AMA: Sears Point Raceway Completes Course Changes
1 December 1999
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Increased run-off room has been added to several corners and a new turn has been constructed at Sears Point Raceway, completing the motorcycle specific changes for the 2000 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited race at the scenic, Sonoma, Calif., road course. The course changes were designed with input from AMA Pro Racing staff and Track Review Advisory Committee (TRAC) members, in preparation for the May 5-7, 2000 Progressive Motorcycle Insurance Challenge event at Sears Point. AMA Road Race Manager Ron Barrick has been monitoring the progress at Sears Point, and is pleased with the outcome. "The management of Sears Point has demonstrated a real commitment to motorcycle racing," Barrick said. "A significant amount of work was completed before our race last April (1999), and we're very pleased with these latest course improvements. The track staff were receptive to suggestions made by TRAC member Doug Chandler during his visits to the track, and I think the whole process really benefited from Doug's insights." The latest improvements include improved run-off room at turns five and six. Also, a new turn 11 has been constructed, increasing run-off room and straightening the approach line to the front straight. These changes are in addition to work which has progressed over the past few years, including resurfacing sections of the track and increasing run-off room at many of the turns. With the latest modifications the track length is now 2.32 miles, reduced from the prior configuration's 2.52 miles. Sears Point staff invited a group of 45 AMA Pro Racing and AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclists) riders to test the track improvements over the weekend of Nov. 14. The riders provided positive feedback to Sears Point Director of Operations Robert Brown, who forwarded rider comments to Barrick. Barrick will visit the track before year end for a final inspection, and will report back to TRAC members.