News emerged late this week that the International Hot Rod Association has a new owner: renowned car and chassis builder Larry Jeffers.

Jeffers purchased the IHRA from IRG Sports + Entertainment, which had owned the drag race sanctioning body for most of the past decade.

IHRA Drag Racer at Dragway 42, Chevy Coupe
Since the early 1970s, the IHRA has been a haven for grassroots and Sportsman racers alike. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Gioia Kurpik)

In addition to owning the IHRA, Jeffers will serve as President and CEO, overseeing its 75+ IHRA member tracks and thousands of member racers. The IHRA is the second-largest drag racing organization in North America and home to the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the largest and most prestigious national championship program in bracket drag racing.

“This is a new chapter for the sanctioning body, but our top priorities remain to recognize and support the racers who are the backbone of our incredible sport.”

Larry Jeffers

It was also recently announced that IRG Sports + Entertainment sold IHRA Australia and IHRA New Zealand to the Australian Drag Racing League (ADRL).

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The IHRA was founded in November 1970 by legendary promoter Larry Carrier and sanctioned its first national events in 1971. For more details on the IHRA, its member tracks, and event schedule, visit

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