LAS VEGAS (September 17, 2003) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division announced today the 2003 Maxxis U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena October 10-12 will air on SPEED Channel Saturday, October 25, from 8:00 -10:00 p.m. EST. The traditional 90-minute television show for the Maxxis U.S. Open has been expanded to two hours of bar-to-bar racing.
“This two-hour, action-packed program on SPEED Channel has a field of riders chasing down the $300,000 purse at this no holds barred event,¿ said Ken Hudgens, vice president of marketing, Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports. “With a tremendous line-up of riders, including Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and Mike LaRocco, this should be a great event on SPEED. We are excited to expand our relationship with SPEED Channel, and taking the coverage from 90 minutes to two hours should enable us to cover more of the action.¿
“The thing that differentiates SPEED Channel from many other sports cable networks is our desire and ability to broadcast the definitive events in our arena,” said SPEED Channel President Jim Liberatore. “The Maxxis U.S. Open certainly fits that model and we are excited to bring this quality event to our viewers.”
Robbie Floyd, Davey Coombs and Cameron Steele will call the race action. The highly anticipated race between two-time Maxxis U.S. Open champion Ricky Carmichael, THQ World Supercross GP champion and AMA Supercross Series runner-up Chad Reed and defending Maxxis U.S. Open champion Mike LaRocco will give viewers two hours of pure excitement.
The Maxxis U.S. Open, founded in 1998 is an invitation-only motocross race held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, featuring the world’s top supercross/motocross racers competing for $300,000 – the single largest payout in motorcycle racing. In addition to the premier open class of racing, the Maxxis U.S. Open also offers a variety of racing including minicycles and KTM Junior Supercross Challenge racing. Past winners include: Damon Huffman (’98); Jeff Emig (’99); Ricky Carmichael (’00 & ’01); Mike LaRocco (’02).
Tickets for the sixth annual Maxxis U.S. Open presented by Thor/Parts Unlimited on October 10-11, and the Amateur Arenacross World Finals, which will be held at the MGM Grand on Sunday, October 12, 2003, are currently on-sale through the MGM Grand box office and Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 702-479-4000. Fans can also purchase tickets at Las Vegas Motorsports, Honda/Kawasaki of Las Vegas, World Motorcycles and Motorcycle City. For more information, log on to www.ussx.com. The Maxxis U.S. Open is sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.
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About Clear Channel Entertainment
Clear Channel Entertainment, the world’s largest producer and marketer of live entertainment events, is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books 135 live entertainment venues, including 44 amphitheaters in the U.S. and 28 venues in Europe. Each year, more than 62 million people attend approximately 26,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including: Live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports shows.
In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment owns leading talent management businesses that specialize in the representation of athletes and broadcasters, including independenntly operated baseball, basketball and football businesses. Clear Channel Entertainment is headquartered in New York City.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. Nearly 2 million race fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2002 season. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.
About SPEED Channel
In 2003, SPEED Channel is the exclusive U.S. cable home for many of the top motor sports series in the world, including Formula One, The Champ Car World Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, USAC, World Rally, ASA, IHRA, ALMS, Grand American Road Racing, F3000, USAR Hooters Pro Cup and live coverage of AMA and FIM motorcycle road racing events. In addition, SPEED’s weekly Auto Focus block of programming brings car enthusiast television to Prime Time Monday through Thursday. Now available in more the 63 million homes in North America, SPEED Channel is the fastest growing sports cable network in the country and the home to NASCAR TV. For more information, visit SPEEDTV.com.