The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has announced the creation of an all-new electric vehicle (EV) racing class that will join the NHRA Summit Racing Series in 2022. Electric cars will compete within the Summit Racing Series in all seven NHRA Divisions.
“We are thrilled for this new opportunity for our NHRA competitors,” said NHRA President Glen Cromwell. “NHRA Drag Racing is about performance and innovation, and we look forward to seeing how these vehicles will perform in 2022.”
For decades, NHRA's member tracks have seen EVs, hybrids, and alternative-energy vehicles use their racetracks as a proving ground. Creating an EV class within the NHRA Summit Series accelerates the NHRA's commitment to its racers and partners looking to develop new technology. With the rise in performance of electric street vehicles also comes the need for the NHRA to provide a safe place to race and a platform for competitors to evolve and demonstrate their capabilities. The NHRA's EV race car initiative was launched to bring automakers, racers, the safety industry, and the performance aftermarket together.
Lebanon Valley Dragway will entertain this new series with four (4) special races to be held on the Wednesday Street Nights on May 11, June 15, July 13 and August 17. The entry fee to race will be $25. There will be no charge for the points series which will count for points towards qualifying for the Summit ET Bracket Finals to be held this year in September at Maple Grove Raceway.
Drivers who qualify will be required to pay their entry fee into the bracket finals upon qualifying. Each track in the NHRA Northeast Division will be permitted to send up to five (5) electric vehicles to the bracket finals where they will compete for a top spot and qualifying for the national event.