In an announcement that we cannot say we were 100% surprised to hear, Mike Dunn has been named senior consultant for the International Hot Rod Association and is no longer the president of the organization. After Chris Lencheski’s far fetched plan to globalize the series and effectively reinvent the top fuel category went down in flames and he was removed, questions swirled around Dunn’s role. As the IHRA is now basically a bracket racing organization it seems as though the former nitro racer and television commentator had little left to do in terms to providing guidance and or direction to that form of the sport.
We feel that Mike Dunn was put in a very hard spot from jump street. As a guy who has made his life in the sport we sure as heck don’t blame him for taking a job that (at least when it started) offered the potential to have a real and lasting impact on the sport. Make no mistake, if Lencheski’s master plan were ever executed on, it would have really been something. In fact, we suspect the reasonable and interesting parts of the deal were likely introduced by Dunn.
We don’t know what Mike Dunn has lined up next but we hope he remains in the sport of drag racing.
Here’s the full release from IRG Sports + Entertainment the parent of the IHRA –
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a leading promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences, announced today that Mike Dunn has been named senior consultant for the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).