VIR Unexpectedly Cancels 2011 AMA Races

July 11, 2011
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it's chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to 'Merican, he rides 'em all.

Tommy Hayden  #22  managed to take the lead ahead of Josh Hayes  #4  and Ben Bostrom  #155  in the final laps of Race 1 at VIR.
There won’t be any of this going on at VIR this year after the raceway announced it has canceled the 2011 round of AMA Pro Racing.

Virginia International Raceway (VIR) just circulated this press release:

“No AMA Pro Racing event will take place at VIR in 2011. If circumstances are conducive in 2012, VIR looks forward to renewing its relationship with AMA Pro Racing.”

What caused this falling out between VIR and AMA Pro Racing? Does this mean that there will also be no TTXP at the raceway either? The AMA Pro Racing paddock was scheduled to visit VIR on the weekend of August 12-14. The VIR website says that the WERA Cycle Jam, set for the weekend before the AMA races, is still on tap. What brought about these sudden turn of events?

According to the AMA Pro Racing site, it states:

“It is with deep regret that AMA Pro Racing is forced to announce VIR’s cancellation of the Suzuki White Lightening Nationals, Round 8 on the AMA Pro Road Racing season calendar. Despite AMA Pro Racing’s efforts to preserve the originally scheduled August 12-14 event, VIR staff notified AMA Pro Racing late Monday, July 11, of its final decision not to host or promote the race weekend.

“AMA Pro Racing has made VIR a part of its season calendar for the past decade,” said AMA Pro Racing COO and Managing Member David Atlas, “and I am gravely disappointed by the impact this will have on our paddock, fans, and other series participants. I assure all of those involved parties that a significant effort was made to negotiate an arrangement that would have preserved the event.”

AMA Pro Racing will refund all event-specific fees paid to AMA Pro Racing by series participants.
We’ll bring you more info on the situation as it becomes available.