Tuesday, September 27, 2011

AMA Flat Track: Indy Mile for 2012 Season In Doubt Due to Scheduling Conflict

In one of the best shows in motorsports, AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Series mile races showcase 18 riders, at speeds in excess of 135 MPH, drafting, dodging and swapping positions in a 25-lap final that has the best in the business racing inches apart from one another, and leaving the paying crowd in the stands gasping in awe at the skill achievement that they have just witnessed. 

Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Screamin' Eagle/Spectro Oils/Fox-sponsored factory H-D XR750 holds the point during a qualifying session at the Springfield Mile I round of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series on May 29.  Keeping him honest during the session are Sammy Halbert on the #7 Kings Kustoms/White's H-D/LZ Racing/KK Supply-sponsored XR, with eventual event winner Jared Mees on his #9 Rogers Lake Racing/Blue Springs H-D/Screamin' Eagle/Lucas Oil-backed XR breathing down their necks.  The trio would finish 4-2-1 respectively in the National main event in May, with defending AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson taking the 3rd spot on the day.

Due to the rigging collapse over the stage during a concert at the Indiana State Fair last month, AMA Pro Flat Track unfortunately was only able to run three mile events for the 2011 season, the two Springfield events and the late July event at Sacramento, CA.  The 2011 version of the Lucas Oil Indy Mile was canceled due to that rigging collapse and subsequent accident investigation. 

It now looks as if the 2012 version of the Indy Mile may now also be in limbo, due to the newly rescheduled RedBull Indy MotoGP Weekend, which for the 5th stop at IMS now happens the same weekend as the Indiana State Fair in mid-August, as opposed to the last weekend in August the series has visited since it's second year at the World Capital of Racing.  Hopefully this can all be worked out and the home race for Stu's Shots gets put back on the schedule for the upcoming 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Series season, and is able to take advantage of the great crowds that descend upon the legendary speedway's premier motorcycle event.

Read the story here about the possibility that the Lucas Oil Indy Mile could be in doubt due to the scheduling conflict with the Indiana State Fair for the 2012 season, thanks to Cycle News.com's In The Wind and Larry Lawrence:


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