For Immediate Release
Willow Springs Raceway To Host Opening Round of Formula USA/North American Sport Bike Series
ROSAMOND, Calif., February 5, 1996 - California motorsport fans will get their first glimpse of America's newest motorcycle racing series on the weekend of February 17-18 when the North American Sport Bike Series opens its 1996 season at Willow Springs Raceway.
The NASB series debuted last year when series founders Roger Edmondson and Patrick Murphy created the program after breaking away from the AMA Series where they had headed that series management team for nearly a decade. In 1996, the series adds a new feature with Formula USA as its headliner class.
F-USA, which has started its series at Willow Springs for the last several years, joined the NASB program after F-USA President Douglas Gonda reached an agreement to move his series to the new racing organization.
Formula USA's history at the Rosamond facility goes back to its origins. Track owner Bill Huth created the class in 1986. Since transferring ownership to Gonda in 1989, F-USA has been contested as a national series with events at race tracks all around the U.S.
Moving the series to the NASB program was an easy decision for Gonda. "NASB has races at a number of tracks like Daytona International Speedway that I have wanted to run at for a long time," Gonda said. "With this new partnership, Formula USA is well on its way to becoming the major motorcycle racing series in the U.S."
The Feb. 17-18 weekend will feature Formula USA as its top class, but will also include other NASB classes and a full slate of local racing produced by Willow Springs Motorcycle Club. Other NASB classes include the Mobil 1 Triumph Speed Triple Challenge Series and the International Grand Prix Series presented by Idemitsu and HRC.