Clevite, part of the MAHLE
Aftermarket family, brings more than 95 years of customer service and experience
to the IHRA as the world leader in engine bearings for racing applications. Now
Clevite brings that experience and expertise back to the IHRA Motorsports family
as the Official Bearing of the IHRA and sponsor of a brand new program rewarding
sportsman winners at select IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events.
"We are so excited to be back
involved with the IHRA through this great partnership. We loved working with
IHRA several years ago and we were so excited when we heard that the IHRA was
going back to what drag racing is really all about - racing," said Bill
McKnight, Training Manager at MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. "When we heard about the
exciting new plans for the IHRA over the next few years, we jumped at the chance
to get involved."
In addition to being named the
Official Bearing of the IHRA, Clevite will also present a special award at IHRA
Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events run in conjunction with the Summit Racing
Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL. The new Clevite Bonus Program will
award the winner of each of the seven major IHRA sportsman classes at those
double weekends a $200 bonus and a special presentation in the winner's
The Clevite Bonus Program will be
awarded at Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events held at Bradenton Motorsports
Park (April 11-12), Rockingham Dragway (May 17-18), Maryland International
Raceway (June 13-14), Grand Bend Motorplex (June 20-22), Castrol Raceway (July
4-6) and Cordova Dragway Park (July 18-19).
"We wanted to broaden our scope
this time around by getting involved with the great sportsman racers at the
IHRA," McKnight said. "Our first involvement with the IHRA was strictly with the
nitro cars, so this time we decided to get more involved with the grassroots of
the sport and recognize the winners of IHRA's seven premier sportsman classes
with a cash award and a special presentation.
"We are very excited about this
partnership which is why we signed a three-year deal. We are committed to making
this program even more successful and growing our involvement with IHRA."
Clevite has been in the bearing
business since 1919 when it first started up operations in Cleveland, Ohio. Over
the past 95 years, Clevite has grown into a world leader in providing quality
engine bearings and is the number one engine bearing in racing engines. Owned by
German automotive parts supplier MAHLE Aftermarket Inc., Clevite continues to
grow with research and operations centers in the United States as well as Rugby,
England that will continue to expand the Clevite product offering.
"MAHLE Aftermarket is a quality
company with great people and great product. We are very excited to team up with
such an outstanding company in bringing Clevite to the IHRA family as the
official bearing provider and sponsor of a great program rewarding our sportsman
racers," said John Donaldson, IHRA Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships.
"This is a relationship that will only continue to grow over the next few years
as Clevite continues to team up with the IHRA on a national level."
For more information on Clevite
engine bearings, visit their website at www.mahle-aftermarket.com and for more information on the IHRA,
visit www.ihra.com to learn