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Apr 7, 2002

AMA Operations Manager Gary Mathers Confirms, "This is my last race."

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>AMA Pro Racing Road Racing Operations Manager Gary Mathers confirmed to Roadracingworld.com that the Superbike race at Calfornia Speedway April 5-7 was his last event as an AMA Pro Racing employee. <BR><BR>"This is my last race," Mathers told a reporter in the California Speedway media center Sunday morning. Mathers said that one of the reasons he was leaving was because he got in too much trouble for being open, answering questions honestly.<BR><BR>When asked if he would consider going back to his previous profession as a racing team manager, Mathers said that he had no such plans but would consider any proposals that seemed fun because his wife, an AMA Pro Racing registration worker, wanted to stay involved in racing.<BR><BR>When asked at Daytona about rumors that he would leave following the Fontana race, Mathers was evasive, demanded to know where a reporter had heard he was leaving, then denied talking to the source of the information. Asked directly whether he was leaving or not, Mathers said "I'm not saying anything. You can print anything you want." For reference, see our post dated 03/10/02).