World of Speed Official Title Sponsor of Woodburn Dragstrip Jr Drag Racing Series
Portland, Oregon (March 31, 2014) – World of Speed, a nonprofit experiential motorsports museum opening Spring 2015 in Wilsonville, Oregon, is honored to become the title sponsor of the adrenaline pumping Woodburn Dragstrip Jr. Drag Racing Series.
“Our goal at World of Speed is to help young people experience the excitement of motorsports while educating them about career opportunities in the car industry,” said Tony Thacker, executive director, World of Speed. “By sponsoring the Woodburn Dragstrip Jr. Drag Racing Series, we can directly help young people fulfill their racing dreams. Anyone who’s been to a junior race knows the excitement of watching these kids roar down the track at speeds up to 85 mph. Their passion for the sport is contagious and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”
“We’re extremely excited to welcome World of Speed as our title sponsor,” said track owner/operator Jay Livingston. “Junior drag racing is an exciting, family-oriented sport that is a blast to watch. World of Speed is the perfect sponsor to help us spread the word and get even more families involved and excited about these races.”
The series consists of 12 events held between April and August at the drag strip located a mile west of the Woodburn Outlet Mall. It offers kids ages 8 through 17 the chance to drive a half-scale version of a Top Fuel dragster in a safe and controlled environment. Using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, a Junior Dragster can go as fast as 85 mph and cover an eighth of a mile in less than eight seconds from a standing start.
“As our school systems continue to struggle with budget cuts, these types of programs become the ultimate STEM program support,” said Thacker. “Junior drag racing helps students master teamwork while employing tactics used in science, technology, engineering and math—skills they will need when they leave school and enter the workforce. We couldn’t have wished for a better partner in our first foray into the sponsorship arena. These kids inspire us.”
Jr. Drag Racing
Developed by track owner Vince Knapp in 1991, Jr. Drag Racing has produced countless racers who have gone on to professional drag racing including Top Fuel racers Shawn Langdon (current NHRA Top Fuel Champion and two-time Super Comp national champion), Morgan Lucas, Spencer Massey and J.R. Todd; Funny Car competitor Blake Alexander; Pro Stock drivers Erica Enders (the first woman to ever win in Pro Stock), Danny Gruninger, Grace Howell, Rickie Jones, Vincent Nobile, Buddy Perkinson, and Richie Stevens Jr.; Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Katie Sullivan; 2011 Stock national champion Joe Santangelo; 2010 Super Stock national champion Ryan McClanahan; 15-time national event winner Brad Plourd; and 10-time national event winner Justin Lamb.
Woodburn Dragstrip opened in June 1961 as a 1/8 mile dragstrip operated by the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and the Northwest Timing Association. In 1963, the track was lengthened to ¼ mile. Jim Livingston, who was operating Madras Dragway at the time, purchased the Woodburn Dragstrip in a sealed bid in 1972. Jim ran both facilities through the 1975 season, before focusing on Woodburn.
Since 1972, the track has been named NHRA Track of the Year in the Northwest numerous times, including five-in-a-row since 1999. In addition, the track was honored as Business of the Year by the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce in 1989, one of the first tracks in the country to receive such an honor.
About World of Speed
World of Speed, scheduled to open in Spring 2015, will be one of the premier interactive motorsport museums in the word. The museum will feature over 100 vehicles including cars from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mickey Thompson and Danica Patrick, many of which will be open for visitors to sit in and explore, making it a truly interactive experience. World of Speed will cover multiple aspects of motorsport including NASCAR, Indy Car, drag racing, land speed racing, sports cars and motorcycles, telling the stories of motorsport heroes, many of whom got their start right here in the Northwest. The key purpose of World of Speed is to provide an experiential environment in which young people can explore the exciting world of motorsports and the many career opportunities it offers.
The museum will be located in Wilsonville, visible on the west side of Interstate 5. For more information, visit www.worldofspeed.org.
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