LAS VEGAS (August 20, 2003) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division today announced that the third annual Amateur Arenacross World Finals will take place during the Maxxis U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena October 12.
“The Amateur Arenacross World Finals has been a very successful program, allowing riders from across the country a destination to compete head-to-dead to crown a Champion,” said Mike Kidd, vice president, arenacross, Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports. “With the event held at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena in conjunction with the Maxxis U.S. Open, it makes this event even more prestigious.”
The Amateur Arenacross World Finals gives the world’s top amateur motocross racers the opportunity to compete in one of the world’s most luxurious venues and on the same track as the likes of Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed, Mike LaRocco and more. Qualifying for the finals began in November of 2002 at the National and Regional Arenacross Series and continued through March of 2003. Riders from Canada and the U.S. competed in one of six regions with the top three qualifiers from each region in 16 classes qualifying to have the opportunity to race for a world championship.
The strength of this event in its first season made it a mainstay at the Maxxis U.S. Open. Additionally, the immense economic impact from bringing friends and families of the riders from these 37 states and eight Canadian Provinces to the Las Vegas community is reaping some astounding support.
“With this event being held in October and the last arenacross qualifier ran in March, riders have a long time to think about the event,” said Kidd. “This single race shows the riders ability to compete under a great deal of pressure.”
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 in the world 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.
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 broadcassters, including independently operated baseball, basketball and football businesses. Clear Channel Entertainment is hea dquartered 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.