Drag School in Tucson!


Hawley and Hughes.  Two iconic names in the sport of drag racing will begin working together this November when Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School begins classes at the new Tucson Dragway.

“We’re really excited to be offering classes in Tucson,” said school owner Frank Hawley.  “I already knew that Tucson had a great drag strip but as soon as I heard that Jim Hughes was taking charge of the racetrack I grabbed my phone, called him and asked if we could be a part of his new venture.  Jim has both an amazing history in our sport and an impeccable reputation.  He is a world championship-winning driver, successful businessman and a true friend to the sportsman racer.  Jim and his team will do a fabulous job working with everyone from the fans to the racers and of course our mutual marketing partners,” added Hawley.

“We have had remarkable interest since announcing that we will be taking over the operation here in Tucson,” stated Hughes. “I was flat blown away when Frank called and expressed his interest in immediately partnering with The New Tucson Dragway and couldn’t be more excited about collaborating with a fellow world champ, working with him and learning from him and his staff.”  Hughes went on to state.

In Tucson the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School will be offering both the Dragster Adventure programs and the Competition Licensing programs.

The Competition Licensing courses have started the careers of thousands of today’s racers.  In these courses the drivers are trained and certified to drive race cars as quick at 7.50 ET.  Participants choose to drive either the S/C dragsters or the S/G door cars.  These courses also include Hawley’s popular seminar on “Personal Performance Development” which combines elements of psychology and physiology in an informative and entertaining way to help each student reach their maximum potential.

The Dragster Adventure programs are for individuals, groups or companies that are seeking a fun, high energy experience.  This course puts drivers at the controls of a real dragster and gives them an opportunity to race in a heads-up “side-by-side” 130 mph competition with other students!  The Adventure cars are equipped with automatic transmissions making them user friendly for a wide range of drivers.

“We can’t wait to get started in Tucson this November.  The weather will be awesome, the track will be great and the Tucson team will be ready.  We’d love you to join us!” said Hawley.

Class dates for Tucson are this November with the Competition Licensing Course on November 19-20, 2015 and November 21, 2015 for the Dragster Adventure.  For more information on the school or to schedule a class visit frankhawley.com or call 866-480-7223.

The Current Status Of Tucson Dragway:

The Current Status and plans for Tucson Dragway are to run two independently contracted events that have insurance and contractual commitments for the month of October. The Import Face Off will take place on Sunday, October 18th. The inaugural Hot Rod Drag Week West will be conducted on October 28th. & 29th.

Due to the reorganization process of Tucson Dragway we have been forced to cancel all other events scheduled for the 2015 racing- season. This decision was based on the very best interest and long- term future for the facility. We are happy to announce that we will host our grand opening event which will take place on January 1st, 2016. The details of this special event will be announced in the very near future.

Sanctioning Body:

We have received numerous inquiries regarding which sanctioning body Tucson Dragway will be affiliated with in 2016. We appreciate everything IHRA has and continues to do for our sport, the facility and the Tucson community.

We are in the process of evaluating each sanctioning body (IHRA and NHRA) and make a decision as to which sanctioning body offer the best benefits and services to our customers, marketing partners, facility and the community.  The New Tucson Dragway will be making a final decision before the end of the year.  

At this time we are taking into consideration the comments, concerns, and opinions of racers, marketing partners and the community who call Tucson Dragway their home track. Although a final decision has not been made, we are currently considering the opportunities and benefits that each sanctioning body has to offer our sportsman racing community.

Racers have asked if they should begin the process of obtaining an NHRA license and car certification for the upcoming season. Currently, IHRA does except NHRA memberships and certification requirements.
The location of our tack will also play a large role in the decision making process.

Please continue to check the website and our social media for further updates. Thank you again for all your kind words and support during this transition period.

-Jim Hughes

Fun Ford Series & Mega Mopar Action has been moved from Tucson Dragway.

The Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action events scheduled for October 10-11, 2015 at Tucson Dragway will now be held at Maryland International Raceway.  Tucson Dragway, formerly known as Southwestern International Raceway, is undergoing management changes and facility improvements and is not able to accommodate the events as scheduled, but plans to reopen in mid-October for regular business.  Therefore, the Fun Ford Series will be incorporated into the Maryland International Raceway Ford Fever Classic on October 9-11, 2015 and the Mega Mopar Action event will become part of the Mopar Eastern Classic on October 17, 2015.

For more information please visit the Fun Ford Series website.

Dear Arizona Racers:

There could not be a better time to be excited about dragracing especially if you live in Tucson!
During the next few months you will continue to hear about changes taking place at Tucson dragway, formally southwest international raceway. Some changes will be subtle and some not...

Our promise is simply this "every change will be made with you, the sportsman racer in mind." Our goal is to make Tucson Dragway a safe, fun,"place to race!" With a family atmosphere.

As you probably know by now, sportsman racer, businessman and entrepreneur Jim Hughes is in the process of taking over the track. Jim has spent the past thirty years on the road racing, promoting and building brand recognition. He has met countless racers, fans, track owners and event promoters. After 38 years of building a performance orientated manufacturing business, his experience and quality reputation are now being brought directly to the gates of Tucson Dragway! needless to say, this will undoubtedly impact your racing future.

In an effort to provide you with some insight, here are a few areas of immediate attention and concern:

  • Providing on a consistent basis, the safest and fastest race surface possible
  • Improving both racer and spectator amenities
  • Good working relationships with surrounding tracks to work together and minimize overlapping races thatonly tears the racing community apart.
  • An internal staff infrastructure between management and employees that will increase communications and reduce track conflicts.
  • Event planning that encourages growth and notoriety of the sport we all know and love... Dragracing!

Please stay tuned for additional updates and know that our team is working on this transition as quickly as possible. We apologize for the brief downtime and any inconvenience this may have caused. We know there has been many promises made in the past. Don't give up hope! If you know Jim, his attitude is "failure is not an option!"

Stay tuned for the changes happening at the all new Tucson Dragway at Blue Bayou Motorsports Park

The Tucson Dragway Team

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
We will be working to get back to everyone as fast as we can.

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