PDRA Returns to Tulsa Raceway Park for Action-Packed Series Opener
The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) series opener promises to be a marquee stop on the 2016 tour. After a one year hiatus from the schedule, the PDRA returns to famed Tulsa Raceway Park (TRP), March 10-12 bringing professional heads up eighth mile drag racing back to Tulsa fans. The PDRA’s one-of-a-kind experience goes hand in hand with TRP’s mission to give their fans the best drag racing experience in the nation.
You’ve watched street racing on TV. Now come see what cars were meant to do on the strip!
Kicking off the opening ceremonies will be incredible side-by-side jet cars. Also taking on TRP’s eighth-mile is Danny O’Day’s Superwinch Wheel Stander, the world’s quickest wheel stander. The Pro Mod stars of the PDRA will look to set the stage for their 2016 season as they take on TRP’s eighth mile track at speeds over 220 MPH. Get the first look as champion racers Jason Scruggs, Jason Harris, Rickie Smith and Craig Sullivan unveil new rides. Come watch local heroes Frankie Taylor and Randall Reid in Pro Extreme, and Pat Stoken in Pro Nitrous. Be the first to witness the Keith Haney and Jay Cox rivalry play out in 660 feet as they put their fast talking to the test on the track.
The bad boys of Pro Extreme, the fire breathing Pro Nitrous machines, the side by side thrill of Pro Boost, and the wild rides of Pro Extreme Motorcycle will excite fans with ground-shaking horsepower and mind-blowing performance. The semi-pro classes of Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will also be on show for the weekend, as well as the young guns of Pro and Top Junior Dragster. New this year, the PDRA offers a Bracket Bash to local competitors. There’s $3000 on the line for all competitors running 4.99 or quicker in this event.
“There’s nothing like the first event of the season,” stated reigning Pro Extreme Champion Jason Scruggs. “We’re anxious to get our new cars to the track and show off the hard work we’ve all put in over the off season. Last year, records were set at the first event of the season that are still standing this year. We’re ready to make ‘em fall again!”
At TRP, it’s a true fan-based weekend with something for all ages including a Kids Zone featuring rock climbing, bounce houses, and much more.
The PDRA is a proud partner of Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of auto enthusiasts. In the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, high school teams compete against each other in performance engine rebuilds. Teams from Tulsa Tech and Jacksonville High School (Arkansas) will do live demonstrations of these rebuilds, often completed in less than 35 minutes. “The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is one of the only programs out there working to inspire and prepare the next generation of auto enthusiasts,” stated Automotive Technology Instructor, Wayne Griffin. “It’s not just athletes and academic standouts who win scholarships. This program provides secondary education scholarships to students, making their dream of work in the performance industry a real possibility.”
Military who present their ID will get in free to all nine PDRA events in 2016. In recognition of their service the Tulsa Air National Guard is invited as special guests of the PDRA at the series opener. The PDRA is committed to giving back and expressing appreciation to servicemen and women.
Open testing held on Thursday, March 10. Qualifying begins Friday. One final qualifying session will be held Saturday morning with eliminations to follow.
Friday & Saturday Parking
South Lot FREE
North Lot $10
Friday & Saturday admission
Spectator side $10
Pit side $15
Kids 5 & under & Military Free