Privateers Take Advantage of Test Day in Atlanta

AURORA, IL. (February 24, 2003) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division held its second privateer test day at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday – two days prior to the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series race.

“Our goal was to give one day of practice for the west coast privateer riders and one day for the east coast privateer riders at the beginning of their respective series,” said Roy Janson, vice president of operations, Clear Channel Entertainment. “This is just one small facet to our on-going efforts to help the privateers.”

More than 60 privateers took advantage of the opportunity to dial in their bikes before Saturday’s qualifying rounds began.

“The extra practice sessions are awesome for us,” said privateer Dave Castillo. “It’s a more relaxed approach to riding the track because we can spend extra time dissecting the obstacles.”

“Clear Channel has really stepped up their privateer program,” said Ryan Clark, who is second in the Nissan `Riding to a New Frontier’ program. “In addition to the various bonus funds available to us, they are working with the stadiums to get us more time on the track.”

Since 1997, Clear Channel’s privateer bonus program has paid out more than $600,000 to privateers who made the main event. In addition, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company pays a purse of $50,000 to be distributed to the top three finishing 250cc privateers $50,000 at the end of the season.

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series are also available at www.ticketmaster.com, www.sxgp.com, and www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only).

About THQ World Supercross GP and AMA Supercross Series

THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2002-2003, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major markets throughout the United States as a part of the AMA Supercross Series. The other AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation, and is not a part of the THQ World Supercross GP. An AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned for the series of events conducted in the United States only. 

THQ World Supercross GP is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 85 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events.  Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo.  In addition to its involvement with THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rigghts to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.