There has been lots of chatter on the interweb about roadracing lately, mainly American Roadracing and it's current state. After much anticipation AMA Pro Racing finally released it's 2014 schedule. Lots of different angles and views have been discussed regarding the current schedule, or lack thereof. Rather you like it or not, it's simply all we have to work with for 2014, 5 rounds and possibly a sixth. Also new for 2014 are 2 day events versus 3 day events for two select rounds. (see below)
The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing schedule is as follows:
March 13 - 15 - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 30 - June 1 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
June 21 - 22 - Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.*July 19 - 20 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio*
September 13 - 14 - New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.*
* - These events will feature the two-day event schedule.
Like everyone else the offseason has been filled with struggles, concern, disappointment, and just about any other descriptive negative adjective you can input here. It's been tough to stay MOTOvated. While training the mind tends to marvel about whatever it is your training for. Almost always when it counts; at the end of a game or race, last lap, or the high banks of Daytona. Realistically it's been hard to stay focused when no sponsors are lining up to offset costs and help turn your dreams into reality. It’s a new year so there's supposed to be a new me. Those that know me know I always try to find the positive in any condition. It's been tough to do with the current state of roadracing in America. I apologize for being a sour apple in the tree. I cannot say it's going to be easier but I know that I will put in the work and God will provide the opportunities, because He always does. 2013 was certainly a difficult year for me. There was a time after crashes and mechanicals that I thought I was going to walk away. I distinctively remember a talk I had with a celebrity at NOLA. I recollect the words that were told to me. The career of a racer is a lot like the roller coaster of life. It has its ups and it has its downs, you gain some sponsors and you lose some. At the end of the day, it's only about what you have in you and how determined and mentally strong you are that makes you a winner or a loser. I can only confirm two rounds at 100% right now for 2014. We will do some testing and tuning on the new bike at NOLA for the WERA opener in January and then Daytona Bike week for the AMA Pro season opener, which used to be one of the greatest races in the world. I'm preparing like it still is and to me it will be. If I compete in those two rounds and do my best then I'll be a winner and will consider 2014 to be a success. I'll race every race, charge every corner and give it 100% on every lap like it's my last, because you never know when it will be.
I have set up a donation page. If you would like to support and help for the 2014 season you can do so by clicking here! Support can be given in many other ways, it does not have to be moneary. You can like or share social media posts and pictures, compliment a person on what they are doing, read their blogs (wink wink), or if you feel like you really want to show support without being biased, then come out to the races. Stand in line during the fan walk and get a picture taken with Cameron Beaubier, Josh Hayes, Martin Cardenas, or yours truly. I can honestly say it means a lot to us racers when we see fans at the track showing us support. That goes a long way. Another way to show support is by supporting the businesses that support us. Brand activation is what they are calling it these days. Any brand we promote is because we believe in that brand, so be sure to show loyalty by supporting those who make it possible for us to do what we love. I will be posting more about 2014 and who we have to thank for helping Go Fast Dont Crash get to the track.Let's Go!