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Ibarra's R-100 to be inducted into NHRA Museum
Submitted by SuperUser on Monday, October 27, 2003 - 4:03pm

Abel Ibarra has long been one of the top stars of the sport compact scene, having helped pave the way for sport compact drag racing to develop into one of the fastest growing segments in auto racing.

Ibarra will again champion the way for sport compact drag racing as his popular K&N Filters Mazda R-100 will become the first sport compact vehicle to be displayed at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, Calif., during a special induction ceremony next month. The NHRA Sport Compact Night of Champions will take place in conjunction with the season-ending Mazda NHRA Sport Compact World Finals presented by Toyo Tires, Oct. 25-26, at historic Pomona Raceway.

"We're really excited to bring Abel's R-100 to the Museum," said Sam Jackson, executive director Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. "I helped organize Abel's first exhibition run at an NHRA national event in this dynamite car and he made a great pass that had the crowd on their feet and folks in the tower wondering what they had just seen. Abel's classic Mazda R-100 is the perfect car to represent sport compact pioneers in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum."

The NHRA Sport Compact Night of Champions will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and will offer free admission to drag racing fans. In addition to the induction of Ibarra's R-100, there will be raffles and prizes and an autograph session featuring some of the top stars of the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series.

"I'm really happy about this opportunity," said Ibarra. "The little car really deserves it. For its time, the little car accomplished a lot. It was the first car to travel nationally and was the fastest Mazda in the world for some time. It pioneered many things in this industry. I'm glad for all the people that helped out in the beginning."

Ibarra, who has been a Mazda loyalist since his early teens, built his R-100 in 1996 to race at import drag racing events across the country. The Los Angeles native campaigned the R-100 until building his current 1998 Mazda RX-7, which he has raced to three NHRA sport compact victories. Ibarra recently debuted his 2004 Mazda RX-8 that he will race next season.

"We are honored that Abel Ibarra's Mazda R-100 has been selected to be the first sport compact car at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum," said Robert Davis, Mazda North American Operations, senior vice president of marketing and product development. "Abel has been a leader in sport compact drag racing and Mazda is proud to be associated with both Abel and the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series. It is amazing to walk through the Museum and see cars like John Force's Funny Car, Warren Johnson's Pro Stock car and Kenny Bernstein's Top Fuel dragster and realize that Abel's little Mazda R-100 earned its place here."

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, which is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (PT), is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona. The Museum also is available for private parties, meetings, corporate events, weddings and group tours. For more information, please call (909) 622-2133 or visit www.nhra.com.

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May 5, 2004 - 11:55pm
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