Less than a week after a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and killed six people, the AMA has decided to cancel Round 15 of the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship. The Indy Mile, which was originally scheduled at the Fairgrounds where the tragedy occurred, is being taken off the calendar as investigators continue to examine the accident and its surroundings.
AMA Pro Racing has been informed by Indy Mile officials that the tragic events of August 13 — in which an overhead stage-rigging structure collapsed in high winds, killing six and injuring dozens — has resulted in the cancellation of Round 15 on the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track calendar.
“A series of investigations into the causes of the accident have commenced,” stated the promoters’ release. “The examination of the wreckage is expected to continue for an indefinite period of time. This has forced the closing of the Grandstand and one-mile dirt track to events until the investigation is completed and the debris is removed.”
“Losing a round is nothing compared to the loss of life,” said AMA Pro Racing’s Director of Flat Track, Dan Johnsen, “and our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. AMA Pro Racing’s thoughts are with all of those now coping with the after-effects.”
C. Bruce Hubley, CEO of The Promotion Company-Family Events, producers of the Indy Mile, added, “We deeply regret that we will not be able to hold the Indy Mile this year due to circumstances completely beyond our control.” Fans already holding tickets to the Indy Mile, noted the promoters’ release, will be offered refunds at their points of purchase.
The entire AMA Pro Racing family offers its deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those lost in Saturday’s accident.