Starting in January, Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) is teaming up with The Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. (PRO) to host the 4th-annual PRO Winter Warm-up (#PROwarmup) on January 17th and 18th, 2014. Here you will see the top names in drag racing and their Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars get started on the 2014 racing season.
The PRO Winter Warm-up will be presented by Bennett Auto Supply and will feature some of the top dogs in racing such as John Force, and his daughters Courtney and Brittany Force, and teammate Robert Hight. A few newcomers to the event include Al-Anabi Racing drivers, Shawn Langdon and Khalid alBalooshi, and Torrence Racing driver, Billy Torrence. Also, Tommy Johnson Jr. who just returned to Don Schumacher Racing will join his teammates Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, and Spencer Massey. Also in attendance will be Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta, David Grubnic, Del Worsham, and Alexis DeJoria. Returning to PBIR, drivers include Chad Head, Sidnei Frigio, Leah Pruett, Bob Tasca III, Cruz Pedregon, Steve Torrence, Clay Millican, and Bob Vandergriff Jr.
These 8,000hp Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars accelerate 0-100mph in less than a second and usually reach speeds over 300mph, making them one of the fastest accelerating machines in the world. Fans can appreciate from the stands, but can also get up close and personal in the pits as teams rebuild their engines after each pass.
President and Chief Executive Officer of IRG Sports + Entertainment, Jason Rittenberry noted, “The PRO Winter Warm-up offers south Florida fans unprecedented access to professional drag racing’s legendary drivers and teams – with two nights of full-fledged, thrilling competition on the PBIR drag strip. Because there is no purse on the line, you’ll see these racers engage in 300mph wide-open runs with no holds barred.”
Owner and driver Bob Tasca III said, “Most fans don’t even realize some of the greatest Fuel performances of the year take place at the PRO Winter Warm-up! After a week of testing at PBIR, the Pro teams are always ready to put on a great show for the fans of south Florida. Don’t miss one of the best races of the year!”
Fans can purchase two-day spectator tickets for the PRO Winter Warm-up for $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 6-12. Children under 5 are free. Tickets went on sale November 17, 2013, so click over to PBIR’s site and purchase yours! Parking is free at PBIR for all guests. Visit www.RacePBIR.com for more info, or call 561/622-1400. Be sure to follow the event on Twitter @RacePBIR with #PROwarmup.