Party at Honda-Yamaha of Knoxville Nov. 16
2013 - Congratulations to all of our Champions and
thanks to everyone for a terrific 2013 season! Come
join us on November 16th at Honda/Yamaha of Knoxville
for the HYK Riders Party & Bike Give-away. Remember,
if you raced with us during the 2013 season, you
have a chance to win a brand new Honda CRF-110!
See everyone there for food & fun!
Motocross featured in Motocross Action Magazine
1, 2013 - I-40 Motocross was recently featured in
Motocross Action Magazine. Co-promoter Leslie Corum
was asked about a number of things about I-40 Motocross.
Leslie, please tell us a little bit about the track.
Leslie: The track has been built and operating since
1981. It is approximately one mile in length with
many interesting elements with step-on-step-offs
and rhythm sections. It was operated from 1989 through
2012 by Jill Varnell and was purchased in late 2012
by motorsports mogul Doug Sopha. Sopha hired Chris
Corum and myselfwe have managed several auto
racing facilities for him throughout the yearsto
promote and manage I-40 Motocross.
are some of the future goals of the I-40 track?
The immediate goal is to return the track to it's
heyday of the late 1990's through focused attention
and promotions. We want to make it a safe and challenging
facility for Pros and amateurs alike.
Where is the track located?
The track is located in Lenoir City, Tennessee,
off Interstate 40. Its just minutes away from
Knoxville in the valley of the Great Smoky Mountains.
The track is off Highway 321, which is the best
route to the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon
Forge. We are also just minutes from "The Dragon",
the world famous bike route on Highway 129.
Wurx rebuilt the track. What kind of changes did
Kory Christensen from Dirt Wurx really enhanced
the track layout with a wall jump, a rhythm section
on the grandstand straightaway, along with a couple
of Supercross-style corners. The changes made the
track really fun and exciting. It forms nice deep
ruts under the lights for our Saturday nights races.
do you feel about the impact of an AMA outdoor National
coming to Tennessee?
I know Sam Gammon from Victory Sports has tried
to get a National event in the area for years. It's
great to see one finally on the schedule! I believe
it will give credibility to the area, which is great
because there are a lot of talented riders here
that have a lot of enthusiasm for the sport.
read more, click here.
being made to motocross
29, 2013 - Track changes were completed today by
Dirt Wurx Worldwide Track Design USA. Track changes
were significant, but maintained the classic I-40
Motocross layout. Track Designer, Kory Christensen,
said upon his initial walk around, "This place
is awesome", and along with track prep manager,
Greg Morton, they evaluated the changes that took
place. When excavating began Kory stated, "This
is great dirt, it really reminds me of Anaheim".
The track changes were focused upon making I-40
Motocross a safe and competitive track for all types
of riders. Honda/Yamaha of Knoxville was a driving
force in helping make this happen; Tyler Carr and
Ronnie Hodge were on hand to observe the changes
that took place and felt the enhancements would
improve the overall I-40 Motocross experience. I-40
Motocross would like to thank Honda/Yamaha of Knoxville
for their involvement. We hope that everyone can
come out and enjoy the track changes and be proud
to call I-40 Motocross your home track.
26, 2013 - I-40 Motocross is proud to announce the
launch of a new web site for the upcoming 2013 season.
The new website is one of the many improvements
that Doug Sopha and Chris Corum have planned in
the coming months. On the new website, riders and
fans can no follow the track schedule, results,
Motocross under new ownership
1, 2013 - I-40 Motocross is under new ownership.
Long-time owner Jill Varnell sold I-40 Motocross
to Doug Sopha in November. Sopha has owned a number
of racetracks in the area. This will be his first
venture in motocross racing.
first order of business was to hire Chris Corum
as promoter of I-40 Motocross. Corum has been a
successful promoter at every stop he has been in
previous years. Corum was quick to point out that
improvements will be coming, but not wholesale changes.
Motocross has been a successfil facility for a long
time," Corum stated. "We're not going
to change anything regarding the overall program
that takes place each Saturday night. What will
change is being more involved with the riders and
teams, having a website that will keep everyone
informed, and doing more to get the word out about
this exciting form of racing."