H-D will distribute $5,000 to the top ten finishers during each of the series’ five rounds: Race winners will receive $1,250; second place, $1,000; third, $750; fourth, $500; and fifth through tenth place finishers will each receive $250.
“We’re excited to support this grassroots racing class with a contingency program that rewards racers deep into the field,” said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson’s director of customer experience. “Our contingency fund doubles the generous purse previously announced by Vance & Hines and the AMA and should provide an extra incentive to racers considering competing in the series.”
Earlier this year, Vance & Hines said it would be rewarding racers with a $25,000 contingency for the series, too. Its allotments do not go as deep into the finishing field, though.
The first race of the XR1200 Series will take place just north of H-D headquarters at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on June 4-6. Subsequent races will take place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (July 16-18); Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. (Aug. 13-15); New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J. (Sept. 3-5); and Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala. (Sept. 24-26).
The modified XR1200s will feature a Vance & Hines race kit, consisting of an exhaust system, Fuelpak fuel management system, single-seat tail section and belly pan, 17-inch front wheel with matching front fender, steering damper, oil cooler relocator, race decal package and race bodywork (including number plate). The kit is worth $3,500.
As in all AMA Pro Road Racing series, Dunlop tires and Sunoco fuel will be used. In addition to the Vance & Hines supplied kit parts, teams will be allowed to upgrade their suspension, hand and foot controls, brake components, and instrumentation.