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Thunder Jam returns to PBIR's Drag Strip on October 5

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Electrifying entertainment show on the Drag Strip features Monster and Jet Trucks

Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) hosts a drag racing spectacle of fiery sights and sounds: Thunder Jam on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 4 to 9 pm. From Monster Trucks to Funny Cars, Thunder Jam boasts an evening of fun-filled enjoyment with racing entertainment for the whole family in which race fans can experience the world’s most extreme, outrageous and powerful race machines on the PBIR Drag Strip. Thunder Jam’s featured line-up includes Super Shockwave, BIGFOOT, Bradford’s Fiat, Nasty Benjamin, USA1, Frantic Ford, and Kid KJ’s Monster Bear.

With its fiberglass 1957 Chevrolet body, Super Shockwave, Les Shockley’s Jet Truck, spits flames 20 feet in the air and unleashes 12,500 pounds of thrust from its two Pratt & Whitney jet engines that produce more than 20,000 horsepower. Gulping nearly 80 gallons of diesel fuel per run, Super Shockwave will blaze down the Drag Strip and exceed speeds of 330 mph.

Internationally recognized icon BIGFOOT, the Original Monster Truck, will bring its car crushing power to PBIR. BIGFOOT will be available for photo opportunities and autographs as well. Earlier this year, BIGFOOT Founder Bob Chandler, was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame’s 2013 Class.  

In the Nostalgia Fuel Altered category, nitro veteran Randy Bradford from Camano Island, Washington pilots Bradford’s Fiat, powered by a 417 Donovan engine, while Tom Padilla from Arlington, Washington drives Nasty Benjamin, a 1927 Ford T Bucket powered by a 496 Hemi engine.     

Top Fuel Funny Car World Champion Bruce Larson steers the USA-1 Tribute Funny Car. Linden began drag racing at 16 years of age in Linden, New Jersey, and he raced his first Top Fuel car in 1992. He was inducted into Don Garlits International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2006. Also in the Nostalgia Funny Car class, Frantic Ford features a 1969 Mach 1 Mustang body taken from a mold from the original Gas Ronda 1969 Ford Mustang. 

Touring as the star of the Jr. Monster Truck League, Kaid Jaret Olson-Weston, aka Kid KJ, will race his Monster Bear, ½-scale professional Mini-Monster Truck, on the Drag Strip, jumping ramps and performing a mini freestyle show. Fans can meet the 8-year-old racer who calls Fort Lauderdale, Florida home, take photos with the Truck and get an autograph. Every child attending Thunder Jam between the ages of 6 and 12 will be given a raffle ticket – one lucky winner will have the opportunity to sit in Monster Bear and even drive it!

In addition to the on-track action, fans will also take part in the AMSOIL Pit Party featuring driver autographs, pictures with the famous vehicles, pit tours and more. Thunder Jam is a national, annual touring series of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) offering a family-friendly atmosphere with unforgettable entertainment at an incredible value. Tickets are just $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Gates open at 4 pm.

Palm Beach International Raceway is located at 17047 Beeline Highway in Jupiter, Florida, just 30 minutes from the Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and 70 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). For tickets, visit www.RacePBIR.com and click on the “Get Your Tickets Now” link on the home page. For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/pbirthunder13.

ABOUT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is a state-of-the-art, acclaimed motorsports and entertainment facility featuring a challenging 2.034-mile asphalt Road Course, an exciting 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip, and a thrilling 8/10-mile Kart Track. Approved for Indy Car testing, the 10-turn Road Course at PBIR consists of a 6/10-mile straightaway, 90-foot-wide flex-use area, 40- to 60-foot-wide seamless track, and a 6-degree banked corner. The Road Course welcomes world-class 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 Warm-Up, 5-Day Citrus Nationals, and Super Chevy Show. Sanctioned by the World Karting Association as a Master Track, the 12-turn, 26-foot-wide Kart Track at PBIR hosts the Florida Winter Tour and conducts karting schools, training courses, 3-hour endurance races, auto crossing events, racing leagues, and “arrive & drive” programs. Driving schools, testing sessions, private rentals, and corporate team-building events are held at PBIR year-round. Founded in 1964 and acquired in 2008 by IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), PBIR underwent a $20 million remodeling including an upgraded Road Course, low-glare 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 www.RacePBIR.com, connect with PBIR at www.Facebook.com/PalmBeachIntlRaceway, call 561.622.1400 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Aidy Alonzo
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Palm Beach International Raceway™
17133 Beeline Highway
Jupiter, FL 33478
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