Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tickets Now on Sale for AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Round 10 at the Indy Mile on Friday, August 8


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's now time to start thinking about getting your tickets to one of the best events on the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship schedule as Family Events announced today that tickets are now available for sale for round 10 of the season at the legendary Indy Mile for Friday, August 8.
 
As was announced late last year, the Indy Mile will this year run on the Friday night of the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP weekend in order to better handle the traffic, parking and overall logistics involved with trying to run a race of this magnitude on the weekend of the MotoGP race down the road at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well as during the running of the Indiana State Fair. Tickets start at just $31/each which also includes admission to the fair.
 
In the shot above from last year's running of the Indy Mile, winner Bryan Smith beams on the podium behind the #42 Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki rocket that he rode to his first win at Indy since taking the initial win for Kawasaki in AMA Pro Flat Track Twins Series competition while riding for the Werner-Springsteen Kawasaki team in August 2010. Smith got Indy resident and the builder of the #42 machine, Rick Howerton, his first win at the fabled facility in front of his hometown fans, which to the long time fan of flat track racing was like a dream come true.
 
Also seen in the shot from the podium celebrations on August 17, 2013 is AMA Pro Flat Track official announcer Barry Boone as he interviews 3rd-place finisher Brad Baker and 2nd-place finisher Brandon Robinson. The beautiful trophy which is awarded to the winner of the Indy Mile can also be seen on the podium just in front of Smith's machine.
 
Whatever you do, don't miss your chance to see the stars of The Rolling Thunder Show perform at the Indiana State Fairgrounds mile oval this year, an event that can only be described as possibly only being second to witnessing the action at the Springfield Mile, and to some of us hometown boys, actually has ranked above the mecca of speed in Springfield for over five decades now.
 
You can check out the full press release below from Family Events, with all of the info and links to get yourself, your family and your friends all set to see what will surely again be another nail biter at the Indy Mile on Friday, August 8. Let's get ready to rumble!
 
 
Press release courtesy of Leah Burdette and Family Events, the great people and promoters behind the running of the legendary Indy Mile.
 
 
 
 
Indy Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National at Indiana State Fairgrounds Moves to Friday night for 2014.  Tickets now on Sale.
 
(Indianapolis, IN. -- April 23, 2014) Tickets for the legendary Indy Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Motorcycle race for 2014 are now on sale.  The race will be held as a part of the Indiana State Fair, this year on a Friday night – August 8, 2014 from 2:00pm-10:00pm on the historic one-mile dirt track at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. 
 
The move to Friday is necessitated by conflicting events on the weekend of the Indy Mile. Motorcycle racing fans coming for the Red Bull Indy GP weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway love heading across town to witness the intense handlebar-to-handlebar high-speed dirt track action of the Indy Mile.  For 2014, that weekend coincides with the busiest weekend for the Indiana State Fair.  So, in an effort to provide the best fan experience for attendees of the Indy Mile, event producers have moved the race to Friday to accommodate easier parking, crowd control and less-heavy traffic than would be the case on the State Fair’s most-attended day on Saturday. 
 
Tickets for the Indy Mile, considered the “Crown Jewel” of AMA Pro Racing’s oldest and most tradition-rich professional racing series are on sale at www.IndyMile.com, any Ticketmaster location, www.Ticketmaster.com, State Fairgrounds box office location, or by calling Leah at 317-236-6518.  Reserved Grandstand ticket locations are priced at $31 and $36 in advance and include Indiana State Fair Admission and facility fees.  Convenience fees may apply for tickets purchased through Ticketmaster.
 
Gates open at 2:00pm on Friday, August 8, 2014.  Practice and qualifying will be from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  There will be a rider autograph session in the cold pit area from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Opening ceremonies will commence at 7:00pm followed by heat races at 7:30pm and the National Final at 9:30pm.
 
Complete 2014 event information is available now at www.IndyMile.com or on our Facebook page fb.com/IndyMile

838 N. Delaware Street | Indianapolis, IN 46204 US
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Team Pata Honda Previews eni Superbike World Championship Round 3 in Assen April 25-27

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pata Honda looks for another step at Assen
 
Pata Honda riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam are eager to take another step forward with the development of their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines this weekend (25-27 April) as the World Superbike championship heads to Assen in the Netherlands for round three of the 2014 series.

Both British riders, who took part in their Ten Kate team's workshop and dealership 'Pitstop Day' last Saturday, have enjoyed success at the 4.542km Dutch circuit in the past – Haslam with three podium finishes, including a double in 2009 during his previous stint on Honda machinery.

Rea has taken four World Superbike victories at Assen since 2010, together with a further two podium finishes. The 27-year-old has been on the rostrum at least once in each of the last four seasons.

The Pata Honda team heads to its home race at Assen – the circuit is just 70km from the team’s base in Nieuwleusen – in positive mood. Both Rea and Haslam enjoyed developments in the performance of their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines last time out at Aragon in Spain two weeks ago.

Improvements to both chassis settings and throttle opening, together with refinements to the Fireblade's traction control allowed Rea to take his 34th career WSBK podium in race one at Aragon. He followed that up with a fifth place in race two, while his Pata Honda team-mate Haslam scored two top ten finishes.
Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea
I’m really looking forward to riding at Assen this weekend because it’s a circuit that I really enjoy. There are lots of passing places and there’s usually a fast group at the front, which I hope to be a part of. I’ve spent quite a bit of time there with my team over the years, and done quite a few laps developing the bike, so I hope we can get it dialled in quite quickly this weekend. Of course, a lot of that will depend on the weather because, although we’re at the end of April, it can still be unpredictable, so we’ll have to work on both wet and dry settings so we can aim for two good results. We’ve had a solid start to the season, with top five finishes and a podium at Aragon, so we’ll try to carry that momentum into the Assen weekend. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere there as it’s the team’s home race and we had another amazing Pitstop Day at the workshop last Saturday with a record crowd. It’s a perfect way to set up for the weekend.
Leon Haslam
Leon Haslam
We’ve had a really good week in Holland. Me and Johnny got some cycling in and we had a great Pitstop Day last weekend, which was as busy as I’ve seen it. I can’t wait to get to Assen – I love riding there and we’ve made some good progress with the bike recently. We had some issues setting up the bike in Aragon but that was more us than the bike, I think, and we got some OK results, even though I don’t like that place really. Hopefully, we can move things on again at Assen, which I really do like riding. We haven’t really tested the new bike in any wet weather yet but, looking at the forecast, we might get a chance to this weekend. The injury that I picked up in the practice crash last year was a bit of a freak really, so my confidence hasn’t been affected – even in the wet. I’m not going to be running any marathons, but I can now ride the bike how I want to and there are no physical problems. 
Pieter Breddels
Pieter Breddels
The forecast is not looking so good for the weekend at Assen, but Jonathan certainly had a good feeling with the bike during some wet weather we had at the recent Jerez test. The whole team made a good step forward at Aragon and we certainly have some plans to help to get Leon back to the front, which is where he deserves to be. He likes Assen, too, and it’s traditionally been a good circuit for the Fireblade. We are all really looking forward to the team’s home race, so bring it on – rain or shine!
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Honda racing Jonathan Rea at Assen in 2013 (also main pic)
Jonathan Rea at Assen in 2013 (also main pic)
 
Honda racing Jonathan Rea at Assen in 2013
Jonathan Rea at Assen in 2013
 
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Honda racing Leon Haslam at Assen in 2013
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Honda Racing Previews Bol d'Or 24-Hour Endurance World Championship Round April 24-27

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bol d'Or 24 Hour - Magny-Cours 22.04.2014
      
       
 
Honda Racing prepared for battle at the Bol d’Or
 
Following an intense two-month schedule of pre-season testing, the Honda Racing Endurance World Championship team is well-prepared to face the opening round of the 2014 season, the Bol d’Or 24-hour, which will take place at Magny Cours, France this weekend. 
 
It will be the first competitive outing aboard the 2014 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP for the all-new line-up of endurance racing experts, Freddy Foray, Julien Da Costa and Sebastien Gimbert, who between them hold seven EWC titles. Australian rider Jason O’Halloran will join the team in Magny Cours as reserve.
 
All three French riders will undoubtedly be looking to add another championship win to their tally, but for now the focus is on the undeniably demanding task of the first 24-hour battle and securing as many all-important early season points as possible.
 
The Bol d’Or will see the introduction of a major rule change for 2014. At the eight-hour and 16-hour stages of the race, points (from ten to one) will be awarded to the top ten teams and these will be taken into account in the championship standings. The Bol d’Or begins at 15.00 CEST on Saturday 26 April.

Watch the Honda Racing Season preview video here: 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsXLp8M1vqo

Bol d’Or practice and race schedule
Thursday 24 April
11.30 – 12.30           Free practice
17.10 – 19.00           Qualifying 1 (30 minutes per rider)
21.00 – 22.00           Night practice
Friday 25 April
12.20 – 14.10           Qualifying 2 (30 minutes per rider)
18.50 – 21.00           Pit walk
Saturday 26 April
10.30 – 11.15           Warm up
12.35 – 14.15           Pit walk
15.00                        Race begins
 
Neil Tuxworth
Neil Tuxworth    Team Manager
We’ve completed a very successful testing programme over the winter and the crew and riders are working really well together. We’ve spent a lot of time developing the new Fireblade SP machine, as well as working on fuel and tyre strategies and completing race simulations in preparation for the Bol d’Or. I am very confident in the ability of the crew, the riders and the bike and I feel that we have everything in place to secure at least a podium finish.
Freddy Foray
Freddy Foray
Since winter testing began, we’ve done about five races worth of riding already so I feel really well prepared for this race. The bike has been great from day one and the feeling has improved day by day. At the end of the Magny Cours test a few weeks ago our lap times were consistent with each other and that is really important. The 24-hour races are always hard and you can never predict what might happen but I think we have a good chance. 
Julien Da Costa
Julien Da Costa
The pre-season testing has gone so well for us and I was really surprised how quickly I felt at home on the Fireblade. It is a very easy bike to ride and the improvements we have made during the tests have only made it even better. We have a great basic set-up and we’re arriving at the Bol d’Or ready to find the right settings for the conditions. The team works really well together and everyone is determined to do a good job to get a good result in the race
Sebastien Gimbert
Sebastien Gimbert
I am feeling really positive after the winter testing and ahead of the Bol d’Or race. The team has worked so hard over the last few months to give us a good bike and the Fireblade is working really well. Our lap times are quick and consistent and that is a very good place to be for the race. After all the testing we have done I’m ready to race now and looking forward to seeing what we can do. 
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Monday, April 21, 2014

AMA Pro Racing Announces SOZO as Official Beverage Sponsor of AMA Pro Road Racing & AMA Pro Flat Track




















AMA Pro Racing announced the addition of a new sponsor partner the other day, as SOZO will be joining the ranks of the Daytona Motorsports Group's pro racing associations as the official beverage partner of both AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track. A fairly new player in the North American market, SOZO touts itself as an antioxidant/herbal coffee specialty drink that markets itself in the premium and gourmet brands.

In the shot above, riders battle for the 3rd- and 4th-place spots in heat race 1 at the Springfield Mile I in round 10 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship on August 31.

(L-R) Henry Wiles on the #17 Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Ramspur Winery Harley-
Davidson XR-750, Jeffrey Carver, Jr. on the #23 Kiesow Racing/Eddie Adkins XR-750, Ronnie Jones (former National #16 returning the to sport) on the #74G Salina H-D XR-750, Steve Murray on the #51 KTM North America/Waters Autobody KTM 990 and Briar Bauman on the #14 Monster Energy/Werner-Springsteen Racing Kawasaki go at it for the final two direct transfers to the front two rows in the National main at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mecca of speed.


Of note, Jones returned to the Twins Series class for the first time in years, and although he missed the big show here, the next day he qualified for the Springfield Mile II via his 2nd-place finish in semi #2, which made him the oldest young man to make a National main event in AMA Grand National Championship history at the age of 52 years young. Jones returned to Daytona last month, still sporting the #74G plate, in spite of earning points to regain a National number plate, to honor his late brother David, who was tragically killed in a racing accident at the Louisville Downs Half-Mile in 1980.

With the series scheduled to resume at the Springfield Mile I on May 25 for round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season, there is now less then five weeks left before we get to hear the bikes roar down the track for the first Twins Series event of the season.

You can check out the official press release below from AMA Pro Racing to read more about SOZO, the new beverage sponsor for this season, and if you are a coffee drinker, as I am, you might want to check them out at Springfield at the end of next month.









SOZO Named Official Beverage Partner of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 15, 2014) - AMA Pro Racing and SOZO MotorSports announced today an exclusive agreement naming SOZO as the Official Beverage Partner of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track for the 2014 season. SOZO's healthy, 100% all-natural products are powered by CoffeeBerry® extract from whole coffee fruit. SOZO is a Greek term meaning health, rejuvenation, and wholeness, and it is these qualities that the company brings to life.
 
SOZO MotorSports will be on site at select AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events to give out samples from the SOZO line of beverages, which are full of antioxidants and powerful wide-ranging nutrients. The company will also award one lucky sweepstakes winner with a custom 2014 Suzuki GSX-R600 at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Full details about the sweepstakes will be provided in the coming weeks.  
  
"We would like to welcome SOZO to the AMA Pro Racing family of partners," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "SOZO's core values of providing a quality product, creating new, exciting opportunities and building a successful team mirror our goals as a company, and we're excited to begin working with them."
 
 
 
 
 
Corey Alexander on the #5 Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 leads the field during one of the AMA Pro SuperSport Series events at Daytona last month. AMA Pro Racing announced last week that SOZO will be the official beverage partner of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track for the 2014 season. AMA Pro Road Racing photo by Brian J. Nelson.
 
 
 
 
A group of SOZO distributors -- and passionate motorsports enthusiasts -- recently came together to form SOZO MotorSports. After experiencing the rush of the DAYTONA 200 Week in March, the group decided to partner with AMA Pro Racing to further their mission of building relationships with others to help spread the word and share in the SOZO opportunity.  
 
"SOZO Global is extremely excited to be working with the SOZO MotorSports organization and the incredible team they have brought together with AMA Pro Racing," said Mark Adams, CEO of SOZO.  "AMA Pro Racing is the premier motorcycle racing series in North America and we can't think of a better way to introduce SOZO Ignite® and SOZO Select® coffee to the racing world than through the extreme speeds and riding of AMA Pro racers.  We look forward to being track side and in the pit with our line of high energy, all natural Coffee Berry products."
   
The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season will resume its season on May 30 - June 1, 2014 when the series heads to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.roadamerica.com/buy-tickets/superbike-doubleheader-ama-pro-racing.html.
 
The 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track season will resume its season on May 25, 2014 when the series heads to Springfield, Ill. for the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.illinoismda.com/. 

How to Watch:

FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.  
 
 
About SOZO MotorSports:
 
SOZO MotorSports is a team of independent distributors who promote and sell SOZO Life products.  SOZO's healthy, 100% all-natural products are powered by CoffeeBerry® extract from whole coffee fruit.  With a higher antioxidant value than any other fruit or vegetable, CoffeeBerry® has incredible benefits to the mind and body.  In addition to offering SOZO's powerful line of products, SOZO MotorSports is actively building relationships with others to help spread the word and share in the SOZO opportunity.  For more information visit www.sozomotorsports.com.
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.  

For additional information contact:
 
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com