Director of Operations: Rusty Durham
Who We Are:The International Mile Racing Association was born by a group of auto enthusiasts who have participated and spectated in mile racing events throughout the United States since 2006. One common thread of continued concern is the inconsistency of rules between event coordinators. Other concerns include lax or non-existent safety regulations, vague and confusing vehicle classifications, extremely unsafe track conditions and the lack of consistently verifiable timing equipment used for scoring.
The International Mile Racing Association is not an event organizer, but a sanctioning body for mile racing that solidifies competition rules among the various venues. Event promoters mean well on most occasions, but are ultimately driven by profits from hosting an event. This results in safety issues being compromised. IMRA is a non-biased not for profit sanctioning body that cannot and will not be swayed by event organizers. A safe environment is the foremost concern being addressed by IMRA. Mile racing is a dangerous sport. All participants and spectators deserve to have an enjoyable experience in the safest racing environment possible. Mile racing is not only the fastest growing motor sport in the United States, but internationally as well. IMRA offers to sanction these events and keep all rules consistent. This will keep accidents to a minimum and help mile racing to reach its potential as the fastest growing racing sport in the nation.
To provide certifiably consistent mile-racing competition and aerodynamic testing sessions for car and motorcycle enthusiasts in a safe, organized environment.
IMRA was formally established in 2010 as the first and only Sanctioning Body in the World for Standing Mile Events and Aerodynamic Testing.
- The only organization accepted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - (NASA) to organize testing sessions at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
- Adheres to the Safety and Mishap Procedures developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- Officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the only Sanctioning Bodies for Mile Racing Events.
NOTE: IMRA requires strict driver and vehicle requirements and certified 3rd party track survey documentation to ensure uniformity at all sanctioned venues. Clearly identified shut down areas are required. IMRA works as a liaison between property owners and event organizers to clearly identify and maintain all “off limit” areas.
Excerpts from the IMRA rule book:
RACINGIMRA will sanction these types of racing (where permitted):
1. Standing Mile – vehicles will begin from a standing start and must proceed to the end of the mile mark while rapidly increasing in speed during the entire run. The run will be disqualified if not increasing in speed in the last 132' of the mile. The resulting MPH recorded will be measured with Tag Heuer equipment at the finish line.
2. Flying Mile – vehicles will be given a 300' head start before the start line and must proceed to the end of the mile mark while increasing in speed during the entire run. Vehicles will be disqualified if not increasing in speed in the last 132' of the run. The resulting MPH recorded will be measured with Tag Heuer equipment at the finish line.
3. ET Mile – runs will be timed from start to finish and the elapsed time will be used for scoring. This race uses Tag Heuer equipment to score runs.
4. Standing Half Mile (where permitted) - vehicles will begin from a standing start and must proceed to the end of the half-mile mark while rapidly increasing in speed during the entire run. The resulting mph/time will be recorded.
5. Standing Quarter Mile (where permitted) - vehicles will begin from a standing start and must proceed to the end of the quarter-mile mark while rapidly increasing in speed during the entire run. The resulting mph/time will be recorded.
6. 0-300km-0 – In-car cameras and Vbox data will be used to time and verify racing where a vehicle launches from a dead start, accelerates to 300km (186mph), and then brakes to a dead stop. The elapsed time will be used for competition.
7. 1.75 Flying Mile – vehicles will be given a 300' head start before the start line and must proceed to the end of the 1.75 mile mark. The resulting MPH recorded will be measured at the last 132' of the run with Tag Heuer equipment at the finish line.
Heads-Up Racing (where permitted) will be at the IMRA officials discretion and on an event by event basis.
COURSEIMRA officials will certify each track for safety and distance prior to competition. The overall track must be no narrower than 45' wide and no shorter than 9000' long for mile racing events. Tracks of shorter length will be permissable for shorter distance races (ie. 1/2, 1/4, 0-300km-0). The actual mile run course must be certified 5280'. All IMRA and Guinness World Record attempts must be precisely measured and certified by a licensed surveyor (see example). All racing surfaces must be an IMRA approved paved surface with a clearly visible 4'x8' marker at the one mile finish line. This marker shall be no closer than 50' from the edge of the track.
TIMINGIMRA officials will be responsible for certifying all timing equipment for accuracy. IMRA requires that speeds must be measured with the Tag Heuer CP540 Chronoprinter/timer for split-second accuracy. All world record runs will be certified by IMRA and Guinness World Records (if adjudicated).
VEHICLESAll competing vehicles must pass IMRA tech inspection for safety.
COMPETITORSAll competitors must be certified by IMRA. Competitors must have a valid driver's license and be free from any influence of alcohol or drugs.
DIVISIONSIMRA divisions will include categories in internal combustion production class, street legal class, modified race cars and an unlimited "anything goes" division (rocket, jet cars, etc.). Motorcycle classes will include stock, modified and unlimited classes. Cars competing in the street-legal division must include valid tag and proof of insurance. Cars attempting a world record run in the street legal division must also include working air-conditioning (factory a/c delete cars will be exempt from this rule. Proof must be provided to an IMRA official). See official rules for clarification.