NHRA unveils 2013 schedule

Updated: August 29, 2012, 4:00 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

The NHRA will increase from 23 to 24 events in 2013 and will assume a new series name to go with a renewed title sponsorship agreement for Coca-Cola, NHRA officials announced Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Coca-Cola has renewed its sponsorship with the NHRA through the 2018 season, but is switching from the Full Throttle energy drink to the Mello Yello citrus soft drink as the title sponsor for the NHRA's professional series.

The official series title in 2013 changes to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

NHRA officials also announced the 2013 schedule, which includes the inaugural New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Eppling, N.H., from June 20-23.

The 2013 season begins in Pomona, Calif., for the 54th time with the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway from Feb. 14-17.

The final regular-season event again takes place at the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis from Aug. 28-Sept. 2. The six-race Countdown playoff starts at Charlotte on Sept. 13-15. The 2013 season concludes at Pomona from Nov. 7-10.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter