It was nice while it lasted, but the National Dirt Racing League – also known as the Dirt Late Model Tour – is no longer.
The Phoenix-based league, in the middle of its second season of operation, issued a brief press release saying that it was “ceasing operations effectively immediately,” according to series founder John Kennedy.
“My vision for the series was to provide something that was special, unique and fresh — special events that catered to the fans, tracks and race teams,” Kennedy said. “Unfortunately, I lost sight of that vision resulting in NDRL’s 2014 schedule and plan resembling what Late Model racing has been for the last several years.”
The league was launched last season with five races and moved forward with a full schedule of several dozen events planned nationally in 2014. It had been somewhat of an alternative to the World Of Outlaws and USAC racing.
“Without (fans, tracks, promoters and teams), none of what was accomplished would have been possible,” Kennedy said. “We are extremely grateful for the support from all of the NDRL family and staff and our great sponsors as well.”
Kennedy also said, “My focus needs to be redirected towards family first. There will be plenty of time for racing as a family in the future.”
Kennedy also didn’t rule out the possibility of other race promotions.
“I may just decide to put together some unique and exciting events based on everything we have learned in the last few seasons,” he said.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”