In 1992, Chris Barth established JR Race Car in Fort Collins, Colorado, the day after the junior division was added to nationally-recognized drag racing competitions. Barth didn’t have a lot of space available to him at the start – “He was in a two-car garage,” says Kevin Horner, who works in sales for the company - but he wanted to construct top-quality vehicles for young drivers.
Since those early days, JR Race Car has moved to a larger facility in Fort Collins, then to their present location in Greeley, Colorado. They build almost all their engines and components in-house from scratch - from pistons and rods to crankshafts and wheels. Last year’s car was built with their Hercules chassis and Stage 8 engine, outfitted with CNC ported intake and exhaust ports, 1.500” stainless steel intake valves and 1.250” steel exhaust valves.
Horner says construction on this year’s car will begin soon, and thanks Dan Driscoll and the IHRA for his contributions to the partnership. “Dan has been amazing to work with,” says Horner. “There’s a different feeling we get at an IHRA track. You feel like you’re part of a family.”
The Summit SuperSeries consists of 100 IHRA member tracks within regional IHRA divisions across the country. The competition is populated by Sportsman competitors, or ET Bracket Racers, who are the backbone of grassroots drag racing and compete in three classes: No Box, Box, and Junior Dragster. Each track crowns a Summit SuperSeries track champion who then moves on to race at the IHRA Summit World Finals for the Summit SuperSeries National Championship. In addition to the $3,000 cash grand prize from Summit Racing Equipment, the JR Race Car prize Junior Dragster is awarded to the Summit SuperSeries Junior National Champion at the World Finals in Memphis, Tennessee on October 21 – 23, 2016.