After a near-48 hour delay, round 7 of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season was in the books as Jake Johnson, Jared Mees and JR Schnabel, Jr. celebrate on the victory podium at the Springfield TT on May 30. Johnson had just taken his 2nd victory in the last three races on his #1 Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer's H-D/Motion Pro/Arai-sponsored Honda CRF450R, with Mees following him home in 2nd place just 1.330 seconds back on his #9 Montgomeryville Cycle Center/Rogers Lake Racing Honda, and Schnabel another 3.281 seconds back on the #33 Monster Energy Werner-Springsteen Kawasaki KX450F.
While two of the three 'Js' on the podium discuss their race, Mees gets interviewed for the MavTV camera crew along with AMA Pro Flat Track announcer Barry Boone (partially hidden), after rains on Saturday two days before had washed out the event. Riders, fans and everyone on-hand were greeted with hot and windy conditions on Memorial Day, but with some extra hard work by everyone involved the event came off without any major problems.
AMA Pro Flat Track and the IMDA announced today that three of last year's event sponsors would be joined by a new sponsor for the upcoming Springfield events. K&N Filters will join returning event sponsors Green Toyota, Memphis Shades and Miller Lite Beer in helping to highlight some of the premier events on The Rolling Thunder Show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. All three of the returning sponsors can be seen at the top of the banner and backdrop for the podium ceremonies from last May's event.
Thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track and the IMDA for this great news, and you can read the full press release below. Make sure you get your tickets for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend event, with the Springfield TT being held on Saturday, May 26 and the Springfield Mile I on Sunday, May 27.
Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association Announces Sponsors of Springfield Race Events
Press Release Sent on Behalf of IMDA:
(Springfield, IL., March 30, 2012) - The Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association (IMDA) is proud to announce Green Toyota, K&N, Memphis Shades, and Miller Lite Beer as official sponsors of the Springfield Mile, TT, and Short Track.
Green Toyota is the local Toyota dealer in Springfield, IL. They will have a display of great new vehicles as well as some other exciting plans. The dealership is well known in the Springfield area and the general manager, Mylas Copeland actively participates in the community. He hosts a special hospitality area at the mile for their customers. As a special treat at the Memorial Day Weekend races, Mylas will be announcing the races. He has past experience as a race announcer and has a clear voice that is enjoyed by all that hear him. That is a sponsor that really gets involved.
K&N is a world-wide company that produces the world's best air filter. They are based in Riverside, California and have been in business for over 40 years. No matter what vehicle you need a filter for, K & N will have the best one. As a company they have supported flattrack racing for many years through rider support, event support, or series support.
Memphis Shades brings a whole new level of style when it comes to custom motorcycle windshields. No matter if you ride a big-inch cruiser or a stylish street custom, Memphis Shades has the perfect windshield for your bike.
Miller Lite was the first national low calorie beer back in 1975. Today Miller Lite continues its commitment to great taste and innovation. When you enjoy the races enjoy a Miller Lite too.
The Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, has hosted more Grand National Championship races than any other venue in the history of the sport. 112 Nationals have been held at the prestigious Fairgrounds. Not only does it offer a rich tradition in dirt track racing but Springfield has also hosted a variety of racing disciplines. With 88 mile races, 13 short tracks and 11 TT races, it's no wonder Springfield is known as the flat track fraternities racing capitol. The IMDA is proud to bring these events to everyone and extremely proud to have these prestigious companies helping to make it all possible.
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