From an AMA press release:
AMA Pro Flat Track will be making a return to the Phoenix area for the first time in 30 years with the Law Tigers Arizona Mile, scheduled as round four of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season on Saturday, May 14 at Turf Paradise in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“Arizona is a spectacular motorcycle market and a great place to put on events,” said race promoter Chris Morgan. “We recognize the value of Arizona, the enthusiasm of the motorcycle market and how much of a perfect market it is for an AMA Pro Flat Track event.”
The Arizona Mile will be the first race in the area since 1986, when motorcycle racing legend Bubba Shobert won a half-mile event in Phoenix aboard the Honda RS750. With that victory, Shobert completed the “Grand Slam” of winning a Mile, Half-Mile, Short Track, Tourist Trophy and Road Racing main event.
Looking to add to the sport’s history in the state, the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will be geared up for Turf Paradise as the first mile event of the season.
“Arizona is a great part of the country to have a race,” said Factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker. “The weather will be nice and there is just a neat vibe overall. Since it will be the first mile race of the season, it will show who really did their homework over the offseason to prepare. You can always count on Bryan Smith, Jared Mees and Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. to perform well, and I know that I’m prepared to be up there with all of them.”
The race, being presented locally by Buddy-Stubbs Harley-Davidson, will be an “afternoon twilight event,” meaning that the gates will open at noon and the race will start at 3:00 p.m. In addition to the AMA Pro Flat Track action on the race track, there will be a variety of family-friendly entertainment including stunt performances and a vendor area.
“For years, the Law Tigers have proudly sponsored the AMA Pro Flat Track finals in Pomona,” said Ari Levenbaum, the Vice President of Marketing for the Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers. “With the loss of the Pomona venue last year, the promoters and I were eager to continue our partnership and tradition of putting on Flat Track races. As riders and racing enthusiasts ourselves, we felt that it was important to find another venue that both the Flat Track racers and fans would enjoy. Bringing a race to Arizona, home to Turf Paradise and the Arizona Law Tigers, just made sense. We love supporting the racing element of motorcycling and are committed to seeing the sport grow and flourish.”
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Law Tiger’s Arizona Mile, please visit http://www.ArizonaMile.com. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.