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Jan 16, 2014

CMRA And WERA Joining Forces In U.S. National Endurance Series In 2014

Village Idiots (1), CMRA's Overall Endurance Champions. Photo by Linz Leard/NineSevenImages, courtesy of CMRA.

CMRA and WERA Team Up For Brand New US National Endurance Series for 2014

Exciting news for endurance racing, as CMRA and WERA join forces for the US National Endurance Series for the 2014 season. The US National Endurance Series will consist of four rounds, two hosted by CMRA and two hosted by WERA. Three of the rounds will be full WERA National rounds, which will give competitors a chance to qualify for the WERA Grand National Finals at the end of the season.

The rounds are as follows, with the Endurance races running on Saturday, and Thursday at the WERA GNF:

March 22/23 "The 8 hours of Texas Endurance Race" hosted by CMRA at Texas World Speedway, College Station, TX
April 5/6 NOLA Motorsports Park - 6 hour, hosted by WERA, New Orleans, LA

May 16/18 Hallett Motor Racing Circuit - 6 hour hosted by CMRA, Hallett, OK

October 23/26 WERA Grand National Finals at Barber Motorsports Park - 4 hour, hosted by WERA, Birmingham, AL

Teams competing only in this series will not be required to purchase the hosting organization's license for these selected events. All valid race licenses will be accepted (CMRA, WERA, CCS, MRA, AMA, etc). Two of the rounds, Hallett and NOLA, will be WERA National Challenge qualifiers for the GNF, in addition the NOLA round will also be a WERA Sportsman round, so riders will be able to receive a Sportsman invitation for the WERA GNF as well. To qualify for the GNF, riders will need to purchase a WERA license. A WERA representative will be available at the two CMRA rounds - Texas World and Hallett, for that purpose.


The Series will also have a bonus purse for the overall winner, as well as bonus contingencies. The initial bonus purse is $2500, with CMRA and WERA both contributing $1000, and the "Best of the West" contributing $500. Additional contigency and prizes will be announced as they are finalized.

CMRA Race Director Walker Walter said, "Both WERA and CMRA have a rich history in endurance racing, with that in mind it just makes sense that we work together on this. Obviously we're starting small and in our own backyards but hopefully over the next few seasons we can grow this new series into something much bigger. Something that will attract teams from all over the United States. We want everyone to know that this is not just a WERA/CMRA Endurance series but rather it's a National Endurance Series that's open to all licensed racers."

Evelyne Clarke, WERA Motorcycle Roadracing CEO, said, “WERA is very pleased to have formed a working relationship with CMRA and present the US National Endurance Series for 2014. CMRA and WERA both believe in Endurance Racing coming up with this program we will bring more competition to the Series and we will be able to post some year-end bonus awards/contingency for the teams participating in the four rounds."

Shandra Crawford, organizer for the California State Championship/Best of the West Shootout, shared, "This is a great opportunity to positively promote the grassroots core of motorcycle road racing with these clubs combining efforts. The endurance end of the sport is very challenging, and doesn't always get the same exposure as sprint racing does. I'm very happy to support this effort by contributing to the season end bonus purse on behalf of the Best of the West and bringing whatever I can to further enable this joint effort."

For more information about the US National Series, go to: www.cmraracing.com, www.wera.com.