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AMA Pro Racing Announces 2012 Road Racing Schedule
AMA Pro Racing released its full 2012 Road Racing schedule featuring 11 rounds including three new additions. The three new rounds, all in the southeast, are promoted by M1 Powersports and will be branded as Big Kahuna Nationals.
“M1 PowerSports is extremely excited to return to full time event promotion in 2012,” says Cameron Gray, president of M1 PowerSports. “The Big Kahuna Nationals have a long and rich history in AMA Pro Racing and we are excited about our new relationship with the series. Promoting motorcycle road racing events is our passion and what we do best. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship putting on some of the most thrilling racing events in the country.”
The three additions include returns to Road Atlanta and Homestead Miami Speedway, while the new NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans will be on the schedule for the first time.
Road Atlanta returns to the AMA Pro Racing calendar after being left off the 2011 schedule. The 2.55-mile circuit in Braselton, Ga., hosts AMA Pro Racing April 20-22, 2012, as the series’ second round, following the March 15-17, 2012, season-opening Daytona 200 at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Homestead-Miami Speedway has hosted AMA Pro Racing once before, in 1996. The 2.2 mile course in Homestead, Fla., hosts AMA Pro Racing Sept. 21-23, 2012.
The 2012 season will conclude Oct. 5-7, 2012, at the NOLA Motorsports Park, which is still under construction. The Big Kahuna New Orleans round will be the first professional event to be held at the circuit. New Orleans will also host the AMA Pro Racing end-of-season awards banquet Oct. 8, 2012.
Here’s the full 2012 AMA Pro Racing Road Racing calendar:
March 15 – 17, 2012
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Fla.
April 20 – 22, 2012
May 4 – 6, 2012
May 26 – 28, 2012 (alongside World Superbike)
Miller Motorsports Park
June 1 – 3, 2012
Elkhart Lake, Wis.
June 22 – 24, 2012
Barber Motorsports Park
July 13 – 15, 2012
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 27 – 29, 2012 (alongside MotoGP)
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
September 7 – 9, 2012
New Jersey Motorsports Park
September 21 – 23, 2012
October 5 – 7, 2012
NOLA Motorsports Park
New Orleans, La.
[Source: AMA Pro Racing]