AMA/Prostar U.S. Motorcycle Drag Racing Championship Series
In a press release issued this week Doug “Underdog” Ray announced he has signed with Team Muzzy for the AMA/Prostar 2004 Season. Ray, a 2 time motorcycle drag racing champion and is set to campaign a Muzzys backed Kawasaki ZX12R Turbo in the upcoming 2004 AMA/Prostar season.
Ray who’s hometown is Salisbury North Carolina, began his career drag racing motorcycles in 1991 and in 1995 won his first championship and most recently won the 2001 Mickey Thompson’s World’s Fastest Street Bike Championship and finished the 2002 season as the #2 plate holder. Ray holds the #7 and #6 National Plates for the 2001 and 2002 AMA/ Prostar U.S. Motorcycle Drag Racing Championship Series seasons.
“This is a great opportunity to represent and be associated with such a great company with a rich blood line of championships and winners. I am honored! I can’t express the gratitude I have for Muzzys and especially Rob Muzzy for extending me the opportunity to represent Muzzys on and off the track. I am very eager to get back on the track and showcase the performance of the Muzzys products that makes the bike what it is. The bike is an all Muzzys equipped machine, in which every part is available through Muzzys and are available to the consumer. My company has a long-standing business relationship with Muzzys and offers all products manufactured by Muzzys and with our diverse customer base, especially the Kawasaki customers I am sure we can bring a heightened awareness to the level of performance that Muzzys parts produce. We have always had great results and success with Muzzys products and look forward to applying that success onto the track while promoting and showcasing Muzzys Performance Products and assisting Muzzys in their marketing strategy for the 2004 season and beyond. It is truly a “we run what we sell” endeavor, for both companies” Ray said.
Muzzys, headquartered in Bend Oregon is an innovative company and industry leader in aftermarket performance parts for the motorcycle and ATV industry. Muzzys main goal is to share with the consumer, the high quality products that are developed, manufactured and used by Muzzys in their championship racing efforts. The same products that you see raced on Team Muzzy bikes can be purchased daily through Muzzys directly or via the company website, . Muzzys strives to provide their customers with products that work as advertised and products that enhance the performance of many brands of modern street bikes as well as race bikes.
In addition to Muzzys as the primary sponsor, Ray continued, “I am pleased to have Vanson Leathers onboard as an associate sponsor. The staff at Vanson Leathers is the best to work with. I have always worn Vanson Leathers and the fit, finish and quality are unbelievable. I consider them to be the best. This is the main reason I wanted them onboard, the quality, fit and finish and the professional looks of their products. I look forward to promoting the Vanson product line in 2004. ” Ray said. I would like to extend special thanks to Al Slavin and the rest of the staff at Vanson Leathers for the wonderful support they have extended to me for the 2004 season, they are truly the nicest people to work with.”
Vanson Leathers, considered to be industry leaders in leather racing suits and apparel is based out of Fall River, Massachusetts. Vanson Leathers are worn by the top NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle drag racing teams all the way down to the sportsman racers. A full line of products can be viewed on the company website.
Also onboard for the 2004 season, is Goodridge Hose and Fittings. A company based in the United Kingdom will be an associate sponsor for the 2004 season. An international company with sales offices and distribution centers located in 7 countries is an industry leader in the fluid transfer technologies industry. Goodridge products can be found on many of the top road racing teams from motorcycles to cars as well as all of the teams in NASCAR and BUSH Series. When asked about Goodridge being onboard as an associate sponsor Ray responded with, “I can not say enough about how well Goodridge has treated my effort in competitive racing in the past years and now to have them onboard as an associate sponsor again is unbelievable. Jeff Sullens of Goodridge USA has been a huge supporter and fan of motorsports racing for years now and I could not have brought Goodridge onboard without his support and help. Goodridge has needed a avenue to showcase their products in motorcycle drag racing and with the new modern liquid-cooled sport bikes showing their potential in drag racing, it was a perfect opportunity for them” said Ray.
Doug Ray is the CEO and founder of SpencerCycle.com, a division of Spencer Cycle Center Inc. The company is an aftermarket motorcycle parts manufacturer and distributor. Established in 1995 with the corporate office located in Spencer North Carolina, the company has evolved into a leading supplier in the aftermarket parts industry with a wide range of products. The company is not solely an internet based corporation but includes a full service shop and performs high-performance work including dyno tuning which incorporates the latest Dynojet 250 load control Dynometer.
“I cannot express the heartfelt thanks to these companies for having confidence in myself and the team and allowing me to represent their companies and products. I intend to promote and increase the consumers’ awareness of the products these companies provide and increase the consumers’ knowledge as to the performance and quality of the products we use on the bike and how it relates to the everyday use on a motorcycle whether you race a drag bike or ride a street bike. This team is based on and surrounded with the leading performance products on the market today along with the leading companies that produce them and I feel certain this will propel the team as a leader on and off the track.” Ray concluded.
AMA/Prostar U.S. Drag Racing Championship Series is a nation wide point series contested at 8 national events yearly.