IRG Sports + Entertainment, the parent company of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), is continuing its recent purge of racing properties, as Thursday it was announced that Dan and Shelly Crownhart have reached an agreement to purchase Illinois’ Cordova International Raceway. The news comes just days after the announcement that longtime track owner/promoter Royce Miller had struck a deal to reacquire the Maryland International Raceway, — all of this after it was revealed that IRG and IHRA’s home base, the famed Palm Beach International Raceway, had been sold to warehouse developers and will soon close its gates.
Said Crownhart in a prepared statement:
“Cordova has always been a special place for racers and fans. We all have fond memories of our time at the track. I am confident we can celebrate the long history of Cordova and create a bright future simultaneously.”
The Crownhart family has been involved in drag racing for generations on many levels. Dan, a native of Sterling, Illinois has experience on the track, racing both alcohol and jet Funny Cars, and will be taking over the day to day management of the race facility.
“In the spirit of past major events of the UDRA and IHRA being held in June, we are excited to announce that Funny Car Chaos will be a part of the return of the Summer Nationals contested June 17-18. We are expecting more than 30 supercharged nitro and alcohol Funny Cars to compete in a no-holds barred format that will surely become a premier annual event here at Cordova” Crownhart added.
The Crownharts are finalizing plans for facility upgrades, new events, and the sportsman racing series among other items. There will also be a meet-and-greet for racers and fans planned for early 2022.
Closing is expected to occur before the end of 2021.