AMA Pro Racing announced a date change earlier this week for round 15 of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season, which will see the penultimate round of the season at the Calistoga Half-Mile being moved up a week early to Saturday, September 26. The announcement was made in lieu of other activities going on in the area that the promoters felt would be a conflict in bringing in more fans to the venue for the popular West Coast event.
In the shot above, the front row of riders gets ready to go at round 11 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the legendary Indy Mile on August 8.
(L-R) Bryan Smith on the #42 Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio/Howerton Products-backed Kawasaki EX650 (with team head wrench and super stooge Jeff Gordon just behind his rocket rider), Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-sponsored Harley-Davidson XR750 (with team co-wrenches Kenny Tolbert and Sammy Sweet putting the final touches on the championship-winning XR), Brandon Robinson on the #44 USC Kawasaki/Hart Racing/Hot Shots-sponsored Kawasaki (with tuner James Hart and another of the team's wrenches making some final adjustments), Jake Johnson on the #5 Ramspur Winery/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Parkinson Brothers Racing-backed Ducati 'L' twin (along with super wrench Brent Armbruster reaching down to make his final adjustment on the big Italian mount), Brad Baker on the #1 Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Screamin' Eagle Racing Parts/Dunlop-backed factory XR750 (with rider coach Mike Hacker looking over the proceedings on the start line), and eventual winner Kenny Coolbeth on the #2 Zanotti Racing/Moroney's H-D/Burt Ives Honda-sponsored and Dave Atherton-tuned XR750.
You can check out the complete revised schedule here thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track, and the full press release below that details the changes being made for the Left Coast fans at the Napa County Fairgrounds.
Calistoga Half-Mile Moved to Sept. 26
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 7, 2015) - Dirt Track Unlimited and Motorsport Ventures, promoters of the Calistoga Half-Mile, have announced a date change for this year's event. The race, Round 15 of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule, will take place Sept. 26, one week prior to its originally scheduled date. The change is being made in an effort to accommodate the greatest number of fans in response to other events happening in the area.
"We're happy to be returning to Calistoga Speedway and the beautiful Napa County Fairgrounds," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "The date change should ensure the best possible turnout for the race, and we're ready to put on a great show."
The race remains the penultimate event on the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule and promises to be a crucial turning point for the stars of dirt track racing who will be eyeing championships in the waning moments of the season.
"Building on the extreme success of the 2014 event, we're thrilled to be bringing back the Calistoga Half-Mile," said Chris Morgan of Motorsport Ventures, who is working alongside Terry Otton of Ramspur Winery and Steve DeLorenzi of Dirt Track Unlimited, to promote the event. "This date is our best option to showcase the awesome talent of the best dirt track riders in the world to the greatest number of fans."
Calistoga Speedway, nestled in the heart of California's famous wine country, provides one of the most picturesque venues on the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule. Last year, Brad Baker took his first and only checkered flag of the season on board his Factory Harley-Davidson in the premier GNC1 class. Ticket and other information will be coming soon at http://www.calistogahalfmile.com/.
The season continues with Round 3 from the Springfield Mile on May 24. Every round of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will be available live, in high definition and free of charge for fans to watch online at www.FansChoice.tv.
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