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Can-Am GNCC Racing

GNCC Racing Mourns the Passing of Long-Time Competitor John Gallagher Sr.

Morgantown, W.Va. (December 15, 2009) - The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series has lost one of its most loyal family members. Aurora, Ohio's John Gallagher Sr. passed away tragically on Monday in a work-related accident. He was 63-years-old. No one in the 35-year history of GNCC Racing has competed in more GNCC events than Gallagher, and probably no one has won more, either. Gallagher competed and won on both ATVs and bikes for a large portion of his career. Most recently, he won the 2008 Super Senior (50+) ATV Championship and finished third in the class in 2009. The entire GNCC Racing family mourns the passing of Gallagher, and the racing community is urged to keep John Sr., his wife Maryellen, and children John Jr. and Brooke in their thoughts and prayers.

Gallagher's racing days date back to the origins of the GNCC Series, and he often cited series' founder Dave Coombs Sr. as a close friend. Gallagher's loyalty to the series and frequent championships resulted in a factory ride with Polaris beginning in 2006, where he delivered more Super Senior Titles and also helped manage the manufacturer's racing program. In 2004, Gallagher collected the ATVA Vet-Senior Rider of the Year award at the AMA Sports Banquet in Las Vegas. Gallagher also introduced his son John Jr. into racing at a young age. Johnny Gallagher Jr. won a GNCC Youth Championship and now competes in the premiere XC1 pro division for Yamaha, finishing tenth in the 2009 rankings.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced for Gallagher. Information will be posted on as soon as it is available.
For more information, check out the official series website at or call 304-284-0084.

About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1973, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. Riders compete for more than $3 million in prize money, which draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every Saturday and Thursday on the Versus Network. For more information, please visit

About Racer Productions
A West Virginia-based motorcycle and ATV event production company, Racer Productions has been a leader in the off-road racing industry for more than 30 years. It's repertoire of events includes the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, held since 1973; The Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National in Mount Morris, Pa., held since 1977; The ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., held since 1985; The U.S. World Motocross Gran Prix at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa. in 1987; The Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City National, held since 1988; The ATV Stampede National Motocross at High Point Raceway, held since 1994; The AMA Pro ATV Open at Steel City in 2007; as well as numerous other amateur motocross events. In addition, Racer Productions staffs the prestigious Air
Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's Ranch, held since 1982. For more information, please visit

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