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TTXGP North America 2012 Schedule
14th February 2012
TTXGP press office
The TTXGP North America 2012 schedule has something for everyone, from major national motorcycle racing weekends to headlining an EV festival the calendar has been designed to offer a broad range appeal to multiple types of audiences in America.
TTXGP is pleased to confirm the following dates and venues for TTXGP North America 2012!
MAY 4th – MAY 6th
Infineon has been home to the opening round of TTXGP since inception so we are very pleased to be kicking of the season at one of the greenest tracks in the US. The West Coast Moto Jam weekend is the ultimate 2 wheel fiesta; As well as TTXGP fans will be treated to six AMA Pro Road Racing main events on the road course, Supermoto USA on the karting track and FREE Demo rides in the expanded Motorsports Midway. Ticket are available right now: Book tickets online or by phone: 800-870-RACE (7223)
June 23rd – June 24th
Portland International Raceway
The award winning City of Portland; often been referred to as one of the most environmentally friendly or “green” cities in the world and this summer adds to these credentials when it plays host to the region’s first zero carbon race series. The TTXGP race will be the highlight of an EV bonanza with displays, demos and making up the OMRRA EV Festival.
For over three decades, the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association has run safe, exciting, and competitive events for motorcycle road racers and their fans. Racers range from club level to professionals with national and international experience. The weekend will be actioned packed weekend and if you are in the Portland area it will be one not to be missed! Tickets will be available from the gate; more information to be published shortly – check back here in the next few weeks for a full line up.
August 31st – September 2nd
Miller Motorsports Park
Returning to this prestigious track with AHRMA, TTXGP is excited to return the famous Miller Motorsports Park. Mixing the old with the new and showcasing the historic with the future; the TTXGP race will be hosted by one of the biggest associations in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, now with over 4,000 members; the Miller round represents represents one of its largest and busiest weekends.
Miller Motorsports Park is a state-of-the-art road racing facility for automobiles, motorcycles and karts located just 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah. It is considered the finest race track of its type in North America
TTXGP WORLD FINAL 2012: October 19th – October 21st
Daytona International Raceway
For the first time in TTXGP History, we bring our World Final to the USA. Daytona International Speedway is the home to nine major weekends of racing activity, featuring everything from NASCAR to the Rolex Sports Car Series to the American Motorcyclist Association and the World Karting Association, as well as the booked for more than two solid months each year for testing and development of various race vehicles. As such offers racers and fans a world class venue and the perfect choice for the TTXGP WORLD FINAL 2012.
“The Speedway is a venue that is known throughout the world as a top-line race track – a place where everyone in motorsports wants to claim a victory,” said Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.
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Not as many races as I hoped, and one race left “TBC”, which I assume means To Be Confirmed. But, it seems like a realistic season. Oh . . . AND THE WORLD FINAL IS AT DAYTONA!!!!! I’m not excited about this, or anything. Some small part of me wants this to be the come back of Daytona as the place everyone in the motorcycle world wants to race. Because of the type of track Daytona is, this is going to be some serious home field advantage, although this opportunity could make the likes of MotoCzysz and Mission come out and play enough in the NA championship to qualify for the World Final.
I seriously doubt they will use the full traditional circuit, and I think it would be a mistake to do so. The modified circuit the used for the Superbike class would be better, with less time on the banking. The banking will allow these bikes to show off what they can do as far as raw power and top speed. But the higher the speed, the bigger drain on the battery pack, meaning if we had the full banking it would resemble more of a bicycle race than a motorcycle race with everyone trying to conserve power. The 2.95 mile “Moto-Course” cuts out turn 1 and 2, hopefully keeping the average speed down enough to see what these bikes can do. However, even if that’s not the case, it might mean a no-holds-barred-all-out-fast-lap-fest in Qualifying. Cross your fingers, and lets pray. Oh the Euros (if they can afford to come) will have no idea what hit them. But really, if any if the Euro bikes have a chance it’ll be the 2-time World Champs Muench Racing.
It’s not a surprise we don’t see Laguna as that is an FIM round, and we already knew that Infineon Raceway was happening. The biggest surprises are Portland and Miller Motorsports Park. Not that they were totally unexpected surprises. A certain Moto-blogger doesn’t understand why PIR would make sense. I argue that it would be a home race for both Brammo and MotoCzysz, and that area is the epicenter of the EV movement in the this country. If you want to talk markets, you aren’t looking at traditional race fans, although CART used to race there. But, Chevy, Ford, and Nissan didn’t target Portland and the college crowd to release their EVs a year before they went into production for no reason. There are a lot of important companies there, people that may not be into racing, but are really into EVs, and I am sure, plenty of politicians that normally wouldn’t set foot at a traditional motorsports event. And a short Facebook chat a few months ago let me know that the Miller folks really liked having the elmotos there back in September. So back they go!
This pesky “TBC” is annoying, but heck even Estoril is a question mark for MotoGP, so . . .
This could turn out to be a short, but exciting year. Who knows who is going to actually turn up, and hopefully Daytona is enough of a carrot to draw some more teams out. At least we know where the World Final is going to be this year. And we all get to speculate about what track TBC is.