AMA Pro Racing Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner David Atlas announced Friday during the rider’s meeting at Barber Motorsports Park that he was working toward organizing a 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing season finale event October 28-30 at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California. Atlas said he had hoped to hold the season finale at the still-under-construction NOLA Motorsports Park, near New Orleans, Louisiana. “Unfortunately, NOLA couldn’t get its track to the condition that they felt confident, so we will be looking at next year,” said Atlas. “I will also tell you I have had my first indirect overture to the Austin, Texas track [Circuit of the Americas]. I wouldn’t expect to see [an AMA Pro Racing event] in Austin in 2012, but any state of the art track which meets FIM standards we’re going to be looking at very hard because we want to continue to upgrade what we are doing. “Now having said all of that, we have reached, with Indianapolis [which will host the AMA Pro XR1200 class], technically our 10-race sort of level that we have by contract with SPEED. Having said that, though, and apropos this concept of really wanting to have a nice way to end the season, we have been working hard to try to put something together in Southern California, as some of you know because you’ve been working with me on it. “I had hoped to give you a definitive answer on that today. I can’t because I’m going back to Los Angeles this week. I’m working with one of the major OEMs who’s represented here right now as we speak and with the Fontana track, but the condition for doing that event this year — it’s four and a half months away, so there’s plenty of time to plan — would be that it be a very special event. We simply have no interest in going back to Fontana if it suffers from the traditional low turnout it’s always earmarked in the past. So what we’ve been doing is putting together a very special configuration. We need the backing of at least one OEM, who’s indicated a willingness to do it but conditioned on the event being a rousing success. “So if we are not able to engineer Fontana — and I must acknowledge that half of you want what would be our 11th race and half of you don’t, so that creates an ambivalence I have to pay attention to as well — but if we have it, it should be something to be proud of. So with that, that’s pretty much where we stand right now. “I want you to take away from this that we are trying as hard as we can from month-to-month and year-to-year to elevate the series, and we’ll keep doing that.” The 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing season is currently scheduled to end September 2-4 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, New Jersey.
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