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Forkner, a native of Richards, Mo., turned in a dominant performance before the home-state crowd and picked up his eighth career 250SX Class win aboard his JE Pistons-powered No. 52 Kawasaki KX250 with 51,000-plus in attendance.
After a handful of close calls in 2019, a practice crash in Nashville that left him with a torn ACL, and losing the Eastern Regional 250SX Class championship, he seemed destined to win. Forkner exorcised the demons of last year with an impressive flag-to-flag victory.
“It was good,” commented Forkner who finished fifth in last week’s Anaheim opener. “I was obviously happy to get a win in St. Louis. It’s kind of like a bucket list type win. This is the closest race to home and I’ve been coming to this race for a long time. Also, this is my first win since my ACL, so it just proves to myself I can still do it and still get up here, on the podium. Hopefully I can keep it going and keep clicking wins off. It’s just been a special night for me. I wasn’t feeling the best about how I was riding and where I was last weekend, but this weekend couldn’t have been more different. I felt good all day and comfortable on my KX250. I hope we can keep that momentum going.”
With the win, Forkner climbed the points ladder where he currently sits second, trailing leader Justin Cooper by just five points.
Forkner’s Pro Circuit Racing teammate Cameron McAdoo was forced to withdraw from the event after a crash during the first qualifying left him physically unable to compete.
Meanwhile, JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing's Alex Martin rode his JE-powered Suzuki RM-Z250 to a spirited fourth-place effort and his best showing of the season. Martin was ninth in both qualifying sessions, finished third in his heat race, and rode that momentum to his first top-five of the year. The solid effort also powered Martin into the top five in points where he sits just five points outside the top three.
"It was nice to be back racing in the Midwest,” commented Martin. “I’m from Minnesota, so St. Louis is the closest Supercross race to home for me. We made small changes to the bike for the main and that seemed to help. It was the best I felt and rode all day. We’re only five points out of third in the championship. I’m excited to keep the momentum going heading into Anaheim next weekend!"
Road to Indy TV, the broadcast production arm of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, will return for Season 7 in 2020 with an expanded programming platform to provide increased coverage for race fans, competitors and series partners. The three-pronged video content plan will feature increased live, edited and social media segments covering the three renowned driver development series – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – to audiences around the world.
Road to Indy TV is the brainchild of JP Manterola, Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Pro Racing Group – an international award winning, full-service sports marketing agency headquartered in Lithia, Fla. just outside Tampa. Since 2014, Manterola and his team, including Senior Creative Designer Travis Earnest and Project Manager and Producer Kyran Guild, have strived to bring unprecedented coverage of the Road to Indy across all platforms.
In 2016, the Road to Indy became the first American racing series with a dedicated broadcast channel on demand and also the first open-wheel series to have an official App on Xbox One. In 2020, all shows will now be available on demand as well as live on Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku. The shows will also be live streamed on the free Road to Indy TV App (which launched in 2015), on RoadToIndy.TV and its social media platforms and on the respective series websites – indylights.com, indypro2000.com and usf2000.com – and social media outlets.
Road to Indy TV will now be producing full live race shows with over three hours of streaming content daily on race weekends which includes a dedicated pre-race show, and race and post-race coverage of each series highlighted by special segments Paddock Pass, RTI Insider and The False Grid.
For the first time, embed codes for all shows will be available to series drivers, teams, partners and interested media for live streaming use on their own outlets.
“Live content is so important in this day and age,” said Manterola. “In 2020, live streaming is expected to account for 82% of all internet traffic. Our goal with our new expanded live programming is to meet what the numbers tell us in terms of consumption by consumers with quality live programming and behind-the-scenes access. The Road to Indy is a great product with tremendous racing and a host of stories off the track. We are excited about the creative process we have lined up and look forward to engaging more fans this season.”
The social media component of the video content plan will include regular one-minute features with individual Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 race weekend highlights as well as Beyond the Grid, Road to Indy 101, Tech Talk, Story of the Moment and Weekend Recap segments. Fuller two to five-minute edited segments will be produced the week following a race event and will include Beyond the Grid, Road to Indy 101, Tech Talk, Story of the Moment and Race Recap.
All creative content will be supported by social media marketing, providing better brand recognition among a wider audience and more exposure for series competitors. In addition, in-show branding and advertising opportunities will be offered for the first time.
“JP and his team are tremendously passionate in their efforts to expose the Road to Indy to as large an audience as possible,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “Each year they strive to take their creativity and technical capabilities to new heights, and 2020 will begin a new era of live content for our teams, drivers and partners thanks to their efforts.”
Although SuperSebring 2020 is still two months away, many popular fan hospitality opportunities and corporate hospitality offerings are in limited supply.
SuperSebring 2020 includes IMSA’s 68th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented By Advance Auto Parts (March 21), the FIA WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring (March 20) and both the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race and IMSA Prototype Challenge races (March 19).
Included among the premier ticket options in limited supply:
- The Celebrity Cruises Luxury Lounge, which is new for 2020 and includes a four-day SuperTicket, admission to a climate-controlled VIP hospitality tent, complimentary Yuengling, Mike’s Hard and Pepsi products, meal service on Friday and Saturday as well as driver meet and greets and live entertainment, is selling fast. Admission is $395 per person and tickets are limited. The Celebrity Cruises Luxury Lounge is similar in scope to the popular Club Sebring which sold out almost immediately after going on sale.
- Only three reserved trackside RV spaces remain available. Please call 800.626.7223 immediately to reserve.
- The Porscheplatz Corral, which is located on the outside of Turn 17 and the beginning of the front stretch, provides great views of the circuit’s final turn and the entrance to pit road. Access to this VIP parking area is limited to Porsches of all models and years, and owners can also participate in an on-track parade lap. One, two and four-day tickets are available, and the space is approaching full capacity.
- The Gurney Terrace provides elevated, covered viewing from the Raceway’s pit structure. The open-air space has been enhanced for 2020 with new flooring and other upgrades, and limited seating is provided along with a cash bar and limited food service. Tickets are $245 and fans can bring their own folding chairs for seating.
- The Corvette Corral, a popular parking and hospitality area exclusively for Corvette owners, has reached capacity.
Sebring management anticipates all the options listed above to sell out and encourages fans to reserve space early. Please call 800.626.7223 if you have any questions.
A $15 savings per ticket on one-, two- and four-day SuperTickets is available until Feb. 17, after which all tickets will be offered at gate prices. Parking passes for cars and RVs are also available, and as always, free parking and shuttle service is available outside the Raceway. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.
Buy tickets now at sebringraceway.com.