Monday, January 23, 2012

AMA Flat Track: Chad Cose Set to Start Own Team for '12 Grand National Championship Series Season

Chad Cose on the #49 M.E.H.Corp/Arlen Ness/Bell/Waters Auto Body-sponsored Honda CRF450R rolls it on out of turn 5 heading onto the main straight during practice for round 14 of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series stop at the Peoria TT on August 21.  The California rider qualified in the 14th spot out of the 39 riders that took a qualifying time, just over .5 second behind fast man Henry Wiles.  Chad went on to finish 6th in his heat, and had to race his way into the main event via the semi race, which he won over P.J. Jacobsen and Jeffrey Carver, punching his ticket to the National main event, where he finished a disappointing 18th.

Cose has shown he has the stones to run up front in The Rolling Thunder Show, setting fast time at the 2010 Gas City Short Track round, and qualifying 2nd at both the '10 & '11 Springfield Short Track rounds.  Finishing the 2011 season ranked in the 18th overall spot, his best finish of the year came at the Daytona Short Track II round (8th place) with finishes of 10th at the Springfield TT and 11th at the DuQuoin Indoor Short Track rounds, while qualifying for 9 of the series' 20 events for the year.

For the 2012 season, Cose will be going it alone after running for the Waters Auto Body team the last couple of seasons, riding their KTM machines in the Twins Series.  One big step in place for the West Coast rider is he has purchased Jimmy Wood's 2011 Kawasaki 650R-based twin for the Twins Series (and you can read more of that at Tyler Porter's Fight For Dirt Track with link below in press release.)  C.R.C. Racing will kick off in Daytona on March 15 & 16 for the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Series with hopes of moving up in the standings from the previous season. 

We wish Chad all the best of luck for the upcoming season and you can check out his full press release below.

Press release courtesy of Chad Cose Racing

January 23, 2012

AMA Grand National Championship racer Chad Cose has taken on the task to field his own team for the 2012 AMA Grand National Flat Track race season. The official team name will be C.R.C Racing and will compete in both the Twins and Singles classes.
This will be Cose's 4th season as a Grand National rider and is currently ranked 18th in the country among the top riders in the sport. When asked about opting to field a new team Cose had this to say, " I am very excited about doing my own deal this year. With the way the economy has been the last few years there isn't much money out there and that means teams have little to no budget to go racing.
"Teams are cutting back and most guys out there are paying to get on a bike. I felt it would be beneficial to myself as well my sponsors to start C.R.C Racing and build it for years to come. I have had many great supporters through the years and plan to bring all my resources together to make it happen".
Bringing in 6 AMA amateur national titles, a pro sport AMA national title and a second place AMA basic expert twins national title, he has come off his best season to date finishing 18th overall in the AMA championship standings but coming up short of the results he set out to accomplish.
"I didn't have the best season in 2011 but I'm taking the highs and lows to gain knowledge to put forth to the 2012 season. Starting my own team will allow me to have a lot more input in the way I want my bikes and actually what bikes I'll be on in general.  I will be running Honda 450s in the Singles class and Kawasaki 650s in the Twins class. 
"Having a team also allows me to understand the business and marketing standpoint of racing better which will only help my career".
The AMA Grand National Flat Track schedule consists of 19 races covering each coast of the country and many places in between.  The season kicks off in Daytona Beach, Florida for it's traditional double header March 15th & March 16th. The conclusion of the series will be in Pomona, California October 13th.
To become a partner or follow the progress of C.R.C Racing and Chad Cose you can find news, updates and race results on the sources below.
"I would also like to thank all the great people on board C.R.C Racing for the 2012 season".
2012 Sponsors:

C.R.C Racing, VC Graphix, American Supercamp, Oakland H-D, Saddlemen, Amped Apparel, Bell Helmets, G2 Ergonomics, Eddie & Jodi Mulder, Arlen Ness, Digger Helm,, O'Neal, Spider Grips, Team Slideways, Top One Oil, Lightshoe, Utopia Optics, Race Image, Motion Pro, Web Cams, A&A Racing, CP Pistons


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