Memphis International Raceway and ADRL Executives postpone May event

Monday, April 18, 2011

MILLINGTON, TN (April 18, 2011) – Memphis International Raceway (MIR) and American Drag Racing League (ADRL) officials announced that the May event has been postponed.

The ADRL scheduled an event at MIR on May 21-22, but executives from the facility and sanctioning body determined it was best for the series and track to postpone the event at Memphis.

Significant improvements are being made to Memphis International Raceway.  MIR and Penhall crews are scraping and grinding the drag racing surface, installing and upgrading the CompuLink timing
system, upgrading and painting concession stands and restrooms, and developing sponsorship relationships with local businesses and media outlets.  MIR and ADRL executives discussed the option of rescheduling the event allowing the track addition time to make the necessary improvements.

Announced in March as the 10th stop on the 2011 ADRL schedule, the event was originally planned to serve as MIR’s first official event under the new ownership group.

“In speaking with the management team at MIR, we mutually agreed to postpone Memphis stop on the ADRL tour,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said. “The MIR management
team is doing all they can to make Memphis a first-class facility. Our fans and racers have come to expect a high-level event from us and we commend MIR for the decision to postpone the ADRL event. Both the ADRL and MIR want to produce a premier event for the fans.  We are working together to make that happen.”

Formerly Memphis Motorsports Park, Memphis International Raceway was recently purchased by Moroso Investment Partners, the ownership group of Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), in Jupiter, Fla.

“We are disappointed that we need to postpone the MIR grand opening event with the ADRL,” said Jason Rittenberry, President and CEO, Memphis International Raceway.  “We are working diligently to take MIR to the next level and develop it as a first-class racing facility.  Unfortunately, the track was not maintained to our standards during the ownership change, we were left in a dilapidated state and there was excessive weather damage to the facility.  Our fans and racers have high expectations for MIR and we plan to meet and exceed those expectations.”

About Memphis International Raceway

 Memphis International Raceway was purchased by Moroso Investment Partners, a group of real estate and corporate investors. The state-of-the-art venue is becoming one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. As a leader in its operating form and function, MIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. The 342+ acre facility includes a quarter-mile drag strip, three-quarter mile paved oval and road course. For more information on MIR, please visit the venue’s website at www.RaceMIR.com.

About ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster,
Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2011 ADRL Tour consists of nine national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us


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