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AMA/Prostar Schedule Revision and Class Structure for 2006

AMA/Prostar Schedule Revision and Class Structure
for 2006

AMA/Prostar has revised the 2006 schedule released
earlier this month. After several concerns from sponsors and racers regarding
the possibility of a ninth race on the schedule, the decision has been made
to not return to St. Louis. For the last two years, this has been the least
attended event on the schedule of both racers and spectators. Prostar president,
Keith Kizer said, “I hate dropping any event from the schedule, but the
return to Atco has been something we have promised to our fans and supporters
of Prostar in the northeast.” He added, “It is very important that
we also maintain an eight race only schedule.”
In keeping with the eight-race schedule and allowing a four-week minimum between
events, Prostar has also moved the Memphis event to June 10-11 leaving a five-week
cushion between Richmond and Memphis and Norwalk.

The return to Atco will mark the 40th anniversary
of the U.S. Motorcycle Nationals at Atco Raceway in Atco, New Jersey. Joe Sway,
Sr. of Atco Raceway is the final stages of securing bank approval for the finances
to cover construction cost of building concrete walls and the resurfacing of
the track. He is very confident that construction will be completed sometime
in January.

Pro’s to compete at selected events

With the rising cost of traveling, Prostar will
return to scheduling Pro’s at selected events. As Top Fuel is the #1 draw
of spectators, they will be scheduled at all eight events. The remaining Pro
classes will compete at five to six events total (to be determined) with all
classes participating at Valdosta, Indy and the World Finals.

Pro ET to have Double Header at all eight

Sportsman will now be allowed to drop two events
with the World Finals still being mandatory. This will allow Pro and Sportsman
racers to compete for their class championship by attending only six events.
Pro ET will now feature a double header at each event with a separate race on
Saturday and Sunday. Twice the purse and twice the contingencies will enable
more track time for Pro ET racers.

Prostar will also develop an online carpool site
that will enable racers to locate local racers who might be willing to share
in travel expenses. Information will only be shared between those who sign up.

Kizer continued, “The gas prices next year
are going to affect all of us and making these changes should make it easier
for racers to compete for the AMA/Prostar Championship on a tighter budget.”

2006 U.S. Drag Racing Series Schedule

March 4-5 Bikeweek Nationals • South Georgia
Motorsports Park, Valdosta, GA

April 1-2 Elmer Trett Nationals • Atlanta
Dragway, Commerce, GA

May 6-7 Spring Nationals • Virginia
Motorsports Park, Richmond, VA

June 10-11 Memphis Blues Nationals • Memphis
Motorsports Park, Memphis, TN

July 14-16
Cyclefest •
5th annual Norwalk Raceway
Park, Norwalk, Ohio

August 12-13 Thunder Motorcycle Nationals •
Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis,

September 9-10 U.S. Motorcycle Nationals • Atco
Raceway, Atco, New Jersey

November 3-5 World Finals

is based in Huntsville
, Alabama and is the Drag Racing division of the AMA
(American Motorcyclist Association). Founded in 1924, the AMA has an unparalleled
history of pursuing, protecting and promoting the interests of the world’s largest
and most dedicated group of motorcycle enthusiasts. The AMA is also the world’s
largest motorsports sanctioning body. AMA/Prostar has evolved over 15 years
to become the largest motorcycle drag racing sanction in the world. The organization
holds records and hosts riders for the fastest (243 mph) and quickest (5.86sec)
motorcycles on asphalt. The 2005, eight-race tour will bring thousands of bikes
in fifteen different classes down the finest race tracks in the world. All to
compete for cash and contingency prizes totaling over $1,400,000 in cash and


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