AURORA, Ill. (August 17, 2004) – Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports division announced today that former supercross and motocross champion Travis Pastrana will race the seventh-annual Maxxis U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas October 8&9.
Pastrana, 20, captured his first major championship in 2000 when he won the 125cc outdoor motocross championship, claiming five overall wins as a rookie. In 2001 he won the 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Series championship and placed ninth at the U.S. Open in the same year.
After some injury plagued seasons, Pastrana has taken some time off, but is expected to be in the best shape of his career at the Maxxis U.S. Open.
“I am extremely excited about racing the US Open. I have made this my main priority and I am looking forward to trying to put in a winning year and taking a championship. When the U.S. Open comes around, I will be in great shape and 100% healthy,¿ said Pastrana. ¿I know I can win this event if I am healthy. This year¿s competition is awesome, with Reed and Carmichael.¿
Riders confirmed to compete in the 2004 Maxxis U.S. Open include defending and current THQ AMA Supercross Series champion Chad Reed, two-time U.S. Open champion and all-time AMA national championship holder Ricky Carmichael.
Other invited athletes include up-and-coming superstar, reigning 125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series champion James Stewart and veteran Mike LaRocco, who won the 2002 U.S. Open.