Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMA Pro Racing Creates New Competition Advisory Board to Help Oversee AMA Pro Flat Track

AMA Pro Racing announced last week the creation of a new competition advisory board to help oversee AMA Pro Flat Track. The board will consist of seven members, headed up by 3-Time AMA Grand National Twins Champion Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. as the current and only full-time active competitor.

From the looks of the release, the other members of the board seem to be excellent choices in terms of the backgrounds and length of time in the sport, including Weirbach Racing founder Richard Weirbach, Rogers Racing head honcho Craig Rogers and former 2000 AMA Grand National Champion Joe Kopp, among several other headliners in the sport. Jeff Gordon, head stooge and wrench spinner for 2-Time AMA Grand National Twins Champion Bryan Smith has also been selected as one of the board members. With all of the technical minds 'on board' here this can really help the sport to grow in terms of level rule judgements and playing grounds for all of those involved.

In the shot above, Coolbeth aboard his #2 Zanotti Racing/Moroney's H-D/Burt Ives Honda-sponsored Harley-Davidson XR750, awaits the second round of qualifying at round 14 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Springfield Mile II on August 31. Coolbeth went on to score the win at the mecca of speed to take his second mile win in-a-row.

Big kudos to Ronnie Jones, new flat track director this season for AMA Pro Flat Track, and AMA Pro Racing for going the extra mile to get this committee in place in order to help oversee any/all discrepancies in racing and the the interpretations of the rules. Check out the full release below.

AMA Pro Racing announces the creation of a competition advisory board for AMA Pro Flat Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 22, 2015) - AMA Pro Racing announced today the creation of a competition advisory board for AMA Pro Flat Track.

The seven-member competition advisory board is composed of riders, team owners and tuners elected by the paddock during the AMA Pro Flat Track preseason meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla. in March. The board will meet with AMA Pro Flat Track officials to discuss competition aspects of the sport, with the goal of fostering collaboration and enhancing the communication of information throughout the paddock.

The advisory board for 2015 consists of:
  • Kenny Coolbeth, multi-time Grand National Champion and rider of the No. 2 Zanotti Racing machine
  • Craig Rogers, team owner of Rogers Racing, fielding defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees
  • Joe Kopp, former Grand National Champion, closely involved with testing and development for Latus Motors
  • Jeff Gordon, longtime paddock fixture and engine builder for 2014 GNC1 runner-up Bryan Smith
  • Mike Scott, team owner, motorcycle businessman and former rider
  • Dick Weirbach, second generation and long-time team owner, former GNC2 championship owner
  • Craig Parkinson, team owner of the highly-successful Parkinson Brothers Racing
"Open and constructive communication is vital to the success of any organization," said Ronnie Jones, Senior Director of Competition for AMA Pro Racing. "As we usher in a new era of growth for flat track racing worldwide, we need to be in constant and direct communication with the paddock. This advisory board is comprised of key stakeholders recognized by their peers as leaders in the sport, and we are looking forward to working together as we continue to build the sport of dirt track racing in North America and throughout the world."

The 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season continues with the legendary Springfield Mile on May 24.

Every round can be watched live, free of charge and in high definition, online at
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