Industry Racing Introduces 2nd Annual Connor Penhall Memorial Cup
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. (May 19, 2016) – Industry Racing, Southern California’s only weekly AMA season speedway racing facility and the only covered track in the country, has introduced the second annual Connor Penhall Memorial Cup, set to take place on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at The Grand Arena. The special event, in remembrance of Connor Penhall, will again be in the opening night of the Industry Racing season, raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and encouraging added measures of safety for road construction workers. The action kicks off with opening ceremonies at 7:00 p.m.
Connor, son of two-time World Speedway Champion and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member Bruce Penhall, was tragically taken from the world in April 2012 while working construction on Interstate 10. An up-and-coming racer who had won both the Baja 1000 and Baja 500 twice and hoped to follow his father’s successful legacy in two-wheel racing, the Memorial Cup will honor Connor’s enthusiastic spirit and his natural talent on a motorcycle that made him beloved by the entire racing community. Since his heartbreaking loss, the entire Penhall family has valiantly fought in Connor’s memory for increased safety for highway construction workers as well as greater awareness of the dangers and tragedies caused by drinking and driving. Bruce, his wife Laurie, Connor’s brothers Devin and Ryan, and his sister McKenzie will all be in attendance on Wednesday night.
Additionally, longtime Penhall family friend, competitor and race partner to Bruce Penhall, Dennis Sigalos will serve as the Grand Marshal. Sigalos is a former World Pairs Champion in 1982 with Bobby Schwartz and was also World #3 in 1982 in the World Individual Championship at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Additionally, Dennis was partnered with Bruce Penhall as throttle man, winning six World Offshore Powerboat Championships with The Ocean Spray Offshore boat.
As in past years, several celebrities from both on and off the track, like Storage Wars’ Barry Weiss as well as CHiP’s stars Larry Wilcox and Robert Pine and offroad racing super star Sheldon Creed in addition to many other notable guests are also scheduled to attend for this great cause.
On the track, the country’s fastest speedway racers will compete for more than $12,000.00 in purse money in what will be the start of the 13th season of competition at Industry Racing, the only AMA-sanctioned speedway in Southern California. Highlighting the loaded field of competition in the 16-rider First Division including Billy Janniro (who won the Connor Penahall Memorial Cup last year). He’ll be joined by veterans Aaron Fox, Gino Manzares and more, in addition to a highly talented group of rising stars like the Ruml brothers of Dillon and Max, Gage Geist, Broc Nicol, Austin Novratil, Luke Becker, Tommy Hedden and Kurtis Hamill. The traditional GP format will ultimately crown a winner at the end of the night and receive a special first-place trophy and for the second year in a row, a custom-painted helmet from Troy Lee Designs designed by Troy Lee himself specifically for the Connor Penhall Memorial Cup.
In addition to the unpredictable excitement of the First Division, the 2nd Annual Connor Penhall Memorial Cup will also showcase the future of speedway with Junior racing.
Tickets to the Connor Penhall Memorial Cup, opening night of the 2016 season at Industry Racing, cost just $17 for adults (18+) and $12 for both kids (ages 13-17) and seniors (55+). Parking is $5.
The 2nd Annual Connor Penhall Memorial Cup is proudly sponsored by Red Bull, Troy Lee Designs, Weinerschnitzel, Connor Concrete Cutting and Coring, Blue C Advertising, Ken Grody Ford, Quinn Cat, A.M. Ortega, C.T.I. and F.S.T. Sand and Gravel.
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About Industry Racing
Industry Racing is based on the grounds of the Industry Hills Expo Center in the City of Industry, California. Races are hosted inside the property’s Grand Arena, making Industry Racing the only speedway racing facility covered by a roof. Speedway events at Industry Racing are hosted every Wednesday throughout the summer with racing scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Industry Racing has risen to prominence in recent years thanks to the introduction of the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational and internationally sanctioned AMA/FIM Youth Silver Cup. As of 2014, Industry Racing serves as the only track in Southern California fully sanctioned by the AMA.
Media Contact: Kelly Inman, Racetrack Director (626) 330-0324, kelly@IndustryRacing.com