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Dec 1, 2013

Two-Up Fundraiser To Help Deploy More Airfence: Chris Ulrich Breaks Records, Gives 89 Rides, Does 194 Laps (445.3 Miles) At Speed With Passengers In Two Days At Auto Club Speedway

Roadracing World Action Fund fundraiser at Auto Club Speedway: AMA Pro Superbike racer Chris Ulrich with passenger WERA West racer Krystyna Kubran on the GEICO Honda CBR1000RR two-seat Superbike. Photo by David Swarts, copyright Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
By David Swarts

AMA Pro Superbike racer Chris Ulrich, working with significant support from track day provider Fastrack Riders, Lucas Oil Products, Dunlop and others, set new records during the ninth-annual Roadracing World Action Fund (RWAF) benefit held this weekend at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California.

Ulrich gave RWAF donors 89 rides on his two-seat GEICO Honda CBR1000RR Superbike (42 on Saturday and 47 on Sunday), covering 194 laps -- or 445.3 miles at speed with a passenger around the 2.3-mile infield road course. That beats previous fund-raiser records for most two-up rides given in one day and over two days.

Riding with WERA West racer Krystyna Kubran as his passenger, Ulrich lapped the infield road course in 1:35.9. Although it did not surpass the two-up lap time record Ulrich set with Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup racer Anthony Alonso (1:35.2) in 2012, Ulrich’s lap with Kubran was a remarkable feat considering it came in the middle of the fund-raising marathon.

Ulrich did that lap time and all of his laps using standard, U.S.-made Dunlop KR448 front and KR449 rear slicks, and he used just two front tires and four rears during the entire 194-lap, 445.3-mile fundraiser.

The Dunlop slicks were mounted and balanced by FRP (FrictionRacingProducts.com). FRP is the official Dunlop trackside vendor at all Fastrack Riders events.

Ulrich also broke another important record--the most money ever raised in the nine-year history of the fundraiser. In just two days, Ulrich's efforts raised $6405, surpassing the previous record of $6314 set in 2012. The money will be used to deploy Airfence soft barriers at racetracks.

“It was a lot of fun yesterday and today,” said Ulrich. “We had a great group of passengers this year. It seemed like we had a lot of repeat customers and a lot of new customers brought out by our repeat customers.

“It’s always good to grow the event through word of mouth and have people come out and experience motorcycle road racing and have a good time. A lot of the new riders who came out are for sure going to be hooked on motorcycles.

“Every year we set some new record and we get more riders because the event grows, and we think, ‘How are we going to top that?’ We topped it by running a solid program last year, and we did it again this year, and next year we’re going to come back and it will be the same. The more and more this event goes on the more people find out about it and people tell their friends about their great experience and their friends come out and see it.

“It’s fun all around. I really enjoyed myself, but I’ve got to thank everyone who helped out this year: All the staff at Roadracing World and Fastrack Riders and all the people who brought their friends and family out to support a good cause.”

The fund-raiser was bolstered by terrific weather conditions and by the generosity of Lucas Oil Products, which once again made a donation so that selected employees and dealers could enjoy rides on the racetrack with Ulrich.

Over the last nine years Ulrich has raised a total of $33,474 giving two-up rides on his AMA Pro Superbike. That's in addition to raising awareness of motorcycle road racing by giving rides to broadcast and print journalists prior to AMA Pro Road Races, the two-seat Superbike's original mission.

Fastrack Riders has partnered with Ulrich and the Roadracing World Action Fund to hold the Thanksgiving weekend fundraiser each year for the last eight years, providing track time, riding gear and staff support. For more information, go to fastrackriders.com .

For more information on the Roadracing World Action Fund, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization which promotes the deployment of soft barriers to help prevent rider injuries at racetracks, go to www.roadracingworld.com/actionfund/ .
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