One of the best promoters in the business took two huge steps today and announced that the Indy Mile has been added back to the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship schedule (with a new date on Saturday, July 11) and will also bring the return of the DuQuoin 'Magic Mile' back to the series' schedule on July 4.
Some of the most passionate people in the business, the folks at Family Events have been responsible for putting on the great show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds since the Indy Mile returned to the schedule after a long hiatus alongside the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP weekend in 2009. However, with a schedule change in the MotoGP season schedule, and some conflicts that came up with the Indiana State Fair which Indy has been partnered with over the course of the last couple of seasons, one of the fastest races in the country will now go it alone with it's new date set in early July. Some fans may remember Indy holding a lone date in early-mid July back in the early '80s.
After the DuQuoin Mile was dropped from the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule-where it last ran as the season-ending round in the 2004-2005 season-many fans wondered whether it would ever return. Sparse crowds in late September were witnessed when the series' last visited and the 'iffy' weather at that time of year in the Midwest was always questioned for the low fan turnout, although both years saw excellent weather for the race's running and some of the best overall conditions prevailed which saw Chris Carr win the 2005 event, and Kevin Atherton winning the last National of his career going away at the conclusion of the 2004 season.
In the shot above, visors are dropped, the hands come up to let the starter know the riders are ready and the riders drop their machines in gear to signal the start of the Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in round 11 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season on August 8.
(L-R/1st row) Bryan Smith on the #42 Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio/Howerton Products-sponsored Kawasaki EX650, Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-backed Harley-Davidson XR750, Brandon Robinson on the #44 USC Kawasaki/Hart Racing/Hot Shots-backed Kawasaki, Jake Johnson on the #5 Ramspur Winery/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Parkinson Brothers Racing-sponsored Ducati, Brad Baker on the #1 Harley-Davidson Motor Company/Screamin' Eagle Racing Parts/Dunlop Tire-sponsored factory XR750 and eventual winner Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Zanotti Racing/Moroney's H-D/Burt Ives Honda-sponsored XR750 lead the 18-rider field as they get ready to do battle for the next 25 laps.
(L-R/2nd & 3rd rows) Stevie Bonsey on the #80 Zanotti Racing/Classic Harley-Davidson/Top 1 Oil-backed XR750, Briar Bauman on the #14 Monster Energy/Werner-Springsteen Racing/Wossner Pistons-sponsored Kawasaki, Mikey Martin on the #91 Bonneville Performance/Factory Triumph Racing/Castrol Racing-backed Triumph Bonneville, Doug Lawrence on the #73 Lawrence Racing/Jon Castin Racing/Wieblers Harley-Davidson-sponsored XR750, Rob Pearson on the #27 Weirbach Racing/Racing Unlimited/Spectro-sponsored Kawasaki (partially obscured behind Lawrence), Henry Wiles on the #17 Don's Kawasaki/DPC Racing/EA Racing-backed Kawasaki, Steve 'Murdizzle' Murray on his #51 Murray Mechanical/American Harley-Davidson/Stauffer Motors-sponsored XR750 (behind Wiles), Cory Texter on the #65 Racing Unlimited, McElroy Packing/Invisible Glass-backed Kawasaki, Sammy Halbert on his #7 South East H-D/White's H-D/Specialty Fabrications-sponsored Kawasaki and Jake Shoemaker on his #55 Montgomeryville Cycle Center/Greg Vietri/Penske Suspension-sponsored Kawasaki (partially obscured behind Halbert) all get ready to go for the main event under the stars at Indy.
This is great news that came across the pipe today, so make sure you mark your calendars and get your tickets to what will be two of The Rolling Thunder Show's best events in the coming season. Family Events does one heckuva job in putting on a stellar show, and this year as it stands now will get two chances to showcase their talent in doing so with Indy coming back again and the DuQuoin Mile also returning to the schedule after an almost ten year hiatus.
You don't want to miss either of these fine events, and we thank the great people at the Family Events organization for stepping up to the plate and bringing us what will be two wonderful events to see the greatest racing on two wheels in the world go at it again.
Check out the press release below for all of the current info on both events from Family Events and AMA Pro Flat Track, which also includes the newly updated schedule for the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 14, 2014) - AMA Pro Racing is pleased to announce the addition of two historic Grand National Championship events to the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule.
The world's top dirt track racing talent will return to the Du Quoin Mile at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds for the first time in nearly a decade on July 4. AMA Pro Flat Track last raced at the Du Quoin Mile in 2005, where Chris Carr took his only career victory on the "Magic Mile" to conclude his seventh and final championship-winning season.
Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. takes the checkered flag after winning the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship round at the Indy Mile on August 8. Coolbeth ran a 'cool' race and saved his tire throughout in order to run away from the field at the Indiana State Fairgrounds event. AMA Pro Flat Track and Family Events announced today that Indy will be back on the schedule for the 2015 season on Saturday, July 11, with Family Events, the promoter of the Indy race, also adding the return of the DuQuoin Mile to their plate for a Saturday, July 4 date. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
One week later, the series will return to the legendary Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on July 11. Both events will feature the fastest dirt track motorcycle racers in the world competing aboard twin-cylinder machines in the premier GNC1 division, with the up-and-coming stars of the sport also showing their mettle on the twins in the GNC2 class. The two races, along with both stops at the Springfield Mile, make four GNC2 twins events in 2015.
"With the announcement of both the Du Quoin Mile and the Indy Mile, we have taken another step toward creating the most exciting 2015 Grand National Championship possible for fans," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "Both events are steeped in history and have been known to feature some of the best racing on the calendar. Fans in the grandstands and those tuning in on FansChoice.tv can expect a great show."
The two events, which are being promoted by the highly experienced and successful event promotion company Family Events, brings the 2015 schedule to 14 rounds, including five Mile events.
For tickets and additional information, please visit http://www.familyevents.com/.
Every race on the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule will be available to watch live free of charge and in high definition on FansChoice.tv at http://www.FansChoice.tv.
Confirmed Dates on the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule
March 12: DAYTONA Flat Track I, Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 13: DAYTONA Flat Track II, Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 24: Springfield Mile I, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
May 30: Sacramento Mile, Cal Expo Fairgrounds, Sacramento, Calif.
June 20: Hagerstown Half-Mile, Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, Md.
June 27: Lima Half-Mile, Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio
July 4: Du Quoin Mile, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin, Ill.
July 11: Indy Mile, Indianapolis State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Ind.
August 1: Castle Rock TT, Mt. St. Helens Motorcycle Club, Castle Rock, Wash.
August 4: Black Hills Half-Mile, Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, S.D.
August 16: Peoria TT, PMC Race Park, Peoria, Ill.
September 6: Springfield Mile II, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
October 3: Calistoga Half-Mile, Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, Calif.
October 10: Flat Track Season Finale, LA County Fairplex, Pomona, Calif.
AMA Pro Flat Track will kick off the 2015 season on March 12 and 13 with a doubleheader at the DAYTONA Flat Track. For tickets and information, please visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
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.