Nov 27, 2008
Chris Ulrich giving a reporter a ride on his two-seat GSX-R1000 racebike earlier this year at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Team Roadracingworld.com and Chris Ulrich, the sixth-place finisher in the 2007 and 2008 AMA Superstock Championships, will be holding a fundraising event November 29-30 at Fontana, California's Auto Club Speedway, in association with Fastrack Riders Association (FRA).
In exchange for a cash donation, which will go to the Roadracing World Action Fund (a non-profit organization which advocates and promotes the use of soft barriers to prevent racetrack injuries), Ulrich will take donors for a couple of fast laps around Auto Club Speedway's 2.3-mile, 21-turn infield road course on the back of his Pirelli-slick-shod, 185-horsepower, 198-mph GSX-R1000 racebike, which has been fitted with a passenger seat, passenger foot rests and a grab handle on the fuel tank.
Ulrich normally uses the retired racebike as an outreach tool during the race season, giving rides on the racetrack to local mainstream media representatives prior to AMA Championship events to help them better understand the sport of motorcycle road racing.
Prior to the 2007 Suzuki Superbike Challenge Weekend at Auto Club Speedway, Ulrich gave rides to KTLA-TV Sports Anchor Damon Andrews, KNBC-TV's Amanda Maynard, Squeeze OC reporter Laila Derakhshanian and 1993 500cc GP World Champion Kevin Schwantz. And earlier this year, Ulrich gave correspondent Alison Haislip a two-seater ride for a segment aired on G4 Network's "Attack of the Show."
This Thanksgiving Day weekend will be the fourth consecutive year Ulrich, Team Roadracingworld.com and FRA have held the ridealong fundraiser to benefit the Roadracing World Action Fund.
Gates for the FRA event open at approximately 6:45 a.m. each day, and rides on the two-seater will be available from approximately 9:00 a.m. until approximately 5:00 p.m. contingent on weather, the condition of the track, the condition of the bike, etc.
Full professional riding gear will be provided on loan free of charge courtesy of FRA and Team Roadracingworld.com; however, due to limited supplies, all sizes may not be available and it is possible that not everyone will be able to ride (although everyone who wanted to ride was accomodated at previous events). All rides will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are required.
The minimum donation amount will be $50. Larger donations will earn additional laps. Photos and videos of the rides may be available for an extra donation.
For additional information on the Roadracing World Action Fund, go to: ~
To see actual video footage from a two-seat rides with Ulrich at California Speedway, go to: ~
To see the "Attack of the Show" segment with Chris Ulrich, go to: ~
For more information about Fastrack Riders track days, go to ~