Industry Racing Introduces Connor Penhall Memorial Cup

| 22 May 2015 3:41 pm

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Industry Racing, Southern California’s premier speedway racing facility and the only covered track in the country, has introduced the inaugural Connor Penhall Memorial Cup, set to take place on Wednesday, May 27, at the Grand Arena. The special event, in remembrance of Connor Penhall, will also serve as the opening night of the 2015 Industry Racing season, raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and encouraging added measures of safety for road construction workers. The action will kick off with opening ceremonies at 7:15 p.m.

Connor, son of two-time World Speedway Champion and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member Bruce Penhall, was tragically taken from the world in April of 2012 while working construction on Interstate 10. Connor was an up-and-coming racer who had won both the Baja 1000 and Baja 500 twice and who hoped to follow his father’s successful legacy in two-wheel racing, and the Memorial Cup will honor his enthusiastic spirit and his natural talent on a motorcycle that made him beloved by the entire racing community.

Since his heartbreaking loss, the entire Penhall family has valiantly fought in Connor’s memory for increased safety for highway construction workers as well as greater awareness of the dangers and tragedies caused by drinking and driving. Bruce and his wife, Laurie, and Connor’s brothers Devin and Ryan and his sister McKenzie will all be in attendance on Wednesday night.

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Additionally, longtime Penhall family friend and reigning World Speedway Champion Greg Hancock will serve as the grand marshal, flying over from Sweden and the 2015 FIM World Speedway Grand Prix season for one night only to honor Connor and stand alongside his family.

Several celebrities from both on and off the track, such as “Storage Wars” star Barry Weiss, as well as “CHiPs” stars Larry Wilcox and Robert Pine, in addition to many other notable guests, are also scheduled to attend the event to support this great cause.

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On the track, the country’s fastest speedway racers will compete for a purse nearing $10,000 in what will be the start of the 12th season of competition at Industry Racing, the only AMA-sanctioned speedway venue in Southern California. Highlighting the loaded field of competition in the 16-rider First Division are the “Billys” – Janniro and Hamill – who won the bulk of the races at the Grand Arena last year, and Charlie Venegas, who also took multiple victories at Industry Racing. They’ll be joined by veterans Aaron Fox, Buck Blair and more, in addition to a highly talented group of rising stars such as the Ruml brothers, Dillon and Max; Gage Geist; Broc Nicol; and Kurtis Hamill. The traditional GP format will ultimately crown a winner at the end of the night, and he will receive a special first-place trophy, a helmet from Troy Lee Designs custom-painted specifically for the Connor Penhall Memorial Cup.

In addition to the unpredictable excitement of the First Division action, the Connor Penhall Memorial Cup will also showcase the future of speedway with Junior racing.

Tickets to the Connor Penhall Memorial Cup, the opening night of the 2015 season at Industry Racing, cost just $15 for adults (18 and older) and $10 for both kids (ages 13 through 17) and seniors (55 and older). Parking is $5. The first 2,000 fans will receive a commemorative poster.

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2015 Industry Racing Schedule

May 27 – Opening Night; Connor Penhall Memorial Cup

June 3 – All Divisions plus Sidecars; Big Truck and Tractor Displays

June 10 – All Divisions plus Sidecars

June 17 – All Divisions

June 24 – All Divisions plus Sidecars; Bert’s Mega Mall Night

July 1 – All Divisions; Salute to Our Military Night

July 8 – All Divisions plus Sidecars; Haddick’s Classic Car Night

July 15 – All Divisions; Laidlaw’s Harley Night

July 22 – All Divisions plus Sidecars; Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Night

July 29 – All Divisions plus Sidecars; Bruce Flanders Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Contest

August 8 – AMA National

August 9 – AMA/ FIM Youth Silver Cup Championship

August 12 – All Divisions plus Sidecars

August 19 – All Divisions; Legends Night

August 26 – 40th California State Speedway Championship

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