PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship schedule will include a record 16 rounds at 10 venues, including the new road course at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The schedule changes, which include three ...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship schedule will include a record 16 rounds at 10 venues, including the new road course at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The schedule changes, which include three additional doubleheader rounds, add value to race fans and improve the flow of the series for the growing television audience.
The 2002 schedule delivers maximum value for race fans with six Superbike class doubleheader race weekends. Promoters, racers and fans have wholeheartedly endorsed the doubleheader format, and the additional three Superbike doubleheaders will increase live Speedvision television coverage by approximately 20 percent.
Another change with next year's schedule is its duration. Compressed into a March-through-August time frame, the move yields a smoother cadence of events that do not compete with college football, and helps to fill the traditional void between the series opening round at Daytona International Speedway, March 10, and Sears Point Raceway, May 4-5, with the addition of the California Speedway event.
California Speedway's doubleheader round on April 6-7 will feature a new 2.36-mile, 21-turn road course that has gotten rave reviews from riders who've tested there. The circuit impressed even former AMA and World Champion Eddie Lawson.
"The new road course at California Speedway is really incredible," said Lawson. "The layout ensures that every race will be close and intense. With long straightaways and slow tight turns you'll get a great mix of speed, hard braking and passing opportunities. This track actually makes me wish I was still racing!"
Absent from the 2002 schedule is New Hampshire International Speedway. AMA Pro Racing has asked noted track designer Alan Wilson to consult both AMA Pro Racing and NHIS regarding modifications to the facility that would allow the return of AMA Superbike racing in the future.
"We're excited about our 2002 schedule," said Scott Hollingsworth, AMA Pro Racing CEO. "California Speedway brings the series back into the Los Angeles metro area for the first time in several years, and that's obviously an important market. We are also pleased with the success of our doubleheader rounds and are happy to add three more to the schedule."