Aug 14, 2002
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From a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:<BR><BR>PRIDMORE WINS LOCKHART-PHILLIPS FORMULA XTREME TITLE ON A TIEBREAKER <BR><BR>After nine rounds and hundreds of miles of racing, the 2002 Lockhart-Phillips Formula Xtreme Series ended in a tie between Attack Suzuki's Jason Pridmore and Bruce Transportation Group Honda's Jake Zemke. Pridmore earned the championship by virtue of a tiebreaker--Pridmore won two races during the season to Zemke's one. The championship completed a triumphant return for Pridmore, who was a top Formula Xtreme rider in the 2001 series, but was forced to miss most of the season after suffering a broken leg.<BR><BR>"People don't know how hard it is to come back from some of the injuries I put on myself," said the 32-year-old Pridmore from Ventura, Calif. "I wouldn't say that I'm always the most positive person, but racing's what I love to do and I love the team I'm with and sometimes I want to win more for them than I do myself. The competition this year with Jake and Damon -- I knew this was going to be a wild and wacky weekend (at the VIR finale)."<BR><BR>Pridmore won two of the nine rounds in the series. He rode his Attack Suzuki GSXR1000 to victories at Pikes Peak International Raceway and Road America and earned six podium finishes. The son of three-time AMA Superbike champion Reg Pridmore, Jason has four-career AMA Formula Xtreme wins placing him sixth on the all-time wins list for the series. Pridmore adds another AMA championship trophy to his mantle, he was the AMA 750 Supersport champ (now called Superstock) in 1997.<BR><BR>Pridmore's title brings Suzuki its second-straight championship in the burgeoning Formula Xtreme Series, which launched in 1997 as a spin-off of the old SuperTeams competition. Pridmore hopes to defend his title next year. "I'd like to be back with Attack Suzuki (next year), this championship probably didn't hurt things today," said Pridmore. "I'd like to come and defend the title that's for sure."<BR><BR>Pridmore dedicated his championship to a friend David Holman. "He was a great kid and great friend and had an accident down in Costa Rica jumping down a water cliff and broke his neck and passed away in January. I told his Dad I was dedicating this season to him."