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It’s the annual Yamaha Kart Day & Race Team intro

Published October 15th, 2003





We’re here at the Dromo One Indoor Karting facility close by Anaheim stadium (Edison International Field) in California. It’s the annual Yamaha Kart Day and Race Team intro for 2004!



Bob Starr from Yamaha explains: “It’s our annual ‘Kart Day’. It’s all about fun. And it’s also the introduction of our 2004 race teams. All the riders are here, and we invite the media to come out and have a good time. It’s a good chance for the journalists that attend to meet the riders in an informal setting – all in one place and all at one time, which we don’t get to do during the year.”



First was breakfast. Best blueberry pancakes ever. Next Bob Starr made some opening remarks. Then Keith McCarty introduced everyone from the Yamaha 2004 race teams. After that we all went indoors to the track. Dromo One employees explained all the rules of racing and the facility in the drivers/riders meeting.



Nine teams, and a three hour 20 minute race:

  • Bling Bling
  • Southern Comfort
  • Neverland Nevermore
  • Upside Down
  • Whipz
  • Tuned Forks
  • Freak Show
  • Yamaha Mulisha
  • Warriors

Riders rotated shifts in the karts, with a member of each team always out on the track. Who won? We don’t know – we were too busy having fun. And that’s just how Yamaha likes it.



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(We’ll have much more info on Yamaha’s 2004 race teams in our 2004 AMA Supercross Series preview coming in late December.)



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Go Karting indoors

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Terry Beal – Yamaha’s PR and Planning Manager

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Mike Brown prepares to head onto the track

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Is your name here? (list of drivers and teams)

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This is Tim Ferry’s 2004 bike

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Inside Dromo One – rider’s meeting

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Kate and Sara E. helped make things go smooth

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Kate helps Lisa with her neckguard

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Luke

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Ezra Lusk and Mike Brown checking out the action

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MM was the driver of Supercross.com

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Keith McCarty tells us about the 2004 race teams

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Where did that ping pong ball go?

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Chad Reed heads onto the track

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Chad Reed, Brad Bannister

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This is Chad Reed’s 2004 model

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Brock Sellards machine

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Brock Sellards, Kelly Smith, Danny Smith

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Best Blueberry Pancakes Ever!

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Yamaha’s Bob Starr

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This is Taz, Keith McCarty’s giant killer attack dog. Don’t let her looks deceive you. She weighs almost 200 lbs., and stands over 6 feet.

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The Yamaha-themed Toyota truck

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Dromo One

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The track has automated scoring

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David Vuillemin gets ready to roll

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Check it out – the entire race guys for 2004



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