The National Drag Boat Association has been in existence since the 1960s, McAuliffe said. Its purpose is to promote drag boat racing, sanction races, and support the racers and safety programs, he said.
It most recently was affiliated with the Southern Drag Boat Association, based in Austin, Texas, McAuliffe said.
“We are taking it and revitalizing it,” McAuliffe said of the NDBA.
There are about 300 race teams and six or eight different drag boat racing associations in the country, mostly in the central United States, McAuliffe said.
The new Oklahoma City-based NDBA hopes to include all of the other racing associations in the future, he said.
“The plan is to become the umbrella (for the other associations) and the governing board for drag boat racing,” he said.
The NDBA will host one race in Oklahoma City in 2013, the fifth annual OKC Nationals June 7-9, and it will feature night racing for the first time.
The NDBA will present a full race series in 2014, including two races in Oklahoma City.