Some Pomona Circle K Winternationals Facts...
- The new era of TV coverage on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Broadcast Network
- Pro Stock changes hit the track with electronic fuel injection, hood scoops removed and shortened wheelie bars among other advancements
- Off‐season changes on track: Erica Enders switches to Mopar, driving a Dodge Dart; Leah Pritchett joins Bob Vandergriff Racing fulltime; Jeg Coughlin returns to competion; J.R. Todd gets fulltime sponsor with SealMaster
Antron Brown begins his 2015 world championship defense
Shawn Langdon is the defending event winner
Langdon has won two of the last three Circle K NHRA Winternationals
The TF track record was set at this event last season by Langdon
Langdon was the No. 1 qualifier last season
Del Worsham opens the 2016 season as the reigning world champ
Mtt Hagan is the defending event winner
The win was Hagan’s fourth at Pomona and first at the Winternationals
John Force has an astounding 16 career victories at Pomona
Courtney Force was the event’s No. 1 qualifier
Erica Enders opens the season as the two‐time defending world champ
Jason Line is the defending event winner
Line has won four of the last seven Circle K NHRA Winternationals
Enders qualified No. 1 for the event
Rookie Drew Skillman reached the final in his first career start
STATISTICAL ACTIVE WIN LEADERS AT POMONA (TOP THREE)
Top Fuel Funny Car Pro Stock
Tony Schumacher 6 John Force 16 Greg Anderson 10
Larry Dixon 5 Matt Hagan 4 Jeg Coughlin 6
Shawn Langdon 3 Robert Hight 4 Jason Line 4
WHAT’S NEW IS WHAT’S OLD
It was 50 years ago that the first Funny Car
appeared at an NHRA event. During the 2016
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season,
NHRA will celebrate 50 years of the
Funny Car. The season-long promotion will
feature fan-favorite cars and drivers at many
event. NHRA will show the evolution of the
category, remember the greatest rivalries and
hear from the legends who drove the cars in
some of the most memorable side-by-side
races in NHRA history.
NEW FOX SPORTS TV DEAL
-17 live events: a major change for the sport,
bringing excitement of each matchup and round
as it happens.
-Four live events on the FOX Network: a first
for NHRA to have live broadcasts on network
TV, guaranteed to bring new viewers and
-New broadcasting team: Dave Rieff, Tony
Pedregon, Bruno Massel, Jamie Howe, John
Kernan, Lewis Bloom and Amanda Busick.
-Taking TV production in-house: Studios in
Glendora and Indianapolis. Gives us the ability
to tell the stories that fans want to hear. Kernan
will work in Indianapolis while Bloom and Busick
will be based in Glendora.
-Major changes in the presentation of our
broadcasts, including virtual graphics in the
lanes (identifying drivers and their stats) and a
virtual finish line.
-Better time slots – guaranteed through the
live telecasts, but also better air times overall
compared to the late-night airings of the past
-More than 500 hours of programming, including
qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday.
-Peter Clifford, President: Elevated to the
presidency in July after 18 years with the
NHRA. Brings a new vision for the future and
has developed a detailed, six-step program to
grow the sport
-Ken Adelson, VP Broadcasting & Digital/
Executive Producer: One of the most respected
TV executives in the country and joined NHRA
in September to oversee the transition of the
new TV package and redesigned website and
-Terry Blount, VP Public Relations &
Communications: Brings over 30 years of
experience as a sports journalist and
commentator. Spent last 10 years at ESPN,
eight as the columnist and commentator for
-Tyler Schulze, VP and Chief Financial Officer:
Comes to NHRA after 12 years at TEN: The
Enthusiast Network. Handled strategic development
and licensing for more than 70 media
brands that focused on auto and sports entertainment.
Also worked for FOX Sports, where
he managed a $3 billion rights portfolio for 13
regional sports networks
- Brad Gerber, VP and Chief Development
Officer: Comes to NHRA after many years at
Primedia, Petersen Publishing and Source Interlink.
Served as publisher of Hot Rod Magazine
and Automobile Magazine. He will lead
NHRA’s sales and business development team
and oversee all media sales, corporate sponsorships,
and revenue development initiatives.
New Pro Stock cars in 2016: The Pro
Stock cars will have a new look that is closer
to the actual cars on the showroom floor. The
class is moving to fuel-injection, along with
the removal of the hood scoops, shortened
wheelie-bars and a 10,500 RPM rev-limiter.
NHRA: America's No. 2 Motorsport
-NHRA has more participants, more national events and a larger fan base than any other American motorsport
-NHRA has more cars competing. NHRA has more than 48 cars racing on any given Sunday, with 16-car fields
in the three major classes, Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock. More than 64 machines compete when Pro
Stock Motorcycle is included at 16 select events.
- NHRA is second in the number of major races it holds each season:
NASCAR Sprint Cup-36 NHRA-24 F1-21 IndyCar-16
-NHRA has more than 1 million likes on Facebook. That is more than the following:
-20 NHL teams
-Eight Major League Baseball teams
-Five NFL teams
-According to Nielsen, TV broadcasts of the NHRA average over 1 million households per weekly broadcast,
which is guaranteed to increase with the live FOX telecasts of 2016
-According to Nielsen, TV broadcasts of NHRA average more than 1.05 million households per weekly
broadcast, which is guaranteed to increase with the live FOX telecasts in 2016.
-NHRA.com generated more than 48 million page views in 2015, which is expected to increase significantly
with a new page design and format in 2016.
REPRINTED FROM NHRA Press Releases... ptg
Paul T. Glessner, M.S.
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