LAS VEGAS (July 28, 2003) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division announced today that Suzuki’s Travis Pastrana has officially entered to race the 2003 Maxxis U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena October 10-12.
Pastrana, who was recently injured in a car accident in Davidson, Md., has made a full recovery and has begun training for the race.
“Travis has decided to do the Maxxis U.S. Open because it’s a fun, one-off event that involves no stress,” said his agent, Steve Astephen. “The great thing about this race is that he can go to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, race and not have to get ready for another race the next weekend.”
The Maxxis U.S. Open is a way for Pastrana to ease his way back into competition. Since winning the 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Series in 2000, he has struggled with injuries.
“Travis will be able to compete without a points race involved,” said Astephen. “He’s currently taking advantage of some opportunities that have come out, such as freestyle motocross, rally car racing and doing some public relations work.”
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. 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 broadcasters, including independently 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 Championships include the AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Super Moto, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship and the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. FlatTrack Championship.