The following release is from the Daytona Motorsports Group:

AMA Pro Racing names former Grand National Champion Mike Kidd to lead Flat Track program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - AMA Pro Racing has hired Mike Kidd to lead the growth and development of the AMA Flat Track Championship.

Kidd has had a long and successful career in motorcycling, first as a racer and then as a promoter. He began his 12-year professional motorcycle racing career in 1972 and earned factory support from a variety of manufacturers over that span. He was sponsored by the U.S. Army in 1979-80 and won the coveted AMA Grand National Championship title in 1981.

After retiring from professional racing in 1983, Kidd immediately became a motorcycle race promoter. He was named AMA's promoter of the year in 1984. Kidd went on to build and operate Boyd Raceway, which produced weekly flat-track motorcycle races from 1984-1990.

Kidd also created the highly successful AMA National Arenacross Series in 1985. He later sold his company to Clear Channel Motor Sports and worked for Clear Channel as a vice president from 1997-2004.

Plus, he served as AMA Flat Track manager in 1992.

"Under the leadership of Mike Kidd, with his background, proven track record, and strong passion for flat track, we feel the right choice has been made to lead our flat track efforts," said Roger Edmondson of AMA Pro Racing.

"In many ways I feel my entire motorcycle career has gotten me to this point for a reason," Kidd said. "Once the premier motorcycle series in the U.S., flat track has lost its place. This is going to be a great opportunity for myself and flat track racing to have the expertise, staff and backing of AMA Pro Racing."

Now that the AMA Board of Directors has approved the final agreement regarding the sale of certain of its AMA Pro Racing properties to Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG) based in Daytona Beach, Florida, DMG will now do business as AMA Pro Racing. Any further news releases will come from DMG, doing business as AMA Pro Racing.

Under the terms of the sale, DMG owns the sanctioning, promotional and management rights to AMA Pro Racing. The sale does not include the rights to the AMA Supercross and AMA Arenacross Series, which are held by Live Nation and will continue to be sanctioned by the AMA.

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