After a successful trial with the JR Race Car IHRA Jr. Dragster class competing in the annual Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL for Pro-Am Tour in Divisions 2, 4, 6 and 9 in 2015, the class is ready to run throughout the IHRA Pro-Am Tour. “As we have been able to increase the awareness and prestige of our JR Race Car Junior Dragster program, the amount of Juniors participating at the Summit Pro-Am level has steadily been on the rise. This year, thanks to the support of Summit Racing Equipment, we were able to add the Junior category to the Summit Tournament Of Champions and crown our first ever Junior World Champion through this program,” said Vice President of Racing Operations Skooter Peaco. “ I’m happy to see that there is enough interest now that all of our divisions are going to run Juniors as a part of the Summit Pro-Am Tour in 2016. This will give even more Junior racers an opportunity to compete at the divisional level and certainly make the Tournament Of Champions race just that much tougher to win.”
The $100,000 Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL debuted in 2009 and is the sport's first nationwide head-to-head tournament to determine the champions in each of the premier sportsman classes in IHRA competition. This revolutionary format not only reduces costs financially for IHRA racers, but it rewards all drivers who have had a successful year with a level playing field where location and finances are not a factor in determining the world champions.
The Summit Tournament of Champions has grown exponentially with the recent expansion of the partnership with performance mail order giant Summit Racing Equipment and AMSOIL, the Summit Tournament of Champions continues to grow at a rapid rate and hold its place as the nation's premier sportsman event. “We’ve had track owners and racers alike chomping at the bit to be able to run the Junior dragster program. A lot of these owners have put great efforts into proving there is a market for a Junior segment in the Summit Tournament of Champions,” said Division Director Jon O’Neal. “Those efforts have shown that the divisions are ready to support the program.”