AURORA, Ill.(August 15, 2005) ¿ AMA Pro Racing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Motorcycle Association, and Clear Channel Entertainment ¿ Motor Sports announce that 2005-2006 should be one of their most exciting seasons of arenacross motorcycle racing. Pursuant to an agreement reached in 2002, AMA Pro Racing will continue to exclusively sanction the National and Regional Arenacross programs produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment through at least the 2009 season.
Clear Channel Entertainment¿s AMA National Arenacross Series and AMA Regional Arenacross races are the only arenacross programs that are officially sanctioned by the AMA and its professional affiliate, AMA Pro Racing.
Clear Channel Entertainment¿s arenacross program includes the AMA National Arenacross Series and AMA Regional Arenacross races, as well as the prestigious U.S. Open and the Amateur Arenacross World Finals held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on October 7-9, 2005.
¿Arenacross represents a tremendous opportunity to bring stadium-style motocross to an expanded audience,¿ said Scott Hollingsworth, AMA Pro Racing CEO. ¿By visiting markets that might not necessarily see a THQ AMA Supercross event, we can broaden the appeal and awareness of this form of motorcycle racing. We¿re pleased to be working with Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports group in this regard.¿
The 2005-2006 AMA National Arenacross Series will include 10 weekend events at some of the nation¿s premier sporting venues. Additionally, AMA Regional Arenacross races will include a minimum of 11 new venues and markets to showcase the sport of arenacross during the 2005-2006 season at an unprecedented level across the United States.
¿The AMA Pro Racing sanction for our AMA National Arenacross Series and AMA Regional Arenacross races through 2009 confirms the collective efforts of AMA Pro Racing and Clear Channel Entertainment ¿ Motor Sports to make our arenacross program the leading indoor-only motocross racing circuit in the world,¿ said Charlie Mancuso, President of Clear Channel Entertainment Motor Sports. ¿We thoroughly appreciate AMA Pro Racing¿s commitment to the AMA National Arenacross Series and AMA Regional Arenacross races that we produce each year. Together, we will continue growing arenacross to its fullest potential for the riders, teams, fans and motorcycle industry involved in this great sport.¿
The Clear Channel Entertainment produced AMA National Arenacross Series is the largest arena motorsports racing program in the world, and this year arenacross celebrates its 23rd anniversary. Top amateur and professional riders from across the world will compete for fame and fortune in the AMA National Arenacross Series. Professional riders will compete for more than $2,600,000 in prize money, contingency payments, performance bonuses plus a points fund.
Clear Channel Entertainment Motor Sports also proudly announces that the AMA National Arenacross Series will once again be broadcast on SPEED Channel during 2005-2006.
For more information on the AMA National Arenacross Series log on www.arenacross.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment/ AMA 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 AMA 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 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.