Mission Foods Named Title Sponsor of AMA Flat Track Grand Championship
Signs three-year title sponsorship deal supporting amateur flat track racing
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Mission Foods — the world’s leading manufacturer of tortillas, wraps and tortilla chips, and a proud supporter of flat track racing — will be the title sponsor of the 2022 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship (FTGC) at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill., July 7-13.
Over the past several years, Mission Foods has been a passionate supporter of motorsports, specifically backing flat track racing and riders on both the pro and amateur levels. Much of this support stems from the fact that Mission Foods CEO Juan Gonzalez is a motorcycle enthusiast and an ex-racer himself.
“We are excited to partner with the AMA Flat Track Grand Championship,” said Juan Gonzalez, Mission Foods Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to be able to support these up-and-coming racers, and I strongly believe that our partnership will create some unforgettable moments for all race fans.”
The AMA FTGC has served as the premier amateur flat track event since the mid-1970s and is the only race in the country where you can earn an AMA National No. 1 plate in amateur flat track racing. This year’s event will feature AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and On Any Sunday star David Aldana as Grand Marshal. Aldana plans to strap on his own steel shoe to race the Du Quoin Mile, which will be his first time racing a Mile event since his On Any Sunday days.
“It’s going to be exciting,” said Aldana of his participation, “because Mile racing is really different from the other disciplines. It’s been a while for me,” he added with a grin, “so I’m hoping I didn’t forget how it’s done!”
“Mission Foods has been instrumental in bringing significant energy to flat track at every level of the sport,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “We’re proud to have them on board as our title sponsor for seven days of the best amateur flat track action in the country.”
AMA National No. 1 plates will be awarded to racers in each class who have the highest number of points across all four disciplines of dirt track racing: Mile, Half-Mile, Short Track and TT.
Special awards that will be presented at the end of the event program include the prestigious Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award, AMA Fast Brain Award, AMA Vet/Senior Racer of the Year and AMA Youth Racer of the Year.
The Mission Foods AMA Flat Track Grand Championship schedule includes:
Thursday, July 7 — Group 2 TT
Friday, July 8 — Group 1 TT
Saturday, July 9 — Group 2/Vets/Vintage Mile
Sunday, July 10 — Group 1/Vintage Half Mile
Monday, July 11 — Group 2 Half Mile
Tuesday, July 12 — Group 1 & 2 Short Track
Wednesday, July 13 — Group 1 (Youth classes only) Short Track
For more information on Mission Foods, visit https://www.missionfoods.com/.
For more information on the upcoming AMA Flat Track Grand Championship, visit https://americanmotorcyclist.com/events-4/ama-flat-track-grand-championship/ and look for the latest event updates in American Motorcyclist magazine, on americanmotorcyclist.com and the AMA’s social media channels.
Racers can pre-register for the event at https://secure.tracksideprereg.com/ftgc/.
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