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Dec 18, 2001

Free Practice For WSMC Racers December 26-30

From a press release:<BR> <BR>WSMC Members to Receive Five Free Days of Tuning and Testing<BR><BR>No Charge for Track Time to Licensed Motorcycle Racers<BR><BR>For licensed racers with the Willow Springs Motorcycle Club, the holiday season just got a little sweeter. As a gesture of appreciation to WSMC members, raceway owner Bill Huth will be providing open testing and tuning on the historic 2.5-mile road course free of charge to anyone who holds a valid Novice or Expert license with WSMC. The track will be open to all qualified riders from December 26-30, 2001. Currently licensed motorcycle racers from other organizations who aren't a member of WSMC can also take advantage of the five days of free track time by simply purchasing a WSMC license.<BR><BR>"This is my way of saying ‘thank you' to all the people who've come out to my racetrack and helped make my club a success," explained Huth, who has owned the historic raceway since 1962. "I've seen a lot of young kids come up through the ranks at Willow Springs and go on to become successful champions and team owners, and I know how hard it is. A few extra days of practice right now will help some of these racers get set for next season, and might save them a lot time and money."<BR><BR>One such racer is WSMC member Chuck Graves, who this month won his third overall championship with WSMC. Graves, the winningest rider in Willow Springs history, also completed a very successful 2001 season as a team owner competing in AMA Pro Racing's Formula Xtreme class. Graves Motorsports' Damon Buckmaster was a top contender all year and came within one point of winning the championship. The title ultimately went to Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's John Hopkins, another of many riders whose careers began at Willow Springs. Both Hopkins and Graves are long-time WSMC members.<BR><BR>Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, a registered California State Point of Historical Interest, is a 600-acre complex of six racetracks embracing nearly every conceivable motorsports discipline. In addition to the historic 2.5-mile road course built in 1953, the Willow Springs facility includes the Streets of Willow, a 1.5-mile, 14-turn multi-configuration road course ideal for testing, club racing, and schools; a 1/4-mile paved oval; a 3/8-mile clay oval; a .625-mile Karting track; and just-completed 1/4-mile testing and tuning circuit which has yet to be named. The facility also has an off-road driving and riding area for testing of off-road vehicles. The park is located about an hour north of Los Angeles, California near Lancaster.<BR><BR>For more information, please contact Willow Springs International Motorsports Park at (661) 256-6666.<BR>