The AMA Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship will return to Southern California with the final round now slated for the Fairplex in Pomona in what is being called the AMA Pro Flat Track World Finals, according to AMA Pro Racing. The race, the final round of the Grand National Championship, will be held on October 15 on the Pomona Half Mile.
“AMA Pro Racing couldn’t ask for a more fitting finale to what’s already been a fantastic flat track season,” said AMA Pro Racing COO and managing member David Atlas in a release issued today. “We’re proud to add another quality venue to our season calendar, and we’re immensely enthusiastic about both the Bellino-Morgan partnership and a return to the glory of Southern Californian tradition.”
The event will be promoted by Circle Bell Motorsports’ Bob Bellino, the man who is also promoting the Sacramento Mile and Calistoga Half Mile; and Chris Morgan of Motorsports Ventures.
“Chris has an extensive background in motorsport promotion,” said Bellino. “We met when he came to Northern California to promote the series of World of Outlaw races held this spring, and we hit it off right away. Our ideas about promoting races and giving the race fan the best value for their dollar are very similar.”
The event will also mark the end of Chris Carr’s Farwell Tour, as the seven-time Grand National Champion will be stepping away from a full-time assault on the points race at the end of this year.
The deep cushion of the Fairplex half-mile was a staple on the Grand National Series for years, running spring and fall races in 1992 through 1995 and returning briefly to the schedule in 2009. Among the current crop of riders, only Chris Carr (1993) and Henry Wiles (2009) have posted wins at Pomona.
The addition of the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track World Finals expands the 2011 calendar to 22 races, culminating in a Western three-race swing that comprises the Calistoga Half-Mile National on October 1, the Yavapai Downs Mile II on October 9, and the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track World Finals.