Well, the word is out folks. After carefully narrowing down the entrants and looking over their submissions with a fine-tooth comb, I have selected Ozzy Barbaree of White Hall, AR as the winner of the Pro Circuit Privateer Power Contest winner.
I wanted to get that guy who really didn’t have much support, the guy that didn’t have the big-time sponsor, so right away that eliminated some guys. I wanted the guy to be somewhat fast, pay for everything and have a dream. I think I found it in Ozzy. Besides, the guys name is Ozzy and who can argue with that? Here’s Ozzy’s winning letter:
Dear fellow motorcycle enthusiast,
My name is Ozzy Barbaree. I am a twenty year old college student from White Hall, AR. The life I live is quite unique when compared to most AMA professionals. On top of competing in select outdoor nationals and supercross races for the past three years, I also attend college full time, and I am only 1 year shy of my associates degree in Respiratory Care. When growing up, coming through the amateur ranks, my dream was always to get some kind of ride so I could compete in each race of the professional circuit. As years passed, it became obvious that my dream might be a little harder to reach than I had expected. Nevertheless, I am still trying. Everything I do, whether it be for school or motocross, gets my full attention.
With each year that passes, it becomes increasingly difficult to get to the races. This is mainly a money issue. My parents have done everything they could for me, but without the extra money to spend I have been forced to pick and choose which races I am able to attend. I had planned on going to Unadilla and Southwick toward the end of the summer, and it would mean so much to me if I had this opportunity to be able to race one of those without the distraction of money. It would also be a great change of pace to actually have a mechanic that knows a little more than just knowing how to clean an air filter. Please give me this opportunity, maybe it will give me the little edge I need to get that illusive national point I have been working so hard for. Sincerely, Ozzy Barbaree