This coming weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, one of the biggest races on the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season's schedule will roll out as the Springfield Mile I will bring fans to their feet with the stars of The Rolling Thunder Show hitting the track for the first mile event of the season.
But the day before, Johnny Lewis National #10 and a host of presenting sponsors will put on a very special walk/run around the mile oval track in order to help raise funds and support for the March of Dimes. Lewis, his race and personal sponsors and a list of others will be bringing the 'Johnny Lewis 2-Lap Dash for March of Dimes' to help raise awareness for the March of Dime charity.
'JL10' as he is known to his fans will lead all entrants in this special event in a walk/run for 2 laps around the iconic Springfield Mile oval on Saturday, May 25 to kick off the action-packed weekend over the Memorial Day holiday. A big handful of other riders, past and present, are also expected to take part, including current overall points leader Brandon Robinson, his TJ Burnett Farms part-time team mate, JD Beach, Brad Baker, and Chris Carr, just to name a few.
So if you are going to be attending the races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds over the weekend, including the Steve Nace All-Star AMA TT race being held at the Multipurpose Arena on Saturday, take time to join in the fun and help a cause that is very worthy and get a chance to hang out with some of the great and fun people associated with the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world. You'll be sure to 'walk' or 'run' away with a big smile on your face and a good feeling knowing you are helping out a very worthy cause.
In the shot above, Lewis and his former Scott Powersports Kawasaki team roll-out at the Springfield Mile I on May 27, 2012 during rider intros for last season's first mile event. Lewis can be seen beaming his endearing and always-present smile that fans of the sport have come to know and love from the Pennsylvania resident, which will surely be on-hand during his 2-lap charity event on Saturday.
Press release courtesy of Johnny Lewis and the Latus Motors Racing Triumph team.
Johnny Lewis Building Awareness to Make a Difference
JL10 to Host Charity Event Day before Springfield Mile
"Yes, we are walking/running around the actual Springfield Mile the day before the fourth round of the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship event", said Lewis.
For this special event, rather than having over 8000 fans in the stands watching the racing, they get to hit the track running right alongside some of their favorite AMA Pro Flat Track racers. The current list of AMA Pro racers to attend includes your current points leader Brandon Robinson, Jake Johnson, Brad Baker, JD Beach, including many Pro Singles racers and even retired AMA Pro Flat Track Champions/race winners such as Chris Carr, Mike Hacker, and Joe Kopp - to name a few.
Starting the weekend off early to promote the event as well as the cause and supporters, Johnny will be live on the Next Moto Champion Talk Show Thursday night. Early Friday morning, Johnny will start his day in-studio for an interview with Springfield's Channel 20 ABC News Station, followed by a LIVE On-Air session with Liz Williams from 100.5 WYMG radio station around 7:45 a.m. This will be followed up with a round of golf with some of Springfield's finest, continuing into the day with a trip to St. John's Children's Hospital, along with two of TJ Burnett Farm's team riders, to visit with and hand out some goodies to some amazing kids. The day will conclude with the Latus Motors Racing/Keares Renewable Energy Triumph on display for a Meet & Greet at Boone's Saloon in Downtown Springfield, IL., where Johnny will be sharing information on his first ever charity event, along with handing out JL10 posters.
Saturday morning at 9am, the gates will open to enter the turn 3 & 4 tunnel to register/sign-in for "The Johnny Lewis 2-Lap Dash". A $10 donation is required for basic registration to take part in the walk/run, or you may donate $25 instead and you'll also receive a JL10 March of Dimes event t-shirt! (Limited supply of t-shirts will be on hand). ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to March of Dimes. You can pre-register and secure a t-shirt at www.lewis10.com/2lapdash. The walk/run (2-Lap Dash) will begin at 10 a.m. and will end well before the gates open up for the Springfield TT ALL-Star race at noon.
Register/sign in will be held at the Latus Motors Racing tents along with the Next Moto Champion trailer.
"Thanks to the support of the IMDA, TJ Burnett Farms, Keares Renewable Energy, and the Illinois State Fairgrounds, I will be able to bring a group of people from all over the country together for a wonderful cause. To me it's about building awareness of what's going on around us and opening our eyes to see what other families are struggling with. I want to help make a difference in any way I possibly can.", said AMA Pro Flat Track National #10, Johnny Lewis.
The Mansion View Inn & Suites Springfield, IL. is offering a "JL10" promotion code for a regular double bed room, at a rate of $59 a night. http://www.mansionview.com. Call to book a room and tell them JL10 sent you!
Follow along the whole weekend at:
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Watch: ABC 20 News Springfield on Friday morning
Listen: Thursday at 5PM PST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST http://www.nextmotochampion.com/next-moto-champion-talk-show
Listen: 100.5 Radio Springfield (7:45am)
Stop In: Friday Night @ Boone's Saloon
Sign up for The Johnny Lewis 2-Lap Dash @
*****In case of rain the night before/ morning of/ or during the walk scheduled time, we have a loop planned out on the outside of the Springfield Mile on pavement! *****
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