Nassau, Bahamas - A press conference was held today, September 5th, 2013 at The Bahamas International Motorsports Park at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center Complex. In attendance was the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Minister Daniel Johnson; Frank Kohutek - Division Director, Div 2 West, 4,7; Mr. Leroy Archer -
Director of the National Sports Authority; Senator Greg Burrows; Elwood
Donaldson BHRA President; Don Arranha - Founding President BHRA; Brendan
Foulkes - Founding Vice President; and other executives, directors and
members of the BHRA.
A milestone was marked in The Bahamas at the new Motorsports Park, dubbed “The Bahamas International Raceway”. The director
of the International Hot Rod Association’s Southern Division,
Frank Kohutek officially sanctioned The Bahamas Hot Rod Association and its
facility. The new Motorsports Park becomes the first internationally certified
motorsports racing facility in the Bahamas.
The IHRA is one of the
largest sanctioning bodies for motorsports in particulars to the sport
of Drag Racing. It’s sanctioning opens opportunities of
The Bahamas Hot Rod Association in hosting international events, thus expanding
The Bahamas’ growing sports tourism market. It will also allow local
drivers to become IHRA certified and eligible to participate in IHRA
sanctioned events at any of the facilities in the US, Canada, Hawaii,
Mexico or Aruba.
BHRA President Elwood Donaldson (Bottom right) signs sanctioning approval with Frank Kohutek from The International Hot Rod Association. Standing above is Senator Greg Burrows(Top Left) and Chairman of the NSA [National Sports Authority] Leroy Archer (BHRA Photo)
The President of The Bahamas
Hot Rod Association thanked The Government of The Bahamas, in particular
the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture for believing in motorsports
in The Bahamas. Special thanks went to the Ministry of Works and Urban Development,
IBS and Bahamas Hot Mix for the construction works being carried out
in Stage 1 of the facility. The BHRA also thanked all of its past and
present sponsors and members. The BHRA looks forward to return the sport
of Drag Racing very shortly to The Bahamas and also develop and assist
in developing other genres of motorsports in The Bahamas.
The Bahamas Hot Rod Association is the premier motorsports organization
in The Bahamas. From establishment The BHRA’s mandate was to develop
motorsports in the country of The Bahamas and also expand sports tourism
development. The mandate started with the sport of Drag Racing and was
quickly becoming one of the most developed in the region. In the end
of 2010 – 2011 the facility, (developed by the BHRA to international
standards) was closed to allow for the construction of the new Thomas
A. Robinson Stadium and road corridor under the agreement that it will
be relocated in quick order by The Government of The Bahamas.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Hon. Daniel Johnson goes for a ride with Alex Pratt (A BHRA Director) on the new raceway. (BHRA Photo)