American Honda’s 2004 contingency program will post more than 7 million
dollars at over 700 events across the country and now includes ATV,
Off-Road/Enduro and Supermoto in addition to supercross, motocross,
Dirt Track and road racing.
This year’s program covers ATV events in 3 series nationwide. Also new
to this year’s schedule, enduro competitors aboard a CRF, CR or XR,
will have the benefit of contingencies in the AMA GNCC series and WORCS
series. CRF450R riders will be happy to hear that Supermoto, which was
added mid-year last year, will again be on the contingency schedule.
“We love to race, and support those who race ” said Ray Blank, Vice
President of American Honda’s Motorcycle Division, “with pay outs at
over 700 events nationwide, this is one of the most aggressive racing
support programs in the industry.”
Pay outs will be credited to the Red Rider Rewards card – the
industry’s first and only contingency debit card. Racers can use the
Red Rider Rewards card anywhere Visa is accepted.
Info courtesy American Honda Motor Corp. For complete details on events
included, eligibility and pay out schedules please visit
Amateur desert/off-road racer Jamie Wells, 34, of Rancho Santa
Margarita, California was paralyzed on December 6, 2003. He crashed
over a berm while practicing for an upcoming desert race at Glen Helen
Raceway. After being airlifted to the hospital, it was determined that
he had broken his C5 vertebrae. Jamie remained in the ICU for a week on
a ventilator, and was then moved to a spinal cord rehabilitation
center, where he is now.
Jamie is paralyzed from the chest down. He is hoping to someday regain
partial use of his hands and legs, and is now in a difficult and
intensive rehab program. Jamie is facing this life-changing situation
with tremendous courage and tenacity, and is tirelessly fighting
towards his recovery.
Obviously, the costs involved with Jamie’s rehabilitation are
overwhelming, and his family and friends are reaching out to the racing
community for help. There has been a fund established in Jamie’s name,
and any donations would be greatly appreciated. Jamie’s family and
friends are also collecting items to auction off on eBay, with all of
the proceeds going to the Jamie Wells Fund. There will be announcements
on Jamie’s website with the dates and details of the auctions.
There is also a message board on Jamie’s website which he checks
frequently. If anyone out there has any words of encouragement,
prayers, good thoughts, etc. for Jamie, please feel free to post them
to help keep his spirits high. Jamie and his family are already
receiving tremendous support from the racing and action sport
community, but every little bit helps!
To post a message for Jamie, get more info, or make a donation, you can visit www.jamiewellsfund.com
Or you can contact Jen Emde by phone at 949 215 4780 x203, or 949 292 1669 (cell)
Tucker Hibbert, one of the top snocross racers in the world, won the
inaugural Jeep Adventure Comp title at the 2004 ESPN Winter X Games. He
bested fellow motocross/snocross competitor Blair Morgan in the timed
event, along with freestyle motocrossers/industry types Mike Metzger,
Doug Parsons, Beau Bamberg, Dave Damangos, Trevor Vines & Todd
Hicks. Jeep, in cooperation with Aspen/Snowmass, had Jeep Wrangler
Rubicons for athletes and media to race up and down Buttermilk Mountain
at the Winter X Games. They raced up the face of a steep ski hill, then
back down through a slalom course.
Hibbert, who also won the silver medal in this year’s Winter X Snocross
event said “Right away I thought of the Clayton Memorial Foundation”.
The Clayton Memorial Foundation, founded in 1989 by Charles and Sharon
Clayton, gives financial aid to motorcycle racers who have been injured
Tucker will now tackle a new challenge in his motorsports career – he
will focus on the AMA 125 East Supercross Series riding for ECC Suzuki.
||Hibbert charges up Buttermilk Mountain, by Tony Scavo
The 37th annual Mammoth Mountain Motocross is on! The coolest
race in the country is scheduled for June 17th thru the 27th. This is
great news for the many racers, friends, and families who have enjoyed
this event for so many years. There should be an official press release
in the next week or so.
There is a new race in town. More specifically, a race on the beach!
Yes, it’s the Le Pismo Dunes Endurance Race! Similar to the famous Le
Touquet Beach Race in France, the race at Pismo Beach will have GNCC
style race format and rules. The five mile course will be entirely “in
the dunes” with each race being 2-3 hours long, making it very unique
Located on the central California coast, Pismo Beach is an ideal
setting for such an event. Inspired by Jerome Law, (Jerome suffered a
spinal cord injury racing the Baja 1000 in 2002) the event proceeds
will benefit the Clayton Memorial Foundation (dedicated to helping
injured motorcycle racers) and Spinal Cord Injury Research Advancement.
Race dates are October 23-24, 2004.
We will have more on these events as it becomes available. Dont miss either one!
||Mammoth had over 1700 participants last year
||Real sand, real water, and very real beach racing!