Alton, Va. (September 19, 2006) – Top motorcycle road racers will compete for more than $170,000 in cash and prizes as well as national and regional championships at the combined Championship Cup Series and American SportBike Racing Association event at VIRginia International Raceway this weekend, September 23-24.
The ASRA will share the track with CCS to fill the weekend with races. Spectators will have a chance to see up-and-coming CCS amateur racers and seasoned experts as well as dominating pro ASRA racers all competing for a shot at the championship.
"As the final event for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Motorcycle Roadracing Championship, this race at VIR promises to be the highlight of the season for racers and fans alike, featuring 900-plus entries and 20 different races over the two days.", said CCS director of operations Kevin Elliott.
"Throw in the ASRA Team Challenge race and you have a weekend full of all the thrills and spills this sport has to offer. There is no better place to finish a championship run than VIR, and we wouldn't have it any other way."
Expert and amateur champions will be crowned for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast CCS Regions. BMW rider Nate Kern leads in expert points for both classes followed by Ryan Patterson in the Mid-Atlantic and Darren Luck in the Southeast. Kern has a healthy lead on both riders. Amateur rider Robert Wilkey also leads the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.
Team Challenge gives ASRA competitors a chance to go the distance in a 200km race. Teams of two or more racers will compete in four different classes broken down by bike size. GTL is the class for lightweight bikes, GTU is where the middleweight bikes run and GTO and Solo is where the powerful heavyweight bikes race. The Solo event only allows one rider.
Team LMB riders Dean Grant, Max Grant and Sean Kerns have raced all season to lead the points in the GTL class. Mighty Lumina Racing closely follows Team LMB with only seven points to make up this weekend to tie for the lead. With a win paying 35 points, either team could win the championship a round early. If both teams finish in the top three, then the showdown will happen at the Race of Champions at Daytona International Speedway in late October.
Putting the “I” in team, the A&J Recognition Solo Challenge event could also wrap up this weekend. The Solo challenge puts a single rider on an unlimited-displacement machine for the entire 200 km. Defending Solo champion Rob Lombardi has developed a shadow in the 2006 season by the name of Al Harris. Only 11 points separate the friendly competitors, meaning that the VIR event could be the venue where ASRA crowns a new Solo Champion. Lombardi, who rides for LB-United out of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be looking to put more points between himself and Harris, who races for Team Disfunction based in Niles, Ill.
The unlimited-displacement GTO class has been dominated by repeat champions Moon's Cycle II, led by Calvin Martinez. With a 45-point lead, the team only needs to finish in the top three to clinch the championship. Fast Lane Racing GTO and Mid-Illini NFC Racing follow closely enough in the points for a chance at the title.
Fast Lane Racing GTU has already won the GTU Team Challenge championship for the 2006 season with an 82-point cushion between them and their nearest competitor. The team will still have to show up and run if they hope to keep their standing in the Overall Team Challenge Championship.
Moon's Cycle II also holds the lead in the Overall Team Challenge Championship, but Rick Beggs' Fast Lane Racing GTO is in second with a chance at the crown. Fast Lane GTU sits in third place with Mid-Illini only seven points behind in fourth place.
The American SportBike Racing Association Series has three main sprint classes: SportBike and SuperBike competition on the pro level and ThunderBike for both amateurs and experts. And for endurance lovers, ASRA’s GT classes and Team Challenge Series offer the best seat time anywhere.
"It’s always a pleasure to welcome the CCS and ASRA competitors back to VIR," said VIR general manager Josh Lief. "The racing is always spectacular, and the fans can be assured that these riders will put on a great show."
Since 1984 the Championship Cup Series has been the leader in Sportsman level motorcycle road racing. With over 70 sanctioned events each year all over the United States and over $10 million in sponsor contingencies, no one even comes close to offering the opportunities that CCS Racing provides.
With four major displacement breakdowns (Lightweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight and Unlimited) and three major classes (SuperSport, SuperBike and Grand Prix) for each, CCS offers a perfect chance to race nearly anything.
The action gets underway Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. with practice for all classes, with the day's races starting at noon. Sunday's schedule opens up with practice for all classes at 8:30 a.m., with feature races starting at 10:00 am, interrupted only by a lunch break from 11:00 a.m. to noon.
Tickets for this weekend's event at VIR will be available at the gate. Two-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday will be priced at $25, with single-day tickets (Sunday only) available for $15. VIR is a family-friendly facility, where children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Spectator camping is available.
VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Va., just north of historic Milton, N.C. In addition to its 3.27-mile natural-terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America’s first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery, a sales showroom for high-end collector and racing cars; Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8-mile paved karting circuit; The Lodge at VIR, a 27-room trackside hotel; the new VIR Paddock Suites and Garages, with 18 dual-purpose hospitality/ lodging units and garages; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.
For more information, visit the track’s website at www.virclub.com or contact VIR at 434-822-7700.