AURORA, Ill. (September 26, 2005) ¿ Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports division announced today that Rockstar Suzuki¿s Greg Schnell, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., confirmed his participation in the 2005-2006 AMA National Arenacross Series, which kicks off at Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y., Friday, October 28.
Schnell, 30, won last year¿s 125cc class at the U.S. Open with two first place finishes. The seasoned veteran has committed to riding in the AMA Arenacross class in 2005-2006 followed by the 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class.
¿I¿ve always enjoyed racing arenacross,¿ said Schnell. ¿The tight, non-stop action is so much fun. There is a real skill to this style of racing. The new structure in the AMA National Arenacross Series allows me to focus on one class and winning the AMA National Arenacross Series championship. I¿ve raced in the Clear Channel-promoted THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series events for years, and I know that they put on a solid show. This is an exciting new venture in my career.¿
¿Suzuki is excited to put together a race program with Greg Schnell and make a run at the AMA National Arenacross Series championship,¿ said Cole Gress, motocross support manager, American Suzuki Motor Corp. ¿Greg is a known front runner on the AMA circuit with multiple 125cc supercross wins, and he looks forward to this new challenge, especially with the new race format that focuses on one premiere class. Greg will run under the Rockstar Suzuki team banner, and receive major support from Alloy MX, Renthal, Dunlop and longtime sponsor Pro Circuit Racing; and using the Rockstar Energy Drink tag line, we want to `Party like a Rockstar¿ at the AMA National Arenacross Series finals in February at the Denver Coliseum.¿
¿Greg Schnell has been a solid rider on the supercross circuit for more than 10 years, and we look forward to Greg¿s participation in the AMA National Arenacross Series,¿ said Todd Jendro, senior director of operations for Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports division. ¿In addition, Greg will be defending his 125cc US Open title at the Grand Garden Arena on October 7-8 and plans on using that opportunity and momentum as preparation for the start of the opening round of the AMA National Arenacross Series at Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y., Friday, October 28.¿
For more information on the AMA National Arenacross Series log on to www.arenacross.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment/ AMA Regional and 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 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, incluuding 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.