Professional Grand National Series Back After Two Year Absence
CALISTOGA—-The AMA Pro Racing Grand National Series will return to Calistoga Speedway on Saturday September 27, bringing the chase for the national championship of flat track motorcycle racing back to the Napa Valley after an absence of two years.
The Ramspur Winery Calistoga Half-Mile presented by Victory Chevrolet at the Napa County Fairgrounds will be the 15th and next to last chance for riders in both the big-bore Twin and Single Pro categories to earn precious championship points in the series that will have criss-crossed the country, beginning in Daytona in January and ending in Pomona on Oct 11.
Top riders expected at Calistoga include Bryan Smith, Flint Michigan, the defending national champion and a two time winner in 2014, including the most recent race in Hagerstown, Md.; and Jared Mees, Chester County, Pa., the 2012 AMA Pro Grand National Champion who leads the current standings.
Also expected is Jake Johnson, the 2011 winner at Calistoga and Mees’ toughest early-season championship challenger. The three time AMA national champion from Camden, N.J., sponsored by Napa Valley’s Ramspur Winery, sits just one point behind Mees (104 points/103) through the first five races this year.
“It’s exciting to bring a national championship series with the prestige of the AMA to the Napa Valley,” said Terry Otton, Dirt Trackers, LLC, a valley resident and event co-promoter, along with Hall of Fame rider Eddie Mulder and Steve Delorenzi . “These riders are the best in the country and fans can expect close, hard racing because they know it’s one of their last chances to make a run for that #1 plate.”
Known for its long straightaways, Calistoga Speedway will offer riders plenty of room for passing and drafting in a series that is renowned for close action in which the race lead can change several times a lap. The track is also substantially different from what the riders saw during their last visit to Calistoga, with wider straightaways and progressive banking in the corners, the result of the most significant upgrade in its storied, 75 year history.
“Fans have told us that the changes have produced the best and most action-packed racing they have seen there in many years,” noted Chris Morgan, partner and co-promoter of AMA Calistoga Half Mile who has also promoted many recent World of Outlaw events at the track. “We expect to see the same kind of excitement with flat track racers going shoulder to shoulder and handlebar to handlebar on a track where bikes can routinely hit speeds of 120 mph.”
Tickets are now available for the race and a weekend of activity that will include a classic motorcycle display, autograph session and other events. Information is available at www.calistogahalfmile.com.
Media Information: Bill Sessa, (916) 804-3663.