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Santa's Ironman Classic Benefit Race Returns to SWIR on Dec 6

Come join us in the race to benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank and the Tucson Toys for Tots! Racer gates open at 8 am with time trials beginning at 9 am on December 6. Ironman trophies are up for grabs in these race classes: Box, No Box, Motorcycle, Street ET, Junior Dragsters and Big Wheels.

Sonic Rush Tour closes season with a bang at SWIR on December 6

Southwestern International Raceway will host the series finale for the Sonic Rush Tour on Saturday, December 6 and the event promises to go out with a bang!

To help close the year, the Sonic Rush Tour is bringing its biggest and most exciting lineup of the year to Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson with plans to “bring the house down” with non-stop jets, wheelstanders and more! Gates open at 1 p.m. and the show gets underway at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 6.

The Sonic Rush Tour will feature five of the fastest, most unique jet-powered vehicles in the world, alongside the world’s most famous wheelstander.

Charlie Harmon Named Director of Business Development at Southwestern International Raceway

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), the parent company of Southwestern International Raceway, announced today that Charlie Harmon has joined the Company as the Director of Business Development at SWIR in Tucson, Ariz.

As a former track operator and manager at major motorsports facilities across the country, as well as serving as Division Director for NHRA’s West Central Division, Harmon brings with him decades of experience in the motorsports arena where he will primarily focus on business development at Southwestern International Raceway.

SWIR Featured on IHRA MAVTV Debut Thursday, November 6

The International Hot Rod Association’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will make its national television debut on Thursday, November 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET on MAVTV.

The series will air every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET with an encore showing at 11:30 p.m., ET all on MAVTV. Following the series premier on November 6, each episode will be available for download one week following its air date on iTunes, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon.

Manufacturers Series Adds Velocity TV to its Super Chevy Shows for 2015

The Super Chevy Show event series will join the Velocity Network as the newest TV program in the lineup of automotive-driven content with 13 episodes highlighting the 2015 season. Discovery Communications’ high-definition cable channel Velocity, will bring the same namesake Super Chevy Show into 62 million households across the U.S., and is scheduled to air on 13 consecutive weeks from October through December 2015.

SWIR to Host Manufacturers Series in 2015

Comprised of the premier national Chevrolet, Ford and Mopar branded competitive automotive events, the Manufacturers Series welcomes Tucson’s Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) as the latest host track to join the Series schedule in 2015. The 110-acre drag racing facility located at the Pima County Fairgrounds will feature a spectacular car show, lightning-fast drag racing, manufacturers’ midway and swap meet for each of the “Big Three” American brands.

IRG Sports+Entertainment

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) President & CEO, Jason Rittenberry, announced today that the Company has entered into a finance agreement with TPG Specialty Lending (NYSE:TSLX), the publicly traded affiliate of TSSP, the credit and special situations investment platform of TPG. The new credit facility is replacing IRG's existing debt facilities on all companies, make capital improvements to existing assets owned by the Company and to close on the acquisition of Cordova Dragway Park in Cordova, Illinois (to be rebranded as Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR), that was announced in late 2013. The TPG facility also provides the Company with funds to purchase an additional major motorsports venue, which the Company will announce in the coming weeks.

Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series' 2015 Season kicks off at SWIR next February

The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ are excited to announce the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series (NJDRS) schedule. The 12-race, 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour will include a number of traditional favorites, plus two new stops in Ohio and Washington as the series travels to nine states and Canada, making the IHRA one of the only truly international motorsports series.

Team SWIR Competes in the IHRA Division 7 Gunslingers Finals

Team SWIR competes this weekend in the IHRA Division 7 Gunslingers Finals. The team, comprised of the fastest racers this year from SWIR, will do battle at the Caprock Motorplex in Penwell, Texas. In Box, Champion Chuck Hawk, in a 2011 Spitzer Dragster, leads the team with Mike Gardner in a 1997 Ford Falcon Coupe, Cindy Hawk behind the wheel of a 1997 Yancer Dragster, Bill Kidd driving a Corvette, and Terry Markley in a 1989 Landshark Dragster. Champion Tim O’Moore, driving a 1988 Chevy Camaro, leads the No Box team with Jimmy Maddux in a 1979 Chevy Nova, Allen Morris piloting a 1971 Chevy Nova, and Marvin Wolfmeier at the wheel of a 1974 Chevy Vega Hatchback. The Junior Dragsters consist of Champion Gabe Brown, Richey Coronado, Siena Coronado, and Savannah Kidd. Good luck to all the SWIR racers at the 2014 Gunslingers Team Finals!

Longtime Track Operator Alan Miller Named New General Manager of SWIR IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), the parent company of Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR), announced today that Alan Miller has been appointed as the new General Manager of SWIR in Tucson, Arizona.  

IRG acquired SWIR in August 2013, and Alan Miller was named Interim General Manager in October 2013. His role later transitioned him into a drag racing consultant at SWIR and other IRG owned properties. Effective immediately, Miller will return to SWIR and take over as the General Manager.
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