AMA Supertracker Series to Debut in 1999
4 December 1998WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Pro Racing today announced the introduction of a new dirt-track series. For years, "Project 2000" has been the title of an AMA-led effort to bring new manufacturers and audiences to Grand National Dirt Track racing. The result of those efforts is a new, 1000cc dirt track series, which has officially been named the AMA SuperTracker series. The decision to move forward with the 1999 SuperTracker series rules and proposed 10-race 1999 schedule came after a recent meeting of Grand National Dirt Track industry professionals -- who met in Las Vegas during the weekend of the Nov. 21, AMA National Champions Awards Banquet.
The 1999 SuperTracker series will exist in conjunction with the Grand National and Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance series, with SuperTracker races held as part of the program at select 1999 Grand National race venues. The complete 1999 SuperTracker event schedule will be announced in mid-December.
To encourage teams to invest in the development of SuperTracker motorcycles, AMA Pro Racing has committed to a three-year program of SuperTracker races, with a review of rules and series progress slated two years into the program. AMA Pro Racing has guaranteed that current Grand National and Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance equipment standards will remain in place during the three-year SuperTracker review period, and riders licensed to compete in the Grand National or Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance series will also be eligible for SuperTracker competition.
SuperTracker races will run with a minimum of eight motorcycles, with entries from a variety of engine manufacturers. Purses are yet to be determined, but are expected to be between $5,000 and $10,000 per race.
An official AMA Competition Bulletin detailing all 1999 SuperTracker series rules will be issued after Dec. 14, 1998. The following tentative rules -- subject to change -- provide general equipment standards.
1. Engines from approved, 49-state DOT legal motorcycles. Twin cylinder 900cc to 1000cc maximum, 4-stroke, air or liquid cooled, up or downsized to class limit. Carburetor or production fuel injection. Carbureted engines may not be modified for fuel injection. Fuel-injected engines may be modified for carburetion.
2. Tires -- same as current GNC tire rules.
3. Fuel --same as current GNC fuel rules.
4. Bodywork behind rider -- sized to current roadrace rules.
5. Heads -- two-valve pushrod motors can change heads to available, two-valve aftermarket heads.
6. Number plates -- black with white numbers.
7. Minimum weight: 315 lbs. dry, 319 lbs. wet.
8. Frames -- aluminum and steel frames only.
The Project 2000/SuperTracker Committee members include: Dave Burks, president, Dirt Track Owners Group; Greg Crow, tuner, Gardner Racing; Don Emde, sponsorship consultant, AMA Grand National Dirt Track Series; Gary Stolzenburg, race promoter and owner of F&S Harley-Davidson/Suzuki; Dave Despain, member, AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors; Bruce Bober, race manager, AMA Grand National Dirt Track Series; Rob King, national technical manager, AMA Pro Racing; Mark Tuttle, chairman, AMA Pro Racing, and Merrill Vanderslice, director of competition, AMA Pro Racing.