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AMA: Cory McDermitt wins AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award

2 August 2000

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Cory McDermitt, a 15-year-old rider from Flint, 
Mich., was awarded the 2000 AMA Horizon Award at the completion of the AMA 
Dirt Track Grand Championships at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 
Indianapolis. He won a total of six races and two championships during the 
June 30-July 6 Grand Championships, which featured racing on short track 
TT circuits in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and a half-mile in Indianapolis.

McDermitt is the fifth rider given the honor, which is designed to 
recognize young amateurs who are preparing to move into professional 
racing. McDermitt follows 1997 winner Nicky Hayden, Roger Lee Hayden 
(1998) and 1999 co-winners Tony Meiring and Bryan Smith.

"It's great to win this award," McDermitt said at the presentation. "There 
were so many good racers here this weekend, it's a real honor. I think 
that this will allow me to get some recognition so I have a better chance 
when I go pro."

AMA Horizon Awards are presented in each of three racing disciplines; dirt 
track, road racing and motocross. Several of the past winners, most 
notably Nicky Hayden (now a factory Honda Superbike rider) and Travis 
Pastrana (now factory Suzuki Supercross and motocross rider), have gone on 
to successful pro racing careers.

McDermitt followed in his father's footsteps and began motocross racing at 
a very young age. He tried dirt-track racing for the first time in 1995 
and fell in love with the sport.

"I really liked the speed and the close racing on the dirt ovals," said 
McDermitt, who will be a sophomore at Genesee (Mich.) High School in 
Flint, Mich. "This half-mile track in Indy is one of my favorites."

McDermitt plans to go pro next May when he turns 16. "My family and some 
good friends are behind me 100 percent," he said. "I know it's a big step 
to move up to the pros, but I've really had some good competition in the 
amateur ranks that hopefully has prepared me."

The AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships bring together hundreds of the best 
amateur and semi-pro riders from across the country. This year's race was 
the 24th edition of the championships.