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Dec 19, 2001

New 125cc Series To Run In Conjunction With CCS Races

From a press release, which has been confirmed as accurate by CCS' Kevin Elliott:<BR><BR><BR>The United States Grand Prix Riders' Union, an association of GP125 riders created for the sole purpose of organizing 125 GP races & promoting and developing the 125GP class in the United States, announces the 2002 USGPRU 125GP National Championship schedule. The USGPRU is an affiliate organization to CCS (Championship Cup Series)/Clear Channel Entertainment<BR><BR>For 2002 we have partnered with race organizers at Clear Channel Entertainment who will run a 13 race Championship Series concurrently with Formula USA and the Championship Cup Series (CCS) events across the US and Canada.<BR><BR>Competition is split between three primary regions including East, Midwest and West with four races scheduled at premiere venues throughout each region. The Grand Finale Final will be run at Virginia International Raceway October 5-6. <BR><BR>Tracks scheduled for 2002 include Daytona, Road America, VIR, Summit Point, Mosport (F-USA/Canadian National), Vegas Classic Course, Rausch Creek, Mid America Motorplex, Thunderhill, Streets of Willow and others.<BR><BR>Riders will compete for points towards the National Championship in three of four races within their home region and a single race outside their home region as well as the series combined final at VIR October 5-6. <BR><BR>Riders who compete in every event within their home region, as well as a single race outside their region, will be allowed to "throw out" their lowest placing finish. These points will carry forward to VIR in October where the National Champion will be determined.<BR><BR>Riders will also score Regional Championship Points within their home region. These points will accumulate to determine each Regional Champion. To score points riders must be members of the USGPRU.<BR><BR>Notable changes for GP125 class this year include the use of electronic timing at all USGPRU events Nationwide, the adoption of FIM rider and bike weight regulations for the GP125 class and the lowering of the minimum age to 14 for competitors at all events other than Daytona.<BR><BR>Each Region has a single Regional Rider Representative who will work directly with CCS and F-USA Race Officials to insure the smooth running of the events.<BR><BR>The USGPRU 125GP National Championship events will feature 50km+ (approx. 32 miles) length races with electronic and qualification timing (confirmed for all but 2 events but anticipated for all events) for all competing riders. Entry fees will be $85.00 per race and will include transponders. Practice sessions will be available for competitors prior to most rounds on the schedule for a small additional cost. Cash purses and contingency sponsorship will operate from within the CCS framework providing numerous contingency sponsors for the series and additional, exclusive USGPRU GP125 National Championship Series sponsorship is being provided by GP Star Hollywood, Silkolene/ SilkoleneStore.com, Hjelm Motorsports, TrackTimer and many others.<BR><BR>Riders will be licensed under CCS requirements by the USGPRU and will receive photo ID licenses which can be used for any USGPRU or CCS event in 2002 including the F-USA rounds at Daytona and Mosport. The cost of these annual licenses is only $100.00 US, the same as the basic CCS license. Special arrangement will be made for Canadian participants to register for any or all events at a reduced rate if they carry a valid, nationally recognized license.<BR><BR>Schedules, rules, event and travel information, track information, results, video and technical information is available at the USGPRU website and will be updated prior to and after each round. Four quarterly newsletters will also be published and mailed to competitors registered<BR>with the USGPRU.<BR><BR>Series schedule and detailed information is available online at www.usgpru.org. <BR><BR>Additional questions can be directed to any of the Regional Representatives:<BR><BR>Western Region: Stuart Aitken-Cade: stuart@usgpru.org<BR><BR>Midwest Region: John Hjelm: john@usgpru.org <BR><BR>Eastern Region: Jonathan Flack: jonathan@usgpru.org <BR><BR>United States Grand Prix Riders' Union<BR>80 Madison Avenue, Suite 3H<BR>New York, NY 10016<BR>212-689-7844<BR><BR>or to Kevin Elliott at CCS / Clear Channel Entertainment: kevin.elliott@sfx.com<BR><BR>The complete USGPRU Schedule Follows:<BR><BR>WESTERN REGION:<BR>Thunderhill Park, April 27-28<BR>Streets of Willow, June 1-2<BR>Thunderhill Park, August 10-11 <BR>Las Vegas Classic Course, September 7-8 Double Points<BR><BR>MIDWEST REGION:<BR>Road America, April 26-28<BR>Mid-America Motorplex, June 29-30<BR>Mosport F-USA Toronto, July 19-21 Double Points<BR>Hallett Raceway, August 31-September 1<BR><BR>EASTERN REGION:<BR>Daytona International Speedway, Feb 28-March 3 Double Points<BR>Summit Point, May 11-12<BR>Rausch Creek, June 1-2<BR>Virginia International Raceway, July 27-28<BR><BR>ALL REGIONS: <BR>Virginia International Raceway - FINAL - October 5-6 Double Points<BR><BR>Contacts:<BR><BR>Ken Abbott: Clear Channel Entertainment, Formula USA, 630-566-6100<BR><BR>Kevin Elliott: Clear Channel Entertainment, CCS,<BR>817-332-4822<BR><BR>Jonathan Flack: USGPRU, 212-689-7844, jonathan@usgpru.org / jonathan@graymatterproductions.com <BR><BR>Stuart Aitken-Cade: USGPRU, 650-625-0732<BR>