GIRA hosts July 4th drags Friday through Sunday

A Limited Edition Rudy Ramos Independence Day Race t-shirt will be available when gates open to the annual July 4th races, Friday through Sunday at the Kaua‘i Raceway Park in Mana.

Hosted by the Garden Isle Racing Association, the Second Annual Rudy Ramos Independence Day Races will feature Test and Tune only on Friday when gates open at 3 p.m. and drivers testing and tuning their vehicles from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Junior Dragster Challenge will highlight Saturday’s calendar when gates open at 11 a.m. Timed trials will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. followed by a dinner break until 7 p.m. when all class bracket racing competition will unfold.

The King of the Track and Rudy Ramos Tribute parade will highlight Sunday’s calendar when gates open at 11 a.m.

Timed trials will highlight the afternoon from 1 to 6 p.m. with a dinner break until 7 p.m.

The Rudy Ramos Tribute parade will open the track at 7:30 p.m. followed by all classes bracket racing competition.

Admission to the three-day event is $12 per person per day with children 12 and under admitted free.

Food concessions, GIRA merchandise and the limited edition Rudy Ramos t-shirts will be available.

Kerrilyn Villa of the GIRA said the July 4th races is one of the largest event on the race calendar for the year and this year’s event is made possible through the efforts of Auto Stylin’ and Performance, Garden Island Motorsports, Kaua‘i Toyota, Garden Isle Portable Toilets, Michael Soong, Attorney at Law, PS&D Napa Auto Parts, Manny’s Repair, Txturz Hair Designs, Ramos Excavation, Syngenta Seeds, GEICO, Kaua‘i Fire Protection and Mac Tools.

GIRA hosts the drag races at the Kaua‘i Raceway Park in Mana in an effort to keep racing off the street, promoting safe, legal racing through the Friday night of strictly test and tune.

Villa said anyone with a driver’s license and helmet can clock their ride at the track under the GIRA mission of “Race the strip, not the street.”

Visit or call Bobby Barros at 635-6034 for more information.


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