USA Speedway Launched, Board of Directors Takes Office

April 14, 2006 6:20am

PASADENA, California – USA Speedway Inc., the exclusive competition affiliate to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) for the sport of motorcycle Speedway racing, held its inaugural Board of Directors meeting here on Sunday, April 9.

As announced earlier this year, USA Speedway Inc. has assumed planning, development and management responsibilities for AMA-sanctioned Speedway racing under a three-year operating agreement with AMA Sports.

Key actions taken at Sunday’s meeting, hosted by the Flanders Company Inc., included:

Approval of the USA Speedway Code of Regulations
Election of officers
Appointment of standing committees
Approval of 2006 membership structure and fees

Here is the composition of the USA Speedway Board of Directors and executive staff following Sunday’s internal elections:

Ryan Evans, Glendora, California, Chairman
Dave Joiner, Auburn, California, Vice-Chairman
Ken Saillant, Pickerington, Ohio, Treasurer
Bill Amick, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Interim Executive Director and Secretary
Harald Zechner, Pasadena, California, Assistant Secretary
Bill Cody, Garden Grove, California
Paul Flanders, Pasadena, California
Brian Gaines, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Gary Hicks Sr., Riverside, California
Rick Miller, Stevenson Ranch, California

The Audit and Finance Committee of USA Speedway consists of Chairman Ken Saillant, Paul Flanders and Brian Gaines.

The USA Speedway Rules Committee, chaired by Interim Executive Director Bill Amick, consists of Dave Brant, Woodland, California; Richard Child, Riverside, California; Bryan Galvin, Corona, California; Drew Gatewood, Chesterton, Indiana; George Halyak, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Joe Jones, Ontario, California; Steve Lucero, Fontana, California; Robert Mellor, Roseville, California; George Rich, Anaheim, California; Ken Saillant (AMA Representative), Pickerington, Ohio; and Duane Yarrow, Vacaville, California.

Elections will be held this summer so that USA Speedway Competition Members can select three rider representatives to the Rules Committee. Based on the distribution of Speedway activity in the United States, 1 rider will be elected from the AMA/USA Speedway Northwest Region, 1 from the Southwest Region and one from the Central and Eastern Regions combined.

All members of USA Speedway will be invited to submit proposals for consideration by the Rules Committee.

USA Speedway was created to unify Speedway promotions and riders nationwide, to expand the quantity and quality of AMA-sanctioned Speedway races, and to manage the efforts of AMA Team USA Speedway in FIM World Championships.

Numerous meetings and conference calls have taken place in recent weeks with Speedway promoters in the Far West, Midwest and Northeast United States and meetings have been scheduled with the Canadian Motorcycle Association to establish communication and cooperation on Speedway activities throughout North America.

Under a special introductory membership program, USA Speedway will make its services available to Speedway racers and enthusiasts at very low 2006 membership rates.

Through July 4, 50% discounts will be honored for the 2006 calendar year: $30 Competition Memberships will cost only $15 and $20 Enthusiast Memberships will be priced at $10.

Riders taking part in AMA/USA Speedway sanctioned events will be required to hold both AMA and USA Speedway memberships, but the USA Speedway membership requirement will not be enforced until July 5, 2006.

A limited number of special Founding Memberships, which provide full USA Speedway benefits through 2010, are available for $200, as are USA Speedway Industry Memberships to eligible companies.

Among member benefits will be regular e-mail news and feature postings and the USA Speedway Now electronic newsletter.

The USA Speedway Board of Directors delegated preliminary work on several important and time-sensitive projects to the Audit and Finance Committee and Chairman Ryan Evans, who will meet in the coming weeks to deal with those issues and then report back to the full Board:

Review and refinement of USA Speedway business plan
Membership benefit package details
2006 operating budget and projections
USA Speedway staffing and management

USA Speedway’s headquarters is located at 118 East High Street, Suite A, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. The organization can be contacted by phone at (740) 397-1647 and e-mail at The organization’s website will go live shortly at

More news about USA Speedway will be released in the coming weeks and the inaugural issue of USA Speedway Now will be published electronically in May.