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Apr 30, 2001

Air Fence Fund Slowly Grows To $107,351 But Where Are The Rest Of The Texans?

New contributions trickled into Roadracing World headquarters for our expanded Air Fence drive, with publisher (and former racer) Reg Kitrelle kicking in $500, racer Brian Cincera sending $250, Ann Sands (Chris Ulrich's grandmother) sending $100, and Norm Brown donating $50. That brings our Air Fence fund total to $107,351 raised in 13 days.<BR><BR>When our Air Fence fund got up over $104,000 and with negotiations with AMA in full swing (maybe we should say, slow swing, sometimes it seems like we're trying to speed up a glacier) over cooperative deployment, we figured it was time to designate new donations towards Air Fence for use at non-AMA races.<BR><BR>All contributors will still be listed in the contributor list, but additional donations pledged (as a result of our website postings) after 9:00 a.m. PDT Friday, April 27 are not being used for the purchase, transport, maintenance and deployment of Air Fence at AMA races. Instead, the additional money is being used to obtain and deploy Air Fence for the protection of racers at non-AMA events.<BR><BR>Many of the riders who compete at AMA races also compete in, for example, Formula USA races and WERA National Challenge races as well as at their home tracks.<BR><BR>And, as Metzeler/Pirelli's Andreas Bronnen, himself a racer, points out, we need to protect all our racers and try to prevent all serious injuries, because "For me there is no difference if some guy gets killed in an AMA or CCS race," such an event is equally tragic no matter what the sanctioning body.<BR><BR>So we're continuing the Air Fence fund for the overall good of our racers nationwide, no matter what their sanction or affiliation.<BR><BR>Our first additional project will be to fund four sections of Air Fence for use in the turn at Texas World Speedway where Ryan Smith died two seasons ago, with use of the sections (we hope) to be shared by CMRA and RPM when the Texas-based organizations hold races at Texas World.<BR><BR>It's notable that this news has not set off a flood of new contributions from Texans or people who race at Texas World Speedway. And while several good-hearted Texans stood up and tossed their money into the hat when we first started this project, we still have to ask of the rest of the people in Texas, where are you?<BR><BR>Meanwhile, anyone who has already mailed a contribution we have not yet received, and who objects to the continuation of the Air Fence project with funds directed at non-AMA races and venues, should contact us for a complete refund. All funds received prior to April 27 at 9:00 a.m. PDT will go towards the use of Air Fence at AMA events or at AMA-sanctioned events, or at events at which AMA officials wish to deploy Air Fence.<BR><BR>Direct questions/comments to custsvc@roadracingworld.com<BR><BR><BR>Along with his donation, Team Ten 40 Racing's Cincera sent a note that read "Big brass balls, as usual. Thanks for being one of the few to take action instead of just talking. Here's my check, I wish it could be more. Keep going."<BR><BR>Some earlier contributors sent notes and letters, including these two:<BR><BR>Scott Willock: "The Air Fence drive is doing great! I would like to make a request. Earlier I contributed $1000, and I was wondering if you could add a note next to my name on the list ‘In Memory of Larry Schwarzbach'. Larry and I started running AMA Nationals at about the same time, and since no one has mentioned him yet, I would like to be the one to honor him. He was a good kid. Thanks."<BR><BR>Jeffrey Fillmore: "When I called this morning to donate to the Air Fence fund, I quickly realized that it was probably the easiest $200 I've ever spent. If I ever see even just one rider go into an Air Fence instead of a concrete barrier or steel rail and walk away, I'll know that I was a small part of something that made a difference.<BR><BR>"I also realized that, although obviously not his intention, John Ulrich has played a pivotal role in<BR>motorcycle road racing with this one action. Once these Air Fence modules are deployed, I can't imagine<BR>Pro Racing ever going back to racing without them. As such, John has made a huge stride in ensuring that<BR>another needless, wasteful, and PREVENTABLE death or career-ending injury doesn't have to happen. Any future American National Champion or World Champion who has been spared death or serious injury by an Air Fence at any time in their career will owe John Ulrich a small piece of that Championship.<BR><BR>"Thanks, John, for standing up and making a difference."<BR><BR><BR><BR>The updated list of contributions now reads:<BR><BR>Erik Buell/Buell Motorcycle Company $5800<BR>Trent Thompson/Paramount Racing $5000<BR>Anonymous $4725<BR>Dynojet Research $3200<BR>Steve Brubaker/Race Tire Service $3000<BR>John Ulrich/Roadracing World $2900<BR>Aprilia USA $2900<BR>American Suzuki Motor Corp. $2900<BR>Ducati North America $2900<BR>Jonathan Glaefke $2900<BR>Susie and Bruce Meyers/BCM Racing Ducati $2900<BR>Wegman Benefit Fund/Gordon Lunde Sr. $2900<BR>Performance Machine $2900<BR>Dunlop Motorcycle Tire Co. $2900<BR>Max McAllister/Traxxion Dynamics $2900<BR>Wendell Phillips/Lockhart Phillips $2500<BR>Advanced Motor Sports/In Memory of Dirk Piz $2000<BR>L.A. Bikers/labiker.org $1810<BR>Dennis Smith/Sport Tire Services $1500<BR>Marc Salvisberg/Factory Pro Tuning $1450<BR>Bob Dragich/Roadracing World $1450<BR>Fred Renz/Yoyodyne $1450<BR>WERA Motorcycle Roadracing $1450<BR>Bob Blandford/N.E. Sportbike Assn. $1100<BR>Chuck Warren/Arclight Suzuki $1000<BR>Jim Rashid/4&6 Cycle $1000<BR>Scott Willock/In Memory of Larry Schwarzbach $1000<BR>Don Emde/In Memory of Cal Rayborn $1000<BR>Jason Pridmore's Star Motorcycle School $1000<BR>Mark E. Dobeck/Techlusion Performance Group $1000<BR>G.M.D. Computrack Network $1000<BR>California Superbike School $1000<BR>Tachyon Racing/Tachyon Sports Injury Research Foundation $1000<BR>Intrepid Café Racers $775<BR>Yoshimura Racing $750<BR>Team Daemon Racing $600<BR>Don Lemelin/Scuderia West $500<BR>Kevin Erion/Erion Racing $500<BR>Pinky's Pizza of Walnut Creek $500<BR>Doug Gonda $500<BR>Jerry Wood/Penguin School $500<BR>Mike Canfield/Chandelle Motorsports $500<BR>Jim Davis/J6 Racing/In Memory of Dirk Piz $500<BR>Brooks Gremmels/Shogun Motorsports $500<BR>Jim Di Salvo/Alien Racing $500<BR>Dale Kieffer/Racers Edge Performance $500<BR>The Plummer Menapace Group $500<BR>Reg Kitrelle $500<BR>Bill St. John/Project Monza $400<BR>Jon Rust $400<BR>Jerry Jirkovsky $330<BR>Richard Hood/Reptillian Racing $300<BR>Edward S. Siccardi, Jr. $300<BR>Dan Fischer/Copier1.com $300<BR>David Finniff $300<BR>Marietta Motorsports $300<BR>Brendan Guy $300<BR>Dean Scarpa $300<BR>Anonymous $300<BR>Kurtis Roberts $300<BR>James Siddall/World Sports/Corbin Grand Prix $300<BR>Scott Fisher/Fisher Technical Services $250<BR>Chris Pyles & Beth Walters $250<BR>Peter Hively $250 <BR>Brian Mitchell $250<BR>Al Ludington $250<BR>Tim Simpson $250<BR>Spectrum Motorsports/VJB Racing $250<BR>David Roy, Ducati N. America $250<BR>Debbie Roy/Frenotec $250<BR>Joshua Hayes $250<BR>Gina Nadeau $250<BR>Jeannne Pyles $250<BR>John Ross/Ross Racing $250<BR>Brian Cincera $250<BR>Papa Thiam/WERA BBS $200<BR>Bill Capshaw/ICE Motorsports $200<BR>Scott Decker $200<BR>Terry Embury $200<BR>Jim "Dutch" MacKenzie/WERA BBS $200<BR>Scott Jenkins/Desmoto-sport $200<BR>Cliff Nobles $200 <BR>Aaron Yates $200<BR>Jodie York/RPM Cycles Ventura/WSMC #11 $200<BR>Mostro.org/Jeffrey Fillmore $200<BR>Jeff Bowis $200<BR>Rich & Lynda Alexander/In Memory of Dirk Piz $200<BR>Nils Menton $200<BR>MZ Scorpion Cup Racers $175<BR>Chris Kelley/California Cycleworks $150<BR>Robb Mc Elroy $150<BR>Tim Chin/Team Bandit $150<BR>Ed & Catherine Sorbo $150<BR>Damon Buckmaster $150<BR>Chris Hamilton/Grand Prix Direct $150<BR>Jim Williams/13x.com $125<BR>David Boosales/WERA BBS $125<BR>Mike Brown/Team 222 $125<BR>Chris Normand/Firestorm Racing $101<BR>Pat Stricker $100<BR>Gary Rand $100<BR>Michael Roberson/WERA BBS $100<BR>Sean Jordan/WERA BBS $100<BR>Army of Darkness $100<BR>Stuart Gregg $100<BR>Pinky's Pizza/Lippman Racing $100<BR>Bob Szoke $100<BR>TyrSox $100<BR>Ron West/Omzig Productions $100<BR>Joe Facer $100<BR>Preston Rash $100<BR>Geoff Maloney/GP Tech $100<BR>Melissa Berkoff/Neighbor Of The Beast $100<BR>Caesar Gonzales/WERA BBS $100<BR>Dorina Groves $100<BR>Dorina Groves $100/In Memory of Jamie Bowman $100<BR>Philip Rusin/RC51.net $100<BR>Allen "Spence" Spencer $100<BR>Matt Wadsworth $100<BR>Dean N. De St. Croix $100<BR>Tony Tugwell/TZ250.com $100<BR>Bart Fuqua/Team LGC $100<BR>Brian Stokes/Marietta Motorsports $100<BR>Chris "Opie" Caylor/Marietta Motorsports $100<BR>David McElvain/NEDoD $100<BR>Ned "Peanut" Brown/NESBA/TPM $100<BR>Vance Hacecky $100<BR>Patrick Mee $100<BR>Dave and Jason Parker $100<BR>Paul Kingsburgh/RC45.net $100<BR>Lucky Deleoni $100<BR>Tom Drumm $100<BR>David Brown $100<BR>Steve Moonitz $100<BR>Jake Swan $100<BR>Chris Story $100<BR>Chris Eklund $100<BR>Randy Ball/WERA BBS $100<BR>Mark Hellvig $100<BR>Gary Schilling/On Time Racing/WERA BBS $100<BR>Steve Sumner $100<BR>Laura Granato/WERA BBS $100<BR>Norm Viano/Lawdog Sports Mgmt $100<BR>Kevin Jordan/Jordan Motorsports $100<BR>Val Gregory/In Memory of Dirk Piz $100<BR>Dave Gess $100<BR>Rob Berlind $100<BR>Paul Black $100<BR>Steve Hewitt $100<BR>Mike Ciccotto $100<BR>Tripp Nobles $100<BR>Scott Rehl $100<BR>Steve & Lorraine Aledort $100<BR>Jeff Rozycki/29dreams.com Racing $100<BR>Chris Ulrich/In Memory of Russ Paulk And Toby Jorgensen $100<BR>Giorgio Milesi/Galfer Brakes USA $100<BR>Al Lyons/CMRRA $100<BR>Linda Hopkins $100<BR>John Hopkins/In Memory of Jamie Bowman and Toby Jorgensen $100<BR>Vicky&Michael Menard $100<BR>Silvia Salenius/Ducati.net Online $100<BR>HG Racing/AMA Pro Thunder $100<BR>Red Fox Racing $100<BR>Greg Ruffin $100<BR>John Donald/PTC Racing $100<BR>Larry Pegram $100<BR>Pamela Skaff/WERA BBS $100<BR>J.D. Hord/Meccanica Corse Racing $100<BR>Mark Sutton $100<BR>Steve Scott/LRRS#47 $100<BR>Eric Putter $100<BR>Jim Doerfler $100<BR>Ira Englebardt $100<BR>Joe & Nancy Fenech $100<BR>Earl Hayden $100<BR>Chuck Sorensen $100<BR>D&D Thrush Farms $100<BR>Jeff Wilson/American Suzuki $100<BR>Adam Vella/Webcrush Racing $100<BR>Chuck Gault/Motobama $100<BR>Gary Longren $100<BR>Stephan Hottenrott $100<BR>David Kunzelman $100<BR>C.R. "Critter" Gittere/WERA BBS $100<BR>John Light/Lightsmith Racing $100<BR>Ken & Arlene Block (Ed Sorbo's Mom) $100<BR>Chris Link/CMRA/In Memory of Jamie Bowman $100<BR>Josh Steinberg $100<BR>Broad Squad/CCS NE $100<BR>Logan Young $100<BR>Bob & Sherrie Young $100<BR>Ann Sands $100<BR>Tyson Kamp $75<BR>Vito Dionisio/WERA BBS $75<BR>Erica B. Smith & John F.X. Walsh $55<BR>Max Buxton/NEDoD $50<BR>Nelo Hakola $50<BR>Tyler Sandell $ 50<BR>David J. Kopfinger $ 50<BR>Aaron Loyd $50<BR>Martin Voelker $50<BR>Steve Hopkins $50<BR>Louis DeBlois $50<BR>Leigh Taunton/EMGO $50<BR>Randy Sinisi $50<BR>Danny Hull $50<BR>Team Skidmark Racing $50<BR>Ryan Meskimen/WERA BBS $50<BR>Erik Astrup $50<BR>Paul Zavada $50<BR>James Greeson/WERA BBS $50<BR>Victor Mokler $50<BR>Steve Clark/J. Guthridge/Tight Squeeze Racing $50<BR>Nate Olsen $50<BR>Anthony Moey $50<BR>Dustin Miller $50<BR>Jim Frost/NEDoD $50<BR>Steve Martinez $50<BR>Jason Temme/Serpent Racing $50<BR>Mike Hodgson/WERA BBS $50<BR>Chris Borre/Motorcycleroadracer.com $50<BR>Richard Barker/AIM/In Memory of Dirk Piz $50<BR>Mike Reish/Reish Dot Net $50<BR>Kenyon Kluge/K2 Racing $50<BR>Darin Nichols/Team Unit $50<BR>Richard Davis $50<BR>Allen Lyon/Ducati.net Online $50<BR>Eric H. Mathy $50<BR>Steve Breckenridge $50<BR>Jim Race/Speaksy Racing $50<BR>James Aragon $50<BR>James Hayton/Kochenbaulz Racing/WERA BBS $50<BR>Anthony D'Augusta $50<BR>Norm Brown $50<BR>Don Moody $35<BR>Lindsey Leard $30<BR>Dave Deggendorf/WERA BBS $30<BR>Steve Sturm/Squidvision Racing $30<BR>George Gervasi/Projekt9 Racing $30<BR>Bob Elam $30<BR>The Heidepriems/WERA BBS $30<BR>Kimberly Scheffel/rider/race fan/pit keeper $30<BR>Greg Gabis $29<BR>Ripley Howe $29<BR>Mark Hatten/Meccanica Corse Racing $29 <BR>Ted Angle $25<BR>Susanne Hopkins $25<BR>Nolan Ballew $25<BR>Josh Loberant $25<BR>Charles Tomes $25<BR>Jon DeMent $25<BR>Timothy Wilson $25<BR>Mark Novak $25<BR>Rene Ferron $25<BR>Sean Patrick Brisini $25<BR>Richard Korol $25<BR>Eric and Christine Loranger $25<BR>Dee Moses $25<BR>Kyle Kirschenmann/Bayou Riders of Louisiana $25<BR>Marc Asmus $25<BR>Mike Henry $25<BR>S.C. Pittman $20<BR>Jamieson D. Yonker $20<BR>Garret Swearingen $20<BR>Darrin Zumbaum $20<BR><BR>To pledge a contribution, call Roadracing World at (800) 464-8336 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when operators will be standing by. Credit cards accepted. Pledges can also be made by e-mailing custsvc@roadracingworld.com. Make checks payable to Roadracing World. Money raised will be used for buying Air Module/Air Fence sections, as well as for deployment expenses and for shipping, tax and import duties.<BR><BR><BR>