Saturday, March 5, 2016

AMA Pro Flat Track Announces 'Rookie Class of '79' as Designated Charity for 2016 Season

The Rookie Class of '79 named as designated charity of AMA Pro Flat Track for 2016 season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 2, 2016)AMA Pro Racing has named The Rookie Class of '79 as the designated charity for the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season. The Rookie Class of '79 is a non-profit organization with a mission of raising funds to help injured flat track riders and their families.

"We are proud to support The Rookie Class of '79," said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. "There are few virtues in life more admirable than helping a person in a time of need, and we are glad to assist in bringing a wider awareness to the group's tireless efforts in that regard."

The Rookie Class of '79 was established in 2009 by six veteran racers who joined the expert ranks of the Grand National Championship in 1979. In addition to CEO Charlie Roberts, the five additional members making up the group are AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers, Scott Parker and Wayne Rainey, as well as AMA Pro Flat Track official partner, Tommy Duma, and major supporters Ronnie Jones and Johnny Wincewicz.

Donations and online purchases of Flat Track memorabilia through the organization's eBay store have allowed The Rookie Class of '79 to provide support to several AMA Pro Flat Track competitors in recent seasons, including Brad Baker, Nichole Mees, Mikey Martin, Jeffrey Carver, Jr. and Chad Cose.

"We are honored to be recognized by AMA Pro Racing as the designated charity of AMA Pro Flat Track," Roberts said. "It's something that we have been wanting to attain and we are happy to be able to work with the company. We're looking forward to the continued growth and support from AMA Pro Racing."

Roberts, along with his comrades in The Rookie Class of '79, share a mutual endearment for the sport of Pro Flat Track racing and strive to make a difference in the paddock and the fan experience alike.

"I'm proud because we have gained the support from essentially everyone in Flat Track, both racers and fans alike," Roberts said. "The talent that's behind the organization is outstanding and I am very blessed to be working alongside them. We have come together with a mutual passion and love of the sport, and are proud to be able to give back to the sport that we all love."

For more information on The Rookie Class of '79, please visit

Next Up:

The 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season will once again kick off with a doubleheader at the DAYTONA Flat Track during Daytona's Bike Week festivities. The twin short track races will take place at the "World Center of Racing" on Thursday and Friday, March 10 & 11.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit
How to Watch: is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at

About AMA Pro Flat Track:


AMA Pro Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on 

 About AMA Pro Racing:

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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