PICKERINGTON, Ohio (May 12, 2004) ¿ When the 2004 AMA Chevrolet Motocross Championship kicks off this weekend, fans and racers alike will see significant improvements to the Hangtown Motocross circuit. Promoter Ed Santin and the Dirt Diggers crew took to the track on May 1 and as Santin put it, ¿The dirt started flying.¿ The biggest change fans will immediately notice is the relocation of the starting gate. The gate has been moved in front of the track¿s tower and now spectators will have a much better view of the start, usually one of the most exciting aspects of motocross.
Hangtown, which in prior years was the second round in the 12-event championship, now has the honor of hosting the opening round. Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California will host the final round on Sept. 12, 2004.
The track at Hangtown now features a natural dirt start instead of concrete, to the delight of the tire companies. The finish line has been moved to the area where the podium was located last year and there¿s an improved track watering system. Additionally, a new nine-foot tunnel is in place to allow better access to the infield sections of the track.
In addition to the numerous track updates, there is also a new and larger scoring platform. The pits have been expanded and graded flat, additional access roads have been built and the circuit will drain better due to new drainage ditches. A new spectator area has been developed as well.
¿Fans will see dramatic changes to the track,¿ Santin said. ¿It¿s better for the racers, the teams and the spectators. We wanted to make big changes and we think everyone¿s going to enjoy the improvements. We¿ve been hosting National races for 36 years and we want to show everybody we plan to be around another for another 36.¿
AMA Pro Racing Vice President Commercial Development, John Farris applauds the efforts put forth by the promoting club. “Their commitment to building and improving the historic Hangtown event is really outstanding and consistent with AMA Pro Racing’s vision for continued growth and development of the sport,” said Farris. ¿We¿re looking forward to a great start to the 2004 championship at Hangtown.¿
The track will remain approximately the same length as the old circuit. The revamped circuit is sure to be a challenge for the national riders since AMA champs Steve Lamson and Ricky Carmichael advised the Dirt Diggers on the redesign along the way.
For ticket information call (800) HANGTOWN or visit www.hangtownmx.com.
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