We still live in a tough economy. The shrinking amount of spectators at major racing events has not gone unnoticed, as venues all over the world are scrambling to figure out how to attract new fans, while at the same time reducing costs. One of the hardest hit forms of motorsports has been the AMA Pro Racing series.
Recently, they announced a new format for AMA Pro Road Racing event weekends which will be in effect during select events scheduled as part of the 2014 season. This alternate weekend schedule was created as a cost-containment effort in coordination with the teams, manufacturers and promoters.
“Although the weekend format will be condensed at certain events in 2014, fans can still expect the same great racing action and entertainment value from our valued promoter partners,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “We’re thankful for the valuable input we have received from our major stakeholders as we have formulated this plan and look forward to debuting the new format to the fans next season.”
Of the events already announced as part of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing calendar, New Jersey Motorsports Park will feature the new format, and the track is already working on plans to deliver the same excellent fan experience to those in attendance.
“New Jersey Motorsports Park is excited to be a part of this new weekend format which will allow our fans to take part in non-stop racing excitement condensed into two days,” said Brad Scott, Chief Operating Officer / GM of New Jersey Motorsports Park. “This unique doubleheader race weekend will be packed with both on-track and off-track activities from Saturday morning to late Sunday afternoon.”
The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season will kick off once again at Daytona International Speedway. The event is scheduled for March 13 – 15, 2014 and will have the same three-day format featured in recent years, highlighted by the 73rd running of the DAYTONA 200 on Saturday afternoon.
For die-hard motorcycle racing enthusiasts, the pinnacle of the sport has to be MotoGP. Next year, there will only be two of these races in the United States, with the first being held at the Circuit of The Americas™ in Austin, Texas from April 11-13.
“With the holidays just around the corner, tickets to the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas make a great gift for the motorsports fans in your household, and next year’s event will be the perfect opportunity for an entire family to spend a weekend at Circuit of The Americas.”
MotoGP, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, consists of 19 races in 14 countries on five continents with pan-global television coverage. The world’s most skilled riders, including current U.S. riders Colin Edwards of Texas, 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden from Kentucky and reigning World Champion and winner of the 2013 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas Marc Marquez, compete with cutting-edge, prototype motorcycle technology produced by Ducati, Yamaha and Honda, as well manufacturers supporting the new Open class. The series traditionally holds three races, including Moto2 and Moto3 competitions, during each event for various classes of motorcycles based on engine size. Fans watched MotoGP’s new phenom, Marc Marquez, sweep the three U.S. races in 2013, including COTA’s inaugural event, and will be eager to see if he returns to the winners’ podium in Texas next year.
Fans of the sport will enjoy many new options for 2014, including FREE motorcycle parking for fans that purchase their tickets by Dec. 31, 2013, Three-day weekend passes and single-day ticket options for fans, a new dry camping option for fans who want to stay close to the circuit all weekend, and kids 12 and under receive FREE general admission with a ticketed adult.
“The on-track action at this year’s MotoGP Championship race at COTA was incredible, and our mission for 2014 is to elevate the fan experience at the track and in downtown Austin,” COTA Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Geoff Moore said. “Our team will be throwing an even bigger party at the track next year, with a larger entertainment portfolio of live music, interactive displays, games and fan activities. We’re also planning a downtown Fan Zone that will give visitors and residents lots to see and do throughout the weekend.”
Single-day general admission tickets start at $39 for Friday’s practice sessions, and single-day reserved seats start at $59. Three-day weekend passes start at $89 for general admission or $139 for reserved seats. Three-day dry camping passes are available for $150 per space.
“Making our MotoGP race one of the must-attend sports and entertainment events of the season is a priority, and we’ve enhanced our customer offerings to ensure that happens,” COTA President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Dial noted. “We’ve added single-day tickets to the mix for 2014, giving fans greater flexibility, and we’ve reduced on-site parking prices to enhance the value and make it easier for fans to access the circuit. In addition, we’re offering free general admission to kids ages 12 and under to make it more affordable for families to attend the races.”
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