PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Pro Racing is introducing new race results technology and an improved near-real-time Internet lap-time tracking system this weekend at the first round of the 2003 AMA Supercross Series. The software and scoring technology was adopted from similar technology used successfully in the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship and most recently used online during the December Dunlop Daytona Tire Tests.
The new results reporting software will benefit teams and on-site media, as well as race fans browsing www.USMotocross.com, the AMA Pro Racing website that is home to complete AMA Supercross coverage. The new system will display an abundance of timing information faster than ever.
"This system has worked extremely well in the AMA Superbike Championship so we're excited to expand it to the AMA Supercross Series," said Ken Rogers, AMA Pro Racing Director of Timing and Scoring. "The new system provides comprehensive information for the teams, riders and media who devour every bit of results information we throw at them."
Online race fans will benefit too. AMA Pro Racing's online results coverage from every AMA Supercross race will include Saturday afternoon practice times and pre-qualifying results, as well as more detailed results reporting from the evening racing program. The system's highlight will be the improved @theWire LIVE! lap-viewer system, which tracks lap times via transponders on each motorcycle. The updated, near-real-time lap-viewer will come in two formats: Flash and standard HTML. Both versions will be continually updated with lap information and the data will be presented in an easier-to-read and customizable format.
This technology is the latest benefit from AMA Pro Racing's relationship with the Indy Racing League, which uses the same transponder technology in its open-wheel car racing series.
"Our website visitors crave our @theWire LIVE! feature," said Matt Ringlien, AMA Pro Racing Web Content and Development Manager. "We tested the new @theWire LIVE! version at the Daytona Tire Tests and it worked extremely well and was very reliable. We've come a long way with our web results reporting technology in the last few years, and this latest step is significant." Ringlien added that the improved @theWire LIVE! lap-time viewer will also be used for the AMA U.S. Superbike and U.S. Motocross Championships this year.
AMA Supercross fans can log on to www.USMotocross.com to get exclusive lap times, practice and race results and point standings throughout the 2003 AMA Supercross Series. As official website of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the fan-based website offers extensive information including regular columnists such as Rupert X Pellet and his popular "Rupert X Files" column which is back in 2003.
For immediate post-race results, points, live transponder scoring, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto www.USMotocross.com.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship and the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship. Nearly 2 million race fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2002 season. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.