High Point Raceway Announces Major Facility ImprovementsThursday, May 25, 2006 | 8:35 AM
Southern Pa. track will unveil numerous changes to the legendary
motocross facility, coinciding with its 30th year of AMA Toyota Motocross
Championship racing on May 28th
MT. MORRIS, Pa., (May 25, 2006) – In its continual effort to improve the overall motocross experience at High Point Raceway, officials at Racer Productions announced today a series of facility improvements designed to create better sight lines for the fans, expand the already sizable vending area and opportunities, improve the announcer’s PA call of the event and better the overall competitiveness of the race.
“High Point Raceway has pulled out all the stops this year and taken the extra measures to insure that fans attending this the 30th annual High Point MX National will experience the ultimate in professional motocross racing,” said Tim Cotter of Racer Productions. “From our expansions in the manufacturers midway area to a completely new way of broadcasting the call of the race from the press tower, High Point Raceway will have a new look and sound for the upcoming 2nd Round of the 2006 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship.”
Highlighting the list of improvements to High Point this year are:
1.) Sound System: With the thundering sound of 40-plus 450cc four-stroke engines revving to full volume through the High Point valley, Racer Productions has enhanced its existing sound system with a massive PA system – much like the one that was used at Motocross Des Nations in France this past year. Spectators all over the track will benefit from clear, audible information on the race despite the extreme conditions.
2.) Vending: Used to be the “Hill People” on the far side of the track had to fend for themselves when it came to concessions and other creature comforts along the manufacturers midway area. Not any more as High Point will now feature an expanded vending area – complimenting a new section of track up closer to the front gate that showcases a yet-to-be-named jump directly in front of a large spectator area.
3.) Sight Lines: The spectator area below the announcers tower has been moved 100-feet closer to the track. Track designers removed the old wooden wall that racers would bank off of and installed a brand new tunnel so that fans can also move freely from the infield to the vending area and entrance to the pro pits anytime during the day.
4.) TV Coverage: The far woods section in the valley to the left of the announcers tower has been removed in order to make for better sight lines for the fans in attendance and a more consistent view for TV cameras to track the race.
5.) Race Course Improvements: Several of the jumps along the finish line area have been eliminated. Racers will crest the hill at the end of the pro pits, hitting one jump there, then gas the bikes in a high-speed chase towards the press tower table top/finish line jump. This will not only allow for better sight lines for the fans in both the pits and seated/standing in the infield, it will also be the area where the mechanics work to communicate with their racers – allowing fans a clear view of this highly interesting aspect of the race.
“For 30 years we’ve been taking diligent notes after each National regarding ways we can improve the High Point Raceway experience for our fans,” said Rita Coombs of Racer Productions. “And this year we’ve taken some extra measures to go beyond the improvements we’ve made in the past in order to elevate the experience at what we feel is one of the most fan-friendly professional motocross racing facilities in the nation.”
Racer Productions is a Morgantown, West Virginia-based company specializing in producing and promoting amateur and professional motorcycle and quad cycle racing events, including: MX Nationals at High Point Raceway and Steel City Raceway (Delmont, Pa.), the Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCCs), three rounds of the ITP/Moose ATVA Nationals (Oak Hill, Delmont & Hurricane Mills), the AMA National Amateur Motocross Championships, aka “Loretta Lynn’s.”
High Profile Public Relations, LLC is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and [email protected] For more information, please visit www.highprofilepr.com.
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