Cooper, Schmidt Join James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing AMA Pro XR1200 Team


From a press release issued by James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing:
Ben Schmidt Named JG/HB Racing Crew Chief

Osman, WI (March 5, 2012) – James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing, presented by Woodstock H-D, and Spectro Oils is pleased to announce Brice Cooper will join the team and enter the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 class. Cooper is the 2010-11 Triumph Thruxton Cup Series National Champion and former host of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime” and fill-in pit reporter for SPEED-TV. He will make his XR1200 class debut at Daytona International Speedway alongside team co-owner Paul James, who finished 4th and 9th in the first two seasons of the XR1200 championship.

“I’m looking forward to having Brice as a teammate in the Vance & Hines XR1200 class,” said James. “Multi-bike teams have an edge when it comes to finding the right set up each weekend and it’s always great to have a drafting partner in a class with such close

“Teaming up with Paul and Hoban Brothers is a great opportunity for me to get up to speed faster during the season and gain some valuable insight from their years of experience,” said Cooper. “Vance & Hines and the AMA have put together a rather unique animal with the Harley XR series that provides some great opportunities for our current sponsors to see actual ROI this season and hopefully attract some new ones.”

Ben Schmidt will also join James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing as crew chief, replacing veteran Mike Kirkpatrick, now with Erik Buell Racing’s AMA Pro Superbike effort. Hoban Cycle’s John Dahmer will continue to serve as the team’s general manager.

“It’s great to have the energy both Paul and Brice bring to our team,” said Dahmer. “The XR1200 series has gained so much momentum over the last two years and showcases our commitment to the high-performance Harley-Davidson market and our Darkhorse Crankworks brand. We’re looking forward to a great season working together.”

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For more information on the AMA Vance & Hines XR1200 class and a full series schedule, go to: or

James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing is presented by Woodstock
Harley-Davidson, and Spectro Oils. Additional team
sponsors include: Hoban Cycle, Darkhorse Crankworks, , EBC Brakes, Genuine James Gaskets, Kymco
USA, Spyder Leatherworks, Ohlins USA, Electric Visual,
and . Rider sponsors include: Arai helmets and graphics (James) and Teknic leathers, ICON Helmets,
Jason DiSalvo Speed Academy, Kind Snacks, and Fornarelli Racing (Cooper).


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