Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Beard Wins Summit All Stars, the Mike Aiello Award, and IHRA Sportsman Driver of the Year!

IHRA World Finals
Virginia Motorsports Park
Dinwiddie, VA
Oct. 15-17, 2010
On the second qualifying run of the weekend, the rear end gears broke in the Duck Tape Volare. Thanks to the generosity Jeff and Zac Ross (who I purchased the Volare from back in 2005), I was still able to compete in the two major shootout races, driving Zac Ross's Dodge Avenger.
IHRA Tournament of Champions
Semifinals! - #3 in the World
Summit All Stars
WINNER! As the Summit All Stars Stock Champion, I received $5,000, a special Summit All Stars trophy, a Gold Card for entry into National/Divisional events next year, and a qualifying spot in both the 2011 Summit All Stars and the 2011 Tournament of Champions!
Also, Competition Plus Magazine bestowed upon me the Mike Aiello Award, "referred to by the media as “The Spirit of Drag Racing Award,” honors determination and the spirit to persevere and remain positive in spite of obstacles.", for overcoming the challenges of Bell's Palsy.
Media & Photos
Story: "Summit All Stars Crowned Sunday" http://www.ihra.com/article/6876.html
All Stars preview (Photo): pg 17, pg 25 www.ihramag.com and in print, Drag Review Magazine, Issue 19
IHRA Photo Gallery:
Winner's Circle: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ihramotorsports/5094191814/in/set-72157625065685075/

Drag Review Magazine (DRM)
IHRA's in-house magazine, with an average paid print circulation of 12,475, plus all issues available online (current and archived) at www.ihramag.com
Online now: DRM Issue 20 (Oct 22, 2010), Darlington Pro-Am win results & photos, pg 24
New issue of IHRA's Drag Review Magazine, available online at www.ihramag.com, and in print later this week
- Pg 4, photo and story, "Michael Beard Honored with Prestigious Mike Aiello Award"
- Pg 14, photo, All Stars winner circle
- Pg 18, photo and story, All Stars race coverage

Currently, the lead story on www.ihra.com is "Michael Beard Receives Prestigious Mike Aiello Award" (Story at http://www.ihra.com/article/6912.html)
Noted within that story as well as on IHRA's Media site (http://media.ihra.com/statistics-1/special-awards) is that Michael Beard was named the 2010 Sportsman Driver of the Year! (IHRA's Media and Publicity Manager Larry Crum just called while I was typing this up and confirmed the Sportsman Driver of the Year award, and did an interview. Story forthcoming!)
Other outlets covering the Mike Aiello Award:

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