It was announced today by NHRA officials that Tige Boats has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming NHRA SpringNationals, which takes place April 20-22 at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston. It marks the second of 12 races during the 2018 season.
In Houston, race fans will be entertained by the incredible action of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, which offers something unique for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The class continues to boast impressive depth on its talented roster, and is also highlighted by historic muscle cars like the ’67 Mustang, ’68 Firebird and ’69 Camaro, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars. Producing more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door pro mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds of more than 250 mph.
“The 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season is already off to a terrific start and we’re excited to see what the class has in store for fans at Royal Purple Raceway,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “We’re pleased to have Tige Boats as a partner of the series, knowing their passion and innovation fits in perfectly with this class.”
Launched in 1991, Tige Boats is a family-owned business with a sole focus of making its customer’s ride on the water better than anything else, setting new standards in boat design through a refined sense of aesthetics and precise engineering. Tige’s 2018 lineup includes the new RZX Series and the highly-anticipated Z3, producing the most technologically advanced product line specializing in massive wakeboarding wakes and ocean-worthy wakesurf waves. The all-new TAPS 3 Surf System with Surf Link remote, Tige CLEAR interface, and patented Convex V hull are just some of the features that make Tige stand out from its competition.
“In partnership with Hi-Tide Manufacturing, we are excited to sponsor the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service class at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway this season,” said Daniel Gutierrez, Director of Marketing at Tige Boats. “We know that the SpringNationals and the NHRA has an enthusiastic fan base, and our watersports roots deeply connect with that kind of passion. We are looking forward to being a part of all the excitement at the NHRA SpringNationals!”
The 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service is showcased in a 12-race schedule that includes stops at NHRA national events across the country. Three-time world champion Rickie Smith won the first event of the year in Gainesville, holding off Mike Janis in the final round. Other top names in the class include 2017 winners Mike Castellana and Stevie “Fast” Jackson, who each won two races, Steve Matusek, Sidnei Frigo, Jonathan Gray, Shane Molinari and Steven Whiteley. Matusek is the defending Houston event winner. All 12 races during the 2018 season will air on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Sports 2 (FS2).
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and E3 Spark NHRA Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

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