The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and event promoter Steve Nace Racing have opened pre-registration for the 2012 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships, which will bring the fastest amateur dirt-track racers on the planet to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., May 29-June 1.
In addition, for the first time the event will feature a women's class, which will award national championships in each discipline as well as an overall grand championship. The class will be open to female competitors 12 and older who are racing 250cc-open singles.
Registration forms, a daily schedule, applications for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon and Fast Brain awards, and a full class list are available at SteveNaceRacing.com
"The AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships have a long and rich history of featuring amazingly talented female racers in age- and displacement-based classes, but this is the first time we've included a dedicated women's class," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "The addition of this class came at the request of a number of female racers and their families, and we're excited to offer it at this year's Grand Championships."
This year, the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships immediately follow the third and fourth rounds of the AMA Pro Flat Track, which will feature TT competition as well as mile racing on the legendary Springfield Mile on Memorial Day weekend.
"With the pro race immediately preceding this year's amateur championship, we're looking forward to having several pro racers on location to support the Grand Championships," Bromley said.
The AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships crown amateur and youth champions in individual dirt-track disciplines, including half-mile, TT and short-track events. Amateur racers also compete in mile events. In addition, AMA Grand Championships are awarded to the riders in each class who have the highest point totals across all disciplines.
The fastest riders also compete for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, which recognizes an amateur racer poised for success on the pro level.
The lineups at dirt-track events feature a wide range of machinery, making dirt-track racing a particular favorite of fans of motorcycle competition's history and technology. Racers field both traditional dirt-trackers as well as the latest DTX motorcycles -- stock motocross bikes fitted with dirt-track tires, suspension and other minor modifications.
For more information about dirt-track competition, see the Racing section of AmericanMotorcyclist.com