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AMA Pro Flat Track Riders Return to the Indy Mile

| 10 July 2015 5:10 am

AMA Pro Flat Track Series
Round 8: Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

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Photo by Dave Hoenig/AMA Pro Racing
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JULY 9, 2015

Indianapolis is a city synonymous with speed, and it is rich in racing tradition. The stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will be looking to add to that history when they run the Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds this Saturday, July 11.

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On-track action is scheduled to begin with practice and qualifying at 2:30 p.m. ET/ 11:30 a.m. PT. Opening ceremonies are set for 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT, with heat races scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. The main events are slated for 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. Fans can watch every moment of the action live online in high definition, free of charge, at www.FansChoice.tv.

The Indy Mile has long been a place where great names in the sport added to their legend. Scott Parker won four straight races in Indianapolis from 1988 to 1991, but no other rider has won more than two in a row at the famed facility.

Perhaps the most memorable Indy Mile was in 1975, when Kenny Roberts piloted the infamous Yamaha TZ750 to a thrilling victory. Roberts’ crossing the line on his black-and-yellow machine has become a “where were you when” moment for flat-track fans.

Descending on the Indy Mile this Saturday is a fresh crop of riders who are looking to create reputations as great as those of Parker and Roberts. Many of the athletes in the field competed in the debut of Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing at the X Games in Austin, Texas, on June 4, each further elevating his respective status as one of the best dirt-track riders in the world right now.

Since 2009, three different riders have won the Indy Mile in the premier Harley-Davidson GNC1, presented by Vance & Hines, division. With two wins to their credit, Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (2014, 2009) and Bryan Smith (2013, 2010) are easy favorites for this year’s contest, but former winner Sammy Halbert (2012) is an equal threat and has enjoyed a strong start to his season.

Harley-Davidson and Kawasaki have exchanged wins since 2009 as well. Throughout the entire history of the event, which dates back to 1954, six different manufacturers – Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, BSA and Triumph – have taken the checkered flag at the Indy Mile.

Last year, Coolbeth, on the number-two Zanotti Racing machine, showed the strength of his Harley-Davidson on the Mile course, taking the victory by 2.470 seconds over Smith.

Smith and his number-42 Crosley Radio Kawasaki have won all three Miles so far in 2015, including last weekend’s DuQuoin Mile. However, in DuQuoin, Smith won by the slimmest of margins in a photo finish with Jared Mees, on his number-one Las Vegas Harley-Davidson. Amazingly, just thirteen-thousandths of a second separated the top three riders at DuQuoin, with Coolbeth taking third.

As a result, Mees leads the Harley-Davidson GNC1 points standings coming into Indiana. He sits eight points in front of Halbert (on the number-seven Briggs Auto Kawasaki), 96 to 88. Smith sits in third, 10 points behind Mees, with 86, the same total as Coolbeth. Brad Baker, with 76 points, rounds out the top five in the standings on the number-six factory Harley-Davidson.

Smith, Halbert and Baker won gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing at the X Games, meaning all three medalists will be in action at the Indiana State Fairgrounds this weekend.

Brandon Robinson, pilot of the number-44 Latus Motorsports Triumph, comes to the Indy Mile sitting in sixth in the standings, with 69 points. He’s one of just five Harley-Davidson GNC1 riders who have scored points in every main event this year.

Briar Bauman has earned top-10 finishes in each of the last two rounds, and the rider of the number-14 USC/ Hart Racing Kawasaki currently sits seventh in the points standings, with 59.

Just five points behind Bauman in the championship hunt is Jeffrey Carver Jr., who has brought home his number-23 Don’s Kawasaki machine no worse than sixth in each of the last three AMA Pro Flat Track races.

Henry Wiles, riding a string of five straight main-event appearances, is ninth in the points (with 47) on his number-17 Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson, and Robert Pearson (on the number-27 KTM) sits in 10th (with 42 points) after six rounds.

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GNC2
For the second straight race, the up-and-coming stars who make up the GNC2 class will be on twin-cylinder motorcycles.

Last year, Jarod Vanderkooi and Kyle Johnson crossed the line within inches of each other, but it was Vanderkooi who scored the win. Both riders have since moved up to the elite Harley-Davidson GNC1 class in 2015.

Davis Fisher, on the number-67M Parkinson Brothers Racing Kawasaki, leads the GNC2 points standings by 18, 91 to 73 over Jamison Minor, on the number-27U Roy Built Kawasaki, but 16-year-old rookie Tristan Avery has the hot hand coming to the Indy Mile, having scored his first career victory last weekend at the DuQuoin Mile on his number-16S Ron Ayers Motorsports Kawasaki. Avery was second at the Sacramento Mile on May 30 and made the first main event of his career on May 24 at the Springfield Mile, so the youngster is certainly one to watch this weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Fisher is one of six GNC2 riders to score points in all six races so far in 2015, including four podium finishes, which is best in the class. He’ll be looking to erase the memory of last year’s last-lap crash at the Indy Mile by putting himself on the podium on Saturday.

Andrew Luker, on the number-11Z Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson, and Brandon Wilhelm, on the number-24J Mike Butler Racing Kawasaki, are tied with 69 points each. Luker finished in the top 10 in each of the last two AMA Pro Flat Track events, and Wilhelm has been in the top 10 in five out of six races in 2015.

J.R. Addison, on the number-24F Smith Racing Kawasaki, has two straight podium finishes to his name, and that has him sitting fifth in the standings, with 66 points.

Nick Armstrong, the GNC2 winner in Sacramento, sits sixth in the points with his number-44E Goeken Racing Kawasaki, one point in back of Addison. Armstrong bounced back after missing the main event in Lima with a top-10 finish at DuQuoin. The Californian was third at the Indy Mile last year, making him the best-finishing rider returning to the GNC2 field.

Dan Bromley, on the number-54A Bill Werner Racing Kawasaki, is tied with Armstrong at 65 points, and Dalton Gauthier, on the number-14A Big A’s Customs Kawasaki, is eighth in the GNC2 championship hunt, with 58 points. Both riders own a single podium finish and five main-event appearances so far this season.

Bronson Bauman, on the number-30Z Lombardi’s Harley-Davidson, has finished no worse than eighth in the last four races, and he’s tied with Gauthier in the standings, with 58 points.

Justin Jones, the winner of round two at the Daytona Flat Track, rounds out the top 10 riders, with 48 points.

For tickets and information regarding the Indy Mile, please visit www.IndyMile.com.

AMA Pro Flat Track Points Standings

GNC1 (after 6 rounds): 1. Jared Mees (96); 2. Sammy Halbert (88); 3. (TIE) Bryan Smith (86)/ Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (86); 5. Brad Baker (76).

GNC2 (after 6 rounds): 1. Davis Fisher (91); 2. Jamison Minor (73); 3. (TIE) Andrew Luker (69)/ Brandon Wilhelm (69); 5. J.R. Addison (66).

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How to Watch
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track
AMA Pro Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt-track motorcycle-racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Florida, the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt-track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle-racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

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