World Drag Racing Alliance (WDRA) formed - Hits 30 Track Membership Mark
A new drag racing sanctioning body has been formed as the World Drag Racing Alliance (WDRA) is revealed. Under the ownership of Don Scott, a former partner at Central Illinois Dragway and successful businessman, the WDRA will fill voids left with recent sanctioning body changes.
“With restrictions placed on some former industry leaders, I have formed the WDRA to continue with successful programs previously known in the industry,” said Don Scott. I’m anxious to be sure that programs that have been successful in the past will continue in the future and therefore I picked up the ball and started a new sanctioning body with the help of several industry veterans.”
I’ve also secured the services of a former sanction body president and multi-track owner, Scott Gardner. Gardner has agreed to a consulting role to help build the foundation of the new organization and to work with all the tracks in securing sanction commitments for 2023. I felt that it was important to have representation from an industry insider that has managed tracks, run successful programs, has a good business relationship with the insurance providers and knows what the important issues are within sportsman racing” continued Scott.
Several track owners have come forward and committed their assistance in this effort and a Track Advisory Council has been formed to assist in helping fellow member tracks as well as provide direction and input as we build the alliance. The council will consist of Jason Peterson of US 131 Motorsports Park, Royce Miller of Maryland International Raceway, Carl Blanton of Mo-Kan Dragway and Jeff Miles of Darlington Dragway.
WDRA HITS THE 30 MEMBER TRACK MARK
The newly formed World Drag Racing Alliance, the first new drag racing sanctioning body since 1970, has in just a few weeks already signed 30 member tracks to its roster for the 2023 season. Those member tracks are located in 18 different states and Canada. The signings represent a diverse group of owners and operators that provide a variety of motorsports content to the industry.
“The reception for WDRA has been nothing short of overwhelming” said WDRA founder Don Scott. “My phone and the phones of the tracks that make up our Track Advisory Committee have not stopped ringing. The challenges we have chosen to undertake by forming this new organization are being validated by the member tracks that are joining our efforts” said Scott.
Tracks that have joined WDRA for the 2023 season are Prescott Raceway Park in Arkansas, US 13 Dragway in Delaware, Immokalee Regional Raceway and North Florida Motorplex in Florida, Cordova Dragway in Illinois, Bunker Hill Dragstrip in Indiana, Eddyville Raceway Park and Onawa Dragway in Iowa, Beacon Dragway and I-64 Motorplex in Kentucky, Maryland International Raceway in Maryland, Lapeer International Dragway, Mid-Michigan Motorplex, The Ubly Dragway and US 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan, Gulfport Dragway in Mississippi, Mo-Kan Dragway in Missouri, Hi-Line Dragstrip in Montana, Empire Dragway in New York, Farmington Dragway and Piedmont Dragway in North Carolina, Beaver Springs Dragway and Keystone Raceway Park in Pennsylvania, Darlington Dragway and South Carolina Motorplex in South Carolina, Cherokee Race Park in Tennessee, Amarillo Dragway and I-30 Dragway in Texas and Canadian tracks Grand Bend Motorplex and Saint Thomas Raceway in Ontario.
“We are in talks with 50 other facilities currently and expect more signing announcements in the next few weeks” said Scott. “WDRA’s core is made up of track owners, trusted industry professionals and sportsman racers so I can guarantee that a track’s transition to WDRA sanction will be beneficial for both the track and their racers. We wouldn’t have started this organization if we were not capable of delivering benefits to either of those groups. Additionally, we will always make sure the racers are taken care of in every way possible when a track joins our family.”
The WDRA member track list is growing on a daily basis. The WDRA Facebook page and website racewdra.com will both feature the latest member track updates.