IMDA and Ride Academy to Host Race of Legends when AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Returns to Springfield Mile on Memorial Day Weekend

NEWS April 12, 2013


IMDA and Ride Academy to Host Race of Legends when AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Returns to Springfield Mile on Memorial Day Weekend

Photo by Dave Hoenig

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2013) – AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles will be bringing the series to Springfield, Ill. on May 26, 2013 for its first go-around of the Springfield Mile this year. Along with the usual intense racing action, Ride Academy is set to host a “Race of Legends” during the event.

“The Springfield Mile is really shaping up to be another spectacular event and this is just one of the many projects that the IMDA has in the works,” said Dan Johnsen, Director of AMA Pro Flat Track. “The history of this sport is what makes it so great, and we know that our fans will appreciate this opportunity to see their favorite legends back on the track.”

The race will include a select group of past Grand National Championship event winners who will be on hand to show their support for the Basic Twins class scheduled to return to the series. Jay Springsteen, Joe Kopp, Rich King, Ronnie Jones, Steve Beattie, Steve Morehead, Mike Hacker and Chris Carr will all be in attendance and participating in the race.

Mounted on Honda dirt bikes courtesy of Ride Academy, the former stars of the sport will race on a short track specifically designed for this event, giving the fans a “bird’s eye view” of all the action. The race will be located on the front-stretch of the Springfield Mile and will measure at about a quarter-mile in length. Each participant will be provided number plates and jerseys so that the fans will be able to identify very easily who’s who on the track. The race format will include two six--lap heat races and one 12-lap Main Event.

Ride Academy is a school that former flat track rider Mike Hacker created when he retired from racing. The veteran uses his knowledge obtained from racing to help out current riders of today’s era. In addition to the “Race of Legends” and AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Springfield Mile event, Ride Academy will also be holding motorcycle instructional classes before all the action even kicks off on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23, 2013.

AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles will head to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. for the Springfield Mile on May 26, 2013. For tickets to the event and additional information on the Race of Legends, please visit the IMDA’s website at http://www.illinoismda.com/.

About AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles:
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2013 schedule consists of rounds on the country’s finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/ft/.

About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.


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