On Monday, and prior to the start of eliminations at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, NHRA was surprised and disappointed to learn that Ray Alley, director of Top Fuel and Funny Car racing, was leaving the organization to work with Kenny Bernstein and his newly-formed Funny Car team for the 2007 season.

We are disappointed to see Ray Alley leave given the contribution he has made during his nearly seven-year tenure at NHRA. Under the circumstances however, and given the nature of his position, we will not be able to continue to utilize Ray’s services through the remainder of the year. Therefore, we have no choice but to relieve him of his duties effective immediately. A search for his replacement has begun.

We want to wish Ray all the best on his new endeavor and thank him for the contributions he has made over the years to the sport of NHRA POWERade Drag Racing