April 1, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill Amick
Phone: (614) 856-1900
PICKERINGTON, OHIO -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, the nation’s #1 insurer of motorcycles, will become a major sponsor of AMA Sports dirt-track and speedway racing in 2003.
Under terms of the agreement, Progressive will be the title sponsor of the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships and the presenting sponsor of the AMA National Championship Speedway Series.
The 2003 AMA Progressive Insurance Dirt Track Grand Championships will take place June 30 through July 6 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The week-long event will enjoy its 27th annual renewal and is expected to attract a record 1,500-plus entries from the nation’s best amateur and pro-am dirt track riders.
The AMA National Championship Speedway Series, presented by Progressive Insurance, enters its second year in 2003. For many years, the AMA National Speedway Champion was crowned based on just a single night of racing, and this new three-event format offers Progressive more exposure in the West Coast market.
“Progressive’s sponsorship of AMA Sports’ dirt-track and speedway programs underscores the company’s commitment to AMA competition,” said Bill Amick, Vice President of AMA Events & Entertainment, which oversees AMA Sports. “We couldn’t be more pleased about this opportunity to showcase Progressive Motorcycle Insurance to new audiences, complementing the company’s current sponsorship of AMA Pro Racing’s U.S. Flat Track Championship.”
“This marks Progressive’s fourth year as title sponsor of AMA Pro Racing’s U.S. Flat Track Championship, and we’ve been thrilled with the results of that program,” said Miriam Deitcher, Motorcycle Marketing Manager for Progressive. “Becoming title sponsor of the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships is a natural extension of that involvement. Sponsoring the AMA National Championship Speedway Series provides Progressive with the opportunity to bring an exciting form of racing to our customers and independent agents on the West Coast. We`re very excited about both sponsorships.”
For more information about the AMA Progressive Insurance Dirt Track Grand Championships or the AMA National Speedway Series, call AMA Sports at (614) 895-1900, extension 1242, or an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE AMA PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE DIRT TRACK GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
Created in the 1970s to showcase the talent of upcoming AMA dirt-track riders, the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships represent the only opportunity each year for a national field of riders to compete on all four forms of motorcycle dirt track -- short track, TT steeplechase, half-mile and mile -- at a single venue.
With 20 classes of competition for riders ages four and up, the 27th AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships will include events on the famed Springfield Mile, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds’ picturesque open-air rodeo arena and on its wide and fast half-mile limestone training track.
Along with a full array of classes for amateur riders, each day of the Grand Championship will feature a purse-paying AMA ProSport division for riders seeking to break into the sport’s top echelon.
Most of the stars of the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship got their start in the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships, and each year the competition seems to get tougher.
ABOUT THE AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SPEEDWAY SERIES, PRESENTED BY PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE
The spectacular sport of speedway motorcycle racing celebrates its 75th birthday in 2003, and despite disputes between England and Australia over the sport’s origins, there’s no question that American riders have been a force from the sport’s beginning.
The first Speedway World Champion was crowned in 1936, and a year later the late Jack Milne became the first American to wear that crown. At least two riders who, like Milne, also lay claim to the title of “Speedway World Champion” are expected to compete in the 2003 AMA National Championship Speedway Series, presented by Progressive Insurance. Billy Hamill, the defending AMA National Speedway Champion, captured the world’s No. 1 ranking in 1996, and Greg Hancock, also a past AMA champion, was the world’s best rider in 1997.
Speedway motorcycles are extremely powerful, lightweight machines designed specifically for dirt tracks 400 meters or less in circumference. American tracks are generally very tight, measuring less than 200 meters, and produce spectacular side-by-side competition.
The 2003 series will offer a triple-header format, opening on Friday, July 25, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California. Round two will be the following evening, July 26, at a site to be announced. The finale will be September 26 in Auburn.
Issued April 1, 2003
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world`s largest motorcycling organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists` interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations.