AMA Press Release:
AMA Pro Racing is pleased to announce 14 confirmed events on the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule. In addition to the events listed below, AMA Pro Racing plans to make announcements on three additional events in the near future.
All of the AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2013 will once again feature non-stop entertainment and thrilling motorcycle racing action from the AMA Pro Grand National Championship and AMA Pro Singles classes. Of the confirmed events announced today, GNC Expert Singles will compete at four of the rounds, broken down into two Short Tracks and two Tourist Trophies, while the mighty Expert Twins will contest the remaining 10 rounds, consisting of five Half-Mile and five Mile tracks. Fans can also expect to watch as the sport’s finest up-and-coming talent battle for fame and glory in Pro Singles races.
On March 14-15, 2013, DAYTONA Flat Track will once again play host to the AMA Pro Flat Track opener as the series kicks off the 2013 season with a doubleheader on the quarter-mile lime rock track located outside Daytona International Speedway’s west banking. At the 2012 season opener, fans witnessed two riders taking their breakout Grand National Championship wins, with Johnny Lewis holding off the charging field for his first in the Thursday night final and Matt Weidman taking the checkered flag over eventual 2012 series champ Jared Mees in Friday’s main event.
Next up, the series will make a stop in Arizona on May 4, 2013 at a TBA event before heading to Stockton, Calif.’s Half-Mile track at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds on May 11, 2013. The event will mark the first time AMA Pro Flat Track races on the all-new Half-Mile track located within the historic Stockton Mile and it’s sure to bring northern California some of the most exciting motorcycle racing action in the world.
It wouldn’t be a complete season if AMA Pro Flat Track didn’t visit Springfield, Ill. The legendary Springfield Mile has served as one of the most historic venues and is considered to be one of the most coveted wins on the circuit. When the fire-breathing twins roll off the trucks at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 26, 2013, this go-around is sure to add even more excitement to the legacy of the storied event.
Another TBA event is scheduled in Ohio on June 8, 2013 before the series heads to another historically significant and action-packed circuit on June 29, 2013. Dating back to 1984, AMA Pro Flat Track has made the trek to Lima, Ohio to take on the “cushion” Half-Mile at the Allen County Fairgrounds, and this year will be no exception.
Just after the Fourth of July holiday, the Series will make a swing near the Nation’s capital on July 6, 2013 as Hagerstown, Md.’s Hagerstown Speedway will host the only round on the east coast that features what is typically a very smooth, and very fast, half-mile track. Jared Mees grabbed his lone win in 2012 over local-favorite Jake Johnson at last year’s event, and the defending champ will likely have his hands full when the star-studded line-up gets to the grid again next season.
The second west-coast tour begins on July 20, 2013 with a Half-Mile event at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash, followed by the always-incredible Sacramento Mile at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, Calif. on July 27, 2013. That leg will conclude with a drive up the coast, where the AMA Pro Flat Track stars will hop back on their 450cc singles at the Castle Rock Race Park TT in Castle Rock, Wash. on August 3, 2013.
Next up is another TT, and the granddaddy of them all, scheduled for one week later at Peoria Race Park in Peoria, Ill. on August 11, 2013. The Peoria TT has been a staple on the Grand National circuit since 1947 and still packs the hillsides with spectators eager to watch the high-flying singles take to the track. Watch out for Henry Wiles, who collected his eighth consecutive victory at the legendary venue last year and seems to be unbeatable here.
The Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind., returns to the 2013 schedule on August 17, 2013 and the event will once again coincide with both the Indiana State Fair and MotoGP’s state-side return for the U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Labor Day Weekend means a return to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. for the second Springfield Mile on the calendar; the September 1st event is the final 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track event scheduled east of the Mississippi river.
AMA Pro Flat Track will once again head west to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa to battle it out against the beautiful backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mile. In last year’s contest, Sammy Halbert grabbed his fourth win of the season in front of a packed house, and the 2012 runner-up will definitely be looking to match his winning result on September 29, 2013.
The last to-be-announced event on the schedule is slotted for October 5, 2012 in Arizona before the 2013 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com schedule comes to a close – and fan-favorite Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. looks to repeat his commanding victory – on the half-mile track at the LA County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif on October 12, 2013.
2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule:
DAYTONA Flat Track I – DAYTONA Flat Track Daytona Beach, Fla. – Short Track
DAYTONA Flat Track II – DAYTONA Flat Track Daytona Beach, Fla. – Short Track
TBA – Arizona
Stockton Half-Mile – San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Stockton, Calif. – Half-Mile
Springfield Mile – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill. – Mile
TBA – Ohio
Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio – Half-Mile
Hagerstown, Half-Mile – Hagerstown Speedway, Md. – Half-Mile
Grays Harbor Raceway – Grays Harbor, Elma, Wash. – Half-Mile
Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo, Sacramento, Calif. – Mile
Castle Rock TT – Castle Rock Race Park, Castle Rock Wash. – TT
Peoria TT – PMC Race Park, Peoria, Ill. – TT
Indy Mile – Indiana State Fairground, Indianapolis, Ind. – Mile
Springfield Mile II – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill. – Mile
Santa Rosa Mile – Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Calif. – Mile
TBA – Arizona
Flat Track Season Finale – LA County Fairplex, Pomona, Calif. – Half-Mile
For more information: www.amaproracing.com