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Fifth Annual PRO Winter Warm-up Returns to Palm Beach International Raceway on January 16-17, 2015

Fifth Annual PRO Winter Warm-up Returns to Palm Beach International Raceway on January 16-17, 2015

Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is pleased to once again partner with the Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. (PRO) in hosting the fifth annual PRO Winter Warm-up presented by Bennett Auto Supply on January 16 and 17, 2015. The largest drag racing event in South Florida, PRO Winter Warm-up features professional drivers and race teams, testing and tuning Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars under the lights at PBIR’s Drag Strip. With no points or purses on the line, the teams prepare for their 2015 racing season with performance tests and practice runs at PBIR.

Among the professional teams which are set to race at PBIR is Don Schumacher Racing, whose drivers Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Matt Hagan both earned a 2014 championship. Hagan earned his second Funny Car world championship, and the most successful Top Fuel driver in history, Schumacher clinched his record eighth drag racing championship.

“We are looking forward to another successful PRO Winter Warm-up at Palm Beach International Raceway,” PRO president Alan Johnson said. “Finding a suitable facility at which to conduct pre-season testing in the middle of winter is not easy, and we are fortunate to be able to partner with PBIR in January to prepare for the upcoming drag racing season. We appreciate Dale Gann and his staff for their assistance in making the PRO Winter Warm-up possible.”

Along with Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars, the event will also feature Jet Dragsters for the first time. An all-female team of five drivers, Larsen Motorsports will run their Jet Dragsters each evening. The drivers for Larsen Motorsports are Elaine Larsen, Marisha Falk, Allison West, Kat Moller and Shea Holbrook.

“PRO Winter Warm-up is our biggest event of the year at PBIR. There’s nothing better than the excitement of a packed house enjoying the tremendous – and loud – spectacle generated by the Funny Cars and Top Fuel Dragsters,” noted Dale Gann, Vice President and General Manager of PBIR. “And the addition of the fiery, 300 mph jet dragsters driven by women will add even more thrills.”

Spectator tickets include full pit access so fans can be among the crew and drivers as they work on their vehicles – and even score an autograph from their favorite driver. Two-day spectator tickets for the PRO Winter Warm-up at PBIR are $50 for adults, $25 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. One-day tickets are also available. Gates open at 3 pm each day.

For more information, visit www.RacePBIR.com, call 561.622.1400, and follow the event on Twitter @RacePBIR with #PROwarmup.

 

ABOUT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is a state-of-the-art, acclaimed motorsports and entertainment facility featuring a challenging 2.034-mile asphalt Road Course, an exciting 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip, a thrilling 8/10-mile Kart Track, and a 250-foot-long Mud Bog for side-by-side drag racing. Approved for Indy Car testing, the 10-turn Road Course at PBIR consists of a 6/10-mile straightaway, 90-foot-wide flex-use area, 40- to 60-foot-wide seamless track, and a 6-degree banked corner. The Road Course welcomes world-class annual events including the Palm Beach Grand Prix. Designed by former NHRA World Champion Wayne McMurtry, the Drag Strip at PBIR hosts such premier events as the International Hot Rod Association’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™, PRO Winter Warm-up, Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship, Citrus Nationals, and Super Chevy Show. Sanctioned by the World Karting Association as a Master Track, the 12-turn, 26-foot-wide Kart Track at PBIR hosts the Florida Winter Tour and conducts karting schools, training courses, 3-hour endurance races, auto crossing events, racing leagues, and “arrive & drive” programs. Driving schools, testing sessions, private rentals, and corporate team-building events are held at PBIR year-round. Founded in 1964 and acquired in 2008 by IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), PBIR underwent a $20 million remodeling including an upgraded Road Course, low-glare lighting, safety barriers, luxury chalet, VIP trailer and timing tower. Located in Jupiter, Florida, PBIR is the official home of the Palm Beach Driving Club®. IRG also owns and operates Memphis International Raceway™, Southwestern International Raceway™, Cordova International Raceway™, Maryland International Raceway™, and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA). For more information, visit www.RacePBIR.com, www.Facebook.com/PalmBeachIntlRaceway, www.Instagram.com/RacePBIR, call 561.622.1400, or send an email to Info@RacePBIR.com.

 

 

ABOUT PROFESSIONAL RACERS OWNERS ORGANIZATION

Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. (PRO) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association whose primary purpose is to provide benefits and services to the drag racing team owners and drivers who are its members, and in general, to improve the business climate of the sport of championship drag racing.

 

EVENT SPONSOR

Bennett Auto Supply

 

TRACK SPONSORS

Coca-Cola

Bennett Auto Supply

Lucas Oil Products

Gordon & Doner

R.J.S. Racing Equipment

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CONTACTS

Aidy Alonzo
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Palm Beach International Raceway™
IRG Sports + Entertainment™
17133 Beeline Highway, Jupiter, FL 33478
561.578.5638
AAlonzo@IRGSE.com
www.IRGSE.com | www.RacePBIR.com
@IRGSports

 

Michelle Domagala
Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc.
prodragracers@earthlink.net
317.373.8455