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Aug 23, 2001

It's Self-serve Rig Parking At Pikes Peak AMA National

Basic services for AMA Pro racers and race teams took a step backward at Pikes Peak, with no one overseeing orderly parking of race team and rider transport vehicles on Tuesday and Wednesday.<BR><BR>In the past AMA officials have organized and overseen parking of rigs, both to avoid confusion and to improve the "presentation" of the paddock. Following a parking debacle at Sears Point in May, AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Holingsworth said that Ron Barrick would be arriving on Tuesday prior to AMA Nationals to ensure that parking was handled correctly.<BR><BR>That has apparently gone by the wayside, or maybe Hollingsworth just changed his mind.<BR><BR>While AMA Pro Racing has recently been increasing its headquarters office staff, the field operations position formerly held by Dan Lance has gone unfilled.<BR><BR>Lance formerly handled parking as well as track set-up, including haybale and Air Fence placement.<BR><BR>At Pikes Peak, Air Fence sections are being placed by Ben Tidswell, an employee of Alpina Safety Systems who is based in Colorado and usually handles Alpina's safety nets and safety barriers for use at downhill ski races.