Merle’s SIR Dragway
Drag racing track near the Fairgrounds where the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) races all kinds of cars from motorcycles to funny cars. Also hosts special events for amateur drag racers in a controlled environment.
Engines rev. Tension builds. The light slowly ticks from yellow, to yellow, and finally to green. And they're off. "They" could be drag racing high schoolers or members of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) gearing up for a Division 7 Summit drag race. And they do all this at Merle’s SIR Dragway (SIR), just south of the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson.
Open since 1997, SIR has a _ mile track, with a 340-foot concrete launch pad and a _ mile shut down area for drag racing. Besides NHRA racing, they are also involved in the Summit ET series, comprised of high school, motorcycle, street, sportsman and pro classes. Much like any other sport, the drivers participate in a 10 race series, and the one with the most points advances to the final, and ultimately the national championships. With so many categories, everyone can find their favorite race to watch, whether its motorcycles or funny car racing.
SIR hosts a different event almost every weekend, so that there is always something different going on. As drag racing continues to grow in popularity, SIR continues to deliver it in many forms, including the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. This Divisional Series brings in more than 500 race teams, so that it will prove to be one of the most exciting nights ever. In addition to their weekly events, SIR also hosts the unique Pro National Warm-ups, where spectators can view a pre-season open testing session for the top racers in the NHRA.
With its many activities, SIR offers not only entertainment, but also a chance to be involved in the action, and appeals to every age group. So for some real drag racing action in the best track in Southern Arizona, head out to SIR to watch some of the best hot rod and drag racing action around.
For more information and a calendar of events call (520) 762-9700 or visit the website at: www.sirdragstrip.com
Merle’s SIR Dragway: 11300 S. Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ 85747