2017 American Flat Track – Georgia Short Track

The Flat Track circuit heads to Georgia this weekend, March 25, for the follow-up to the historic races at the Daytona TT. The race is being held at the Dixie Speedway, in Woodstock, GA. Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) looks to maintain momentum, building on his success after taking the top position in Daytona. He’ll be facing off against rival Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750), who placed second in Daytona and hopes to chip away at the five-point lead Mees has built. The H-D factory team, headed up by Jake Johnson, Kenny Coolbeth Jr., and Brandon Robinson, will be looking to rebound. Johnson finished highest of the team in Daytona, placing fifth.

 

Ain’t it fun having these two motorcycle titans competing against one another again?

Jay Springsteen Named Grand Marshal of inaugural American Flat Track Daytona TT

Flat track legend Jay Springsteen

 (American Flat Track/Andrea Wilson Photo)

Motorcycle racing legend Jay Springsteen has been named the Grand Marshal for Thursday’s Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina, the opening race of the 2017 American Flat Track season.

Springsteen joined Bill Werner’s Factory Harley-Davidson at age 18 in 1976, and went on to win five of the final seven races to outsprint Gary Scott and Kenny Roberts to the Grand National Championship. He added titles in 1977 and 1978, giving him three consecutive GNC crowns.

The rider from Flint, Mich. won 43 of a record 398 GNC races and was ranked in the top 10 in the Championship 23 times over the longest career in Grand National Championship history. He also scored a career grand slam, winning short track, half-mile, mile and TT events.

“Jay Springsteen is an icon in the sport, and he brings rich history – especially Harley-Davidson history – to our event,” said Cameron Gray, Chief Operating Officer of AFT Events. “He’s a guy in the paddock that everyone loves. He’d ride his butt off in the races, and then would hang out in the paddock and have a few beers with everyone. Having Jay as Grand Marshal is a great addition to the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT.”

No stranger to competition in the Daytona Beach, he finished second in the Friday night feature at Welch Memorial Stadium in his debut as a 16-year-old. He won the Battle of the Twins aboard a Harley-Davidson at Daytona International Speedway in 1983, and finished fifth in the prestigious Daytona 200 in 1986. Springsteen kicked off his farewell tour in 2003 with a third-place finish at Daytona Municipal Stadium. Running only selected races during the following three years, he continued to compete at Daytona, finishing eighth in the 2004 Grand National Championship feature.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming to Daytona – I’ve been coming here since 1974 and only missed one year since then,” said Springsteen, who lives in Lapeer, Mich., with his wife Judy. “I’ve come here as a Novice and worked my way on the dirt tracks and road races. It’s always a pleasure coming down to Daytona – it’s great getting out of the snow. I think having the TT inside the Speedway is a super-great idea, and I’m excited to be the Grand Marshal.”

The Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis and Matovina will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Daytona Flat Track Race Now a TT to be Held Inside DIS

Daytona TT

One-of-a-kind TT track to be built in the tri-oval inside Daytona International Speedway

An exciting change is happening to one of Daytona International Speedway’s (DIS) most popular Bike Week events. Daytona International Speedway is proud to announce that American Flat Track will debut its 2017 season inside the “World Center of Racing” on a one-of-a-kind .6-mile TT course. The DAYTONA TT, scheduled on the evening of Thursday, March 16, will feature powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class, while spirited single-cylinder machines will battle it out in AFT Singles. With a racing schedule that includes the DAYTONA Supercross By Honda, Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the all-new DAYTONA TT and the famed DAYTONA 200, DIS will play host to the ultimate festival of motorcycle racing in 2017.

American Flat Track has been re-envisioned and the DAYTONA TT marks the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing. The championship features the broadest spectrum of brands competing in any form of motorcycle sport, and will serve as a battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. The big factories will be competing head-to-head on the race track for the first time since the 1950s, and the battle of the brands will begin at Daytona.

“Daytona is the spiritual home of motorcycle racing and we are delighted to be bringing the intensity of Flat Track racing and the spectacle of a TT to complete the show,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “2017 marks the start of a new golden era for our sport and we are excited for our legions of fans.”

Many flat track races are held on dirt ovals, but the TT moniker indicates turns in both directions and a jump have been incorporated into track design for the DAYTONA TT. To showcase the high speed and intensity of the sport, the track design will feature a fast, sweeping left hand turn alongside the front stretch of the famed circuit. The track’s unique characteristics are perfectly suited for the fast and furious nature of America’s longest running motorcycle racing championship.

“Staging the DAYTONA TT inside the motorsports stadium will expose a new group of guests to the many amenities available following the recently completed $400 million front stretch renovation project,” DIS Track President Chip Wile said. “It’s also going to be a great opportunity for racers in American Flat Track to compete inside the Speedway battling for a coveted Daytona trophy as part of Bike Week.”

Tickets to the DAYTONA TT will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Reserved seating in the newly-renovated grandstands will start at $35 and general admission tickets will be available for $25. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas and just $10 in reserved seats.

Additional information about American Flat Track can be found at http://www.amaproracing.com/flat-track.