The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is a drag racing governing body, which sets rules in drag racing and host events all over the United States and Canada. With over 80,000 drivers in its rosters, the NHRA is considered one of the largest motorsports sanctioning bodies in the world.
Wally Parks founded the association in 1951 as a means of getting hot rodders off the streets and onto legal dragstrips. Since those early days, NHRA has evolved into the largest promoter of professional drag racing in the world.
A drag race is an acceleration contest, on a track, or dragstrip, that begins from a standing start between two vehicles over a measured distance. A drag racing event is a series of such two-vehicle, tournament-style eliminations. The losing racer in each contest is eliminated, and the winning racers progress until one remains.
NHRA’s open-pits policy allows fans to get an up-close-and-personal view of the way teams rebuild engines. Drivers are often found in their pit areas, signing autographs and chatting with fans who have the rare opportunity to get behind the wheel themselves in a variety of racing simulators in the Nitro Alley Fan Zone.
With thousands of members and a strong network of member tracks, a myriad of events are sanctioned by NHRA throughout the nation. One of the most important events in drag racing history occurred in March 1993, when the Federation Internationale de I’Automobile (FIA) officially recognized the sport. That opened the doors to drag racing and afforded it a more solidified role in the world’s motorsport community.