26TH ANNUAL AMA DIRT TRACK GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR
ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced
that its 26th Annual Dirt Track Grand Championships will be held at the Illinois
State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, July 1 - 7, 2002.
AMA Sports, in cooperation with the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association
(IMDA), will join forces to produce nation's most prestigious amateur motorcycle
dirt-track races at the sport's most revered venue. The event moves to Illinois
after a successful five-year stretch at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and
Lawrenceburg Motorcycle Speedway.
"We've enjoyed a great run in Indiana, and we'll miss working with the people at
both facilities," said Bill Amick, Vice President of AMA Events and
Entertainment. "But it's been our goal to base the AMA Dirt Track Grand
Championships at a single venue -- we've just been holding out for the right
opportunity. With this move to the Illinois State Fairgrounds, our goal will
AMA Sports will promote the event, while the IMDA -- the exclusive presenter of
motorcycle events at the Illinois State Fairgrounds -- will lend its promotional
expertise and coordinate preparation of the four tracks to be used during what
will be a busy week of racing.
The IMDA will also promote a round of AMA Pro Racing's Progressive Insurance
U.S. Flat Track Championships on Saturday, July 6, creating a unique dirt-track
doubleheader on the final day of the AMA Grand Championships.
"The Springfield Mile is the crown jewel of AMA dirt-track racing," Amick said,
"and IMDA has a tremendous following for its events. We'll be staging the
first-ever motorsports event on the fairground's superb half-mile training
track. And we couldn't hope for a better short-track and TT venue than the
Fairgrounds' open-air rodeo arena."
"IMDA is best-known for the many AMA Pro Racing events we promote, at facilities
like Springfield and the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds," said IMDA Executive
Director Tommra Luparell. "But without amateur racing, there would be no pro
racing circuit. So we're thrilled to join AMA Sports in support of grassroots
Plans are also being made to conduct a vintage national event on the Springfield
Mile in cooperation with the American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association
(AHRMA). That AHRMA National event is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 7.
The 26th Annual AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships will get underway with
registration on Sunday, June 30. More than 1,200 entries are anticipated, as
riders vie for AMA Grand Championships in 21 classes and age groups.
Riders in the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships compete in four distinct races
during the week of competition, accumulating points toward coveted AMA Grand
Championships. They also vie for the AMA's prestigious Horizon Award, presented
each year to an outstanding rider on the verge of a professional racing career.
For more information on the 2002 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships, contact AMA
Events and Entertainment at 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, Ohio 43147; or
send an e-mail to Cherie Daniels of AMA Sports at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Motorcyclist Association, founded in 1924, is a 270,000-member
non-profit organization. The Association's purpose is to pursue, protect and
promote the interests of motorcyclists, while serving the needs of its members.
For more information, visit the AMA's website at www.AMADirectlink.com, or call
2002 AMA DIRT TRACK GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS - TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(All activities at the Illinois State Fairgrounds)
Sunday, June 30 Registration
Monday, July 1 AMA Short Track Grand Championships
Tuesday, July 2 AMA TT Grand Championships
Wednesday, July 3 Rain date and social activities
Thursday, July 4 AMA Half-Mile Grand Championships
Friday, July 5 AMA Half-Mile Grand Championships (Youth classes only)
Saturday, July 6 AMA Mile Grand Championships (No youth classes)
Saturday, July 6 AMA Pro Racing Grand National Short Track
Sunday, July 7 AHRMA Vintage National Mile & rain date