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Tuesday 4 August 2020

American Flat Track

AFT Returns to Legendary Indy Mile for Doubleheader During Indianapolis 500 Weekend

On the heels of its long-awaited season opener, American Flat Track has announced a doubleheader to run on the legendary Indy Mile at The Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center for a doubleheader event on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 – the same weekend as The Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The AFT says its officials continue to collaborate with public health experts to develop this comprehensive plan in accordance with all federal, state and local requirements. All race-day procedures have been thoroughly reviewed and will continue to be examined and updated to follow specific guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local authorities.
In most recent memory, Brad "The Bullet" Baker scored a commanding victory at this lauded venue aboard his Harley-Davidson XR750 in 2015. Plans to resurface the racetrack had seen this historic venue fall off of AFT's schedule, but upon learning that the track's original surface remains intact, AFT officials seized the opportunity to bring it back into the fold.
"We are very excited to be returning to race at the famous Indy Mile," said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. "AFT fans have a real soft spot for this historic venue that evokes fond memories of Kenny Roberts and the Yamaha TZ750 and many, many fast and fierce races since. To be able to race during the weekend of the Indy 500 represents a real bonus, as we will be able to showcase our sport to a whole new audience in addition to AFT's loyal Midwest fanbase."
"A staple within the memories of flat track historians, the Indy Mile was a part of the inaugural Grand National Championship season in 1954 and has been won by many legends of the sport. Names like Chris Carr, Scott Parker, Jay Springsteen, Bubba Shobert, Ricky Graham and Kenny Roberts are all etched into the list of victors at The Indiana State Fairgrounds.
"The event also brings the return of Mile racing for the AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys class. Shayna Texter is the only active AFT Singles rider with a win at the facility. In the AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines class, Bryan Smith and Sammy Halbert are the only two active riders with premier class wins at Indy, while JD Beach and Jarod Vanderkooi each have wins to their credit in the AFT Singles class.
"In the wake of the mandatory Lima Half-Mile cancellation and last-minute track reconfiguration of the Laconia Short Track, AFT is thrilled to be able to add the Indy Mile I and Indy Mile II to its schedule in its effort to provide its fans with a full season of American Flat Track racing."

The updated 2020 American Flat Track schedule is as follows:

  • 1. July 17: Volusia Half-Mile I - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL
  • 2. July 18: Volusia Half-Mile II - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL
  • 3. August 21: Indy Mile I - Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN
  • 4. August 22: Indy Mile II - Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN
  • 5. September 5: Springfield Mile I - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • 6. September 6: Springfield Mile II - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • 7. September 11: Williams Grove Half-Mile I - Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • 8. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile II - Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • 9. September 25: Dallas Half-Mile I - Devil's Bowl Speedway, Dallas, TX
  • 10. September 26: Dallas Half-Mile II - Devil's Bowl Speedway, Dallas, TX
  • 11. October 2: Atlanta Short Track I - Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
  • 12. October 3: Atlanta Short Track II - Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
  • 13. October 9: Charlotte Half-Mile I - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
  • 14. October 10: Charlotte Half-Mile II - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
  • 15. October 15: AFT Season Finale I - TBA, Daytona Beach, FL
  • 16. October 16: AFT Season Finale II - TBA, Daytona Beach, FL