In less than 72 hours, the first race of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season will be upon us as riders hit the track for the first practice sessions of the day on Thursday, March 13, and AMA Pro Flat Track has a new partnering sponsor on board to better help the teams for the next two seasons.
Cometic Gasket was today announced as the new partner/sponsor for The Rolling Thunder Show and they will bring their expertise to each of the 16 rounds on the series' calendar this season and into next year. Cometic will be on-hand at each of the National races to help the racers and teams involved in the teardown process after each of the main events finishes up and the top finishing teams are required to teardown their motors for inspection purposes.
In the shot above taken at the final National main at the Springfield Short Track on September 15, 2012, heat race #2 roars off the line in round 12 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season as the riders roll it on in hopes of making the 18-rider main inside the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multipurpose Arena.
(L-R) Matt Weidman on his #20 DFW Honda/SNIP-sponsored CRF450R, Steve Bonsey on his #80 Alpinestars/Mack Daddy Racing Honda, Jethro Halbert on his #69 Van's Yamaha/Woody Kyle Racing YZ450F (partially hidden behind Bonsey), Chad Cose on his #49 Chad Cose Racing/Reynolds Bros. Honda, Briar Bauman on the #10Z Rod Lake/Arai Helmets Honda and Brad Baker on his #12 Brothers Powersports/Schenk Racing Enterprises Honda spin it up as they head towards turn one.
Also seen coming off row 2 in this shot are Justin Hittle on his #81 Bob Berry Racing/Grayboy Motorsports Honda, Shaun Russell on his #28 self-sponsored Honda and Mikey Martin on the #91 Bonneville Performance/WKR Honda.
You can check out the full press release below that came out earlier today from the folks on Fentress Boulevard in Daytona Beach on the new signing for The Rolling Thunder Show as we all get ready to welcome all the riders, teams, sponsors and fans back to the action in what is gearing up to be another action packed season in the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world this coming Thursday and Friday, March 13-14 as the boys and girls of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship get ready to pour the coals on for another big kick-off at the Daytona Short Track. Let's go racing folks!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 10, 2014) - Officials from AMA Pro Racing and Cometic Gasket, Inc., have announced a two-year partnership for the 2014 and 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track seasons. As part of the partnership, Cometic will provide four custom tents to be deployed in the AMA Pro Flat Track inspection area, as well as free replacement gasket sets for any rider whose engine is disassembled as part of the tech inspection process.
"We are very excited about this new official partnership with Cometic," said Dan Johnsen, Director of AMA Pro Flat Track. "Cometic has been in our paddock for several years now and they have been extremely reliable and beneficial to us. It's imperative to have replacement gaskets available for when a rider's engine gets disassembled during a technical inspection and we're glad to have Cometic provide this service."
Jared Mees is shown on the #1 Rogers Racing XR-750 during the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. AMA Pro Flat Track today announced their new partnership with Cometic Gasket for the next two seasons to help riders and teams involved in the teardown areas of technical inspection at each of the National main event programs. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
The large co-branded tents will be pitched for the first time this week as the DAYTONA Flat Track once again plays host to the AMA Pro Flat Track season opener as the series kicks off the 2014 season with a doubleheader on the quarter-mile lime rock track located outside Daytona International Speedway's west banking on March 13-14, 2014.
For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
About Cometic Gasket, Inc.:
Cometic Gasket, Inc., is a leading worldwide supplier of shelf-stock, custom and short-run gaskets for the performance aftermarket, original equipment, powersports andmotorsports industries. What originally began in 1989, in an 800 square-foot office with limited production capabilities, has evolved into a 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing center. Cometic Gasket is 100 percent family-owned and located 30 miles east of Cleveland in Concord Township, Ohio. Today, Cometic produces and ships more than 5,000 types of gaskets to customers worldwide.
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.
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