History of the Championship Cup Series

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Roger Edmondson - founder of CCS

The Championship Cup Series has undergone dramatic changes since its inception in 1984 by Roger Edmondson in the mountains of Western North Carolina. During his 15 year tenure, the series grew far beyond its humble beginnings to become a worthy contender in the competitive industry of motorcycle road racing.

As its reputation and success grew, CCS was sought after by some of the world's largest corporations whose acquistions sent it on a whirlwind ride which could have ended in oblivion. But, like the phoenix, CCS rose above the would-be ashes and survived. Over 20 years after its founding, CCS is back to being a privately owned company with a bright future.

Information for this history was compiled using a combination of our records, information from CCS' new owner Kevin Elliott as well as gleanings from internet articles and press releases. We welcome your comments!

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  • 1984 - The Championship Cup Series (CCS) founded by Roger Edmondson
             - Series consisted Sprint events & US Endurance rounds
             - November: Edmondson honored by AMA with Distinguished Service Award

  • 1986 - AMA/CCS (AMA Pro/Am Championship Series) established
             - Formula USA started as a single class by Bill Huth, owner of Willow Springs Raceway

  • 1986 - Ownership of Formula USA transfers from Bill Huth to Doug Gonda (Protac, Inc.) who
               starts FUSA Ltd.

  • 1989 - Creation of the Harley-Davidson Twin Sports Series

  • 1992 - Edmondson forms AMA-RMS, Inc., a North Carolina corporation

  • 1993 - First year of the Harley-Davidson World Final

  • 1994 - June: Edmondson vs. AMA lawsuit begins
             - October: AMA removed from CCS Logo (replaced with CCS in Roman font)
             - To celebrate CCS' 10th Anniversary, a new National Championship sculpture is
               designed & presented to the winners (still in use today)

  • 1995 - AMA-RMS, Inc. renamed to CCS-RMS, Inc.
             - April: CCS Logo change - Roman font replaced with Cursive; colors changed to
               maroon and green
             - NASB (North American Sport Bike Series) founded by Roger Edmondson
               and Patrick Murphy
             - Team Owner Point Fund introduced

  • 1996 - Formula USA (Doug Gonda's FUSA Ltd.) partners with Edmondson & NASB
             - Sunoco Race Fuels becomes NASB / FormulaUSA title sponsor

  • 1998 - Formula USA & NASB partnership ends (FUSA Ltd. runs separate series)
             - April: CCS Website (ccsracing.com), created by rider Richard Marencin, goes live
             - Legends Cars run at most CCS events
             - SuperTwins class is eliminated and then added back
             - SFX (NY) acquires PACE Motorsports of Aurora, Illinois

  • 1999 - Sport Bike renamed to SuperSport
             - Amateur added to Unlimited SuperSport
             - Senior Sport Bike renamed Formula 40
             - Unlimited SuperBike Expert discontinued
             - GT1, 2 & 3 renamed GTU, GTO & GT Lights
             - Legends Cars run at most CCS events
             - Regions realigned and renamed
             - May 17: CCS Office moves from Candler to Brevard Rd., Asheville NC
             - Dec. 13: PACE Motorsports (a div. of SFX) buys both CCS and FUSA, Ltd.

  • 2000 - Feb. 28: Clear Channel Communications, Inc. signs definitive agreement
               to acquire SFX (including PACE)
             - August: Clear Channel's acquisition of SFX & PACE completed
             - CCS office relocates from North Carolina to Fort Worth, Texas
             - NRRS (National Road Race Series), sanctioned by Formula USA, formed
             - CCS Logo changed to "swirl" design
             - Wrenchhead.com becomes the NRRS Title Sponsor
             - CMRA (Central Motorcycle Racing Association) added as an Affiliate region
             - November: Dissolution of North Carolina corporation CCS-RMS, Inc.

  • 2001 - Wrenchead.com discontinues NRRS sponsorship
             - AMA vs. Roger Edmondson lawsuit settled
             - Lockhart Phillips USA signs Title Sponsorship deal with CCS
             - First year of the 200mile / 250k Team Challenge enduro

  • 2002 - CCS Logo changed to add Formula USA & Lockhart Phillips/LP Racing
             - Side Cars run with CCS at Buttonwillow, Thunderhill & Las Vegas
             - XSBA competitions held at selected NRRS events
             - NRRS runs 2 Amateur classes: 600 SuperSport & Open SuperSport

  • 2003 - NRRS name changed to FormulaUSA Championship Series
             - CCS Logo changed to remove FormulaUSA
             - CCS runs Twin Sprints weekends for the first time
             - New Custom Region Championship Trophy designed and presented to winners

  • 2004 - CMRA splits off from CCS, discontinuing affiliation
             - October: Race of Champions moved to Homestead-Miami Speedway

  • 2005 - First year of the National Solo Challenge (presented by A & J Recognition)
             - Am/Ex Unlimited Superbike returns as a CCS Regional class
             - Lockhart Phillips USA renews sponsorship
             - CCS Southwest Region becomes an Affiliate - RoadRace SouthWest with new
                 owners: Tom & Karen Krause, Randy & Heidi Stem
             - December: ASRA (American Sport Bike Racing LLC) formed by Kevin and
                Nancy Elliott in Fort Worth, Texas
             - Elliott makes agreement with Clear Channel to acquire CCS

  • 2006 - New ASRA/CCS website online: ccsracing.us
             - The TrackAddix GP (Great Plains) region starts as an affiliate owned by Dean
             - FactoryPro becomes Title Sponsor for ASRA SportBike class
             - March: MOTO-ST SuperTwins Endurance Series formed by Roger Edmondson
             - October: Inaugural 8 Hours of Daytona MOTO-ST runs at the CCS Race of Champions
             - Dec. 7: CCS Affiliate Roadrace SouthWest sold to Jack Frost. Previous owners
                remain on staff.

  • 2007 - ASRA Pro SuperStock class added
             - Lockhart Phillips USA stops support to CCS/ASRA to channel funds to other areas
             - CCS replaces LP Racing on logo with Motorcycle Road Racing Established 1984
             - FactoryPro renews as Title Sponsor for ASRA Pro SportBike
             - Moto-ST event runs during the CCS BikeWeek and Biketoberfest events at Daytona
             - Dec. 14: MotoSport.com becomes new CCS presenting sponsor for 2008-2009

  • 2008 - CCS changes logo, replacing "established" text with Motosport.com
             - New CCS South Region formed in Texas as an Affiliate, owned by Travis Marshall
             - FactoryPro continues as Title Sponsor for ASRA Pro SportBike
             - Moto-ST event runs during the CCS BikeWeek and Biketoberfest events at Daytona
             - September: CCS staffs the AMA Road Race Grand Championship races at Mid-Ohio
             - ASRA unveils a new logo
             - October: CCS staffs the corner/safety crew at Daytona for the first time
             - October: CCS celebrates the 25th Annual Race of Champions at Daytona

  • 2009 - Michelin Tires becomes sponsor of ASRA classes; renamed the Michelin Pro Series
             - TrackAddix GP & CCS South regions close down (TrackAddix is subsequently sold)
             - Femmoto classes for women racers added as auxiliary classes at CCS events
             - Replicast Challenge added to selected CCS venues (discontinued; no entries)
             - Michelin Championship, combined CCS and WERA event, runs at Barber
             - FactoryPro discontinues sponsorship of ASRA SportBike
             - CCS/ASRA holds the very first motorcycle race at New Jersey Motorsports Park
             - October: Moto-ST (renamed Moto-GT) runs with CCS/ASRA at Daytona for the last time
             - November: CCS opens online store for t-shirts & other merchandise
             - December: MotoSport.com sponsorship ends

  • 2010 - CCS logo returns to the 2007 version ("established in 1984")
             - New Atlantic affiliate region formed (run by New Jersey Motorsports Park)
             - A & J Solo Challenge discontinued (merged into other classes)
             - New Spec Class added to all CCS events: Pirelli Diablo 600 Challenge
             - Femmoto women's classes run again at CCS events
             - April: RoadRace SouthWest sold to Tyler Smith, Patrick Bertinelli & Thomas Boge
             - October: 27th Race of Champions moved to Homestead due to Daytona track paving

  • 2011
             - Great Plains Region folds
             - ASRA Pro Series now includes Amateurs with separate trophies, podiums & contingencies
             - Rookies Cup Challenge class added @ Blackhawk, Carolina, Roebling, Summit & VIR only
             - Ultralight ThunderBike class added @ New Jersey, Summit & VIR only
             - Classes discontinued: ASRA SuperBike, Pirelli Diablo 600, Femmoto Lightweight
             - March: Season opener at Roebling Road instead of Daytona (DMG/AMA decision)
             - October: 28th Race of Champions back to Daytona with AHRMA (not AMA)

  • 2012
             - RoadRace Southwest takes a year off, to return in 2013
             - Atlantic region reverts back to CCS (no longer has affiliate status)
             - Rookies Cup Challenge & Ultralight ThunderBike added to all events except LRRS
             - Beginning this year riders must buy personal electronic scoring transponders
             - March: Season opener at Roebling Road again

The Many Faces
of CCS

AMA/CCS Logo used from 1986 through Sept. 1994

CCS Logo used Oct 1994 thru March 1995

CCS Logo used from April 1995 through 1999

Alternate CCS logo - used in 1995 only for engraving

CCS Pace Motorsports Logo used 2000-2001

CCS/FormulaUSA Lockhart Phillips Logo used in 2002

CCS Lockhart Phillips Logo used from 2003 through 2006

CCS Logo with Established wording - used in 2007

CCS Logo with Motosport.com - used from 2008 through 2009

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