PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association will announce the winners of its Fast Brain Award and Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award at the conclusion of the 2018 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship, which will be held in Springfield, Ill., May 29 to June 1.
Applications for the AMA Fast Brain Award and letters of intent for the AMA Flat Track Horizon Award are available at www.stevenaceracing.com and are due by May 28.
2017 Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award winner Hunter Brooks (left) and AMA Fast Brain Award winner Trevor Tidwell (right). AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship, July 1-4, 2017: Du Quoin State Fair Grounds - Du Quoin, Ill. Photo by Josh Rud for the AMA
Funded by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Werner, Zanotti Racing's Dave Zanotti and Bromley Motorsports, the AMA Fast Brain Award includes a $1,500 educational scholarship that benefits one young racer whose talent with the throttle is matched by his or her aptitude in the classroom.
"The AMA recognizes the importance of young riders doing their best both on-track and in the classroom," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "We appreciate the AMA Fast Brain Award sponsors who return year after year to support young flat track racer's scholastic careers."
In addition to the AMA Fast Brain Award, the racers compete for the Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award. This award honors the amateur racer who is poised for success at the professional level.
"Nicky Hayden was as great a person as he was a motorcycle racer," Saillant said. "He was the first winner of the AMA Horizon Award, and Nicky's honesty, integrity, work ethic, competitiveness, talent, friendliness and professionalism are all qualities we look for in an AMA Horizon Award winner."
Nicky Hayden from Owensboro, Ky., competing at the 1997 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship, where he won the first AMA Horizon Award, which recognizes an amateur racer poised to excel in the pro ranks. In 2006, Hayden would win the MotoGP World Championship in road racing. Photo by Chris Kallfelz/American Motorcyclist Association
The 2018 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship event schedule includes:
May 29: Event 1 – Short Track
May 30: Event 2 – Half Mile
May 31: Event 3 – TT
June 1: Event 4 – Short Track
Entry for the 2018 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship is now open by mail, with entry forms available at www.stevenaceracing.com. Pre-entry registration is $70 per class/per event, while post-entry registration is $80 per class/per event.
AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship, July 1-4, 2017: Du Quoin State Fair Grounds - Du Quoin, Ill. Photo by Josh Rud for the AMA
AMA National No. 1 plates are awarded to the racers in each class who have the highest point totals across the four disciplines of dirt track racing. Awards are also given for the AMA Youth Flat Track Racer of the Year and the AMA Vet/Senior Flat Track Racer of the Year.
Competitors at the AMA Flat Track Grand Championship ride traditional flat track motorcycles and DTX motorcycles, which begin as stock motocross bikes that are fitted with dirt track tires, suspension and other modifications. Daily pit passes are $15 for racers and spectators 6 and older are $15. Ages 5 and younger are free.
Full-week pit pass packages are $50 for all racers and spectators ages 13 and older. For more information about the 2018 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Story/ama-dirt-track-grand-championship.