NHRA signs new agreement with Phoenix track
NHRA officials announced today that the sanctioning body has entered into a multi-year agreement with the Sun Valley Marina Corporation, a corporation of the Gila River Indian Community, to bring an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event to Wild Horse Motorsports Park – formerly known as Firebird Raceway – beginning in 2014.
Beyond the national event, which has raced at the track outside Phoenix since 1985, the agreement preserves the right to race for the local and regional racers. The track is scheduled to open in September and will begin running NHRA's racing programs in October.
“We are extremely excited to announce today that the excitement of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is here to stay in Phoenix,” said NHRA President Tom Compton. “Working together with the Sun Valley Marina Corporation, the new management team, and the Gila River Indian Community we look forward to staging NHRA Drag Racing at all levels of competition at the track well into the future.”
NHRA indicated the Phoenix event will be held in its traditional place at the beginning of the season. The facility also will continue to host an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing series divisional event.
Wild Horse Motorsports Park, formerly Firebird International Raceway, is under new management led by Paul Clayton and Darren Smith of Copper Train Development Partners. Most recently, Copper Train Development Partners hired long-time Daytona International Speedway track executive Dick Hahne to oversee operations.