Ron and Darla Conner Named Managers of Onawa Racing and Events Complex

Familiar names to many Midwest racers have accepted management positions at the Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC), Onawa, Iowa. Ron and Darla Conner who have many years’ experience in drag racing operations will begin their new management positions effective immediately.

“We are elated to have Ron and Darla as managers”, said OREC Vice President Phil Schroder, “they bring a lot experience and will operate the race track and events center on a daily basis.”

The Conner’s have an extensive resume of drag racing event production and operations including many years with NHRA Division 5 along with the Safety Safari and credentialing. Specific race facility operations include at the now defunct, Lawrence Dragway (Lawrence, KS) and most recently with Heartland Park (Topeka, KS).

“We love the Midwest and Midwest racers and fans and can’t wait to get started,” said Darla Conner. In addition to responsibilities specific to the events center, Darla will oversee gate operations, sponsor sales, promotions, social media, event planning, concessions and more.

Ron’s responsibilities include race operations, race programs, track preparation, facility maintenance, sponsor sales, and more. “The atmosphere at OREC is welcoming and we can’t wait to meet the racers and fans as we work with the team in getting OREC open and start producing great events,” said Ron.

OREC is a one-eighth mile IHRA Drag Racing Facility that includes an Event Center in Onawa, IA and is tentatively scheduled to open this May. Future plans include transitioning to quarter-mile drag racing as soon as funds can be raised to offset those additional construction expenses. Ron and Darla Conner can be reached through e-mail at

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