The NHRA and ESPN have agreed on a five-year contract extension that will keep the drag racing series on the air through to 2016.

The NHRA continues to deliver strong results across our multimedia platforms, ESPN vice president for programming and acquisitions Julie Sobieski said this extension is our long-term commitment to the NHRA and drag racing fans around the world, he added.

The NHRA's developmental Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will also continue to air on ESPN2 as part of the multimedia rights agreement announcement on Thursday. ESPN2 has carried the series since 2001.

All 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Series qualifying and finals will be shown on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD.