Jan 1, 2012
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Ben Spies (11) was named in the original Roadracing World Young Guns feature, published in 1997.
We are collecting nominations for the 15th Annual Roadracing World Young Guns feature, highlighting up-and-coming young road racers from the United States and Canada.
Race sanctioning bodies and race teams are encouraged to nominate their young riders, and riders may nominate themselves.
To be considered for the Young Guns feature, a racer must be between the ages of 11 and 18 at the start of 2012; have finished in the top three in a sanctioned Expert-level road race or Championship on a 125cc or larger motorcycle with full-size wheels; and reside within the United States or Canada. Amateur racers with extraordinary road racing accomplishments will also be considered. Teenagers with paid professional rides may or may not be excluded to make room for up-and-coming riders, as required by space limitations.
The Roadracing World Young Guns series started as an answer to critics who said America lacked up-and-coming young riders.
Returning Young Guns should call David Swarts at 951-245-6411 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday to quickly update their profile information and arrange submission of current photos.
To nominate a new youngster for the latest Young Guns feature, obtain, fill out and return a 2012 Young Guns questionnaire to Roadracing World by January 31, 2012. Once again, racers can nominate themselves.
Questionnaires may be obtained by requesting them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and questionnaires should be returned via e-mail. Racers are also welcome to submit a resume, but the questionnaire must also be filled out completely.
In addition to their completed questionnaires, candidates should also submit an action photo and a head shot (a simple passport photo is acceptable) suitable for magazine reproduction; each submitted photo must include written permission (an e-mail is acceptable) from the photographer giving Roadracing World the specific right to publish that photo free of charge. Scans and photocopies of photos usually are not usable. Digital images must be high-resolution, or 300 ppi/dpi or higher at 4 x 6 inches. All photos must have the name of the rider and the photographer included, along with when and where the photo was taken, including the racetrack and race sanctioning body. Hard copies of photos will be returned.
The mailing address is: Roadracing World, Attn: Young Guns, P.O. Box 1428, Lake Elsinore, CA 92531-1428
The FedEx or other overnight delivery address is: Roadracing World, Attn: Young Guns, 581-C Birch St., Lake Elsinore, CA 92530.
Late and incomplete submissions may or may not be considered.
The 14 Young Guns features to date appeared in the November 1997, March 1999, February 2000, March 2001, February 2002, April 2003, April 2004, May 2005, June 2006, April 2007, April 2008, April 2009, April 2010 and April 2011 issues of Roadracing World.
If you have any questions, call 951-245-6411 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) and ask to speak to David Swarts or e-mail email@example.com.