Canadian NHRA National Open will allow IHRA cars

It may be the wave of the future: to bring NHRA and IHRA racers together. The promoter of Toronto Motorsports Park (formerly Cayuga Dragway) has received official confirmation from NHRA’s Division 1 office that the track will hold a National Open event on June 17-19.

The first NHRA event at the facility in more than 10 years will have a twist of allowing IHRA classed vehicles to race as long as they pass the onsite NHRA tech team approval.

The NHRA classes scheduled for this even are super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street. RCSS cars are also on the program. Stock and Super Stock competitors who are usually not permitted to compete in NHRA events (IHRA Crate Motor Stockers, Stock GT, Pure Stock and Super Stock Production) will be allowed to race if they pass all NHRA safety and licensing rules. Racers wanting to compete at this event can purchase an NHRA license and event certificate at the race.

The promoter thinks opening the opportunity to racers from both sanctioning bodies to run two full elimination races (separate races on Saturday and Sunday) with one entry fee could bring in a lot of race cars from surrounding Canadian provinces and bordering U.S. states.

This brings the total number of NHRA National Open held in Canada to four for the 2016 season. The others are July 15-17 at Quebec’s Napierville Dragway, July 23-24 at Mission Raceway in British Columbia, and July 30-31 at Medicine Hat, Alberta.