5 years on from 'the split' and neither side looks strong, to be honest. We've seen shrinkage, not growth.
An ego-driven spat from 5 years ago has set back the professional aspirations of many race teams in that time. Some have sold up and moved on out of frustration. Some remain hopeful. Many are vocally fighting for a better future.
It's time for IHRA/400 Thunder and ANDRA to bury the hatchet.
Bring in young blood. Fresh ideas. Hire professionals. Build new strategies. Look outward.
For 5 years, both sides have been operating with one hand tied behind their backs. And nobody has benefitted. Nobody.
1) 400 Thunder hasn't delivered on the revolutionary new era in professional Drag Racing that they promised back in 2015.
2) Sure, the racers are showing up with world-class equipment, but the series that represents them isn't keeping pace (media, show structure, prize money, series packaging, innovation).
3) ANDRA is operating at a much smaller capacity nowadays. While it seems to be making the best of the situation, we're all tied into this deal where half the tracks are sanctioned by ANDRA, and the other half through IHRA.
Rob Sharp delivers some very realistic observations and answers in this piece. Thanks for putting this series together, CompPlus!
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