Racers at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship in Du Quoin, Ill., July 6-10, not only will race for AMA National No. 1 plates, but some of the fastest -- and brightest -- also will compete for the AMA Fast Brain Award, which includes an educational scholarship for the award winner.
2014 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship in Springfield, Ill. Photo by ShiftOne Photo, courtesy of the AMA.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Racers at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship in Du Quoin, Ill., July 6-10, not only will race for AMA National No. 1 plates, but some of the fastest -- and brightest -- also will compete for the AMA Fast Brain Award, which includes an educational scholarship for the award winner.
"AMA champions represent the best of the best on the racetrack," said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. "But while we value the speed and athletic ability necessary to win titles, we also recognize the dedication it takes to stand out in academics."
Funded by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Werner, Zanotti Racing's Dave Zanotti and AMA Life Member Stan Simpson, the 2015 AMA Fast Brain Award and its $1,500 educational scholarship benefit a young racer whose talent with a throttle is matched by his or her aptitude in the classroom.
"While success on the racetrack is a lot of fun, success in life also depends on hard work in school," said Werner, a longtime sponsor of the AMA Fast Brain Award. "I'm pleased to contribute to this scholarship to provide a current recipient with additional resources to fund their further education, and to incentivize future recipients to work hard in the classroom as well as behind the handlebars."
The award winner's selection will be based on performance at the week-long AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, as well as official school transcripts supplied at the time of application.
Click here to download the 2015 application for the AMA Fast Brain Award: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Racing_Documents/2015_Fast_Brain_Application.sflb.ashx.
Reigning AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees will serve as this year's honoree at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship, where racers will compete in individual dirt track disciplines, including half-mile, TT and short-track races. Non-youth classes also will run on Du Quoin's world-famous Magic Mile.
The riders in each class with the highest point totals in all disciplines will be awarded AMA national championship No. 1 plates. The top amateur racers also compete for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, which honors the amateur racer poised for success at the pro level.
Online entry for the 2015 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship is available now. To sign up, see https://secure.tracksideonlineresults.com/flattrack/index.asp.