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Memphis International Raceway joins IHRA family


Major events already in the works for 2011 racing season




Norwalk, Ohio, February 8, 2011 – Feld Motor Sports and the International Hot Rod Association are proud to announce that Memphis International Raceway has signed a multiyear sanctioning agreement with the IHRA and plans are already in place to add a Feld Motor Sports event to the schedule in the near future.




The recently purchased Memphis facility will reopen as an IHRA sanctioned facility later this year, with the Summit SuperSeries sportsman racing program and weekly test and tune sessions to take place immediately. The new owners are also working diligently to add national and regional events to the schedule for the 2011 season.




“I’m incredibly excited to add Memphis International Raceway as an IHRA facility,” said IHRA President Aaron Polburn. “Obviously we’ve had great success with this same group at Palm Beach International Raceway. Memphis is a great market and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling and start getting IHRA events at the facility.”




The purchasing group, led by Michael and Gil Dezer of Team Dezer Racing, managing partner Joe Lubeck and visionary Jason Rittenberry, President and CEO, hopes to have the facility reopen for the racing season in April. Staffing the facility will begin immediately and some of the experienced team members that were previously at Memphis International Raceway will return to the management team.




Rittenberry previously spent 10 years with Dover Motorsports, Inc. as Vice President & General Manager of Memphis Motorsports Park before coming to lead the team at Palm Beach International Raceway.




“It’s great that our investor group stepped in and decided to purchase the Memphis facility,” Rittenberry said. “We know that there’s a lot of work that needs to go into renovations, but I’m confident that it can be done and the facility will reopen in time for the 2011 season. We’ll get the right people in place and re-establish the facility in the racing industry.”




With the addition of Memphis International Raceway, the IHRA has now added a dozen new facilities to its roster over the past few months with more additions on the horizon.




For more information on the growing number of tracks joining the IHRA please visit www.ihra.com for more details, or visit www.nitrojam.com to learn more about the Nitro Jam series.

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