GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2016) -RIS — Fans attending the Circle K NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 11-14 at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the tradition-rich season-opening event in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series alongside one of the sport’s greatest legends – four-time NHRA Funny Car world champion Don “The Snake” Prudhomme.

A limited number of tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are available for fans to purchase to gain entry into the Snake Skybox. Prudhomme will make an appearance in the Skybox on Saturday and Sunday to watch nitro qualifying and the final rounds, respectively, at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals.

Fans that purchase a Snake Skybox pass will be able to enjoy some of Auto Club Raceway’s most exclusive amenities. With the purchase of a Snake Skybox pass, fans gain access to an air-conditioned suite that includes a catered meal each day, free non-alcoholic beverages, a closed-circuit television and an exclusive Don Prudhomme goodie bag. Fans who purchase two Snake Skybox passes will receive a VIP parking pass for the weekend.

On Saturday or Sunday, fans with a Skybox Pass will be able to visit with Prudhomme, a five-time winner of the Winternationals and one of only a few drivers to win the iconic event in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. Fans can talk with him about the weekend’s racing action, take photos and get his autograph.

Prudhomme, one of NHRA’s biggest stars of the 1970s and most successful drivers and team owners, is a four-time Funny Car world champion and earned 49 career victories, most of them at the controls of his famed line of U.S. Army Funny Cars. His intense rivalry with Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen in the famed Mattel Hot Wheels Funny Cars, is widely credited as the first mainstream sponsorship in NHRA drag racing. As a team owner, he guided several drivers, including Larry Dixon, Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr., to many victories in the sport’s nitro classes.

To purchase tickets for the Snake Skybox, or to obtain general-admission or reserved seats for the Circle K NHRA Winternationals, log on to www.NHRA.com/tickets or call the NHRA Ticket Sales Center, (800) 884-NHRA (6472). General admission tickets for children 12 and younger are free with any paid adult ticket. Students with valid ID can purchase tickets for 50 percent off at the event ticket office.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; 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.

Dusty Brandel

President of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association, Inc. Worked with Mike Hollander since Tapsis, Compuserve, etc. and has posted to the website since the beginning. First Female photo-journalist to be given a garage and pit pass for the NASCAR garage, 1972 at Ontario Motor Speedway. One of first seven female writers, photographers given access to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway garage and pits in 1971. Past President of Greater Los Angeles Press Club, 1992-96, and first female editor of the 8-Ball publication for the Press Club

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