As was announced earlier this week, Thom Duma Fine Jewelers will return as the Official Jeweler of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. Former AMA Grand National number holder Duma, who raced the GNC circuit starting in the mid-'70s, also will award the 2015 AMA Grand National Champion with a specially made Rolex watch as was gifted to 2014 AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees in TDFJ's inaugural season as a sponsor last year.
In the shot above, racing gets underway in heat race #1 at the Springfield Mile II during round 14 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Illinois State Fairgrounds over the Labor Day weekend as the season winds down.
(L-R) Brad Baker on the #1 Harley-Davidson Motor Company/Screamin' Eagle Racing Parts/Dunlop Tire-sponsored factory Harley-Davidson XR750, Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-backed XR750, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Zanotti Racing/Moroney's H-D/Burt Ives Honda-sponsored XR750, Sammy Halbert on his #7 South East H-D/White's H-D/Racing Unlimited-sponsored Kawasaki EX650, Mikey Martin on the #91 Bonneville Performance/Factory Triumph Racing/Castrol Oil Racing-backed Triumph Bonneville and former National #16 Ronnie Jones on the #74G Harley-Davidson of Salina/Arai/Amsoil-sponsored XR750 blast off the starting line to get The Rolling Thunder Show off to their big start at the mecca of speed in the Illinois State capitol-hosted event.
Former National #26 & 62, Duma has been a big help to the Grand National Championship series with his sponsorship, and has also helped and sponsored the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports team over the course of the last few seasons, both officially and unofficially. Without a major title sponsorship, Duma's help with the awarding of the Grand National Championship prize is a big shot to whomever will capture this year's crown, and is much appreciated by all for his dedication to the sport he has known and loved for decades.
Check out AMA Pro Flat Track's official release below as we also give a big 'thanks' and tip of the helmet to Thom Duma for coming back on board again for the upcoming season. You rock dude!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2015) - AMA Pro Racing and Thom Duma Fine Jewelers announced today a renewed exclusive agreement naming the jewelry store as the Official Jeweler of AMA Pro Flat Track for the 2015 season.
The Warren, Ohio-based jeweler, which has been in business for over a century, will award the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion a Rolex Cosmograph wristwatch valued at $12,000. In 2014, Jared Mees won the No. 1 plate and was the recipient of the stunning timepiece.
"We are very excited to continue our partnership with Thom Duma Fine Jewelers," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "Not only do they make beautiful, imaginative jewelry, but they are also fantastic supporters of flat track. Tommy Duma supports many riders and is a fixture in the paddock. His love of the sport is clear, and we're happy to work with him and to be able to award our Grand National Champion with a beautiful Rolex watch."
2014 AMA Grand National Champion is flanked by Thom Duma and AMA Pro Flat Track announcer Scottie Duebler during the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. AMA Pro Flat Track announced earlier this week that Thom Duma Fine Jewelers will return as the Official Jeweler of the 2015 season after their inaugural season last year. As part of his winning season, Mees was awarded a special Rolex watch from TDFJ for clinching the 2014 championship. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
Duma has been a part of flat track dating back to 1976 when he raced in the Grand National Championship himself. During a five-year career at the sport's highest level, he sported two national numbers - No. 62 and No. 26. His connection to flat track is personal, and it's even visible in his jewelry. Duma created the "Racer Series" of customizable, flat-track themed jewelry to pay homage to the sport.
"I'm excited to be back as the Official Jeweler of AMA Pro Flat Track for 2015," said Duma, President of Thom Duma Fine Jewelers. "I'm excited to continue building relationships with the racers and their teams and their fans and hopefully become their jeweler as well."
The 2015 season begins with a double header at DAYTONA Flat Track March 12 and 13. For tickets and information, please click here.
Every round of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will be available live, in high definition and free of charge for fans to watch online at www.FansChoice.tv.
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