PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Information about the 2017 AMA Fast Brain Award and AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, to be presented July 4 at the 2017 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship in Du Quoin, Ill., are available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Story/ama-dirt-track-grand-championship.
Applications for the AMA Fast Brain Award and letters of intent for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award are due June 30.
Funded by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Werner, Zanotti Racing's Dave Zanotti and AMA Life Member Stan Simpson, the AMA Fast Brain Award includes a $1,500 educational scholarship that benefits one young racer whose talent with the throttle is matched by aptitude in the classroom.
“It’s great to be able to reward a young racer for academic achievement, in addition to recognizing their racing success,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “And we certainly appreciate the award sponsors who return year after year to support our AMA dirt track racers. Bill, Dave and Stan are advocates of the sport and supporters of the next generation of racers.”
In addition to the AMA Fast Brain Award, racers compete for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, which honors an amateur racer poised for success at the professional level.
Evans Coolant returns as the sponsor of the 2017 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship Rider Appreciation Reception.
“We appreciate that Evans Coolant wants to reward our hardworking dirt track racers with some food and the opportunity to gather as a community to share stories and enjoy the camaraderie our sport offers,” Saillant said.
The AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship event schedule includes:
- Saturday, July 1: Event 1 – Half Mile
- Sunday, July 2: Event 2 – Amateur TT
- Monday, July 3: Event 3 – Youth TT
- Tuesday, July 4: Event 4 – Indoor Short Track
Online entry for the 2017 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship is now open at www.americanmotorcyclist.com and closes June 27. Online entry is $70 per class/per event. Onsite registration is $80 per class/per event.
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 Dirt Track Racer of the Year and the AMA Vet/Senior Dirt Track Racer of the Year.
Competitors at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship ride traditional dirt 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 of all ages. Spectator pit passes for those 13 and older are $15. Spectators ages 12 and younger are $10. Ages 3 and younger are free.
Full-week pit pass packages are $50 for all racers and spectators ages 13 and older. Youth spectators ages 4 to 12 are $25 each.
For more information about the 2017 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Story/ama-dirt-track-grand-championship.