Craig Shambaugh was a perennial front runner in the AMA Pro Twins GP2 class in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Shambaugh won races on his Ducati, but never quite nabbed the title. In 1989 he was runner up to Kevin Erion and again to Fabian Cortez III in 1990. Here Shambaugh leads en route to winning the Daytona Pro Twins GP2 race in 1991. You can also see the legendary Roger Reiman (9) behind Shambaugh.
Motorcycle racing owes a lot to Vincent Haskovec and Jake Zemke. It was those two riders who first tested the feasibility of motorcycle racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Thanks to their efforts and early input, a design concept for a new motorcycle racing circuit was put into place. Haskovec and Zemke tested the old Indy Formula One circuit in October of 2003.
The test was supposed to be secret, but word got out (possibly by fans going to the infield museum) and news helicopters flew over the Speedway and got video footage of the bikes circulating the track and it led the news that evening.
The original intent was to bring an AMA Superbike round to the track, but the IMS staff was thinking much bigger and eventually it was MotoGP that found a home at the historic venue.
Stefano Caracchi leads David Busby in the 1989 Daytona 250 Grand Prix race. Caracchi was one of the top Italian 250 Grand Prix riders of the 1980s. He was 125cc European Champion in 1984 and also rode a Ducati in World Superbike before becoming a team owner. In 2006 his World Superbike Team Ducati SC fielded Roberto Rolfo aboard a 999RS in World Superbike, and Stuart Easton and Luka Nedog on 749Rs in World Supersport. Busby moved on to auto racing where he had some success.