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Pro Racing to conduct test at IMS

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 30, 2003) -- AMA Pro Racing and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) have scheduled a one-day test to determine the viability of racing motorcycles at the facility. The test is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 1. Indianapolis...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 30, 2003) -- AMA Pro Racing and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) have scheduled a one-day test to determine the viability of racing motorcycles at the facility. The test is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 1.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500-mile race, was built in 1909 as an oval track. In order to host Formula One racing, a road course was constructed for the 2000 United States Grand Prix. IMS has now hosted four Formula One events. AMA Pro Racing officials are taking advantage of the fact the Speedway is still in its road course configuration after this past Sunday's USGP to conduct this compatibility test.

"Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the most historic motorsports facility in the United States," said Scott Hollingsworth CEO of AMA Pro Racing. "This test will help determine if racing motorcycles there is even feasible on its road course."

Hollingsworth feels it's possible that some modifications will have to be made to the current road course to accommodate motorcycle racing. "In our inspection and conversations with the track, we've identified a couple of areas that we'll need to look at closely," said Hollingsworth. "During the test we'll instruct our riders to exercise caution through these sections. Rider input will be invaluable in determining the viability of racing motorcycles at Indy."

The test calls for extensive rider briefing before, during and after the on-track sessions.

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