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Feb 3, 2001

Lockhart-Phillips' Wendell Phillips On Sponsoring AMA Formula Xtreme

Lockhart-Phillips USA President Wendell Phillips interrupted his vacation in Hawaii to call Roadracing World headquarters and talk about his company's new sponsorship of the AMA Formula Xtreme class, saying, "We enjoyed sponsoring the 750 (Supersport) class. I think we sponsored that class for five years. When the Formula Xtreme class became available, the AMA called to tell us. We were happy to move up to Formula Xtreme because we see it as a stepping stone to the Superbike class. Plus, the 750 class had turned into a one-make class with the Suzuki 750. In Formula Xtreme, there are many different brands of bikes with Suzuki's new GSX-R1000, the Honda CBR929RR, and the others. It helps highlight the fact that Lockhart-Phillips USA makes parts and accessories for many different brands of bikes. We also like the fact that the Formula Xtreme class has its own show on Speedvision. The 750 class used to, but it went away around 1996. I'm excited about the Formula Xtreme class. We also sponsor the Unlimited Superbike class in Formula USA. We think the two classes go together hand-in-hand."

When asked about his feelings about the Formula Xtreme class not running at Daytona, Phillips said, "I haven't talked to them (AMA) about that. I don't know their reasoning for Formula Xtreme not running at Daytona, but let's just say that General Motors isn't gonna make the Camaro faster than the Corvette although they could."
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