Photography By Dave Hoenig
Officials from Cal Expo and AMA Pro Racing announced on Monday that the Sacramento Mile will return to the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule on July 26, despite the fact that it was originally cancelled due to concerns about the effect the race would have on the horse-racing facility. The event was on the original schedule, then removed, and now it’s back on.
The Sacramento Mile returned to the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule in 2011 after a nine-year absence. Over the last month, negotiations have been ongoing with the intent of creating a long-term agreement for the event that will honor the history of the race, according to AMA Pro Racing.
“We’re thrilled to be able to get the Sacramento Mile back on the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “The race is always one of the most prominent events on the schedule and I’m really looking forward to watching our riders take to the track at the Cal Expo in late July.”
The event will be promoted by SMI, a company owned and operated by former road racer Steve McLaughlin. Event sponsorship, marketing, promotion and advertising will be handled by Don Henry of Henry Advertising; Lynne H. Saunders will be director of operations and Dennis Pearson, of Dirt Productions, will build and maintain the track.