still being contemplated.   

Disrupt/ive Studios Inc, is a full service media production and television development studio based in Los Angeles, CA. Disrupt/ive Studios was founded in 2008 by Jack Schaeffer and Stephen Pullin to expand on its affiliate company, Pullin Television, Inc.’s ability to create compelling media properties and television programming with active and loyal audiences.

For the latest information about NHRA Unleashed please visit:   www.nhraunleashed.com 

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011.  As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Two NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels: the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA.  NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17.   In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.


May 6-7  – South Georgia Motorsports Park, Cecil, Ga.  NHRA Division 2

June 3-4 – Tulsa Raceway Park, Tulsa, Okla. NHRA Division 4

June 17-18 – No Problem Raceway Park, Belle Rose, La. NHRA Division 4

July 15-16 – Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, Ill. NHRA Division 5

Sept. 9-10 – Milan Dragway, Milan, Mich. NHRA Division 3

Sept. 16-17 – Lebanon Valley Dragway, West Lebanon Valley, N.Y. NHRA Division 1

Oct. 14-16 Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.  NHRA Division 7