Las Vegas, Nevada, August 23, 1999 - When Indy Racing League Driver, Davey Hamilton, is not pushing the 220 mph speed envelope of his Galles Racing Spinal Conquest Dallara, he can most likely be found in hot pursuit of his new business ...
Las Vegas, Nevada, August 23, 1999 - When Indy Racing League Driver, Davey Hamilton, is not pushing the 220 mph speed envelope of his Galles Racing Spinal Conquest Dallara, he can most likely be found in hot pursuit of his new business venture.
Hamilton recently created a partnership with fellow promoter Mark Burnett, in which they will sanction and promote motorcycle free-style jump contests around the country
"Mark and I started the company after we met at a jump contest he was promoting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year. I saw the tremendous opportunities that were available to this growing sport and wanted to take advantage of it," says Hamilton.
The jumps at the contest range anywhere from 75 to 125 feet with the competitors displaying a wide range of tricks during any given jump.
"It is a great sport, because the judges that we bring in quite often feed off of the reaction from the crowd. It is always fun as a racer to see fans interact with a sport and with this one they can. The jumpers want to get the fans attention and will do some outrageous things in the air to accomplish that," says Hamilton.
Hamilton sees the venture as a great business opportunity and hopes to attract corporate sponsors for the contests.
"It is in its early stages, but with the popularity of the jumping segment that the X-Games received, I see this sport only growing in popularity,"
The winning purse at these events range from $2,500 to $5,000, and once we start attracting sponsors that will increase, "says Hamilton.
Top riders that compete at Hamilton's jump contests include Mike Jones, Chris Rourke, Cary Hart and Clifford Adoptalte. Each of these riders competed in the 1998 X-Games Freestyle Jump Competition and compete in jump contests put on by various promoters across the country.
Hamilton hopes to promote 20-30 events a year and says that the riders can do the sport for a living with good backing from the promoters.
"It is important for these riders to be able to do this full time, and there is no reason why they can't. A rider can jump in 50 or so events a year and make a good living. That is what will make the sport strong, is devoted full-time riders. That is on its way to happening soon," says Hamilton.
The next contest that Hamilton will put on will be at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs on September 19 at the AMA event.
"We have events scheduled for Las Vegas, Hanford and Colorado, and we are in the process of booking several more. Between my relationship with the race tracks and Mark's knowledge of putting on the shows and working with the riders, we seem to have a strong foundation," says Hamilton.
Race fans can catch Davey Hamilton jump in his own cockpit this weekend as he races for the checkered flag at the Colorado Indy 200 presented by Deloitte and Touche on August 29. Live coverage of the event will begin on Fox Sports Net at 4 p.m. EDT.