Friday, March 13, 2009

From 2 to 88

When the AMA Suzuki Superbike Challenge rolls into Auto Club Speedway in Fontana in a couple weeks, followers of the series might notice a significant change on Jamie Hacking's bike.
The three-time AMA champion will be racing the No. 88 Kawasaki for the Irvine-based Monster Energy Attack team instead of his customary No. 2.
Apparently Hacking had his number taken by another rider. He said he decided on the No. 88 because of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who races the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and has the No. 88 on his own stock car in the Nationwide Series.
“He lives close to where I do and I thought it would be a good way to represent North Carolina," Hacking said. "Also since our sport is now owned by the France’s, it seemed good to tie in NASCAR with motorcycle racing. I ran the No. 2 for 11 years and I’ve already moved on and really like the No. 88 better."

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