AURORA, Ill. (November 3, 2003) ¿ Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports division announced that a media day will be held on Friday, from 11:00 a.m. ¿ 1:00 p.m. at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y., to kick off the 2003-2004 National Arenacross Series, featuring Josh Demuth, Tommy Hofmaster, Darcy Lange, John Dowd and Buddy Antunez. Media will have the opportunity to interview all of the riders and film them riding the track.
Yamaha-backed Josh Demuth broke the all-time arenacross win record with 33 in 2002-2003. Demuth, the series¿ two-time defending champion, vies for a third title but will not have his work cut out. Five-time National Arenacross champion Buddy Antunez is hungry to earn the championship aboard his new Honda ride.
Former supercross star John Dowd makes his first full-season of arenacross, riding a Suzuki. Hofmaster, who won five main events last season, was second in the series, edging out Antunez by one point. Lange, the winner of 11 main events last season, missed the last three rounds due to injury but is 100% healthy.
Last year in Albany, attendance was at a record high of over 18,000 to witness returning arenacross champion battle it out on the track with former 5-time arenacross champion, Buddy Antunez. Although Antunez was slightly hurt going into the first couple rounds, he managed to still pull out a second and a third place finish in the 125cc main events and a fourth place in the 250cc main event. Demuth captured three out of 4 first place wins in the 125cc and 250cc main events, falling to fourth in the 125cc on Saturday night due to an early crash.
There will be a Track Party on Saturday night prior to the race. Fans will be able to pick up a FREE track pass at Seymour¿s Suzuki in Cohoes, N.Y. prior the event gaining access to a behind the scenes experience of the National Arenacross Series. The track will be open to walk down the starting lane, run up and down the rhythm section and see how deep the whoops section really is. Some of the best arenacross riders will be on hand to sign autographs and showcase the bikes they¿ll be riding on later in the evening. Track passes will be $5 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at the Pepsi Arena Box Office, www.arenacross.com, Phibb¿s Kawasaki, Ed Downing Kawasaki, Matt¿s Kawasaki and any Ticketmaster location including 518-476-1000. Ticket prices are $20 for the extreme section, $18 for the gold circle section and $16 adults/ $8 kids for the mid-level. All prices do not include facility and convenience charges. All seats are $2 more on the day of the show.
2003-2004 National Arenacross Series:
|Nov. 7 — 9||Albany, NY||Pepsi Arena|
|Nov. 14 — 16||Worcester, MA||Worcester’s Centrum Centre|
|Dec. 5 — 7||Rockford, IL||Metrocentre|
|Jan. 2 — 4||Ft. Worth, TX||Will Rogers Coliseum|
|Jan. 9 —11||Des Moines, IA||Veterans Memorial Auditorium|
|Jan. 16 — 18||Baltimore, MD||1st Mariner Arena|
|Jan. 23 — 25||Hampton, VA||Hampton Coliseum|
|Jan. 30 — Feb. 1||Cleveland, OH||Gund Arena|
|Feb. 6 — 8||Guthrie, OK||Lazy E Arena|
|Feb. 13 — 15||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
|Feb. 20 — 22||Sacramento, CA||ARCO Arena|
|Feb. 27 — 29||Kansas City, MO||Kemper Arena|
For more information, please visit www.arenacross.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment/ National Arenacross Series and Arenacross
Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports is the producer and promoter of the National Arenacross Series as well as numerous regional and local Arenacross events and is a division of Clear Channel Entertainment. The 2003-2004 season marks the 20th Anniversary of Arenacross. Information on the National Arenacross Series and other CCE Arenacross events may be found at www.arenacross.com. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. Clear Channel Entertainment is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU) and a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/ or exclusively books approximately 135 live entertainment venues, including more than 100 in North American and 30 in Europe. The company, which operates throughout North America, Europe, South America and Australia, also owns independently operated athlete representation businesses, which provide management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world’s top professional athletes. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com.