AMA Sports, the amateur and pro-am competition division of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), announced today its affiliation with Gene Romero's West Coast Flat Track Series. Starting with round two at Paso Robles, California, the series will be sanctioned by the AMA.

"We're pleased to welcome Gene's series onto the AMA Sports calendar," said Bill Amick, Vice President of AMA Member Events & Entertainment, which oversees AMA Sports. "It's great to renew our association with a former AMA champion like Gene, and adding this series is a positive boost for our West Coast programs. Since the series was launched in 1998, Gene has built it into a premier regional racing series."

The series, which began last weekend in Hanford, California, includes three classes of competition: 250cc Novice for newcomers aged 16 and above on lightly modified production machines; Open Vintage for riders aged 35 and over on machines produced prior to 1974; and Open Pro with a minimum age of 16.

As the West Coast Flat Track Series has been chartered as an AMA Affiliate, two of the Saturday night events in the series will be followed on Sunday afternoon by AMA Sports-sanctioned events with a variety of amateur classes. Those events will be May 5 in Paso Robles, California, and August 4 in Salinas, California.

"We are proud to announce our affiliation with AMA Sports, and we look forward to a building a strong partnership that will help both parties increase their presence and awareness as we grow the sport of flat track racing at the grass roots level," said Gene Romero, West Coast Flat Track Series founder and president. "Our series delivers quality events to racing markets up and down the coast, where there's always been a great base of flat-track enthusiasts, but where there aren't as many opportunities as there were when I was racing. This affiliation opens a lot of doors for the series and the AMA, and it is a win-win situation for both of us."

Romero was the 1970 AMA Grand National Champion, and the winner of the 1975 Daytona 200. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998, and served as Honoree for the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships in 1998. Gene Romero's 11-round 2002 E-Moola.com West Coast Flat Track Series resumes on May 4-5, with short-track events at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds in Paso Robles, California. For more information about Gene Romero's E-Moola.com West Coast Flat Track Series, visit www.wcfts.com, or call (714) 529-6054.

The American Motorcyclist Association, founded in 1924, is a 270,000-member non-profit organization. The Association's purpose is to pursue, protect and promote the interests of motorcyclists, while serving the needs of its members. For more information, visit the AMA website at www.AMADirectlink.com, or call 1-800-AMA-JOIN.

2002 SCHEDULE: GENE ROMERO'S E-MOOLA.COM WEST COAST FLAT TRACK SERIES

April 13: Kings Speedway, Hanford, California (TT)

May 4: Paso Robles Fairgrounds, Paso Robles, California (ST)

May 18: Plaza Park Raceway, Visalia, California (ST)

June 1: Watsonville Speedway, Watsonville, California (TT)

June 29: Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, California (TT)

July 6: Watsonville Speedway, Watsonville, California (1/4 Mile)

July 20: Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, California (1/4 Mile)

August 3: Salinas Fairgrounds, Salinas, California (1/4 Mile)

August 17: Southern Oregon Speedway, Medford, Oregon (1/4 Mile)

September 21: Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, California (1/2 Mile)

September 28: Lawlor Event Center, Reno, Nevada (special, non-points-paying Indoor ST, polished cement surface)

Flat Track News

By Scott Rousseau

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