Jun 21, 2001
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This challenge to the AMA just in from Jim Barry of Barry Motorsports, sponsor of Chuck Chouinard, via FAX to Roadracing World headquarters:<BR><BR><BR>I am going to offer this to the AMA:<BR><BR>We will put a stock (brand-new) motor in our frame and Chuck will get into the 1:13s at Loudon. If he doesn't, we will drop our appeal, never race in an AMA event again, and I will pay $200 a month for three years that is to be paid as a purse to 750cc Supersport racers.<BR><BR>If he does get into the 1:13s, the AMA will send a written apology to all our sponsors, every major racing publication and Chuck, and have Rob King and his sidekick Terry removed from their tech inspection duties!<BR><BR>Here is a brief summary of how slanderous their attack on Chuck's competitiveness is:<BR><BR>--Chuck is a 12-time LRRS Champion (four on a Honda 600, four on a Suzuki 750, four on a Yamaha R1)<BR><BR>--Chuck has the club track record at Loudon, 1:12.6 (I believe Jeff Wood also did a 1:12.6 this year) which was done on a (Yamaha YZF-) R1 with triple trees, ignition advance, pipe, airbox and slicks. The motor has never had its cases split! I still have the bike if they wanted to tech that, too!<BR><BR>--Chuck is the 1998 AMA Horizon Award winner (for road racing) (which he said he would stick up their ass if he had it with him)<BR><BR>--Chuck finished 10th in this year's Daytona 750 SS. race with 132.5 hp. Check the dyno computer!<BR><BR>--Chuck finished 8th in F-USA (this year's) with the same bike, 132.5 hp<BR><BR>--Chuck finished 2nd to Jamie Bowman at the 1999 F-USA 126 HP race at Pocono with 118 or 119 hp!<BR><BR>In the weekend prior to the AMA (event at) Loudon Chuck did the following:<BR><BR>--1:14.08 on a 2001 GSX-R600 with Hindle exhaust, cams degreed and race gas. That motor is available if the AMA still thinks he is uncompetitive!<BR><BR>--1:13.1 on the bike he rode in the Loudon National.<BR><BR><BR>And on the third lap of the Loudon 2001 Superbike race the shift pedal broke. Chuck finished 16th in the race and averaged 1:15.87 using fourth gear only!<BR><BR>I have also enclosed our appeal letter to the AMA. If there is any questions or advice please call (603) 759-3288.<BR><BR>Thanks,<BR>Jim Barry<BR><BR><BR><BR>In his appeal of Couinard's disqualification at Loudon, Barry wrote:<BR><BR>"We are requesting to have Chuck Chouinard's 2nd place disaqualification in the Loudon 750cc Supersport race reversed on the following grounds:<BR><BR>"1. The determining factors concerning the valves being illegal were inconclusive. The valves were not altered, they were cleaned using a method that is common practice.<BR><BR>"2. Chuck was discriminated against for his weight, as if there was a pre-determined lap time a bigger than average rider could go on his home track without being suspicious.<BR><BR>"If there are any questions please call."<BR><BR>The letter was addressed to "Director of Competition, AMA Pro Racing" and was signed by both Chouinard and Barry.