AMA National Arenacross Series Kicks Off This Friday In Albany,  N.Y.

Schnell, Johnson, Sellards, Dowd, Northrop & Johnson headline the AMA Arenacross class¿ ¿Opener at Albany¿ ¿ Oct. 28-30 at Pepsi Arena

AURORA, Ill., (Oct. 26, 2005) ¿ A well-schooled field of veteran dirt bike racers highlights the opening round of the 2005-¿06 AMA National Arenacross Series opens this Friday (Oct. 28) at Albany¿s (N.Y.) Pepsi Arena. And back as one of the favorites following a gnarly get off at the recent U.S. Open of Supercross is Rock Star Energy Drink/Suzuki¿s Greg Schnell.

Schnell, who suffered some separated ribs, a thigh injury and bruised vertebrae during a practice session crash at the U.S. Open of Supercross (Oct. 7th), was back on his bike this past Saturday despite still suffering a considerable amount of pain through out his body.

¿I¿ll be good to go by this weekend,¿ said Schnell. ¿I¿ll just do my best and see what happens. Try to stay off the ground this weekend and get stronger as the AMA National Arenacross Series goes on.¿

The first round of a ten-round series that runs through February – the ¿Opener at Albany¿ as it¿s come to be known – is always one of the more exciting rounds of the year on the AMA National Arenacross Series tour. Fans will pack Pepsi Arena in great anticipation as to which racers are going to show up to challenge Schnell, Thor/Honda/Tuf Racing teammates Brock Sellards and Jeff Northrop and the AMA National Arenacross Series¿ answer to the Houston Astros¿ ageless wonder Roger Clemens ¿ 40-year-old Arenacross racer John ¿Junkyard¿ Dowd (Chicopee,  Mass.).

¿With Greg (Schnell) and Brock (Sellards) moving over from supercross and the Outdoor Nationals directly to AMA Arenacross, the foundation for this weekend¿s racing is as solid as ever to start the season,¿ said Dowd. ¿You also have to consider Jeff Northrop, who was second overall last year and won a number of races. And there¿s Chad Johnson, who I remember racing last year. He¿s always fast.¿

Dowd continued: ¿Then you¿ve got the anticipation factor when you¿re hanging around in the pits on Friday. You¿ll see some dudes you haven¿t raced against since  Binghamton or Unadilla, Southwick, roll in and, from there, everybody¿s going `Yeah! It¿s on!¿¿

Tickets are available online at www.arenacross.com, www.ticketmaster.com, www.tickets.com (Guthrie and Green Bay only), and www.centreevents.com (Rockford only). 

For more information on the AMA National Arenacross Series log on to www.arenacross.com.

About Clear Channel Entertainment/ AMA Regional and National Arenacross Series

Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports is the producer and promoter of the AMA National Arenacross Series as well as numerous regional and local Arenacross events and is a division of Clear Channel Entertainment. Information on the National Arenacross Series and other CCE Arenacross events may be found at www.arenacross.com. Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in Europe. Each year, 69 million people attend approximately 32,000 evts promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company¿s independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world¿s top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.

About HPPR

High Profile Public Relations, LLC is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations ¿ both industry and mainstream ¿ for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR¿s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com. For more information, please visit www.highprofilepr.com.

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship Presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. About Clear Channel Entertainment/ AMA Regional and National Arenacross Series

Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports is the producer and promoter of the AMA National Arenacross Series as well as numerous regional and local Arenacross events and is a division of Clear Channel Entertainment. Information on the National Arenacross Series and other CCE Arenacross events may be found at www.arenacross.com. Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in  Europe. Each year, 69 million people attend approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company¿s independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world¿s top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.About HPPRHigh Profile Public Relations, LLC is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations ¿ both industry and mainstream ¿ for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR¿s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com. For more information, please visit www.highprofilepr.com. About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the  United States. Its properties include the Amp¿d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

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AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the  United States. Its properties include the Amp¿d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.