For the fifth week in a row, Stewart posted the fastest lap times of the evening, and continued his perfect “Heat Win” streak taking first, for the 8th consecutive week, in Heat Race 2 for the direct transfer to the Main. Teammate Kyle Chisholm also ran Heat Race 2, finishing 9th for the direct transfer to the Atlanta main event.
In front of a near capacity crowd at the immense Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Stewart’s rousing start nabbed the holeshot and an instant race lead right out of the gate. Leading all 20 laps of the race, Stewart shot across the finish-line with an official 9.4 second lead over the second placed finisher. Teammate Kyle Chisholm, qualifying for the fifth Main event of his rookie season, finished 14th.
“The start was great,” said Stewart. “The San Manuel Yamaha pulled another holeshot. It was a good race for me. The track was tough but we came out on top. I’ve always liked the ‘ATL’ and I’m glad we could do well here. I want to thank all the fans and all the motivation they give me. It feels good to have the points lead but there is a long way to go.”
About Team San Manuel
Team San Manuel is a unique partnership between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and L&M Racing, LLC, with the sole purpose of reaching out to Native and non-Native communities and sharing with them the value of perseverance and dedication. Building a winning team comprised of top-notch talent and community service, Team San Manuel honors the Serrano belief of caring for our community. (www.sanmanuelracing.com)
About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, California. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Despite challenges and hardships, the San Manuel tribal community has continued to progressively maintain and enhance its unique form of government – focusing all efforts on providing a better quality of life for its citizens. Through economic diversification, both on and off the reservation, the tribe has been forward thinking in its efforts to build infrastructure, maintain civil services and promote social, economic, educational and governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment and continues to pursue opportunities for future generations.
About L & M Racing
L&M Racing was formed in 2006 by Owner/Team Manager Larry Brooks and partner Mike Kranyak. The company’s 2008 team, Team San Manuel Yamaha, consisted of 2004 Supercross Champion Chad Reed and former West Coast Lites Champion Nathan Ramsey producing the indie race effort the 2008 Supercross Championship! The 2009 race season has 2007 Supercross Champion James Stewart and rookie Kyle Chisholm in place for L&M Racing. Led by Brooks, a key component in the Jeremy McGrath/Chaparral Racing team's three-year championship reign in Supercross, Brooks’ race effort yielded the first and only independent team to ever win an AMA Supercross Series Championship. L&M Racing is headquartered within an 8,000sf state-of-the-art race facility in Southern California and is one of the most successful independently owned and operated teams in professional Supercross racing today. 2009’s Team San Manuel Yamaha presented by James Stewart Entertainment is sponsored by: DID Chains, Yamalube, Akrapobic, Vortex, Bridgestone, Cycra, Braking, Light Speed, TAG Metals, Big Bear Mountain Water, Factory Effex, VP Racing Fuels, and GYTR.
About James Stewart
In 2008, Stewart earned the AMA Motocross Championship with a perfect season winning 24 of 24 races, only second rider in history to do so; won the US Open of Supercross; and was honored as the 2008 AMA SPEED Athlete of the Year. Hailing from Haines City, Florida, Stewart is the 2007 AMA Supercross Champion. Stewart’s 2009 sponsors include L&M Racing; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Yamaha; James Stewart Entertainment; Oakley, Inc.; Red Bull; Answer Racing Gear; Bell Helmets and Nike.
About Kyle Chisholm
Turning pro in 2004, Chisholm has spent the last 2-year racing in the AMA Motocross Lites class, earning seven top 10 finishes. In 2008, the Valrico, Florida-native moved up to the premiere race class aboard a Yamaha YZ 450F. Chisholm’s 2009 sponsors include L&M Racing; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Yamaha, James Stewart Entertainment; Fly Racing Gear and 661 boots and helmets.
Scheduled Television Coverage
Sunday, February 22nd – 5:00 PM EST/ SPEEDtv and 6:00 PM EST/SPEEDtv
February 28th – Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN