AMA Racing Ice Race Grand Championships Will Crown First 2011 Champions

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Racing will recognize its first champions of 2011 at the Jan. 22-23 AMA Racing Ice Race Grand Championships. This extreme event, promoted by North American Action Sports (NAAS), will take place at the Birch Run Expo Center in downtown Birch Run, Mich.

"The winter months bring out some of the most dedicated AMA racers, and the best of the best converge on the Ice Race Grand Championships," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "We're looking forward to working with NAAS to offer our racers a top-level program and a great facility."

The AMA Racing Ice Race Grand Championships feature classes for riders from 4 years old to 50-plus competing on bikes that range from lightly modified off-road machines to full-on, purpose-built ice racers. Riders will battle for AMA Racing National No. 1 plates in a number of classes. The top riders at the event also will compete for the AMA Racing Ice Racer of the Year award, given to the most impressive rider on the ice, while the youth riders will chase the honor of AMA Racing Youth Rider of the Year.

"The NAAS team is really excited about this event, and with the help of some great people, we hope that the racers and fans will be too," said Patrick Grzebinski of NAAS, which is known for mixing family fun with the racing atmosphere.

The Birch Run Expo Center is a modern facility that will feature a number of amenities. A few hundred feet away from the half-mile ice track, a custom motorcycle show will be on display in the 110,000 square feet Expo building. In addition, the venue is located adjacent to the Premium Outlets of Birch Run, which includes a variety of over 145 stores, restaurants and hotels.

"Racers and their families will have all the fun they can handle, both day and night," Grzebinski said.

To learn more about the event go to or call the NAAS office at (989) 871-3356.

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