2014 California Speedway News
2014 Speedway World Cup Team USA News - Americans Racing in Europe
Ventura Raceway will host the 2014 AMA National Series 1 on June 28.
Americans Racing in Europe for 2014
We have a new column to go along with the Team USA page now. It is Americans Racing in Europe and it will give information about the riders who are currently in Europe, when and where they will race and TV coverage if available. This will be updated monthly and as accurate as we can make it. Spearheading this effort is Steve Graham, long time speedway supporter... Thanks Steve !!!!
AMA CLUBMAN SPEEDWAY SERIES FOR PERRIS RACEWAY THIS SPRING
Perris Raceway and Elite Speedway Promotions will co-promote 2 events this spring aimed at giving vital big track time to the growing army of Youth and Under 21 Speedway Riders in the USA.
The races will be staged at Perris Raceway, which has not staged a Speedway Event in almost two years. The venue has however been the home of Team USA off season training camps for the past three years. The Perris track measures like a small European track and the competitive races will give priceless track time for those riders who want to follow the likes of Greg Hancock, Ryan Fisher and Ricky Wells into Europe and the SWC team in the future. They will also prove as training races for riders who wish to go to Europe with the American Touring Team in spring 2015 for its 10th Anniversary Tour.
The races are not just open to young riders but any rider of any Division. They will be sanctioned by the AMA whom have been extremely active in the USA Speedway World Cup renaissance. The events will be on Saturday March 22nd and April 12th with a 1pm start time, gates opening at 10am.
Due to the nature of Perris Raceway, pricing and logistics will be based on its Flat Track Program. All people entering the facility aside from staff with pay a $15 gate fee (under 5 free). Riders will then go to a sign up table and pay an additional $25 entrance fee. Mechanics do not pay in addition to the gate fee and the pits are open to all. Food and non alcoholic beverages will be sold on site.
Riders will also need a valid AMA Membership and can go online to www.americanmotorcyclist.com to sign up or renew as needed, or take out a $20 day membership. The annual membership is the recommended option as this will also cover all Perris Raceway events, Ventura, PAS, Youth Silver Cup, Fast Fridays, Youth and Under 21 Nationals and any other AMA events that get announced or added. No track membership is required.
The events are off season Clubman Events aimed for those who want track time and development. There are no rider purses and a lot has been sacrificed organizationally and by the track owners to make these races happen. They are part of a long term vision for the growth of our sport.
The race formats for both events will take a slant towards Europe. March 22nd will see a 15 heat team race for the Division 1 / Upper Division 2 riders, along with regular heats for Support, 250 Junior, 150 Mini and Pee Wee. April 12th will have a Best Pairs Program.
We will need volunteers to help us with logistics such as flagging, sign ups, scoring etc. and you can let me know if you would like to help.
This is a grass roots effort which if successful should give 4-6 off season per year long term. It can only succeed with rider and fan support so please attend if you can.
To sign up or for more details call (310) 309-9418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Evans (February 28, 2014)
Update: Ventura Raceway scheduled for Saturday March 1st - CANCELLED RAIN
Due to the heavy rain due this weekend Saturday's event at Ventura is OFF. It will not be restaged, next bike event there is AMA National Series June 28th.
Next SoCal Speedway Event is Perris Raceway, Saturday 22 March 1pm, information soon to follow. (February 26, 2014)
We are aware that there is currently rain forecast. Having checked in with Jim Naylor, a decision will made Wednesday on whether we can go ahead. I will let you know when I know.
Assuming its does go ahead, here is some vital information:
Pit gates open noon
Riders meeting 2:30pm
Races from 5:30pm
3 races per Division, 4 for Division 1.
$35 entry, $25 pits
It is an amateur Clubman event on the back of Flat Track. Note track owner will lay out DG just for speedway.
We want to build something here step by step. (February 25, 2014)
Having liaised with the event promoter (this is a Flat Track race with speedway classes invited), I have the following information:
1. This is not a purse event - it should be viewed as 'advanced practice' or a Clubman race.
Depending on its success they may offer a purse at later events in the year.
(June 28th is my own co-promoted Speedway event so that will pay a purse)
2. Entry fees are $35, mechanics $25.
3. There will be practice for all riders.
4. Four classes will offered - Division 1, Support, Vintage and 250 Junior.
5. There are 3 races per rider, 3-4 for Division 1.
6. There will be a starting gate.
Entries close next Wednesday (February 26) at noon.
Steve Evans email@example.com (February 17, 2014)
Speedway returns to Perris Raceway
Speedway will return to Perris Raceway (Flat Track at Moto C park) with two races scheduled this Spring on Saturday March 22nd, with a 2nd date provisionally scheduled on April 12th pending enough support for the first date. Races will be held in the daytime with a 1pm start.
The events are a joint venture between Elite Speedway Promotions (Steve Evans / Chris Ackerman) and Perris Raceway.
It is hoped these two races are the catalyst to a regular Winter Series of 4-6 races per off season. They will be Clubman / Amateur Events aimed at the growing pool of Youth and Under 21 riders on 500cc bikes, though anyone and everyone is welcome to sign up. There are no plans to run races during the main May-September season.
Perris Raceway has been the unofficial training ground for Team USA since the 2012 World Cup campaign began. Billy Hamill trained intensively there with Greg Hancock for the 2012 SWC comeback campaign and it has progressed into mini off season training camps for squad members more recently.
The track is vital for rider development, being the size of a small British venue. For all of our young riders who harbor ambition of GPs, SWC, British League or being the US National Champion, racing on such a track is quite a milestone in their development. Also the American Touring Team is planning a big 10th anniversary tour in Spring 2015 and riders who wish to be considered would do well by riding such a track as much as possible. Rider interest and club interest in the UK for the tour is already huge!
Such events continuing depend solely and only on rider support – the overhead for such winter races is quite large and the best way to keep it is to support it. Sponsors are welcome though we aren't formally selling heats, but anyone wishing to partner up is appreciated.
Perris Raceway are thanked for sharing this vision with us. It is a much needed missing piece in the Team USA future production line. I can't wait till March 22nd and to see the youngsters and oldsters alike duke it out at Perris!
Race formats for these events will be announced later. Also remember Ventura is putting on full speedway classes on March 1st which is the last chance to race it ahead of the AMA Series Round on June 28th.
Steve Evans firstname.lastname@example.org (January 12, 2014)
2014 Aaron Fox Golf Tournament
2014 Speedway World Cup - Team USA
Huge thanks to Mike Phipps who came out to Perris about 10 days back where 8 Team USA potential squad members partook in a practice and training session.
Video interviews about the 2014 season, SWC and future SWC goals of some of our younger riders are here - they are quite inspiring and a good listen. Greg Hancock, Billy Hamill, Ricky Wells, Gino Manzares, Aaron Fox, Rocco Scopellite and Broc Nicol feature. Also a very nice media release is there.
Enjoy and thanks again to Mike for a stellar production!
Steve Evans email@example.com (January 12, 2014)
Pirate Speedway Practice
Pirate Speedway will be "ATTEMPTING" to have a practice this Sunday, February 16th, 10:00-3:00, $35.00 for each rider.
No charge spectators, mechanics etc.
• Some construction issues will be the determinant as to if the practice will happen. We will have a confirmed answer by Friday night/Saturday morning.
• PLEASE be sure to check Facebook, speedway message board, or call the office phone (714) 255-0088 to confirm before driving out to the track.
• We are unsure of any future practices so please be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.
• This is the best we can do at this time.
-Thank you for supporting Pirate Speedway
Shawn McConnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Ventura Raceway Saturday March 1st - 2014 Season Opener
Speedway Bikes will be back at Ventura on Saturday March 1st as part of the 2014 Season Opener. Flat Track cycles have featured at the tracks motor cycle events for the past few years - plans are to streamline the classes and add a Clubman Speedway Program for the season opener which if well supported, will also lead to Speedway classes being run on August 30 and October 4th events. The showpiece AMA Series Round will be held as previously announced on June 28th.
The plans for March 1st will be to run these classes;
- Team Race (top 14 riders signed up, D1 and 2)
- Support Class
- 250cc Junior
- Vintage Class
4 riders minimum needed to make a class. Races start 5:30pm and all riders can practice around 3pm. The track will have DG similar to the AMA Round.
Entry fees will be confirmed after weekend but likely in line with most events I'm involved with. At this stage the races are planned as out of season Clubman events, though the track will let me know in due course if any purse will be offered.
Ventura is keen to run more speedway events but is taking a steady approach so support for such a race like this will be a good yardstick.
Sign ups open, 1st come 1st served and there will be a limit on spots due to combined program. More info next week.
Steve Evans email@example.com (January 8, 2014)
British Style Team Racing at Pirate Speedway January 11th
I just got word that we can restage the washed out team race from earlier this month at Pirate Speedway, Saturday January 11th.
British Style Team Racing - Start Time is at Noon
$35 to race, $25 pits, $10 for stands. Amateur races, for fun, all Divisions welcome!
Text me at (310) 309-9418 to sign up!
All Divisions - 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Youth 250, 150 Mini, Pee Wee's are all welcome!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.
Steve Evans firstname.lastname@example.org (December 23, 2013)