Thursday, March 10, 2011

AMA Flat Track Announces Harley-Davidson Insurance as AMA Flat Track Grand National Championship Title Sponsor


Jake Johnson's Zanotti Racing crew is hard at work on his #5 Zanotti Racing/Leo Vince/Tucker Rocky-sponsored CRF450 during a break in the racing action at the Springfield Short Track round of the 2010 AMA Pro Flat Track K&N Filters presented by Motorcycle Grand National Championship Series. Johnson would go on to take third later in the evening, and of course clinch the 2010 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship just over a month later at the year-end event in Prescott Valley.

Jersey Jake, who won round two at Daytona in March of 2010 on one of these machines, qualified fourth this afternoon behind fast qualifier Johnny Lewis #10, Sammy Halbert #7 and Henry Wiles #17. First full-year Expert Brad Baker qualified fifth on his #12 machine.

With K&N Filters bowing out of their support for The Rolling Thunder Show for the 2011 season after their great involvement in the sport for the 2010 season, it was announced this afternoon that Harley-Davidson Insurance would be taking over the title sponsorship reigns for this year, effective immediately with the opening round today on the Daytona Short Track at DIS. Instead of the K&N Filters header you see at the top of the number plate in this shot from 2010, 'Harley-Davidson Insurance' will now take it's place as the new header. And good news also comes in that H-D Insurance will ALSO UP THE YEAR-END PAYOUT for the points fund, doubling the purse for the year-end points fund to $100K.

This is great news for the newly-renamed AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series! Thanks H-D! Now, let's go racing. Heats are set to launch off tonight at 2000 EST, in about 15 minutes.
AMA Pro Racing News Release

AMA Pro Racing Welcomes Harley-Davidson Insurance as

AMA Pro Flat Track Title Sponsor

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 10, 2011) - AMA Pro Racing is proud to announce that Harley-Davidson Insurance has signed on as title sponsor of the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship as well as the official insurance of the series. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Harley-Davidson Insurance will offer $100,000 in rider bonus awards, which will be paid out to the top twelve riders in final Grand National Championship standings.

Beginning with today's opening round of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track season at Daytona International Speedway, the series will be known as the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship. To be eligible for bonus awards, each Expert-level rider must display a Harley-Davidson Insurance logo on his or her riding gear and on their front number-plate during all series events.

"We're thrilled to welcome Harley-Davidson Insurance as AMA Pro Flat Track's new title sponsor, and by extension the entire Harley-Davidson family," said AMA Pro COO and Managing Member David Atlas. "The company has long played a hugely important role in the history of this sport, and their investment in our 2011 series proves they'll continue to do so in its very bright future."

"Harley-Davidson's history with dirt track racing goes deep into the roots of the sport and we are excited to step up our involvement though this Harley-Davidson Insurance title sponsorship," said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience. "We think the loyalty of flat track fans makes this series the perfect venue for Harley-Davidson Insurance, which is designed exclusively for Harley riders, to reach a large fan base of passionate motorcyclists."

In addition to title sponsorship of the series, Harley-Davidson Motor Company will separately offer $66,000 in contingencies to Twins riders who compete on Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the series' twelve Twins events, paying out $5,500 per event to the first through eighth-place positions.

The breakdown of the Harley-Davidson Insurance $100,000 Grand National Championship points-fund is as follows:

Champion: $20,000

2nd: $14,000

3rd: $12,000

4th: $10,000

5th: $9,000

6th: $8,000

7th: $7,000

8th: $6,000

9th: $5,000

10th: $4,000

11th: $3,000

12th: $2,000

For additional information about the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship, visit

For more information about Harley-Davidson Insurance, visit

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

For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014,


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