TOPEKA, KS (September 30, 2008) - Heartland Park Topeka is pleased to announce that Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Gary Nixon will be the Grand Marshal of the Big Twins Season Finale presented by Topeka Harley-Davidson and Briggs Auto Group. The Big Twins Finale will take place on Saturday, October 4 and feature the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Grand National Champion (GNC) Flat Track race series.
Nixon is considered by many to one of the world’s best riders. He began his professional racing career in 1958 and began racing at the AMA Grand National level in 1960. Nixon earned Grand National Champion status in both 1967 and 1968 and hung up his racing leathers in 1979. He was later inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.
During his 22 years of pro racing, Nixon earned 19 AMA National victories and gathered over 150 Grand National finishes. His career spanned three decades and he competed as a factory rider for Triumph, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.
Nixon visited Heartland Park Topeka earlier in the year with his MOTO-ST endurance race team, “Pair-a-Nines.” The team is managed by Nixon; Jay Springsteen and Jimmy Filice are the team’s two top riders. The team finished the day in third place in the Super Twin Category.
Nixon is now returning to HPT for the season finale of the AMA GNC Flat Track Season Finale. He will be serving as Grand Marshal for the event and drop the starting flag that night.
“It’s really an honor to be asked to be Grand Marshal of the AMA Flat Track Finale. There are a lot of guys younger than me out there, but is really nice that Heartland Park asked me,” said Nixon. ”I enjoy coming to Heartland Park Topeka because the people there are nice.”
Nixon will also be taking part in a meet-and-greet at Topeka Harley-Davidson on the evening of October 3. The meet-and-greet will take pace from 5-7 p.m. and will provide all racing fans the opportunity to meet Nixon along with many other world-class riders such as 2008 AMA Grand National Twins Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr. and the “fastest man on two wheels”, Chris Carr.
Nixon might be through racing professionally, but that does not stop his desire to race. “I just wish I was 40 years younger so that I could be out there with them,” Nixon says.
Heartland Park Topeka, a multi-purpose racing facility located in Topeka, Kan. annually hosts NHRA POWERade drag racing, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), World of Outlaws (WoO) and many other pro and amateur drag racing, road racing and dirt racing events throughout the race season.