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Sep 13, 2001

Willow Springs Issues Statement On Cancellation Of AMA Pro National Following 9/11 Attacks

Willow Springs International Raceway
September 13, 2001
Rosamond, CA.

The Toyota/Budweiser/Coca Cola AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike event scheduled for September 14-16 at Willow Springs International Raceway has been canceled, and will not be rescheduled this year. If you have purchased tickets for the event, please contact your ticket agent directly for a refund. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and share in your disappointment. On Monday night, we were all looking forward to a great weekend of championship motorcycle racing. The next morning, it was like a different world. At that point, we knew this cowardly attack on our nation would have an affect our event, but not to what extent.

We understood the problems we all faced. The event was just three days away, and related events would begin the very next day. But we were ready, and the factory teams were arriving. Later that day the decision was made by AMA Pro Racing to postpone the event. AMA's Scott Hollingsworth said of that decision, "From a purely logistical standpoint, it does not appear feasible to expect cross-country travel to be fully restored soon enough to accommodate attending or participating in this race. Of equal importance are considerations regarding the appropriateness of holding a sporting event in the wake of Tuesday's horrible events."

AMA Pro Racing's idea of rescheduling the event at Willow Springs in October following their race in Virginia was not feasible because we feel we must honor our commitments to other race organizations, who put as much time and effort into their upcoming events as we did into ours. The earliest possibility for an alternate date is late November, which would be out of the question anyway. And from a track owners' standpoint, Virginia International Raceway has probably been promoting their September 28-30 AMA event as the Championship Finals just as we did last year, and to change that really wouldn't be fair to them. We want to take this opportunity to wish V.I.R. and all the riders competing there a safe and successful event.

We hope that we can work something out with AMA Pro Racing to host one of the Southern California rounds of this great road racing series in the 2002 season.

We took a pretty big hit financially, but we will survive. Besides, any losses or inconveniences from the cancellation of this race pale in comparison to what some people have had to endure this week. And quite honestly, it all seems insignificant compared to the unbelievable number of lives lost and all the suffering. Our best hopes go out to all those directly affected by the tragic events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

Christopher Huth
Willow Springs International Raceway