2014 Kawasaki Devil's Showdown presented by Ion

MILLVILLE, N.J. – Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA and New Jersey Motorsports Park have announced a new partnership that will see the manufacturer become the title sponsor for AMA Pro Road Racing’s visit to New Jersey Motorsports Park this fall.

The weekend of September 13-14, 2014 will be branded as the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown, and will feature AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series classes.

“Kawasaki is excited to join forces with NJMP in sponsorship of AMA Pro Road Racing’s event in New Jersey to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ninja motorcycle and its rich racing heritage,” said Kevin Allen, Manager, Public Relations and Brand Experience. “We look forward to engaging with our fans and sharing in this Ninja experience.”

The Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown in Millville, N.J. is the last scheduled event of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season and is expected to be a pivotal, perhaps championship-deciding weekend.

The post-Labor day event will kick off on Friday, September 12th at the Park’s Finish Line Pub with a Bike Night, featuring live music, food and drink specials, rider appearances, giveaways and more.

Additional fan activities and events will be announced shortly.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Kawasaki as a partner and to add this exciting sponsorship to our AMA Pro Racing event in September,” said NJMP General Manager/COO. “We look forward to a great event, and the Kawasaki presence and activation will be a major part of that.”

For tickets and more information, call 856-327-8000 or visit NJMP.com. You can also stay up to speed with New Jersey Motorsports Park by following on Twitter at @NJMP or becoming a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/NewJerseyMotorsportsPark.

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About Kawasaki
Kawasaki started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. Our first motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and our entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by Kawasaki’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, speed, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki’s commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends. Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, Side x Sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of more than 1,200 independent retailers, with an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in Kawasaki power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with 300 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California headquarters. Kawasaki’s tagline “Let the good times roll.”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand is synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.

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MILLVILLE, N.J. – Yamaha, a Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles, boats, outboard motors and other motorized products, has renewed their partnership with New Jersey Motorsports Park.

As part of the relationship, Yamaha receives signage at the southern New Jersey facility’s Thunderbolt and Lightning Raceways, exhibit space, and a season-long souvenir program ad.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome back Yamaha to the New Jersey Motorsports Park family,” said Brad Scott, NJMP general manager/COO. “Yamaha has been a partner and supporter of NJMP for many years, and we’re excited to continue working with them in the future.”

Yamaha will also conduct a group ticket buy, including parade laps and discounted redeemable paddock parking, ahead of the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown presented by iON Camera, AMA Pro Road Racing’s season finale, September 13-14, 2014.

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with New Jersey Motorsports Park. Their track is the perfect place in the Northeast to ride your R1 or R6 and experience everything both bikes have to offer,” said Northeast Regional Marketing Manager, Matt Potter. “We are also very excited for the final round of the AMA Pro Road Racing series being held at New Jersey Motorsports Park as Yamaha Superbike riders Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier will be battling on their R1’s for the Championship.”

AMA Pro Road Racing returns to New Jersey Motorsports September 13-14, 2014 for the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown presented by Ion Camera doubleheader weekend.

For event tickets and more information, call 856-327-8000 or visit NJMP.com. You can also stay up to speed with New Jersey Motorsports Park by following on Twitter at @NJMP or becoming a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/NewJerseyMotorsportsPark.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.:
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), is a leader in the motorsports market. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include motorcycles, ATVs and Side-by-Side vehicle, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com. Follow Yamaha Motor Corp on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yamahamotorusa, on Twitter at @yamahamotorusa and Instagram at @yamahamotorusa.

American Endurance Racing set for debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park   

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MILLVILLE, N.J. – A new endurance racing series will make its way to southern New Jersey for the first time in early August.

American Endurance Racing (AER) was created by a group of grassroots endurance racing enthusiasts who have been racing in other disciplines for years. Born out of a desire for an inclusive endurance series with simple rules, AER’s goal is to provide a fun and safe environment for experienced drivers to participate in endurance races using almost any production-based race car while not requiring any significant series-specific prep work.

The NJMP date, like all others, will feature multiple classes, with teams trying to complete the most laps in the allotted time frame. Teams will compete for the overall win and against cars in their indexed class.

“We created AER to be the racing series that we would want to race in,” said AER president John Kolesa. “Lots of seat time at great race tracks, simple, fair rules, and the ease of being able to run the race car you already own.”

Throughout the weekend, various racing personalities and celebrities will take to the 2.25-mile Lightning Raceway in AER’s fleet of Press/VIP cars, which will also be competing for the overall and class wins.

VIP drivers scheduled to participate include: Jalopnik’s Travis Okulski, 2013 BMWCCA National SE30 champion and BMWCCA NJ Chapter president Jeff Caldwell, Road and Track’s Jack Baruth, and Randy Pobst, a two-time class winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, four-time World Challenge GT champion, and North American Touring Car champion.

Practice and qualifying are set for Friday, August 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with two days of racing Saturday (August 2nd) and Sunday (August 3rd) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Daily spectator tickets will be available at the gate each day for $5.00. For more information on competing or about the series itself, visit www.americanenduranceracing.com.

 

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Several members of the New Jersey Motorsports Park Drivers Club competed in SCCA U.S. Majors Tour action this past weekend at Thunderbolt Raceway.

Valerie Heun – F500 Class Win (Sat.)
Brian Heun – 2nd in F500 Class (Sat.)
Jim Boggs – 3rd In GT2 Class (Sun.)
Joe Aquilante – T1 Class Win (Sat.), 3rd In T1 Class (Sun.)
Preston Calvert – T2 Class Win (Sat.), 2nd In T1 Class (Sat.), T4 (Sun.)
Amy Aquilante – 2nd In AS Class (Sat.), (Sun.)
Tom Aquilante – 2nd In T4 Class (Sat.), T4 Class Win (Sun.)
Andy Trought
Beth Aquilante
Peter Seabrook
Ivin Seabrook
Stephen Tullman
Maxwell Tullman
Neal Walker
Steven Thomas
David Dickerson

Phoenix’s Flight
The Phoenix Performance effort at New Jersey Motorsports Park was most impressive after a few members of the team finished 2nd in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night. Kurt Rezzatano and NJMP Drivers Club members Preston Calvert and Joe Aquilante completed the “double”, posting successful stints over the course of the weekend, after some 1,200 miles of travel.

Photo: Terry Hall

 

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New Jersey Motorsports Park added two high-profile members to its impressive Drivers Club roster on Thursday afternoon.

Chase Elliott was presented with two honorary memberships to the exclusive club during a private event at the Park’s Go-Karting facility. Chase accepted on behalf of his father, Bill, who was not available for the presentation and accompanying photo op.

Chase, 18, has won two races in his first full-season of NASCAR Nationwide series competition. Elliott finished 2nd (2012) and 3rd (2013) in two starts of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Bill is the 1988 Winston Cup Series champion and garnered 44 wins at NASCAR’s top level of competition. Elliott won NASCAR’s “Most Popular Driver” a record 16 times, and was announced as an inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Robert Radivoy of Go-Karting at NJMP has been named New Jersey Motorsports Park’s March employee of the month. Congratulations, Robert!

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Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA and New Jersey Motorsports Park have announced a new partnership that will see the manufacturer become the title sponsor for AMA Pro Road Racing’s visit to New Jersey Motorsports Park this fall.

The weekend of September 13-14, 2014 will be branded as the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown, and will feature AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series classes.

“Kawasaki is excited to join forces with NJMP in sponsorship of AMA Pro Road Racing’s event in New Jersey to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ninja motorcycle and its rich racing heritage,” said Kevin Allen, Manager, Public Relations and Brand Experience. “We look forward to engaging with our fans and sharing in this Ninja experience.”

The Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown in Millville, N.J. is the last scheduled event of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season and is expected to be a pivotal, perhaps championship-deciding weekend.

The post-Labor day event will kick off on Friday, September 12th at the Park’s Finish Line Pub with a Bike Night, featuring live music, food and drink specials, rider appearances, giveaways and more.

Additional fan activities and events will be announced shortly.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Kawasaki as a partner and to add this exciting sponsorship to our AMA Pro Racing event in September,” said NJMP General Manager/COO. “We look forward to a great event, and the Kawasaki presence and activation will be a major part of that.”

 

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Picture perfect weather conditions and drivers ready to kick off another season of racing combined for a record-setting opening round of the Northeast Karting Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

More than 50 registered entries strong, the Saturday event delivered close racing over eight classes under sunny skies and mild temperatures – a contrast from the brutal, snowy winter that kept drivers off the track and in their respective shops.

“We’re very pleased with the turnout, the competition, and the overall debut of the Northeast Karting Showdown for the 2014 season,” said Steven Hahn, Director of Go-Karting. “It’s been a long winter, and everyone’s been looking forward to this opening day.”

Class winners included Charles Volpe (Kid Kart), Justin White (Micro Max), Nicholas Galdi (Mini Max), Georgo Stojakovic (Jr. Max), Billy Ogle (Sr. Max), Dan Nyman (Jr. Tag), Billy Ogle (Sr. Tag), and Joe Lattanzi (Tag Masters).

The Northeast Karting Showdown is a fun, unique, and competitive series that is held at Go-Karting at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Consisting of seven scheduled events, the Northeast Karting Showdown offers racing opportunities for virtually any motor and chassis combination, including but not limited to, Rotax and TAG engines.

The Northeast Karting Showdown resumes on with Round 2 on Saturday, May 10th on the Tempest course at Go-Karting. An official club practice is scheduled for Friday, May 9th.

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New Jersey Motorsports Park has recently partnered with the Nikki Kellenyi Foundation – People against Distracted Driving, on a number of initiatives to assist in the elimination of texting and driving.

As part of the campaign, a 2013 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 833 (model XL883N) will be raffled off to an NJMP fan, with a portion of ticket proceeds going to the PADD organization. Entries are $10.00 and available at www.njmp.com.

The motorcycle, valued at $7,999, will go to the winner of a Sunday, September 14th drawing, which will occur following the final race of NJMP’s AMA Pro Road Racing “Devil’s Showdown” weekend. It is currently on display at the facility’s Finish Line Pub.

“All of us at New Jersey Motorsports Park are excited about our partnership with PADD, and certainly this raffle for such an important cause,” said Park general manager/COO Brad Scott. “This is just the beginning of our partnership, and we look forward to a great season of helping spread their message.”

Nikki Kellenyi was the rear passenger of a car driven by her classmate when a fatal collision with a pick-up truck occurred. It was later revealed that the driver of the car Kellenyi was riding in had sent four text messages in the last minute before the crash. Today, it is the hope of the Kellenyi family as well as her large community of friends, to carry on a campaign, in Nikki’s name to call attention to and end distracted driving.

“I know that I can speak for Nikki, my wife Gina, and my beautiful daughter Kristen and all of PADD to say that we are truly honored to be partnered with NJMP. This is an awesome approach and a great way to battle the new epidemic of distracted driving.”

Official raffle rules and regulations are available at www.njmp.com.

New Jersey Motorsports Park’s partnership with People against Distracted Driving’s “Don’t Text and Drive” campaign, announced in late 2013, will include signage at the Park during the 2014 season.

 
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