Go Massive or Go Dwelling: PDRA 2023 Season Preview with Tyler Crossnoe
In 2014, a gaggle of avid Professional Modified racers and crew homeowners got here collectively to kind the Skilled Drag Racers Affiliation. With a motto for racers, from the motto of the racers, the collection meant to choose up the place different collection left off, making a steady residence for eighth mile racers but in addition for courses resembling Professional Excessive Motorbike, High Dragster and Jr. Dragsters.
PDRA has since grown and advanced below the possession of Tommy and Judy Franklin and the course of collection director Tyler Crossnoe. This 12 months marks the tenth season of the PDRA Drag Racing Championship and the collection will crown world champions in 13 completely different classes after competing in eight-point races. The season additionally contains the third annual Summit Racing Tools PDRA ProStars, a specialty racing competitors held along side Virginia Motorsports Parks Evening of Hearth.
Between a decade of buildup and a concerted effort in the course of the offseason, PDRA is on monitor to have its largest season but. New drivers and groups are planning to compete inside the collection in its greater than twelve courses. By way of partnerships with FloRacing and React104 and an aggressive promoting marketing campaign, the collection can be uncovered to extra followers than ever earlier than. New advertising companions have additionally joined to assist their prospects and attain new ones.
With the 2023 PDRA season kicking off March 30-April 1 on the East Coast Nationals at GALOT Motorsports Park, Crossnoe sat with Drag illustrated for an interview to debate a number of the modifications riders and followers can anticipate to see this 12 months.
How will the Structural Concrete Nitrous Wars program that rewards Professional Nitrous engine builders and racers be completely different this 12 months? Why change it?
Nitrous Wars will look completely different this 12 months in some ways. First, Professional Enhance and Excessive Professional Inventory will now be concerned with their very own engine constructing packages. Secondly, we’ll make this problem extra like a crew problem with the highest 4 qualifying engine builders from the earlier touring occasion represented in a four-car shootout, which can be contested in Q2 and Q3 because the final two pairs beginning down for the monitor. These Engine Builder Challenges will now earn factors: 4 for a win, 3 for a runner-up, 2 for the sooner automobile of the 2 that misplaced within the first spherical, and 1 for one another. This can be tallied in a fashion of Workforce Fulton, Workforce WYO, Workforce Sonny, and many others., and can add some additional flare and drama to the problem of the engine builders in all three foremost classes of the collection.
After beginning the 12 months at GALOT, the collection will race at Virginia Motorsports Park, Summit Motorsports Park, Maryland Worldwide Raceway, US 131 Motorsports Park and Darlington Dragway earlier than year-end stops at GALOT and VMP. What are your ideas on the 2023 schedule and the tracks the collection will hit this 12 months?
PDRA prides itself on bringing the most effective monitor motion to followers all over the world. We’re returning to a well-known set of tour stops, together with two oldies from years previous. The services are high notch and the individuals concerned in every facility conduct themselves professionally and with lots of satisfaction in not solely their services however the sport as a complete.
The small tire courses proceed to develop. What can followers anticipate from them this season?
I personally assume we’ll proceed to see progress in each Professional Road and Tremendous Road. Professional Road is certainly one of my favourite courses proper now and can solely get higher as time goes on. Tremendous Road nonetheless has some small issues to work on, nevertheless it’s displaying lots of curiosity and we consider it has the potential to develop, even sooner than Professional Road.
The small tire courses carry a fan relativity issue to the PDRA that we’ve not had in years previous. These race automobiles seem like actual automobiles with manufacturing facility roof and facet panels, inventory dimensions, inventory wheelbase lengths and extra. This creates a distinct search for a fan, which is tremendous vital as Camaro bodywork is all the fad in Professional Modified today, similar to ’63 Corvette bodywork did years in the past.
React104 can be documenting all the season for the primary time. How vital is it to the collection, its riders and its followers?
This new partnership with React104 is a large stepping stone for the collection. Corey Michalek and his crew have beforehand labored with PDRA in creating cinematic masterpieces which have that “wow” issue from the second you hit play.
Our targets for 2023 are to teach and develop our riders into stars, put them in entrance of the cameras and present the world the uncooked emotion of victory and defeat. Shedding is rarely straightforward, and typically you do not wish to present your feelings when there is a digicam, nevertheless it’s actual. Individuals must see how a lot it hurts to lose a detailed spherical of racing when it is all on the road to let the world know you are human. React104 will seize these moments and switch them into items that we’ll proceed to construct the collection on all through the season.
React104 may also carry his personal fashion to our TV, cable, streaming and social media adverts to create a hyperlink throughout all of our visible media within the hope that followers will acknowledge a method they have been watching on our subsequent YouTube channel or elsewhere that PDRA content material can be pushed this season.
FloRacing continues to deepen the dwell streaming protection of the collection. Once more, how does this profit the collection and everybody concerned?
FloRacing has actually stepped up in an enormous manner this low season with the PDRA. Courtney, Chris, Tom, and all the crew are “all-in” to make PDRA a staple on their ever-growing platform of drag racing dwell streams. We’re planning a media day on the season opener together with a brand new pre-race present that may air on FloRacing and can be discovered within the vendor halfway by way of every occasion so we may be up shut and private with our followers and our drivers, and put our stars much more in entrance of their followers. The partnership between the collection and the printed platform continues to develop and we’re proud to work with FloRacing for an additional season with the PDRA.
Who’re a number of the new sponsors and companions the collection is working with this season?
Our advertising division has been busy all season constructing new relationships, and this has translated into new companions signing or upgrading their involvement for the 2023 season, together with: Braille Battery (Official Battery), RC Parts ( official racing wheel), Pit Professional Customized Carts (Official Pit Automobile), M&M Transmission (Professional 632 Class Sponsor), PAR Racing Engines (Elite High Sportsman Presenting Sponsor), Corbin’s RV (High Sportsman Presenting Sponsor). New occasion companions embrace Summit Racing Tools, FuelTech, Purple Line Oil, Talbert Manufacturing, and all returning companions as effectively from 2022. Moreover, Professional Line Racing has elevated their involvement to turn out to be the Professional Enhance #1 Qualifier Sponsor.
We’re proud to welcome them on board with the PDRA for the 2023 season and an enormous welcome again to all our different companions. This collection continues to develop in all areas and all of it begins with nice companions at floor degree that make this collection potential for the racers and the followers.
This would be the tenth season of PDRA motion. How proud are you of what the collection has turn out to be? The place does it go from right here?
PDRA has seen quite a few modifications within the 10 12 months interval from inception to now being on the high of the drag racing world. This kicks off my fifth season concerned with the collection and to see the expansion that has occurred in that period of time is wonderful. The drivers are wonderful, the fan base continues to develop and the competitors on the monitor is unmatched.
Our riders showcase their expertise all season lengthy at each occasion. As soon as the qualifiers are full, anybody can win the quantity subsequent to the title now not means something. In eliminations, particularly in our narrowest fields, the no. 1 and qualification no. 16s are often not that far aside when it comes to competitors. Incomes a world championship at PDRA is extraordinarily tough and our riders show 12 months after 12 months that the year-end objective of sporting the #1 within the window is well worth the ache and battle.
One objective I’ve for PDRA this season is to extend our fan engagement and interplay. I actually really feel that we now have the most effective merchandise on the monitor as we speak in drag racing. It is streamlined to attenuate downtime and run as effectively as potential.
Now, my private objective for the season is to provoke new advertising techniques and methods to achieve motorsports followers that we now have by no means reached earlier than. Our riders need to have as many followers as potential within the stands cheering them on, selecting a favourite rider, nickname or livery, shopping for their shirts and turning into a lifelong fan of that crew, PDRA and the game of drag racing as a complete.