Inaugural AMA Pro ATV Open Invitational at Steel City

DELMONT, Pa. (August 20, 2007) – Pittsburgh area motocross fans will be treated to a spectacular motorsports event when the 20th Annual Monster Energy/Kawasaki Pro Motocross National at Steel City Raceway revs up on August 25-26 for Round 10 of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship. For the first time ever, event organizers have added two new and exciting racing events to an already-exciting weekend: the AMA Pro ATV Open Invitational and the sixth and final round of the Women’s Motocross Association (WMA).

Steel City Raceway, which played host to its first ever AMA Pro ATV race last year, provides one of the best vantages points for spectators on this epic weekend. On Saturday, 20 of the world’s top ATV riders will battle it out for $10,000 with the winner taking home $5,000 and the AMA Pro ATV Open Championship No.1 plate. Joe Byrd, of Union City, Tenn., has been the dominant rider in AMA ATV Motocross with six wins and four additional podium finishes on the season, but his absence will leave the Delmont event up for grabs. Honda’s Jeremy Lawson, of Battletown, Ky., and Suzuki’s Dustin Wimmer, of Center Valley, Pa., who have three and two wins on the season, respectively.

The highly-decorated WMA is led by recently crowned Amateur National Champion Tarah Gieger, who used a pair of first place finishes and a second place finish to best long-time rival Jessica Patterson at Loretta Lynn’s. This Sunday match-up should be one of the weekend’s most exciting races at Steel City Raceway. The WMA is committed to providing the best quality women’s motocross events while creating opportunities for women in all areas of the sport.

Combining the three racing disciplines into one racing weekend should expand the event’s marketing outreach and hopefully attract new fans to each sport.

“This is a special weekend at Steel City Raceway,” said Carrie Coombs-Russell, of Racer Productions, promoter of the Steel City event. “We have aligned three unique genres of motocross racing on one of the most anticipated event weekends of the year. The synergy of this race weekend offers something for everyone.”

Racer Productions’ knowledgeable staff understands the importance of high-quality race conditions, and the weekend’s line-up of motos has been planned accordingly to ensure top-shelf terra firma throughout the weekend.

“We have also put a lot of thought into the schedule of events and the timing for both Saturday and Sunday as to protect the integrity of the track and the racing conditions. We will prepare a track that will provide the same great racing that the Steel City fans have come to expect from our event. There’s just going to more great racing this year.”

Steel City Weekend Schedule


2:00-3:00pm                  ATV Pro Parking

4:00-6:00pm                  ATV Registration, Tech Inspection


SATURDAY                  Pro Lites and Motocross Class Racers

8:00-9:00am                  Semi Truck Parking

8:00am                         Paddock Open to Credential Holders

8:30am-12:30pm            Registration at Track for Pro’s

9:00am-12:30pm            Tech Open/Sound Testing

9:30am-2:00pm             Will Call


Saturday                       ATV Pro

9:00am                         ATV Riders Meeting/Gate Draw

10:00-10:20am               ATV Open Practice

11:30-11:45am               ATV Staging & Opening Ceremonies

11:45am-12:10pm          ATV Open Main (20 Min + 1 Lap)

12:10pm-12:25pm          ATV Podium

12:10pm-1:00pm           Track Maintenance


                                    Lites & Motocross

12:15pm-12:30 pm         Mandatory Riders Meeting

1:00pm-1:20 pm            Lites Non-Seeded Timed Qualifying

1:25pm-1:45pm             Seeded Lites Timed Qualifying

1:50pm-2:10pm             Seeded Motocross Timed Qualifying

2:15pm-2:35pm             Motocross Non-Seeded Timed Qualifying

2:40pm-2:55pm             Track Maintenance

3:00pm-3:20pm             Lites Non-Seeded Timed Qualifying

3:25pm-3:45pm             Seeded Lites Timed Qualifying

3:50pm-4:10pm             Seeded Motocross Timed Qualifying

4:15pm-4:35pm             Motocross Non-Seeded Timed Qualifying

4:45pm-5:15pm             41-80 Lites Consolation Race (20 Min + 1 Lap)

5:15pm-5:35pm             WMA Open Practice



8:00am-1:00pm             Will Call

8:30am                         Mandatory Riders Meeting        

8:45am                         Chapel Service

8:15am-8:45am              WMA Hot Lap, Moto 1 (20 Min + 1 Lap)

9:00am-9:20am              Fast 40 Lites Timed for Gate Pick

9:25am-9:45am              Fast 40 Motocross Timed for Gate Pick

9:45am-10:00am            Track Maintenance

10:05am-10:25am          Fast 40 Lites Timed for Gate Pick

10:30am-10:50am          Fast 40 Motocross Timed for Gate Pick

11:00am-11:40am          41-80 Motocross Consolation Race (20 Min + 2 Laps)

12:30pm                       Opening Ceremonies

1:00pm                         Moto 1 Lites (30 Min + 2 Laps)

2:00pm                         Moto 1 Motocross (30 Min +2 Laps)

3:30                              Moto 2 Lites (30 Min +2 Laps)

4:10pm                         Lites Victory Circle

4:30pm                         Moto 2 Motocross (30 Min + 2 Laps)

5:20pm                         Victory Circle

5:30pm-6:00pm             WMA Moto 2 (20 Min + 1 Lap)

6:05pm                         WMA Victory Circle

Tickets and Pit Passes

Advance tickets are available, starting August 1 at Racer Productions (304) 282-0084; Cernic’s (Duncansville) (814) 695-2453; Cernic’s (Johnsontown); (814) 539-4114. Advance tickets for Sunday are $25. Tickets at the gate for Thursday-Sunday and Friday-Sunday are: $50 for adults/$35 for Kids (6-11); Saturday-Sunday $40 for adults/$25 for kids (6-11); Sunday $30 for adults/$15 for Kids (6-11).

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