One of the biggest two-wheeled racing weekends of the year is nearly upon us, with Indianapolis playing host to a multitude of racing activity, but for fans of flat track racing, the place to be for tomorrow will be the Indiana State Fairgrounds as Family Events Promotions brings the action to the mile oval during the Indiana State Fair as it hosts round 11 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the legendary Indy Mile.
One of the most popular events on the series' calendar, Indy brings all of the big boys and girls out of hibernation to do battle in one of the premier events of the year, and Family Events, who has been hosting and promoting the race since it's return alongside the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP weekend down the street at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2008, is again ready to do another great job of bringing the best of The Rolling Thunder Show to the fans of AMA Pro Flat Track.
In what has been the biggest race on the series schedule other than the Springfield Mile races held over the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, Indy plays host to the largest turnout of riders, teams, sponsors and fans. Last year's event saw Bryan Smith take the win in front of the home crowd for his owner, Rick Howerton, in what was another great show under the lights and backdrop of the huge Indiana State Fair layout.
This year promises to be no exception, and with Smith looking to defend his title and riders such as 2012 Indy Mile winner Sammy Halbert, Jake Johnson, current points leader Jared Mees, Henry Wiles, Brandon Robinson, 2009 Indy Mile winner Kenny Coolbeth and a host of others looking and hoping to be able to stop his current win streak at Indy at just one. And as just a reminder, Smith also got Kawasaki it's first-ever win on a mile oval at the Indy Mile in August 2010 while riding for the man who is considered the pioneer of the Kawasaki movement, and also the winningest tuner on the AMA Grand National Championship trail, Mr. Bill Werner.
Time will tell whether the potent Kawasaki, the venerable Harley-Davidson XR750, the big Ducati, or one of the Triumphs or KTMs will be able to unseat the rocket Kawi from the top of the podium, but one thing is for certain, the place to be for any race fan tomorrow afternoon and evening is the Indiana State Fairgrounds as the best two-wheeled racing in the world takes it's place in front of a huge European contingent and Indiana State Fair turnout under the lights at the big oval on Indy's north central part of town.
In the shot above, the contestants in the Dash for Cash event at round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship roar and wheelie off the line in what was a rousing 4-lap race at the Springfield Mile I race on May 25. And what's even better is these six men make up six of the top-7 in the overall fight for the 2014 AMA Grand National Championship that including tomorrow's Indy Mile race will do battle to the end in the last six races of the season.
(L-R) Current points leader Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-sponsored XR750, Brandon Robinson on the #44 USC Kawasaki/Hart Racing/Stevens Racing-backed EX650, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Zanotti Racing/Moroney's H-D/Burt Ives Honda-backed XR750, Henry Wiles on the #17 Don's Kawasaki/DPC Racing/EA Racing-sponsored Kawasaki EX650, Jake Johnson on the #5 Ramspur Winery/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Parkinson Brothers-backed Ducati and eventual winner Bryan Smith on the #42 Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio/Howerton Products-sponsored Kawasaki charge off the line in search of the right line to head into turn one at the mecca of two-wheeled flat track racing at the Illinois State Capital-hosted event.
There's sure to be a big throng of riders going for it tomorrow night, but if I was a betting man, I'd lay my money on one of the six riders above to be on the top of the box after the checkers fly and the dust settles, and another two of them standing alongside to spray the winner with the bubbly.
This is one you don't want to miss, as I guarantee it will be big, fast and furious right from the start all the way to the checkers flying after the 25-lap National main wraps up!
Here's a link to the full schedule of action tomorrow at the Indy Mile, with the first practice session set to roll off at 3:00 PM EDT to get the juices flowing for all in attendance.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2014) - More than 2,300 miles separated the three stops AMA Pro Flat Track competitors had to make in a span of just seven days, but now, only one mile is left - the Indy Mile.
The best dirt track riders in the world are culminating a whirlwind weeklong tour of the United States that began with the Castle Rock TT in Washington on Saturday, moved to Black Hills Raceway in Rapid City, S.D., for an event ultimately washed away by Mother Nature on Tuesday, and now on to the famous circuit at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
The AMA Pro Road Racing Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Series and MotoGP are running just miles away at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and MotoGP superstar Marc Marquez will serve as the Grand Marshal for the event, which is Round 11 on the Grand National Championship schedule.
On-track action is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. (noon PT) with opening ceremonies slated for 7 p.m. (4 p.m. PT). The Pro Singles main is set for 9:40 p.m. (6:40 p.m. PT) with the Expert main capping the night at 10:10 p.m. (7:10 p.m. PT). Every moment of the event can be viewed live in high definition at FansChoice.tv.
Torrential rains flooded out the Black Hills Speedway event, meaning the Expert championship chase remained unchanged following Castle Rock.
Jake Johnson on the #5 Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati and Brandon Robinson on the #44 Hart Racing Kawasaki battle during the Springfield Mile I at the the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 25 during round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship. Both will be looking for their first win of the season when the series rolls into the Indiana State Fairgrounds tomorrow for round 11 of the season and what will be the third mile event of the year. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
Rogers Racing's Jared Mees holds a six-point advantage for the title on his No. 9 Harley-Davidson over Bryan Smith and his No. 42 Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki. Ramspur Winery's Jake Johnson is in third, 11 points in back of Mees. Smith has won two of the last three Indy Miles, including a 5.12-second victory in 2013. Sammy Halbert and his No. 7 South East Harley Davidson won the event in 2012 and sit fourth in the points chase.
Since the Indy Mile's return to the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule in 2008 after an eight-year hiatus, Harley-Davidson has won three times with the other two checkered flags claimed by a Kawasaki. Smith can even that record up if he crosses the finish line first for what would be his third victory on mile circuits this season.
Mees and Johnson are the only two riders in the top five in the championship hunt who haven't won an Expert main at the Indy Mile. Zanotti Racing's Kenny Coolbeth sits fifth in points with his No. 2 Harley-Davidson, and will be looking to move back into the thick of the hunt with what would be his second win in the event along with a 2009 victory. Coolbeth was also the fast qualifier in South Dakota before the weather stopped cooperating.
Brandon Robinson on the No. 44 USC Kawasaki rolls into Indianapolis sixth in points with Castle Rock winner Henry Wiles (No. 17 Don's Kawasaki) and Brad Baker (No. 1 Factory Harley-Davidson) sitting just behind him with 102 points each. Wiles and Baker are both coming off their best finishes of the season.
AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles
Last year's Pro Singles winner, Shayna Texter, has moved up to the Expert class, so there will not be a repeat winner among the up-and-comers at the Indy Mile.
Instead, fans will be treated to a fierce points battle between current championship leader Davis Fisher on the No. 67M T.J. Burnett Farms Honda and Kyle Johnson and his No. 77J Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda. Fisher holds an 11-point lead over Johnson and hasn't missed the podium in a Pro Singles event since the season opener at Daytona. Johnson had won four out of five races entering Castle Rock, but settled for 14th in Washington, allowing Fisher to retake the championship lead.
Ryan Wells is sitting in third, 18 points behind Fisher, on his 94B KTM. Wells is yet to finish outside the top 10 this year, and is one of just two riders, along with Fisher, who can make that claim.
How to Watch
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About AMA Pro Flat Track
AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.
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