Veteran motorsports professional Bob Harris announced he will step down from his position as the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) race director at the end of the year. Serving as race director since the PDRA was formed in 2014, Harris will be replaced by interim race director Tyler Crossnoe.
“I have spent the last five years working every minute to make PDRA a great family racing association. I think I and others have accomplished that. It’s time for new blood and different ideas,” Harris said. “I am 65 years old and for 42 years raced, owned a racetrack or headed up a racing association. It’s time to go racing with my son Jason and enjoy my grandkids. I owe it to them, my wife and myself.”
Cycledrag.com readers will recognize Harris from the extensive coverage of the turbo – nitrous motorcycle controversy. Harris says he always loved the motorcycles and was always willing to try new things to try to better the Pro Extreme Motorcycle class. Harris stood behind the turbos last season, giving them an opportunity, and ultimately made the call to move the class back to nitrous only by popular demand. You can read about it here.
PDRA owner Tommy Franklin thanked Harris for his service.
“I’m very thankful for what Bob Harris has given to the PDRA for the first five years of existence and we wish him well and look forward to seeing him along the tour. We are very excited about PDRA’s future as 2019 is shaping up to be a great season with a lot of positive changes in store to make our show even better than it’s been in the previous years,” Franklin said. “In the meantime direct any questions to Crossnoe at (731) 345-9058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Harris returned the gratitude.
“I would like to thank the Franklins, the racers, the crews, the families, the media, sponsors, and most of all the employees that work at PDRA. It’s time to move in a different direction and start smelling the roses,” Harris said. “I wish the PDRA and its family of racers the very best. I plan on being in the pits with the Boone-Harris PN World Champion Team. I hope the person that takes my place does a better job and puts as much love in PDRA as I have.Please continue to support PDRA because we need this wonderful place to race.”