After 26 seasons of chasing the AMA Grand National title, Steve Morehead has decided to retire from active competition and take a “real job” as part of the management team for the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Campionships.
The 44-year-old Ohioan’s new role in dirt track racing will be to improve communications among the riders and teams, and the AMA Pro Racing headquarters staff. Morehead’s responsibilities will also include supervising track inspection and pre-event preparation, as well as coordinating other logistics at the races.
“If I didn’t think I had something to offer to help make the sport better, there wouldn’t be anything to get excited about,” Morehead stated in the AMA Pro Racing press release that announced his addition to the staff. “I understand where the riders and teams are coming from, and I think I can help nip some things in the bud before they become a problem. I think (AMA Flat Track Manager) Bruce Bober is a great guy, and he needs the help, week in, week out.
“I’m also impressed with (AMA Pro Racing CEO) Scott Hollingsworth, and what he’s been able to accomplish in 11 short months,” Morehead continued. “He realizes AMA Pro Racing needs proper staffing to make this all work.”
In addition to his previous role as one of the top riders in the series, Morehead has also experienced the promotional and operational side of the fence, having co-promoted the Eldora Half Mile in Rossburg, Ohio, since 1996. This diversity of experience is undoubtedly something that AMA Pro Racing is banking on to assist the organization move its dirt track program forward.
“Steve’s background in both racing and event organization makes him a great addition to the team,” said Merrill Vanderslice, director of competition for AMA Pro Racing. “He understands the issues that both sides have to deal with to give the fans a great race.”