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AMA Pro Racing Superbike Operations Manager Ron Barrick accepted a giant ceremonial check for $104,000 from the Roadracing World Air Fence Fund just after 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning at Road Atlanta. Barrick was presented the check by Roadracing World's John Ulrich.
Following the check ceremony, held at winner's circle, several Air Fence Fund contributors autographed a section of Alpina Air Module in turn 12, including former Daytona 200 winner Don Emde, Chris Ulrich and Larry Pegram. Steve Rapp and Andreas Meklau signed on behalf of Ducati North America, which donated $2900 to the fund.
Ben Tidswell attended the ceremony and the signing on behalf of Alpina Safety Systems.
Donations are still being accepted for the fund, which will now obtain Air Fence for use at races sanctioned by organizations other than the AMA.
New donations received Sunday morning included $500 from American Honda's Gary Christopher, $500 from Full Spectrum Design (manufacturer of Pit bull bike stands), $100 from Twin Cities Yamaha, and $200 from RPM, the WERA affiliate in the South-central region.
Grant Lopez's sister, Sabrina, called in a $100 donation after reading about her brother's harrowing crash into the Air Fence situated at the wall outside Road Atlanta's turn 12.