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Feb 14, 2002

First CCS Race Of 2002 At Streets Of Willow Twice As Big

From a press release:<BR><BR>CCS PRESENTED BY LOCKHART PHILLIPS USA DOUBLES LAST YEAR'S NUMBERS AT STREETS OF WILLOW<BR><BR>AURORA, Ill. (February 13, 2002) - Clear Channel Entertainment's motorsports division announced today that Formula USA's Championship Cup Series presented by Lockhart Phillips USA season opener more than doubled last year's rider entry numbers and was a 20% increase over last season's largest single event turnout at Streets of Willow.<BR><BR>There were 539 entries, 156 riders, and CCS paid out over $5500 in cash. Even with the Anaheim Supercross and the Super Bowl as competition, the rider turnout was formidable as 54 riders battled for the big money in the Speedscreen Unlimited GP races, and 46 riders chased the Akrapovic GTU purse around the 1.6 mile course at the Streets of Willow Springs. Brian Long, 2001 Expert Champion continued his winning ways with seven wins - one second and two thirds out of 12 races. <BR><BR>Along with the races, over one hundred people attended the CCS Pacific Awards presentation on Saturday night where 42 Regional Class Champions from 2001 were crowned and another 30 were recognized for their top five finishes in those same title classes. Rookie Experts Matthew Hartlieb and Dusty Schaller showed their talent as Hartlieb was on the podium seven times and Schaller had a respectable two podium finishes. Great accomplishments considering these rookies were racing against several regular Formula USA National Sportbike competitors. WSMC's Jeremy Toye came over from WSMC to try his luck, and with the help of off-track excursions by Brian Long and early leader Chad Roland; Toye was able to nail down the win and the lion's share of the Speedscreen Unlimited GP purse.<BR><BR>"This was a tremendous season opener for CCS presented by Lockhart Phillips USA, we are completely impressed with rider participation and excitement and this is a major victory for the Pacific region of CCS", said Kevin Elliott, CCS Manager for Formula USA.