WHAT: 27th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, the 20th of 22 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the fourth of six playoff races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. The top 10 drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships. NHRA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011 and will pay tribute to the evolution of the hot rod and honor its legendary racers as well as the sport’s current stars.
WHERE: Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, Ariz. Track is located off Interstate 10 from the west at exit 162. From the east, take exit 162. Follow the signs.
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16.
FRIDAY, Oct. 14 – Lucas Oil Series qualifying begins at 8 a.m.
FULL THROTTLE SERIES QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, Oct. 15 – Lucas Oil Series eliminations begin at 8 a.m.
FULL THROTTLE SERIES QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
SUNDAY, Oct. 16 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FULL THROTTLE SERIES ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise one hour and 30 minutes of qualifying highlights at 10:30 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, Oct. 16, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of eliminations coverage starting at 7 p.m. (ET).
SATELLITE (Digital HD feed):
Friday, Oct. 14, 10 – 10:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 3 / Transponder 21C
Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 – 9:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 3 / Transponder 21C
Sunday, Oct. 16, 10:30 – 11 p.m. (ET), AMC 3 / Transponder 21C
(4120 MHz, vertical; Data Rate: 40.461470554 Mbp; Symbol Rate: 29.27 Ms; FEC: ¾; Bandwidth: 36 Mhz)
Video news release contains race action highlights each day and winners’ interviews on Sunday.