Harley-Davidson Returns to AMA Racing on the Daytona High Banks

Scott Russell To Make Vance & Hines XR1200 Class Debut

Milwaukee (Feb. 22, 2011) – Harley-Davidson will return to the historic high banks of Daytona International Speedway March 10-11 with one of the Speedway’s most legendary stars, Scott “Mr. Daytona” Russell, when the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 series kicks off the 2011 season during Bike Week.

A record five-time winner of the Daytona 200 race, former Harley-Davidson factory VR1000 Superbike rider, and 1993 World Superbike Champion, Russell will ride a Harley Owners Group sponsored XR1200 motorcycle wearing his favorite No. 4 in his first AMA Pro motorcycle race at the Speedway since retiring from the series in 2002.

“I’m excited to get on one of those Harley XRs,” said Russell. “I ran some endurance races last year and I think I still have some gas left in the tank. It will be fun to race with the rest of the guys at Daytona and hopefully run up front.”

In addition to Russell, the Vance & Hines XR1200 class will feature a large grid of riders with a vast range of talent and experience, from veteran stars such as 2007 Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited) and former AMA Flat Track Grand National Champion Joe Kopp (Latus Racing) to young guns like Michael Beck (J&P Cycles) and brothers Kyle Wyman (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing) and Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson).

Based on largely stock Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles equipped with a race-preparation kit provided by series sponsor Vance & Hines, the series brings the exciting rumble of Harley-Davidson V-Twin engines back to AMA Pro Road Racing at Daytona for the first time since the end of the VR1000 Superbike program in 2001.

The seven-lap XR1200 feature race is scheduled to start at 3:15 pm EST on March 11 (subject to change). At least twenty racers are expected to make the grid at Daytona the largest in the two-year history of the class, which expands to a nine-round schedule in 2011 after a debut midway through the 2010 season. As of February 22, the following racers have posted entries for the Daytona race (in order of number plate):

  • Joe Kopp (Latus Motors Racing)
  • Scott Russell (H.O.G. Racing)
  • Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited)
  • Josh Chisum (Troy Lee Designs)
  • Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust)
  • Michael Corbino (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Paul Schwemmer (Peter Brady/Level 10 Contractors)
  • Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing)
  • Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson)
  • Tyler O’Hara (GPBikeParts.com)
  • Kyle Wyman (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties)
  • Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff Racing/Davis Harley-Davidson)
  • Chris Fillmore (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Michael Beck (J&P Cycles)
  • Paul James (James Gang/Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton)
  • Brett Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson)
  • Gerry Signorelli (No sponsor listed)
  • David Estok (No sponsor listed)
  • Charlie Long (Racing Connection)

COOLBETH IS SECOND ON FACTORY HARLEY AT HAGERSTOWN

Race-Long Battle Ends in Win for Latus Harley-Davidson rider Joe Kopp

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (Aug. 7, 2010) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® factory rider Kenny Coolbeth led 12 laps and finished second in a back-and-forth battle with Latus Harley-Davidson rider Joe Kopp in the Grand National Twins main at the Hagerstown Speedway half-mile, the 10th round of the AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com. Kopp rode a Harley-Davidson XR-750 to take the win. Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees was third, also on a Harley-Davidson.

Mees was the fastest qualifier for the event and won the four-lap Dash for Cash bonus sprint, but it was Coolbeth who got a jump on the field at the start of the 25-lap main. A crash on the first lap by Zanotti Racing rider Jake Johnson brought the race to a quick halt. Coolbeth was first again on the re-start and led Kopp, Mees and King Kustoms/KK Motorcycle Supply rider Sammy Halbert for the first two laps. The race was then stopped for another crash just as Coolbeth crossed the finish line to complete lap three. On the ensuing re-start, Coolbeth led with Kopp right on his wheel, and the pair of past champions immediately opened a gap on Robert Pearson and Halbert, as Mees slipped back to sixth place. Kopp took the lead from Coolbeth on lap nine, only to see Coolbeth get past on lap 13 as the pair maintained a lead of about 1.5 seconds on Mees, who had worked himself back to third place. Kopp passed Coolbeth again for the lead on lap 18, and began to gradually pull away as the laps wound down, and won by 0.974 seconds to take his third Grand National Twins victory of the season.

“This was a great race with Kopp and I’m sure it was exciting to watch,” said Coolbeth. “I was really happy to get the hole shot with the factory Harley three times tonight. At the end, I think Kopp just found a better line and was able to carry more speed in the corners. I tried to follow his line but could not make it work, and he was able to get away. Now we’ll get ready for the mile at Indy, where we had a big win last year.”

After 10 events, Kopp leads the AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship with 193 points. Halbert and Zanotti Racing rider Jake Johnson are tied for second place with 175 points. Mees is third with 164 points, followed by KK Motorcycle Supply/Mike & Eddie Adkins rider Henry Wiles with 160 points. Coolbeth is in sixth with 152 points.

The AMA Grand National Twins will next race August 28 on the Indiana Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

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