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Nov 27, 2001

Racer Milroy Says New Mid-America Motorplex Is Fast

Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

By David Swarts

"The track is really flat and smooth and is going to be really fast," said Jim Milroy, Jr., a multi-time CCS Champion from the Midwest and Great Plains regions, about the new Alan Wilson-designed, 2.3-mile, 15-turn road course in Iowa. "It's not very technical because it is so wide."

Milroy was invited to ride on the new racetrack during a media day that also hosted racers local to the Northeast Iowa/Southeast Nebraska area. The track is located approximately 20 miles south of Omaha, Nebraska.

"It should be pretty safe," continued Milroy. "Right now they are leveling the run-off areas so that they are at the same level as the track surface. They will be adding some small, short curbings similar to those at Road America, and they plan to add some gravel traps as well. The only problem that I had was the final corner before the pit straight. I felt that someone could run off there and go into the pits. So I requested that they add a gravel trap there and they are doing that."

According to Mid-America Motorplex's Aaron Johnson, the centerline of MAM's racing surface is within inches of the same elevation all the way around its 2.3 miles, providing a nearly flat course. Johnson also said that all of the corners have positive camber from 2.8 to 4.3 degrees. Before the asphalt was laid down, the location of MAM was a farmer's field, according to Johnson.

"Jim (Milroy) will be the head instructor at the track's own motorcyclist training school and will also run the track's weekly ‘Moto Mania' test and tune sessions," said Johnson. Moto Mania is designed to allow motorcyclists to take to the track each Wednesday night from 3:00 p.m. until dark to improve their skills. Riders who are not already licensed road racers will have to complete Milroy's training course to be involved in the open track sessions. The school's tuition is $195 with $50 going toward a season's club membership. Memberships range in price from $150 to $500 and determine how much a rider pays for each track day, from $100 to $40. Motorcyclists will be separated into groups based on ability and will share the track on Wednesday nights with go-karts running in separate groups.

Mid-America Motorplex is scheduled to open on March 29. The first scheduled motorcycle event for Mid-America Motorplex is with the CRA April 12-14. For more information, call Aaron Johnson at (402) 690-3234.
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