As the 61st season of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing readies to begin with the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Feb. 9-12, the focus shifts from honoring NHRA legends to the Nitro Generation. The Nitro Generation isn’t just one generation; it’s all the generations of fans, drivers, and teams that have shared their passion for NHRA with their families and friends of all ages.
If you have the Nitro Gene, then you will be more than happy to kick off the 2012 season by honoring the families that make NHRA Drag Racing what it is today in a very special track walk featuring some of the most familiar faces in the NHRA on Sunday morning before the pre-race ceremony. Many families of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series that were featured in 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Real Families Calendar will be participating in the Track Walk Sunday to kick off the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries. The defending winners of the event that will be broadcast on ESPN2 include Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), and Jason Line (Pro Stock).
This year’s calendar, which was put together by two-time Full Throttle Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon’s wife, Andrea, features many families that compete in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, including the Aranas, Coughlins, Enderses, Grays, Johnsons, Krawiecs, Lines, Nobiles, Smiths, Bernsteins, Cappses, Dixons, Forces, Hights, Lucases, Pedregons, Tascas, Vandergriffs, and Worshams. This limited-edition 19-month calendar will be available for purchase at the Winternationals as well as at www.TonyPedregon.com.
“I am very excited to participate in the Track Walk at the Winternationals and create further awareness and funding for children’s cancer through sales of the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Real Families Calendar,” Andrea said. “This is an awesome opportunity from the NHRA that will definitely help my charity reach our fundraising goal. Many of my friends featured in the calendar are looking forward to joining me for the event and will be bringing their family as well.”