CCS to run AMA amateur road race event

AMA Sports Road Race Grand Championships set for Sept. 19-21

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Aug. 19, 2008
The American Motorcyclist Association is partnering with the Championship Cup Series to operate the 2008 AMA Sports Road Race Grand Championships, Sept. 19-21 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“AMA Sports is committed to the best interests of the racers, first and foremost, and working with a strong partner on this championship is the right answer. The opportunity to work with CCS allows us to take the Road Race Grand Championships to the next level,” says Bryan Cohn, AMA senior director of racing. “We are excited to be working with the entire CCS team, and the future is brighter than ever for amateur road racing with their cooperation.”

The CCS, founded in 1984, sanctions over 60 road racing events per year with $10 million in sponsor contingencies. It is owned and operated by American Sportbike Racing Association founders Kevin and Nancy Elliott.

Past AMA Road Racing Horizon Award winners include AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies.“We as an organization are excited about the opportunity to help with the operational aspect of this event,” says Kevin Elliott. “The AMA Sports Road Race Grand Championships have started a history of top-level competition across all club levels, and we’re proud to be part of it, not just this year but in the future as well.”

The AMA’s premier amateur road racing event, the Sports Road Race Grand Championships, will run under CCS rules and regulations including CCS classes. Class winners will be awarded with AMA Sports No. 1 plates.

Top participants will also compete for the AMA Road Racing Horizon Award for the rider showing the most potential for success in professional racing. Past Horizon Award winners include AMA racers Jason DiSalvo, Blake Young and 2006-2007 AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies.