Palm Beach International Raceway has hosted the 5 Day Bracket Championship and Citrus Nationals as separate drag races for many years, starting back when the facility was Moroso Motorsports Park. However, Palm Beach International Raceway’s management team made the decision to combine the two races into one to accommodate the racers schedule and travel convenience. For the last few years, the 5 Day Bracket Championship has moved dates and the Citrus Nationals has traditionally been held on Thanksgiving weekend. The year to year date changes; off weeks between the South Georgia event and the off weeks between the 5 Day and Citrus Nationals have made it difficult for sportsman racers to stay in Florida to attend both events.
After the race in South Georgia ends, Palm Beach International Raceway invites racers to immediately start loading in at the facility on November 4 to prepare for the bracket championship with the first day of races beginning on November 6, 2013.
“We are excited to announce the merger of the 5 Day Bracket Championship and the Citrus Nationals,” said Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO of Palm Beach International Raceway and IHRA Entertainment. “This is a change that will uphold the raceway’s longstanding traditions and most popular sportsman drag races, while making it easier for our racers to participate by following Georgia’s event. We hope to see many bracket racers make a return to PBIR for the 2013 winter event.”
Rittenberry added, “We are working closely with Tim Fleming and the team at SGMP to jointly promote our big buck winter bracket events’. By running them back to back we hope to increase participation in both events by making it more convenient for the racers to make one trip South for two prestigious events.”
The newly combined event will continue the tradition of five full days of bracket racing Wednesday through Sunday, whereby racers can still win up to $10k in quarter mile payouts and up to $5k in 1/8 mile payouts. In addition to the bracket championship races, the event will host the Citrus Nationals Pro Show on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon featuring the fan favorite exhibition vehicles jet cars and wheel standers. Drivers already committed to the show include the Embry Riddle Jet Cars driven by female drivers, Elaine Larsen and Marisha Falk of Larsen Motorsports.
Palm Beach International Raceway will continue to partner with Bennett Auto Supply as the title sponsor of the event. As a leader in the auto parts industry, Bennett Auto Supply has sought to support motorsport fans’ passion for racing by partnering with PBIR for the Citrus Nationals for the past eight years as the title sponsor.
All updates regarding pricing and entry forms will be published to Palm Beach International Raceway’s website RACEPBIR.com for the 32nd Annual Bennett Auto Supply 5 Day Citrus Nationals on November 6-10, 2013.
About Palm Beach International Raceway:
Palm Beach International Raceway is a newly re-branded and re-designed state-of-the-art venue, which has rapidly become one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. Palm Beach International Raceway is one of the tracks under ownership of the IHRA Entertainment, LLC. As a leader in its operating form and function, PBIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. PBIR boasts three completely refurbished, exceptionally designed tracks, including a high-performance road course, an all-concrete drag strip and a 7/10’s mile karting track and new karting center. The technologically superior two-mile road course features some of the fastest and most challenging corners and straight-aways offered by any track in North America. PBIR is currently sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and is pending certification by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for many major racing events. For more information on PBIR, please visit the venue’s website at www.RacePBIR.com
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