July 13, Stars of Tomorrow & Heroes of Today races were CANCELLED.
The track was too saturated with rain in Turns 1 and 2. Even though the front straight appeared to be in good shape, the North end of the track caught a lot of rain water run-off. As a result it developed a layer of mud approximately two inches deep. It would have been impossible to prepair a surface for racing in a reasonable amount of time, if at all. Attempts to take machinery onto the track would have caused caused extensive damage. These photos were taken July 14, after two days of sunshine.
Amateur portion of the event is reschedule for Sunday, August 24.
Most of the Expert and Pro racers will… be running the AMA Pro event in Virginia that weekend, which pretty much assures a low pro racer turnout for this rescheduled event. Considering the AMA Pro racing schedule and the travel involved for those racers, a reschdule of the entire July 13 program would not be possible until the end of the season. This would cause too much delay in wrapping up the Stars of Tomorrow Flat Track Series, which is very important to the PMC and the sport in general.
For August 24, we will run the same classes other tracks have been running in this series… MINUS Quads. We will have an Open Pro class, which most of the tracks in this series have offered. This still gives local pros, who don’t travel the national circuit, an opportunity to race a Peoria TT. Check below for time schedule, fees, etc.
We’re going to be much more conservative in our promotion of the make-up date since it’s primarily a regional event. And since it’s also the last last race in the Stars of Tomorrow series, most racers are already very aware of the event. We will continue to post information here, on Facebook and on Flat Track Forum. We would appreciate any word-of-mouth promotion, or online Sharing, you can provide. We’ll also be announcing the reschedule at the remaining races in the series.For the latest details, jump to the Stars of Tomorrow info page.
(Originally Posted) Sunday, July 13, 2014
The Peoria Motorcycle Club proudly dedicates this day to celebrate Veterans, Active Military and our many Public Servants. These are our Heroes of Today. These brave men and women put their lives on the line for our Freedom and Safety. As part of this celebration we want to call attention to the Peoria Regional Honor Flight, who dedicates their service to making sure veterans receive the honor they deserve.
And while it is a different type of battle ground, the world famous 5/8 mile Peoria TT race track will host another group of dedicated and determined competitors. These are the Stars of Tomorrow. As the title says, this is a Pro/AM TT race - featuring the Pro racers you know and admire, and an excellent group of Up-and-Coming Amateur racers you will soon get to know.
As you may have seen on the Stars of Tomorrow Flat Track Series event page, this event is one of nine races, hosted by five Central Illinois motorcycle clubs. The number one goal of the series is to Support the Sport. And we don’t see any better way to do that than build tomorrow’s Pro ranks with Amateurs who are developing skills today.
In addition to the AMA District 17 Amateur classes, this event includes two AMA Professional classes – Pro Singles and Expert Singles. Whether you come to see the Shining Stars of the Pro classes, or the Stars of Tomorrow in the Amateur classes, you’re going to see a lot of great motorcycle racing at PMC Race Park, on July 13.
Family Tradition / Family Value
A lot of the folks who come through our gates are second and third generation Peoria TT race fans. We often talk to adults who tell us they were at our track a lot while growing up, because their dad or uncle raced here back in the day. Experiencing a Peoria TT race with your kids (or nephew or niece) is a great way for them to connect with local history, while building memories for them to carry forward.
Peoria Motorcycle Club urges you to bring your family to our events, so we’re taking steps to make our facilities and program more welcoming. Some of the things you’ll find include:
> Reduced, youth-friendly admission fees.
> Easier-to-purchase Advance Sale tickets – now available online.
> Clean restrooms for the Ladies.
> Hand washing stations located throughout the park.
PROHIBITED AREA: In compliance with the State of Illinois Concealed Carry Law, sporting venues such as PMC Race Park, are a prohibited area. NO Concealed Carry Firearms are permitted for those attending this event.
> Advance Sale Tickets $15, At the Gate $20 Go to the Ticket Booth page for info about Advance Sale Tickets. Learn where to buy them locally, or order them online.
> Children 13 & Under with a Parent, admitted FREE
> Middle School and High School students, ages 14 – 18, with a valid Student ID, are only $10 at the gate. Since our races run after the school year ends, the ID can be valid for any month in 2014. Expiration dates from 2013 are NOT valid.
Schedule of Events
Because of the added classes in the D17 amateur series, the time table for the day has changed some. We’re making every effort to keep the Pro Race schedule on track with the time frame you’ve come to expect.
For spectators, here are the times you need to know.
..> Practice – 9:30 am
..> Opening Ceremonies – 11:30 am
..> Amateur Heat Races – 12:00 noon
..> Pro Heat Races – 2:00 pm
..> Pro Semis – 3:00 pm
..> Amateur Mains – 3:20 pm Youth thru 450cc Class
..> Pro Mains – 4:15 pm
..> Amateur Mains – 5:00 pm Open thru Vintage
For racers, click here for the full Race-Day Agenda.
Open Pits & Autographs
> The pit area is open for a while prior to the races beginning, allowing fans to take a closer look at all the high-performance machines and to say hello to (or have your photo taken with) your favorite racer.
> Some race teams may have merchandise for sale, and you can have it autographed right on the spot. Or bring your own shirt, poster or autograph book, and ask your favorite stars sign it.
Concession & Beverage Stands
> PMC has several concessions stands throughout the park, serving our world-famous PMC Burgers (made with secret ingredients), butterfly pork chops, hot dogs, chips, nachos, candy and soft drinks. Our prices are very reasonable – far better than most entertainment and sporting venues… anywhere!
> The Bartonville Lions Club sells ice-cold Budweiser and Bud Lite beer. You must have proper ID to prove your age. THERE IS NO Outside Alcohol Allowed Inside the Gates, beyond the parking lots. If you bring in your vehicle – leave it your vehicle. We perform cooler checks!
Souvenirs, Novelties and Displays
> In addition to the PMC concession stand, you will find several specialty-food vendors in the infield, selling items such as nuts, popcorn and sno-cones.
> T-Shirt Sales - Select from event shirts honoring our Veterans, or help support the sport by purchasing a Stars of Tomorrow shirt.
> A.B.A.T.E. always has a display for their Fallen Rider Fund. We have also allowed charitable organizations such as veteran’s groups to display their information.
.Notice: If you are interested in having a Vendor Booth at one of our events, please
..contact us via the phone or email addresses listed on the Home page.
> Those with handicap license plates or other permits for disabled parking, may park inside the second gate at the top of the hill overlooking the track. We have a canopy-covered concrete pad to offer a flat and stable place for wheelchairs and folding chairs.
> To access VIP parking, enter the grounds through the North Gate. Look for signs that identify VIP, Press and Handicap Parking. Please DO NOT enter the South Parking Lot near the club house. You will have to turn around to exit, which isn’t very easy to do.
NEW for 2014 – Mobility Assistance
We are trying something new in July. For elderly and those with physical challenges that make the walk up and down the hill too difficult to tackle, we will provide rides in both directions. The Handicap Parking Area in the North Lot will be a priority loading area, but we will also serve the South Lot on request.
Use the map on this page for a bird’s-eye view of where we’re located. Or, navigate to the page titled Where, for a larger map and a way to get driving directions.
Peoria Area Dining and Lodging
Peoria offers a good variety of restaurant options ranging from fast food to family friendly to elegant dining. Overnight and extended stay visitors also have a wide selection of hotels, motels and inns from which to choose.
The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, located at 101 Holiday Street in East Peoria, IL is offering a special rate for Peoria TT fans and racers. Priced at $99 per night, you’ll receive deluxe accomadations in this new and modern facility. Call 1-800-315-2621, or click here for more information and to book a reservation online.
If that doesn’t meet your needs, we also recommend checking out the Peoria Area Convention and Visitor Bureau website for a complete list of options. While you’re on their site, you can also see what else is going on in the area that weekend.
Camp Ground Information
PMC Race Park is not setup for overnight camping, but there are two local camp grounds that are capable of serving your needs if traveling by motor home, pulling a trailer or have any other means to camp overnight. We recommend one of these two locations:
> Spindler Marina, East Peoria, IL
> Leisure Oaks Park, Bartonville, IL