Nine-time AMA Grand National Champion Scott Parker phoned Cycle News to announce that the Lima Half Mile in Lima, Ohio, will be the first event on his limited racing schedule as a Harley-Davidson factory rider in 2000. Lima, which is round six of the AMA/Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships, is scheduled to take place on June 24.
The pea-graveled, cushion half mile at the Ohio State Fairgrounds is a Parker favorite. He has won the Grand National main event there seven times during his career.
"I like riding there, so I'm looking forward to going back," Parker said. "I hope to win the thing. A lot of people from Michigan come to Ohio for that race, so it's like a home track for me."
In related news, Parker confirmed rumors that he had been approached by PACE Motor Sports to contest the Wrenchead.com National Dirt Track Series, but, for now, he has no plans to contest any races in that series.
"I already quit a paying job," Parker said. "If I did the PACE deal, it would all have to come out of my own pocket. I would probably have to hire someone to prepare everything for me. If PACE had gotten in a year ago, then I might have run all 12 of their races."