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Fourth annual preseason PRO Winter Warmup to be held on January 1718, 2014

JUPITER, FL – November 6, 2013 – Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is pleased to once again team up with The Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. (PRO) to host the fourth annual PRO Winter Warmup (#PROwarmup) on January 17 and 18, 2014. This event brings together all the top names in professional drag racing, under the lights at PBIR’s Drag Strip, as race teams test and tune their Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars in anticipation of the 2014 race season.

Presented by Bennett Auto Supply, the PRO Winter Warmup will feature an impressive group of drag racing’s elite including: John Force, the newly crowned 2013 Funny Car Champion, his daughters Courtney and Brittany Force, and teammate Robert Hight. Newcomers to the event include AlAnabi Racing drivers, Shawn Langdon and Khalid alBalooshi, as well as Torrence Racing driver, Billy Torrence. Additionally, in his return to Don Schumacher Racing,

Tommy Johnson Jr. will join teammates Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, Ron Capps and Spencer Massey. Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta, David Grubnic, Del Worsham and Alexis DeJoria will also be in attendance. Other drivers making a return to PBIR include Chad Head, Sidnei Frigio, Leah Pruett, Bob Tasca III, Cruz Pedregon, Steve Torrence, Clay Millican and Bob Vandergriff Jr.

Among the fastestaccelerating machines in the world, 8,000horsepower Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars accelerate from 0to100 mph in less than a second and reach top speeds in excess of 300 mph. Fans will not only have the opportunity to watch the action on the track; they can also experience the thrill of being 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 Warmup offers South Florida fans unprecedented access to professional drag racing’s legendary drivers and teams – with two nights of fullfledged, thrilling competition on the PBIR Drag Strip. Because there is no purse on the line, you’ll see these racers engage in 300 mph wideopen runs with no holds barred.”

Owner, driver and PRO board member, Bob Tasca III said, “Most fans don’t even realize that some of the  reatest Fuel performances of the year take place at the PRO Winter Warmup! After a week of testing at  BIR, 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!”

Twoday spectator tickets for the PRO Winter Warmup are $50 for adults, $25 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets will go on sale to the public on November 17, 2013. Parking is free at PBIR for all guests.

For more information, visit, call 561.622.1400, and follow the event on Twitter @RacePBIR with #PROwarmup.


Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is a stateoftheart, acclaimed motorsports and entertainment facility featuring a challenging 2.034mile asphalt Road Course, an exciting concrete Drag Strip, and a Thrilling 8/10mile Kart Track. Approved for Indy Car testing, the 10turn Road Course at PBIR consists of a 6/10mile straightaway, 90footwide flexuse area, 40to 60footwide seamless track, and a 6degree banked corner. The Road Course welcomes worldclass annual events including Formula Drift and the Palm Beach Grand Prix. Designed by former NHRA World Champion Wayne McMurtry, the Drag Strip at PBIR hosts such premier events as the International Hot Rod Association’s Nitro Jam™, PRO Winter Warmup, 5Day Citrus Nationals, and Super Chevy Show. Sanctioned by the World Karting Association as a Master Track, the 12turn, 26footwide Kart Track at PBIR hosts the Florida Winter Tour and conducts karting schools, training courses, 3hour endurance races, auto crossing events, racing leagues, and “arrive & drive” programs. Driving schools, testing sessions, private rentals, and corporate teambuilding events are held at PBIR yearround. Founded in 1964 and acquired in 2008 by IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), PBIR underwent a $20 million remodeling including an upgraded Road Course, lowglare lighting, safety barriers, luxury chalet, VIP trailer and timing tower. Located in Jupiter, Florida, PBIR is the official home of the Palm Beach Driving Club®, MRP Motorsport, and Driven2Win Drag Racing School. IRG also owns and operates Memphis International Raceway™, Southwestern International Raceway™, and International Hot Rod Association™. For more information, visit, call 561.622.1400, connect with PBIR at and, or send an email to


Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. (PRO) is a notforprofit 501(c)(6) trade association whose primary purpose is to provide benefits and services to the drag racing team owners and drivers who are its members, and in general, to improve the business climate of the sport of championship drag racing.

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