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n behalf of the staff at Racer Productions, welcome to the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, America’s largest offroad ATV and motorcycle racing series. The best off-road racers from the nation and all over the world follow the GNCC circuit seeking out the best competition in their sport, and we’re glad you’re here to take part in the action! GNCC Racing combines two distinctly different aspects into one uniquely successful racing series. On one hand, this is high-dollar professional racing, with factory teams, custom-made equipment, and big salaries, prizes, and bonuses for the top riders. In addition to a generous television package on NBC Sports Network, along with various forms of print publicity, GNCC Racers are stars in their sport and beyond. But on the other end of the spectrum are the thousands of dedicated amateur GNCC competitors who race for pride over glory, often doing it the old-fashioned way: with a little help from family and friends. And it’s those grassroots efforts that have made GNCC such a unique national racing circuit. Be sure to check out the official series website at www.gnccracing.com for all the information you’ll need on AMSOIL GNCC Racing. The site features live timing and scoring, results, live streaming audio and video from the afternoon race, and tons of info on your favorite racers. If you can’t make the races, be sure to catch the action on NBC Sports Network and RacerTV.com, or follow GNCC live on race day via Twitter (@GNCCRacing), Instagram (@gncc_racing), and at Facebook.com/gnccracing. GNCC Racing owes a hearty thanks to all of its sponsors, especially Title Sponsor AMSOIL; OEM Sponsor Can-Am; Feature Sponsors Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, Parts Unlimited, Moose Racing, Maxxis, FMF, Leatt, Dunlop, VP Racing Fuels, ITP, Mid-State Chevrolet, and Wiseco; plus Associate Sponsors Tire Balls, 100%, Moose Utility, Elka Suspension, Cometic, Twin Air, Thor, Fox Shox, Powersport Grafx, Factory Connection, Racer X, Hinson, Polisport, All Balls Racing, and Moto Tees. It’s another banner year for AMSOIL GNCC Racing, and we’re glad you’re a part of it. Find a spot in the woods and enjoy all the action GNCC Racing has to offer. Have a fun and safe weekend. We’re glad to see you at the races.
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2013 AMSOIL GNCC WEEKEND SCHEDULE FRIDAY 9:00 a.m.
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n the mid-1970s, enterprising motorcycle racing promoter Dave Coombs stumbled onto the small West Virginia town of Davis. Looking at the beautiful yet rugged terrain, “Big Dave” realized it would be the perfect spot to hold a motorcycle race. And it would be a tough one—an event only the strongest riders and machines could even finish. This was the way Big Dave liked it. He called the race the Blackwater 100—“Blackwater” for nearby Blackwater Falls, and “100” for the number of miles in the race. Blackwater soon became legendary: “America’s Toughest Race.” As Dave’s company, Racer Productions, grew, he and wife Rita began holding additional hundred-mile events, and the series became known as the Wiseco 100 Miler Series, and then the Grand National Cross Country Series. Three-wheeled ATVs joined the program in 1983, and four-wheelers became popular a few years later. Instead of hundred-mile races, which often lasted five hours, the events were pared down to two hours for ATVs and three for bikes. The ultra-tough races were cool, but relatively few people were willing to try them. By then, the first stars of GNCC Racing had been born.
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“Fast” Eddie Lojak took control of the first bike GNCC title runs, with Ted Trey and Tom Tokay emerging as the first ATV stars. By the 1990s, GNCC Racing was known nationwide. Blackwater reigned as the toughest of all until the town of Davis shut the doors on the event in 1993. The GNCC Series was going strong even without its flagship event. This was the era of the “Great Scotts”—Kentucky’s Summers and Ohio’s Plessinger—as well as “Fast” Freddy Andrews, an aggressive motocrosser-turned-woods racer. Meanwhile, Indiana’s Bob Sloan and Pennsylvania’s Chuck DeLullo battled for the four-wheeled title. Summers became a hero to the whole off-road racing community, as his professionalism and public-relations skills introduced the sport to a much larger audience. He became one of the first off-road racers in the U.S. to make a real living as a racer. He wouldn’t be the last. Team Suzuki brought its powerful factory team into the series, led by Rodney Smith, a former motocrosser who had won races all over the world. When Smith—a Californian riding on a California-based team— signed on with GNCC, it signaled the emergence of the series as the nation’s most prestigious off-road tour.
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FOUR-WHEELED FRENZY The ATV racing world was struggling at the time, though. A rash of safety concerns in the late 1980s had scared ATV manufacturers from the racing scene. Factory rides dried up, and Honda dropped the dominant TRX250R from its lineup in 1989. But the concerted efforts of the ATV aftermarket industry and a determined gang of racers kept the flame alive. Pennsylvania’s Barry Hawk became the superstar of the sport, notching an amazing seven straight GNCC ATV Championships from 1993 through 1999. By then, the ATVs were constructed almost entirely of aftermarket equipment, even though they looked just like the old Hondas. Hawk’s rise culminated in a series of battles with Sloan. Sloan was so tough that he would win ATV races on Saturday and then race the bike events on Sunday, lending credibility to his “Ironman” moniker. Hawk wanted to topple Sloan on an ATV, so he copied his style and started racing a bike on Sunday. It would lead him in an entirely new direction. Sloan had been diagnosed with a heart problem, but he kept on racing. On the day his heart gave out in a hard-fought race to the finish, the series lost one of its greatest champions. In his and is nicknamed The Ironman.
Barry Hawk RACER X ARCHIVES
memory, the GNCC finale runs in Bob’s home state of Indiana
THE VISION Dave Coombs poured his heart and sweat and life into the series. It was common to see him lay out the course, run the riders’ meeting, patrol the track, give a TV interview, guide photographers to prime spots, keep tabs on the pits and parking, and then go out and race a few laps himself! The series lost Big Dave in 1998, leaving a major void in the sport he helped create. His family stepped up and continued to run the series, keeping true to Big Dave’s vision. His son-in-law, Jeff Russell, won the 1991 AMA National Enduro Championship; a few years later Jeff began working sideby-side with Big Dave building the tracks. Today, JR is the GNCC Trail Boss. At the turn of the millennium, changes were afoot in the series. Hawk had progressed so far on a bike that Yamaha offered him a full factory contract. The deal was too good to refuse, so he parked his ATV; a huge chase for his ATV title ensued. Kentucky’s Bill Ballance claimed it, leading a Southern surge in the series. More races were being hosted in the South, with help from a variety of regional figures like Buren Hamrick, who runs the popular Mid-East Hare Scramble Series in the Carolinas and joined the GNCC crew to assist JR at the races. The series was about to grow a lot more. In 1999, Australian off-road sensation Shane Watts ventured to the U.S. after an incredible run through the international enduro scene. In 2000, he dominated the GNCC series and won races on five different sizes of KTM motorcycles. Watts’ personality drew plenty of attention, too. Brash and outspoken, he showed up at all sorts of events—even
Bob “The Ironman” Sloan motocross races—and rode well at them all. Unfortunately, he suffered a huge string of injuries and rarely had the patience to heal properly before returning. Watts, considered the Travis Pastrana of off-road, was never able to win the GNCC crown again.
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NEW HEROES Smith proved to be the ultimate GNCC lifer, as he fought off “too old” claims to retake the GNCC title in 2001; he would win it in 2002 and again in 2004, at age 40. The series kept drawing exciting new talent, but perhaps the strongest of all turned out to be the quad guy: Barry Hawk claimed the 2003 GNCC Bike title, and with eight GNCC titles (seven on the ATV to go with the one motorcycle championship), Hawk serves as the only rider to win championships on both ends of the spectrum. While Ballance was busy trying to break all of Hawk’s ATV records, his championships were gaining attention, too, as ATV manufacturers slowly began to introduce sporty models again and the sport grabbed another gear. Ballance kept winning and Yamaha offered him a factory contract. The other manufacturers soon followed, and new companies like Can-Am and KTM even
“Fast” Eddie Lojak RACER X ARCHIVES
jumped in with race machines and factory rides. Suzuki young gun Chris Borich snagged the 2009 and 2010 GNCC ATV titles, but not before Ballance smashed Hawk’s all-time championship record. Hawk hung up his boots at the end of 2010 and now spends his time assisting JR in his Trail Boss duties, having become a year-round asset to the Racer Productions crew. Borich grabbed two more titles in 2011 and 2012, but he still has a ways to go if he wants to break Ballance’s nine-time record. With a whole new crop of Pro ATV racers on the horizon, the chances of a multi-time champion are decreasing as the series continues to grow and attract the highest level of competitors. The other GNCC classes kept growing too. The morning race created its own stars, like nine-time Women’s Champion Traci Cecco, who scored a factory Yamaha deal, and KTM rider Angel Atwell. The 4x4 Utility classes evolved from a division
The famous Blackwater 100 In 2011, Ohio’s Charlie Mullins, arguably the first champ to
for farmers into a full-blown race class, with factory teams and
have gone all the way through the GNCC ranks from youth to
hungry privateers pushing it every week.
pro, became the first American title winner since Rodney Smith in
On the bike side, the series had evolved from a single race
2004. Mullins set the bar for a whole new generation of amateur
in a small West Virginia town to a global phenomenon. In 2005,
racers who have now seen the American dream play out. But New
KTM imported Finland’s Juha Salminen, one of the most talent-
Zealand’s Whibley chalked up another title for the overseas crowd,
ed riders the series has ever seen, and he dominated the bike
edging out American-born GNCC superstar Kailub Russell in 2012.
game for two years. Isle of Man ace David Knight took the 2007
GNCC Racing has been making strides in the exposure
and 2008 titles and then New Zealand’s Paul Whibley claimed it
department for years, but what really separates the series is the
in 2009. Australia’s Josh Strang won in 2010.
elevated television package that began in 2001 and has since
EVEN WITH ALL THE GROWTH,
THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN
AND A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE AT THE EVENTS.”
made its way to the NBC Sports Network, airing GNCC alongside the most popular motorsports programming in the world. But the coverage doesn’t stop there. For the first time ever, Racer Productions put together a live video webcast in 2012, featuring the afternoon pro races on both Saturday and Sunday. The live stream was a huge hit among GNCC racers and fans all over the world, which is why you can now find all thirteen rounds streamed live beginning in 2013 on RacerTV.com. It’s also a big credit to Dave Coombs, who thought this whole thing up thirty years ago. Even with all the growth, there has always been camaraderie and a family atmosphere at the events. Win or lose, pro or amateur, GNCC Racing is all about simply trying your best against the terrain. It’s the way Big Dave wanted it back then, and it’s the way it remains today.
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HOW LONG DODOES THE RACES HOW GNCC LAST? RACING WORK?
HOW LONG IS A GNCC COURSE?
HOW ARE THE RIDERS SCORED?
GNCC courses usually range between 10-12 miles for adult classes and 3-5 miles for youth divisions.
Each class is scored separately using a computerized transponder mounted to the ATV, bike, or UTV.
WHERE ARE THE RIDERS FROM? Though the GNCC series is primarily based in the eastern half of the United States, series participants hail from all fifty states and numerous other nations and continents.
HOW MUCH MONEY DO RIDERS MAKE? The top pro racers make a lucrative living in the series thanks to prize money and sponsorship endorsements. Racing is a full-time job for a professional GNCC contender.
Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, 6-to-15-year-old ATV youth riders compete in an hourlong race. Following that is a two-hour race for the Women, Utility, Super Senior, and Novice ATV classes at 10 a.m.; Pro, Pro Am, A, and B ATV riders race at 1 p.m. At special events, the UTV or 50cc Micro race begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. UTVs race for one hour, while Micros race for 30 minutes. For Sunday’s Bike racing, 7-15-year-old youth riders race for 90 minutes at 8 a.m.; Women, Super Senior, and Novice riders race for two hours at 10 a.m.; and then the Pro, Pro Am, A, and B riders race for three hours starting at 1 p.m.
Bikes and ATVs have their own separate Youth, Amateur, and Pro races at every event, and within each race are many classes divided by skill, age, and bike size. In addition to those six races, some of the rounds may hold a special event UTV or 50cc Micro race. ATV races—in addition to special event races—are always held Saturday, while Sunday is reserved for Bike races.
HOW DOES GNCC RACING WORK?
HOW DOES THE START WORK? All starts are dead-engine (engine off) with the exception of Youth ATVs, which are live-engine. The starter will first wave a blue flag to signal all riders to shut off their engines. Racing will start approximately 30 seconds after the blue flag. The starter will then hold out his left arm 10 seconds before the start to signal crew members to step away. Between 8 and 10 seconds later, the starter will wave the green flag and the race is on!
DO THE RIDERS GET TO PRACTICE? Riders have the chance to walk or bicycle the course prior to their race. The course is open for inspection at 3:00 p.m. Friday for all amateur riders. Pro ATV riders may inspect the course from 3-7 p.m. on Friday and on race day, while Pro Bike riders may only inspect the course Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Other than that, there are no practice sessions or sight laps prior to GNCC races. The only exception is the first round of the series, where riders have the opportunity to practice prior to their race on terrain similar to the actual racetrack.
HOW IS THE COURSE DESIGNED?
WHAT DO THE FLAGS MEAN? A green flag signals the start of the race, a yellow flag signals the riders to use caution due to a downed rider or other unforeseen hazard, and a white flag means there is one lap to go. The checkered flag signifies the end of the race.
WHAT DO THE PLATES MEAN?
SIGHT LAPS PRIOR TO GNCC RACES.”
The direction of the course is laid out with race arrow signs. Riders must stay within 25 feet of the race arrows and markings such as double arrows posted on both sides of the trail, ribbons, signs, stakes, hay bales, barrels, motocross tracks, grass tracks, etc.
DO THE RIDERS PIT?
XC1 riders utilize a red number-plate background with a white number; XC2 riders use a green background with a white number. The points leader in each respective class will run the opposite color combination (red on white instead of white on red, for example).
DO YOUTH RIDERS RACE THE SAME COURSE AS THE PROS?
Due to the length of the race, all riders will have to pit at least once to refuel. During the pit stop, riders and crew are allowed to make adjustments and/or repairs to the machine. Amateur riders may pit anywhere on the course, but XC1 and XC2 riders must pit only in the designated pro pit area.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
Course lengths vary. Normally, Youth classes run a 3- to 5-mile course, which is about one-third the length of the full track for adults. The most difficult sections are removed to ensure the smaller machines can complete the laps safely.
In XC1 and XC2, the winner receives 30 points, with 25 for second, 21 for third, 18 for fourth, and 16 for fifth, then one point 0 less down to twentieth. In amateur classes, first place receives 20 points and each position down receives one less point through twentieth. XC1 and XC2 classes count every race in the series, while amateur riders only count their nine best race scores.
PRACTICE HOW DO RIDERS KNOW WHERE TO GO?
Any terrain navigable by bike or ATV is fair game! Officials carefully scout out course parameters through trails, hills, footpaths, motocross tracks, roads, etc. Marking, cutting, tampering with, or otherwise changing the course by anyone other than an official is strictly prohibited.
HOW DO THE POINTS WORK?
THERE ARE NO
Other than the race itself, the best place to learn more about AMSOIL GNCC Racing is the series’ official website. You can also follow GNCC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Official Series Website: www.gnccracing.com Facebook: facebook.com/gnccracing Twitter: twitter.com/gnccracing Instagram: instagram.com/gncc_racing
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IS HERE f you didn’t take a look at the AMSOIL
Chris Borich keeps on dominating
GNCC record book, you’d think Chris Borich is putting together the most impressive stretch ever seen in the sport. With
four straight ATV XC1 titles—each one collected in dominant fashion—the Pennsylvanian has been a force as quick and as fierce as anyone has even seen. But technically, he’s only halfway to immortality. The all-time record for GNCC titles is nine straight, held by the previous ATV king, Bill Ballance. But if you watch Borich in action, you’ll know he’s as good as anyone has ever been.
Thanks to the GNCC Series’ incredibly deep talent pool, the XC1 Pro ATV class boasted four different race winners during the 2012 season. HILL
It didn’t take long for the Maxxis/Yoshimurabacked Borich to prove himself again last year. The competition had been working and training hard during the off-season, so Borich had to shut them down early and set the tone. He did that at the season opener in Florida, where he overtook race leader Adam McGill and jetted away with the win. For good measure, after his Florida win in the sand, Borich won again at a muddy Round 2 in Washington, Georgia. Could anything stop the champ? Bad luck could. At Round 3 in North Carolina, engine troubles slowed Borich, dropping him to third. Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser, still on the mend from a shoulder injury, grabbed the win over
Maxxis/Yoshimura’s Chris Borich continued his winning ways, sweeping ten of thirteen rounds.
McGill. Perhaps showing some vulnerability, the champ needed to reverse that course. He did, launching a soul-crushing seven-race win streak stretching from Round 4 in South Carolina all the way through the GNCC summer break, and resuming at Round 10 in Unadilla,
who had swept every round in the XC2 Pro-Am Class in 2011 and was expected by many to give the champ a run in XC1. For Fowler, it seemed like bad luck lurked behind each turn. At Round 2 in Georgia, Fowler was battling Borich for
New York (where he also clinched the title). Along the way, Borich
the entire two hours, but his engine quit running just a few
made sure to vanquish the competition with his patented last-lap
feet from the finish. Per GNCC rules, he had to push his
charges. Perhaps the worst victim was rookie pro Walker Fowler,
ATV across the line to avoid disqualification—and pushing a
400-pound machine is not easy, especially after two hours of racing. Fowler did it and salvaged third behind McGill—but he collapsed with exhaustion at the finish. A few weeks later, at the all-new Mammoth GNCC in Park City, Kentucky, Borich and Fowler battled again, until Borich pulled off a big pass around the outside of a corner in the final stretch. McGill, Kiser, Chris Bithell, and Jarrod McClure, also had their chance for wins during the year, but they couldn’t crack the Borich code.
FINISH AND THE FUTURE Finally, the luck turned a bit. At Ohio’s Powerline Park, Borich’s exhaust broke, the heat
West Virginia’s Adam McGill had a rough time adjusting to a new machine, but his big win at Powerline Park validated his newly acquired privateer efforts. HILL
eventually lighting his machine on fire! McGill, who had endured mechanical troubles several times during the year while adjusting to his new Precision Motorsports/Lonestar Racing/Moto X Perts Honda, took the win. A few weeks later in Indiana, the mud stopped Borich, while Fowler railed to his first victory. Lest the competition build confidence, Borich logged his most impressive win of the year at the series finale at Loretta Lynn Ranch. While battling for the lead, Borich flipped his machine and
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Walker Fowler had an impressive rookie season, finishing second overall after finally beating the four-time champ at Ironman, securing his first Pro-class win. HILL
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THE MAN AT THE TOP.”
tumbled end-over-end, then somehow launched a miraculous charge and caught the leader Kiser—and then made a last-lap pass to steal the lead and the win. It was classic Borich, the kind of move that leaves the competition thinking all off-season long. Who can stop Borich in 2013? Chis Bithell, the longtime Motoworks/Can-Am rider, will now be on a Suzuki like Borich, with Jarrod McClure taking over the Can-Am position. Fowler will be a year wiser and stronger, and McGill will have his program dialed in that much more. Brian Wolf endured a rough season but showed the speed to win as well, and Kiser is always a threat. You never know who else will put the puzzle pieces together, but right now there’s no denying the man at the top.
Pennsylvania’s Chris Borich claimed his fourth straight XC1 Pro ATV title and continues to strive for a place in the GNCC record book for all-time ATV wins.
BATTLE OF THE AGES GRAND NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SERIES
Veteran Paul Whibley hangs on under pressure from the new kid HILL
mPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley isn’t even sure where the rumors came from. But at the start of the 2012 Grand National Cross Country Series,
word spread that the New Zealand veteran was ready to leave the U.S. and head back home. Retirement loomed. He was finished. But then
the 34-year-old went out and not only won the season opener, but held tough against a young challenger to emerge as GNCC Champion—and he’s ready to defend that crown in 2013. “I don’t know where those rumors came from,” he said after the season. “Maybe people are just tired of seeing me around!”
At 34 years old, reigning champ Paul Whibley is only getting smarter, tougher, and harder to beat. HILL
WATCH YOUR BACK Whibley won the 2009 GNCC title and finished second to Factory FMF KTM’s Charlie Mullins in 2011. It was no surprise, then, to see him and Mullins dueling wheel-to-wheel to the finish at 2012’s Round 1. They pushed each other so hard that they both literally collapsed at the finish, exhausted completely. But they still felt better than Mullin’s teammate Kailub Russell, who crashed while battling up front and jacked his shoulder. Russell, a twotime XC2 Pro Lites champion, was doubtful for Round 2 in Georgia, which would effectively end his title hopes before they even started. But the kid did in Georgia—in fact, he dug deep through
FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell kicked off 2012 with a DNF by way of a shoulder injury, but the young gun took the XC1 class by storm, finishing the season with five race wins—only four points shy of the title.
the pain and won the race! But Whibley and Mullins were surely not at full strength following their “to the wall” ride at the opener. Could they beat
Russell straight up at Round 3? Nope. Russell crushed them
Through midseason, Mullins saw his chances to defend his
again, winning by a huge margin in North Carolina. Then he
GNCC title fade amid a terrible run of mechanical troubles.
won Round 4 in South Carolina for good measure. Despite not
Then an arm injury knocked him out of action completely.
finishing Round 1, the 22-year-old from Ohio was right back in
Russell and Whibley looked set as the lone front-runners, but
the points hunt and was the hottest property in the series.
another Kiwi, Rory Mead, stepped into the battle with big wins
IT WAS ENOUGH TO TAKE THE
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SET FOR ONE MORE YEAR.” in Kentucky and Snowshoe in West Virginia. When the tracks got technical, steep, and rocky, Mead’s extensive background in trials riding helped guide him to the front. Russell won his fourth race of the year in Indiana, but Whibley answered back with wins in West Virginia and Ohio. The two went into the summer break virtually tied for the points lead.
STRETCH RUN The season resumed at Unadilla in upstate New York, and a new challenger emerged in Thad DuVall. The Shenandoah
New Zealand’s Rory Mead finished an impressive third overall in his first full season of GNCC in 2012, chalking up two race wins for the year. HILL
Honda/Offroadchampions.com-backed rider was expected to be the future of the sport when he blasted through the amateur ranks years ago, but his move to the pro ranks had been rough. Finally, at Unadilla, he reached the top of the mountain with his first pro-class win. Russell got back on track with a win at Power Line Park in Ohio, while Mullins returned to full strength at the next race in Indiana and finally got a win. There, Whibley had a disastrous final lap when he ran out of gas, allowing Russell, who was having an off-day, to get by and further close the points gap. This set up a winner-takeall finale at Loretta Lynn Ranch, with just one point separating the two and a single three-hour
AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley proved that championships are won on your worst days, finishing no lower than fifth in 2012. Whibley’s consistency led him to his second career GNCC title.
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There, Whibley capitalized on his greatest asset: his starts. Whibley was once known as a slow starter and strong finisher, but he worked tirelessly on his technique until he was practically unbeatable off the line. He snagged every single holeshot in 2013—with the exception of Snowshoe, which didn’t have one—and that start was especially important at Loretta’s. Russell was hit by another rider and found himself way back, and when he put in a hard charge to catch Whibley, his arms pumped up. From there, he never found a rhythm, while Whibley ran away in an all-time-clutch performance. It was enough to take the race win and the title—and hold off the younger set for one more year.
Shenandoah Honda/Offroadchampions’ Thad DuVall put in one of his most consistent seasons ever, leading him to his first XC1 win, at Unadilla, and fourth place overall.
THE EVENTS 1
Moose Racing Westgate River Ranch GNCC March 10 & 12, 2013 | River Ranch, FL
bout an hour south of Orlando and two hours from the madness of Daytona Bike Week, the River Ranch GNCC promises first-class accommodations. The Ranch serves as a vacation, retreat, and training spot for people year-round, but for GNCC racers it will also serve as the roughand-tumble 2013 season opener. The track is typical of Florida races, most closely resembling the Vero Beach, Florida, GNCC in 2007. The sandy conditions will whoop out, and with some palmetto roots thrown into the mix, this one will test who has and who hasnâ€™t been training during the off-season. To fit into the Daytona Bike Week schedule, this race runs a much different schedule than the other rounds, with ATVs racing on Sunday and bikes on Tuesday. Also, this is the only GNCC on the tour offering practice. ATVs get a practice day on Saturday before racing on Sunday, and bikes get to practice on Monday before their race on Tuesday. Practice will take place on a separate track, and a separate fee applies. This is an opportunity to make sure you and your equipment are ready for the new seasonâ€” not an opportunity to learn the track.
Special Event: 50cc Micro
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2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Paul Whibley 2. Charlie Mullins 3. Rory Mead 4. Thad DuVall 5. Chris Bach
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Chris Borich 2. Adam McGill 3. Chris Bithell 4. Walker Fowler 5. Johnny Gallagher
March 16-17, 2013 | Washington, GA
Special Event: UTV
eorgia’s distinctive red clay makes “The General” what it is. If there’s rain, the soil gets soft and builds deep ruts, so be very careful when approaching traffic and bottlenecks. But when it’s dry, this course gets hard and fast. The General features a motocross track with some decent jumps at Aonia Pass MX, but if you’re not an aerialist, don’t worry—the jumps are tamed for the GNCC. The motocross track makes for a good passing spot if you can’t get around someone in the woods, but remember, you can only make up a few seconds out of the two-hour race there, so don’t take too many risks. Hill climbs aren’t a big issue, but getting clean may be—that red Georgia clay is pretty tough to wash off of both man and machine.
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2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Kailub Russell 2. Charlie Mullins 3. Paul Whibley 4. Nate Kanney 5. Thad DuVall
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS
FMF Steele Creek GNCC April 6-7, 2013 | Morganton, NC
Special Event: 50cc Micro
he picturesque Steele Creek Campground hosts this round, and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background make it a real beauty. Campers will appreciate the hookups and the small country store located on the premises. This is a classic cross-country track, with plenty of creek crossings, mud bogs, and rocks. As the race goes on, a lot of tree roots become exposed, making for a rough ride when it’s dry and a slick track when it rains. The coolest part of the track is the creek crossing near the pits, as the track weaves around next to a stream before eventually plunging into it. Then riders have to duck their heads to get under a concrete bridge, from which fans can watch. It can get pretty cold at Steele Creek, so prepare to dress warmly. The facility is an actual campground—hookups are available, but separate fees appl ap ply pl y fo for camp pin ing. g. apply camping.
1. Chris Borich 2. Taylor Kiser 3. Walker Fowler 4. Brian Wolf 5. Chris Bithell
2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Kailub Russell 2. Paul Whibley 3. Cory Buttrick 4. Thad DuVall 5. Jordan Ashburn
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Adam McGill 2. Chris Bithell 3. Jarrod McClure 4. Taylor Kiser 5. Chris Borich
April 20-21, 2013 | Union, SC
2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Kailub Russell 2. Paul Whibley 3. Charlie Mullins 4. Thad DuVall 5. Rory Mead
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Chris Borich 2. Adam McGill 3. Chris Bithell 4. Jarrod McClure 5. Bryan Cook
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mammoth GNCC May 4-5, 2013 | Park City, KY
Special Event: 50cc Micro
ow in its second year on the GNCC schedule, the Mammoth GNCC is one of those destination events, similar to what we see at Westgate River Ranch and Snowshoe Mountain. There’s plenty to do at Park Mammoth Resort in between the racing action, with on-site accommodations including lodging, shooting sports, 18 holes of golf, and restaurants for the family. The folks at Park Mammoth were generous enough to give up rights to their old golf course in the name of GNCC, providing an ideal grass track section that any racer can appreciate. But perhaps it’s the fresh trail that racers love most about this Kentucky venue, as assistant trail boss Barry Hawk has created some of the most favorable single-track on the circuit. Also, the terrain is a bit rugged as a result of the nearby historic Cave Country, so don’t let the pretty scenery trick you.
he Big Buck course presents the standard GNCC obstacles—everything from tight woods to fields, creek crossings, rocks, and hill climbs. It’s a fast, wide-open course, but it’s definitely not easy! Course designers Jeff Russell and Barry Hawk usually create a spectacular creek jump where the riders launch off of a bank and over the water (with a path around the jump for those who aren’t as comfortable with airtime). Henry Turner and his family own the Big Buck facility, and they’re big fans and supporters of GNCC Racing. The town of Union gets behind the Big Buck, too—big-time. Since the course gets rough, riders need to be smart as new lines open up throughout the race. The nner will w u ua be the rider e wh h oug the winner usually who runs through trrees s fastest. fa test. fast trees
Special Event: UTV
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2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Rory Mead 2. Charlie Mullins 3. Paul Whibley 4. Kailub Russell 5. Jordan Ashburn
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Chris Borich 2. Walker Fowler 3. Taylor Kiser 4. Jarrod McClure 5. Bryan Cook
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May 18-19, 2013 | Springville, IN
2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Kailub Russell 2. Paul Whibley 3. Jordan Ashburn 4. Thad DuVall 5. Chris Bach
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Chris Borich 2. Adam McGill 3. Taylor Kiser 4. Chris Bithell 5. Walker Fowler
Wiseco John Penton GNCC June 1-2, 2013 | Millﬁeld, OH
Special Event: UTV
ohn Penton, a pioneer of off-road motorcycle racing in America, originally imported KTM motorcycles from Austria into the United States. This event’s name is a lasting tribute to the man who did so much for racing here. You must plan for the weather at this event—it’s an awesome place to race, but it’s often either bonedry and dusty or covered in sticky mud. (Sometimes it’s both!) If the weather holds, the track is great, with a nice mix of fast trails and some fresh, tight stuff thrown in. There’s nothing too difficult here in terms of hills or mud bogs, even when it’s muddy. The Sunday Creek motocross track is a fun one, with a few simple jumps, one nice step-up, and plenty of wide-open corners for flat tracking (and passing). If it does rain, make sure you have extra goggles and gloves ready, because it becomes difficult to navigate around the slippery course.
fter the success of the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, and with good relationships with the IXCR and Mid America Series, it only seemed natural to bring another round of GNCC to Indiana. The Limestone 100 takes place at the Lawrence County Recreation Facility, which is owned and operated by the ABATE group of Indiana. Since the land is already a riding park, there’s some pretty solid parking ground for springtime in Indiana! And the facility is located about 20 miles south of Bloomington, which makes for a good location in terms of hotels and restaurants for GNCC racers and their families. The terrain will be similar to the Ironman, with milder temperatures and possibly some rain, so be sure to prepare for anything. The course will have pl ty of rolling g hills, h pe fields, and the typical plenty wide-open M weste ern woods ods te m Midwestern terrain—most likely nothing you h ve ha en’ n t seen een here her ere er e before. before re e. haven’t
Special Event: 50cc Micro
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2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Chris Borich 2. Walker Fowler 3. Taylor Kiser 4. Adam McGill 5. Chris Bithell
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June 15-16, 2013 | Masontown, WV
Special Event: UTV
n its second year on the GNCC schedule, West Virginia’s Mountaineer Run serves as the series’ “hometown” race since it’s less than 15 miles from the Racer Productions HQ. The facility is used to housing large groups of people, as Marvin’s Mountain Top is known for years of music and other large festivals. There are plenty of family activities at this event, taking advantage of the festive Memorial Day Weekend holiday. Not quite as rough as Snowshoe, this WV land is definitely going to be technical and rocky with a fairr am fa amount unt o of elevation change. ng g A As challenging g g as the o obstacles bs les ma may be, this his tterrain in is some o of the best-flowing st-fll s and nd m most acclaimed aim d of the season. n
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2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Paul Whibley 2. Kailub Russell 3. Rory Mead 4. Thad DuVall 5. Takeshi Koikeda
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS
Amsoil Snowshoe GNCC June 29-30, 2013 | Snowshoe, WV
he toughest, most spectacular, and most unique race on the whole GNCC tour, the Snowshoe GNCC is set in the upscale ski village at West Virginia’s largest ski resort. The surroundings are not only several steps above the typical GNCC course, they’re also plusher than many luxury resorts. An array of hotels, shops, and restaurants provide plenty of entertainment off the racetrack, and the facility also hosts an amazing golf course and some of the best mountain bike trails in the country. To celebrate the legacy of the Blackwater 100, riders at Snowshoe start “in town” on a paved road in groups of five, engines live, every five seconds. A few miles of the course are the roughest you’ll see all year, with deep mud bogs, massive tree roots, and near-vertical hill climbs. (If not for the help of the ever-determined GNCC fans known as “mud fleas,” some sections may not be passable at all.) In the tradition of the old Blackwater—known then as the “World’s Toughest Race”—the Snowshoe GNCC is the ultimate test for a cross-country racer. Luckily, the course also features a few miles of gravel road, providing a much-needed rest. Snowshoe sits at about 4,200 feet, so jetting becomes an issue for most machines. It tends to be pretty cold, too.
1. Chris Borich 2. Taylor Kiser 3. Walker Fowler 4. Chris Bithell 5. Brian Wolf
2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Rory Mead 2. Kailub Russell 3. Paul Whibley 4. Nick Fahringer 5. Bobby Prochnau
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Chris Borich 2. Chris Bithell 3. Walker Fowler 4. Jarrod McClure 5. Taylor Kiser
September 7-8, 2013 | New Berlin, NY
his race became an instant classic after its 2005 debut. The legendary Unadilla Raceway has been hosting motocross races since the late 1960s, and it enjoys a worldwide reputation as one of the fastest, roughest moto courses ever made. The full-scale Unadilla motocross track (“U1”) will be used for the GNCC, which means wide, sweeping corners and some very steep elevation changes. There are big jumps, but they’re formed using the natural elevation of the terrain—no peaked doubles here. The “U2” Unadilla amateur track will be used as well, so you’ll likely see two motocross tracks per lap here. The woods are fresh and tight and covered in that trademark black New York loam. It rains here quite a bit, and the course will get tough due to the soft soil. But it offers better traction when wet than the slippery Ohio clay clay.. T The New ew Y Yorkers are a hearty bunch either way, y though, tho gh, and th tthey’re not afraid afrr to tackle the he mud.
Special Event: 50cc Micro
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2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Thad DuVall 2. Paul Whibley 3. Nate Kanney 4. Kailub Russell 5. Chris Bach
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Chris Borich 2. Walker Fowler 3. Jarrod McClure 4. Taylor Kiser 5. Brian Wolf
The Gusher GNCC September 21-22, 2013 | Foxburg, PA
Special Event: 50cc Micro
he Gusher is new to the 2013 schedule, and it’s sure to be a racer and spectator favorite. Taking place on the largest privately owned estate in Pennsylvania, The Gusher has an automatic cool factor due to the incredibly picturesque scenery surrounding the area. The property runs through the Allegheny Mountains, with parts of the course actually running alongside the Allegheny River, so there’s plenty of scenery for racers to check out along the trail. But don’t be fooled—the course won’t be as attractive as it may appear. The terrain boasts a good mixture of fast and open sections and can quickly jump into more technical sections showcasing rock gardens and other challenging obstacles. However, the combination of fresh trail, rich Pennsylvania soil, and change in elevation (hill climbs galore!) could make this one of the most varied courses on the GNCC tour.
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October 12-13, 2013 | St. Clairsville, OH
2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Kailub Russell 2. Charlie Mullins 3. Thad DuVall 4. Paul Whibley 5. Josh Strang
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Chris Borich 2. Brian Wolf 3. Adam McGill 4. Taylor Kiser 5. Jarrod McClure
Amsoil IRONMAN GNCC October 26-27, 2013 | Crawfordsville, IN
Special Event: UTV
eturning as the GNCC finale, the Ironman is one of the most popular races on the circuit. Community support for this race is amazing, with Ironman GNCC banners hanging downtown and an incredible spectator count. The event has practically become an industry trade show, with Yamaha, Can-Am, and Polaris displaying next year’s models. Many riders call this track their favorite on the tour. The land is totally flat, but the course runs near riverbanks for plenty of elevation changes—in fact, the hills here are some of the steepest on the circuit. If it rains, they will be the toughest part, as the course will be routed around the creeks. If it’s dry, riders will hit the rocky creeks, which can be tough on tires. Since the race runs in October, it can get cold, as well. Outside of the woods, the course routes across harvested cornfields where machines will be pegged at top speed several times. From tight trails to technical hill climbs, gullies, rock sections, and creeks—all on top of great dirt—this track is a true test for a cross-country racer’s all-around skills. The Ironman is named after the late GNCC ATV Champion Bob “Ironman” Sloan, who hailed from Indiana and helped make the event happen.
ocated near Wheeling, West Virginia, Powerline Park is on old strip-mine property. Mud is always a factor here, as the course runs across fire roads that pack up and hold water. The topsoil is clay but gives way to a rocky base soil, and there are some rock piles around too. The mud isn’t as slippery to your tires or as sticky on your machine as it is at, say, the John Penton. Still, you can run into some trouble in sections where water drags up onto banks. You’ll be sliding around, so try to hit the hills with some speed for momentum. This is standard GNCC stuff: tight woods, mud, and elevation changes. Some high-speed sections are usually thrown in, including some wide-open grass-track areas. Ohio has some dedicated off-road fans, so you’ll cr wd here e and they y can a usually y be found see a big crowd e “Powerline “Po ne Mud d Hole” p g riders through the at the pulling tthic ck swamp-like swam e crossing. cro os g thick
Special Event: UTV
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2012 XC1 PRO BIKE RESULTS 1. Charlie Mullins 2. Thad DuVall 3. Kailub Russell 4. Chris Bach 5. Paul Whibley
2012 XC1 PRO ATV RESULTS 1. Walker Fowler 2. Jarrod McClure 3. Chris Bithell 4. Chris Borich 5. Taylor Kiser
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2012 RESULT: 3rd in XC2 Pro Lites
2012 RESULT: 1st in XC2 Pro Lites
TEAM: KTM-Parts.com/DirtWise MECHANIC: Laci Thomas
TEAM: FAR Husqvarna MECHANIC: Joey Mauer
Jordan Ashburn TEAM: AmPro Yamaha MECHANIC: Darryl Raines
TEAM: Bach Racing/Carolina KTM MECHANIC: Chris Bach
HOMETOWN: Cookeville, TN
HOMETOWN: Crown Point, IN
2012 RESULT: 6th in XC1 Pro
2012 RESULT: 7th in XC1 Pro HILL
BIRTH DATE: April 18, 1988
BIRTH DATE: January 5, 1991
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TOP WOMEN RIDERS: 209
TEAM: Dave Bayless Motorsports/DC Cycles MECHANICS: Chuck Ahart, Chad Walters,
TEAM: Merritt Racing MECHANIC: Don Merritt
BIRTH DATE: September 16, 1990
BIRTH DATE: July 1, 1994 HOMETOWN: Marietta, OH 2012 RESULT: 4th in Women’s Class
HOMETOWN: Akron, OH
2012 RESULT: 5th in Women’s Class
TEAM: AmPro Yamaha/WFR MECHANICS: Walker and Danny Fowler
BIRTH DATE: August 13, 1986
BIRTH DATE: May 4, 1991
HOMETOWN: Seattle, WA
HOMETOWN: Columbus, OH
2012 RESULT: 1st in Women’s Class
2012 RESULT: 3rd in Women’s Class HILL
TEAM: Factory FMF/KTM Racing Team MECHANIC: Woody Bramlett
FAN FAVORITES: 201
DAVE SIMMONS TEAM: GT Thunder MECHANIC: Dave Simmons
TEAM: GT Thunder/Wolf Racing MECHANIC: Brian Wolf
BIRTH DATE: March 12, 1960
BIRTH DATE: February 5, 1983
HOMETOWN: Painesville, OH
HOMETOWN: Valley City, OH
2012 RESULT: 1st in Super Senior (45+)
2012 RESULT: 9th in XC1 Pro
TEAM: Waynesburg Yamaha/GT Thunder/GBC MECHANIC: Jeff Pickens
TEAM: Zakowski Motorsports MECHANIC: Paul Zakowski
BIRTH DATE: February 12, 1983
BIRTH DATE: April 4, 1990
HOMETOWN: Shamokin, PA
HOMETOWN: Sherwood, WI
2012 RESULT: 10th in XC1 Pro
2012 RESULT: 3rd in 4X4 Open
TEAM: Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Racing MECHANIC: Jimmy Jarrett
TEAM: Edmisten Racing MECHANIC: Robert Edmisten
BIRTH DATE: April 21, 1988
BIRTH DATE: November 7, 1985
HOMETOWN: Inverell, Australia
HOMETOWN: Vero Beach, FL
2012 RESULT: N/A
2012 RESULT: 10th in XC1 Pro
TEAM: Team Faith MECHANIC: Chuck LeMaster
TEAM: Litz Racing Honda MECHANIC: Steven Litz
BIRTH DATE: May 12, 1973
BIRTH DATE: October 29, 1977
HOMETOWN: Nashville, TN
HOMETOWN: Hokkaido, Japan
2012 RESULT: 3rd in Vet B (30+)
2012 RESULT: 9th in XC1 Pro
QUICK FILL GRAND NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SERIES
GNCC ON NBC SPORTS
acerTV continues its relationship with NBC Sports Network into 2013, welcoming back coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series. NBC Sports will air thirteen half-hour segments of RacerTV, covering one race from each of the thirteen rounds this season. Packing two days of racing into a half-hour time slot is a pretty tall order, which is why RacerTV will air the other thirteen episodes not covered on TV at the all-new RacerTV.com. The online shows will be just like their NBC Sports counterparts in terms of structure and
content, but they’ll air online before the next race weekend! In addition to the AMSOIL GNCC Series, NBC Sports and RacerTV.com will also broadcast the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, and several other racing shows. Perhaps the most exciting news on the broadcast front is the debut of GNCC LIVE, which presents a full audio- and video-based webcast live during the ATV and bike Pro races. GNCC Racing is ready to take its media to the next level as the RacerTV crew has expanded its horizons to offer this unprecedented feature at all thirteen rounds this season.
LIVE LAPS TEXTING SERVICE
hether you’re standing trackside or standing in line at the DMV, you can stay up to date on all the GNCC Racing action as it unfolds with Live Laps Texting Service. Don’t have a fancy smartphone? No problem! This service sends live alerts and race data to your phone via text message so you’ll never miss a lap. You can choose from three different live coverage options by simply texting the word “HELP” to firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be given the following options immediately after:
NEW WEBSITE/MOBILE SITE
NCC Racing is rolling out an all-new website for the 2013 season, bringing fans a more user-friendly, easyto-navigate experience. Whether you’re a competitor or a fan, all the information you need is at your fingertips. Do you follow GNCC Racing on the go? Our tech team noticed that more and more of you are, so we made sure to update our mobile site as well. Whether you’re looking for the latest points standings, race reports, photo galleries, or information regarding the next round, the new website and mobile site have what you need. Visit www. gnccracing.com to get the latest scoop.
1. Subscribe to a racer for the day for automatic alerts each time a racer completes a lap. Text the word “SUB (racer #)” - Example: sub 259. Text the word “UNSUB” to m@ gncclive.com to cancel a subscription to one or all of the riders being followed. 2. Periodically check on a racer. If you text more than one rider’s number, the system will respond with a text for each racer on the list. Separate each racing number with a space – Example: 5 199 259. 3. Follow the overall top 20 or a certain class. Text “C” or “CLASS” and the system will respond with a list of codes and corresponding classes. The code will be the letter “C” followed by either one or two digits – Example: c6, c10. Reply with a class code, and the system will respond back with the current unofficial results you selected. Considering the length of an average GNCC course—between 10 and 12 miles—Live Laps Texting Service is a great way for fans in attendance to stay on top of the standings. Live Laps Texting Service is free, but message and data rates may apply. Consult your mobile plan.
FAN RULES RESPONSIBILITY: GNCC Racing, like all motorsports, can be dangerous. Due to the nature of GNCC Racing, which utilizes an open-course, “crosscountry” race circuit, there is no fence or barrier around the course. It is your responsibility to keep yourself and your children a safe distance from the course. Spectators are cautioned to never turn their backs to oncoming racers. COURSE REGULATIONS: The racing course is off-limits to fans. Only registered racers and authorized personnel are permitted on the course. You may cross the course only when you have determined that it is safe to do so. Special care must be taken when viewing events in high-traffic areas on the course and in the paddock and staging areas. RELEASE OF LIABILITY: All persons entering the premises must sign the liability-release waiver. Parents or legal guardians with children under 18 years of age must be present to sign liability-release waivers on behalf of accompanying minors. PIT VEHICLES/PIT RIDING: No pit bikes, quads, scooters, golf carts, etc. are allowed.
PETS: All pets must be on leashes. No vicious or barking pets are permitted. ACCESS: For security purposes, all spectator gates are closed daily from midnight to 6:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly.
BANNERS & SIGNAGE: Please do not attempt to remove any banners or signage materials. Violators will be prosecuted for theft and trespassing.
PIT CREWS: Riders are responsible for all crew members, family members, and guests.
TICKETS: You must wear your wristband at all times. If you leave the facility, you must have your wristband on in order to reenter the property. Please do not remove wristbands while attending events.
SEARCH POLICY: All vehicles are subject to search. No fireworks, firearms, or other contraband are allowed at GNCC events. Event organizers are not responsible for the safe return of any confiscated contraband. TRASH: Please use the provided trash receptacles. Trash bags are available at the front gate.
CAMPFIRES: Only small (20”), self-contained campfires are permitted. CURFEW: Quiet time is 10:00 p.m. nightly. No loud generators are allowed after this time. GENERAL INFORMATION is located at Rider Registration. RIDER INFORMATION is located at Rider Registration. FIRST AID is located at the Ambulance Station adjacent to Rider Registration. SECURITY is headquartered at the Main Gate. LOST & FOUND is located at Rider Registration.
AMSOIL PARTNERS WITH AMERICA’S PREMIER OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE, ATV AND UTV RACING SERIES
That initial breakthrough forty years ago was just the start. AMSOIL has gone on to formulate a wide selection of synthetic lubricating oils for all types of engine and gear applications, including those for specialized vehicles and severe operating conditions. In addition, AMSOIL has developed sophisticated fuel additives, filtration systems, and other companion products that supplement and extend lubricant performance. The history of AMSOIL product introductions defines an entire industry. AMSOIL synthetic motor oil, gear lube, automatic transmission fluid, two-cycle oil, and other products helped introduce a new age in equipment and engine design. Engineers recognize synthetic lubricants as critical to increasing the power, longevity, and energy efficiency of vehicles and equipment, providing concrete testimony to AMSOIL’s innovation.
PEE WEE SERIES
or the first time in GNCC Racing history, riders from ages 4-11 have the opportunity to compete in the all-new 50cc Micro classes. The six-round mini series will be held at select GNCC Racing events during the 2013 season. The inaugural 50cc Mini Series will join the rest of the AMSOIL GNCC Racing series at the opening round in River Ranch, Florida, as well as Steele Creek, The Mammoth, John Penton, Unadilla, and The Gusher. The classes offered are 50 Sr. (7-9), 50 Jr. (4-6), and Casual Trail (7-9) for bikes and 50 Open Sr. (7-11), 50 Open Jr. (4-6), and 50 Sport (4-11) for ATVs. Class champions will be decided by totaling the points from each racer’s best five races of the six-race series. Pay close attention to these young riders throughout the season— you may just witness GNCC’s future XC1 champions in the making. HILL
The AMSOIL Story As a jet-fighter-squadron commander, Lieutenant Colonel Albert J. Amatuzio had ample opportunity to witness synthetic lubricants in action. Jet engines use these oils exclusively because of their ability to reduce friction and wear, function dependably at severe temperatures, and withstand rigorous and lengthy operation without chemical breakdown. Recognizing that these benefits would prove invaluable in combustion engines, Amatuzio began conducting research in the early 1960s, developing and selling synthetic oils under a variety of names. The true milestone came in 1972 when AMSOIL became the first synthetic motor oil in the world to meet American Petroleum Institute service requirements. It set new standards for motor-oil quality and outperformed conventional petroleum motor oils on all counts. It was clear that the product could redefine the performance capabilities of modern machinery and engines. Today, virtually every motor-oil manufacturer has recognized the superiority of synthetic lubricants and has followed AMSOIL’s lead with introductions of synthetic motor oils of their own.
arlier this year, AMSOIL signed a multi-year deal to be the title sponsor of the thirteen-round AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series—the perfect place to prove its products and demonstrate results. “Becoming the title sponsor of GNCC is a great opportunity for AMSOIL,” said AMSOIL race program manager Jeremy Meyer. “We’ve had a great partnership with the GNCC, its fans, and teams, and we see cross-country racing as part of the core of ATV and motorcycle racing.” AMSOIL first partnered with GNCC Racing as a series sponsor and later became a premier sponsor of the RacerTV television package on NBC Sports. The company will also extend its title sponsorship of Round 13, the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The company’s involvement with racing began in the 1970s with like Indy ace Bobby Unser and the young Mark Martin, who was making his first appearance in NASCAR. In the late 1990s, AMSOIL began building high-profile relationships in various forms of powersports racing, beginning with snocross and supercross. “GNCC attracts just the kind of grassroots enthusiasts for whom AMSOIL products are designed—people who test the limits of their equipment,” said AMSOIL technical product manager Len Groom. “ATV racers will get outstanding results with ether our 0W-40 Formula 4-Stroke Oil or 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil. GNCC dirt bike racers with two-cycle engines should be using our Dominator 2-Cycle Racing Oil in their engines with our synthetic 10W-30 weight motorcycle oil in the transmission. Those riding bigger bikes with four-stroke engines will want to use our 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil.” AMSOIL has raised the bar when it comes to racing protection, giving racers the confidence that they can push their equipment to the edge.
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GNCC SCHOOL PROGRAM: GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
NCC’s Helping Students Stay on the Right Track school program has been a big hit with local communities all over the country. In it, GNCC’s Media Team takes three to five GNCC racers—pros and amateurs alike—to elementary and middle schools to entertain and educate kids by presenting positive role models with a passion for their professional racing careers. The racers know firsthand the value of hard work, positive thinking/acting and goal setting, and the importance of serving as positive role models while they travel the country racing. Some of the racers even get the opportunity to speak at schools they attended. “I’m so excited to be able to return to my old elementary school to talk to students about how important it is to be fit and healthy, and to set goals and never give up,” says Jesse Robinson, a graduate of George Hildebrand Elementary in Connelly Springs, NC. “I could have only dreamed how far racing would take me, but through hard work and dedication, I have been able to travel all over the world doing something that I love.” The crew normally rolls into a gym or auditorium with motorcycles, ATV,s and/or UTVs, and the racers are dressed in full race gear. The racers—who have extensive experience working with
the youth in both academic and track settings—focus on four main points during the presentation: goal setting, anti-bullying, never giving up, and safety—topics they understand from firsthand experience and can speak about clearly and truthfully. The forty-five-minute presentation isn’t a one-way conversation, either. The racers get the crowd involved with games and contests, which often require audience members to suit up in full race attire. Lucky audience members may also receive special prizes, including free admission to the nearby race.
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