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Its official – AMA selects Daytona Motorsports Group for Pro Racing

March 7th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Industry, Politics of Riding

It’s official, the AMA is selling virtually all the Pro Racing properties (everything but SuperCross and ArenaCross) to the the Daytona investment group led by Jim France of NASCAR and ISC, and Roger Edmondson, President of the Grand American Road Race Series. Here is a video of the Daytona press conference and here is a complete transcript.

I think this is good, for a lot of reasons, but I wonder how it will affect the National Promoters Group that has worked so hard to build outdoor MX into the first-rate show that it is today. I suspect they will be fine, but it’s probably a difficult time for them right now. This is a big day. More later…

Update: The National Promoters Group has issued a press release in support of the AMA sale. The language of it indicates to me that they were pretty much left out in the cold on this deal. But I have to think the Daytona Motorsports Group will rely heavily on NPG to keep doing what they’ve been doing, which is work to better outdoor MX. One thing I don’t think will happen – I don’t think DMG will try to kill off outdoor MX which what it often looked like the AMA was trying to do.

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  • Terry Frazier

    The NASCAR guys don’t control that many road race facilities. They mostly own super speedways and short tracks. Here’s a list of ISC tracks but I don’t know if it’s complete. Only Daytona and Watkins Glen would be considered real road courses. Most of the major road courses are owned by other groups, but there may be money from some of them in the Daytona Motorsports Group. As for dirt tracks, I don’t know what ISC owns, but probably not too many – especially not the big mile and half-mile dirt tracks. Bruton Smith owns a few super speedways and short tracks (incl Atlanta, Charlotte, Texas, Infineon/Sears Point, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, and Bristol) and some drag strips. Only Infineon is a road course.

    We may see a bunch of new “infield” courses show up on the AMA Road Race circuit in ’09. Or maybe not. Safety issues will prevent very much of that, at least for a while I think. I just don’t see much muscle there to force the issue with the AMA. I think the AMA wanted a single buyer to make it easier to license and control and manage the sale.

  • Rick Salazar

    It’s a wonder that after 25 years of running roadracing, and flat track into the ground the AMA finally woke up and decided it was time to get rid those those cycle sports. Gone are the days when the average dirtbike riding kid (or adult for that matter) knows the name of even one RR or FT star. Do you? I don’t. Ever since the AMA blundered into the golden goose that is Supercross, the AMA abandoned RR, FT, and to some degree motocross. For the AMA to sell to the people that control the tracks was a no brainer.

  • Giles Nelson

    Hopefully the AMA spends all this new money on keeping or improving our rights as dirt racers and riders. There has been talk in Washington state about new laws that could prohibit a person from riding a dirtbike on their own land. That is getting very Nazi-like if you ask me. It isn’t too far of a stretch to envision all 2 strokes being outlawed and that would be the end of VMX racing for the most part for me as I have absolutely no interest in racing some old trumpet or bezzer. Giles Nelson

  • Terry Frazier

    Giles wrote:
    > There has been talk in Washington state about new laws
    > that could prohibit a person from riding a dirtbike
    > on their own land.

    That’s pretty scary. I’ve heard the same thing from other quarters. The big issue seems to be noise abatement and complaints. This is happening largely at the local city/county level, and is almost impossible for a national organization to fight on its own. What the AMA can do though is to provide thought leadership in this area, to provide an active clearinghouse for info, and help to marshall common resources. In the absence of any real effort by the AMA the BlueRibbon Coalition is doing most of the fighting for us.