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About NEDRA

NEDRA's History
NEDRA's Charter
Board Members and Regional Directors
Who We Are - Meet the personalities behind NEDRA
Contacting NEDRA

The National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) exists to increase public awareness of electric vehicle (EV) performance and to encourage through competition, advances in electric vehicle technology. NEDRA achieves this by organizing and sanctioning safe, silent and exciting electric vehicle drag racing events.

NEDRA is a coalition of drag racing fans, electric drag racing vehicle owners and drivers, individuals interested in promoting the sport of EV drag racing, EV parts suppliers, EV manufacturers and other environmentally concerned companies and individuals. Working together as a group, we put excitement into electric vehicle drag racing.

Shown to the right is the electric Maniac Mazda doing a wheel stand. Leapin' 'lectric vehicles!

NEDRA's History

In March of 1996 after the EVTC and APS sponsored Saturday Night Electric Drags at Firebird International Raceway a small group of ampheads met at a local pizza eatery. They talked of forming an electric drag racing association over a few beers and pizza. In the spring of 1997 ampheads from around the country gathered in the Wilde Evolutions' offices in Jerome Arizona for two days of intense meetings to iron out the bylaws and class divisions. Present were John "Plasma Boy" Wayland from Portland Oregon who became NEDRA's first President, Roderick "Wildman" Wilde who became Vice President, Lou Tauber from Portland Oregon, who became the Secretary/Treasurer, Bill Dube, an engineer from Denver Colorado who became the National Tech Director who wrote all the safety rules, and Dean Grannes and Stephanie Matsumora from Fremont, California who took on the duties of webmaster and membership secretary. Dennis Berube also showed up to give his input. This was the beginning of NEDRA which is still growing today and putting on EV drag racing events around the country. In 1999 Bill Dube and Roderick Wilde lobbied the NHRA to include electric cars and electric motorcycles in NHRA racing. The NHRA had a rule in their book since their formation in 1953 that you must have an internal combustion engine. The new rule allowing electrics was approved and was first published in the 1999 NHRA rulebook. In 2012, NEDRA became an NHRA Alternative Sanction Organization (ASO). The IHRA accepted electrics into their rules. NEDRA also joined the SFI in 2012 to collaborate on safety for electric racing vehicles. NEDRA wrote a first responder document for EV racing that has been adopted by the SFI and FIA for training drag racing professionals.

NEDRA's Charter

We are

  • Drag Racing Fans
  • Electric Drag Racer Owners and Drivers
  • Individuals interested in promoting the sport of Electric Vehicle (EV) Drag Racing
  • EV Parts Suppliers
  • EV Manufacturers
  • and other environmentally concerned companies and individuals

What we do is
  • Coordinate a standard rule set for Electric Vehicle Drag Racing, to balance the needs and interests of all those involved in the sport.
  • Sanction Electric Vehicle Drag Racing events, to:
  • Make the events as safe as possible
  • Record and maintain official records
  • Maintain consistency on a national scale
  • Coordinate and Schedule Electric Vehicle Drag Racing Events
  • Promote Electric Vehicle Drag Racing to:
    • Educate the public and increase their awareness by dispelling the popular misconceptions surrounding EV's.
    • Encourage participation in Electric Vehicle Drag Racing
  • Have fun in a safe and silent drag racing environment.

NEDRA Board Members and Regional Event Directors

President 
  John Metric, president@nedra.com 

Executive Vice President 
  Lowell Simmons, vicepresident@nedra.com 

Secretary/Treasurer - Executive
  Matt Graham, secretary@nedra.com 
  Record Keeper - Prod., Conv., Motorcycle and Dragster 
    Tommy Henderson, recordkeeper@nedra.com  
  Record Keeper - Jr Dragster 
    Peter Sotropa, recordkeeperJR@nedra.com 
  Controller 
    Matt Graham(acting), secretary@nedra.com 

Communications PR Director - Executive
  Raymond Cooper, pr@nedra.com 
  Webmaster 
    George Grant III, webmaster@nedra.com 

Membership Director - Executive
  Becky Alvarez-Howard, membership@nedra.com 

Competition Director 
  Roy Lemeur, competition@nedra.com 

Chaplain 
  Terry Hatfield, chaplain@nedra.com 

Technical Director  - Executive
  John Metric (acting), tech@nedra.com 
  Technical Director, Junior Dragsters 
     Peter Sotropa, recordkeeperjr@nedra.com 
  Technical Director, Conversion Classes 
     Open, conversion@nedra.com 
  Technical Director, Production Classes 
     Ed Fargo, production@nedra.com 
  Technical Director, Motorcycle Classes 
     Frank John, motorcycle@nedra.com 
  Technical Director, Dragster Classes 
     John Metric, dragster@nedra.com 

Sales Director - Executive
  Allen Thomas, sales@nedra.com 
   Marketing Director 
      Keith Howard, marketing@nedra.com 
   Merchandise Director 
      Tommy Henderson, merchandise@nedra.com 

Regional Event Directors

Canada
  Gary Livingston, Ontario - eastern.canada@nedra.com
  Casey Mynott, British Columbia - western.canada@nedra.com
Europe
  Oliver Young, Hungerford, UK - uk@nedra.com
  Hans-Henrik Thomsen, Denmark - scandinavia@nedra.com
United States
  Frank John - northeast.us@nedra.com
  Matt Graham, FL - southeast.us@nedra.com 
  Allen Thomas, MI - midwest.us@nedra.com
  Tommy Henderson, OK - central.us@nedra.com
  Adam Clark, TX - gulfcoast.us@nedra.com
  Stephen Johnsen, WA - northwest.us@nedra.com
  KO, CA - nocal@nedra.com 
  Michael Kadie, CA - southern.ca.us@nedra.com
Australia
  Anthony Nicholls 
Central America
  Juan Garcia

Contacting NEDRA

Feel free to contact us for any further information you may need concerning the National Electric Drag Racing Association. You can email any of our Board Members, listed above.

 

  
 
  
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