1989 Toyota Tacoma converted to electric, creates a cloud of tire smoke on a drag racing strip.

Good news for high-amperage types who want to run their battery-powered race machines at a local drag track. Working with the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA), the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has adopted rules for electric vehicles, giving track officials guidelines for pre-race inspections and allowing drivers to compete and set records on its tracks.

Since the National Hotrod Association (NHRA) – the other large drag-race sanctioning body – did this a few years ago, pretty much any track in the U.S. and Canada can now officially accommodate electric vehicles. It should be pointed out, though, that NEDRA remains the only organization that actually registers and keeps track of electric vehicle records.

One group said to benefit from the IHRA changes is the Delta Secondary School (DSS) automotive program, which races at an IHRA-associated track in its converted 1989 Toyota Tacoma (pictured above). Hit the jump for the official press release as well as bonus video of the DSS taking on a dino-juice-powered Dodge.


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PRESS RELEASE

IHRA Accepts Electric Vehicles in their Racing Rules

LAUREL, MARYLAND, December 19, 2011 - The National Electric Drag Racing Association, www.nedra.com is pleased to announce that the IHRA, International Hot Rod Association, www.ihra.com has formally recognized electric drag racing. Electric Cars and Motorcycles including Electric Junior Dragsters are now in their latest rule book.

The IHRA was formed in 1970 and is the largest drag racing sanctioning body in Canada and the second largest in the US. NEDRA's President, Mike Willmon and Vice President Roderick Wilde worked with Skooter Peaco, the IHRA Vice President of Race Operations and Mike Baker, their Director of Competition and Technical Services to help make this a reality. Chip Gribben, NEDRA's PR director has been working with Kurt Oberholtzer, IHRA Director of Contingency and Inside Sales concerning events at their member tracks. This now smooths the way for new and exciting EV drag racing venues. NEDRA looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the IHRA.

This news is particularly significant to NEDRA's newest Regional Director for Western Canada, Casey Mynott. Casey is head of Canada's first electric drag racing team which just happens to be a group of high school students from Delta Secondary School in Ladner, British Columbia. Casey is the Automotive Instructor there. Besides their electric drag racing pick up they have added a Junior Dragster to their racing stable. It is going to be an exciting and educational racing season coming up for them in 2012.

The National Electric Drag Racing Association, a non-profit Washington State corporation, exists to increase public awareness of electric vehicle (EV) performance and to encourage through competition, advances in electric vehicle technology. NEDRA achieves this by organizing and sanctioning safe, silent and exciting electric vehicle drag racing events.

NEDRA is a worldwide coalition of drag racing fans, electric drag racing vehicle owners and drivers, individuals interested in promoting the sport of EV drag racing, EV parts suppliers, EV manufacturers and other environmentally concerned companies and individuals. Working together as a group, we put excitement into electric vehicle drag racing.

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