20th Anniversary Season to Kick Off in Albany
AURORA, Ill. (October 17, 2003) — Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division announced the confirmed teams to date for the 20th Anniversary of the National Arenacross Series.
The 2003 – 2004 National Arenacross Series teams will make their debut next weekend at the opening round at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. The new season may be one of the most competitive ever with several riders switching teams along with several new faces to the series.
Josh Demuth will return backed by his Shogun Motorsports, Motion Cycle Sports, Thor Factory Yahama ride and his teammate, Tommy Hofmaster. Also returning for the season fully healthy is Canadian Darcy Lange aboard his Chevy Truck Team Green Kawasaki along with teammates Shawn Clark and Jeff Northrop, managed by Billy Whitley.
Buddy Antunez, former five-time National Arenacross champion, will be stepping out onto the arenacross track riding a different bike. He’ll make his debut in Albany riding a Honda this year along with American Honda,Troy Lee Designs, Pro Core teammates Justin Brayton and Brad Hagseth.
Joining 2003’s Regional Arenacross champion, Jim Neese, on the Empire Racing Factory Suzuki team is former supercross rider, John Dowd. Several other riders including Jeff Willoh, Robby McQuary, Brandon Bartz, Ryan Huffman, Chad Johnson and ’95-’96 arenacross champion, Jimmy Gaddis, will also be returning to the series making the competition that much tougher.
“The arenacross series and all of my championships have never been easy, ” said Antunez. “It’s going to be a tough year, but I’m definitely going to be a threat because I’m 100% healthy and I want to get my championship back.
There is a lot of anticipation leading up to the 20th Anniversary season of arenacross. A championship, $100,000 points fund and over $1.6 million in contingency prizes is on the mind of all of the riders, including returning two-time champion, Josh Demuth.
Last season, more than 620,000 fans enjoyed the 43 stops along the arenacross series as Yamaha backed Josh Demuth broke the all-time arenacross win record with 33 in 2003 and captured his second National Arenacross championship.
2003-2004 National Arenacross Series:
|Nov. 7 — 9||Albany, NY||Pepsi Arena|
|Nov. 14 — 16||Worcester, MA||Worcester’s Centrum Centre|
|Dec. 5 — 7||Rockford, IL||Metrocentre|
|Jan. 2 — 4||Ft. Worth, TX||Will Rogers Coliseum|
|Jan. 9 —11||Des Moines, IA||Veterans Memorial Auditorium|
|Jan. 16 — 18||Baltimore, MD||1st Mariner Arena|
|Jan. 23 — 25||Hampton, VA||Hampton Coliseum|
|Jan. 30 — Feb. 1||Cleveland, OH||Gund Arena|
|Feb. 6 — 8||Guthrie, OK||Lazy E Arena|
|Feb. 13 — 15||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
|Feb. 20 — 22||Sacramento, CA||ARCO Arena|
|Feb. 27 — 29||Kansas City, MO||Kemper Arena|
For more information, please visit www.arenacross.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment/ National Arenacross Series and Arenacross
Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports is the producer and promoter of the National Arenacross Series as well as numerous regional and local Arenacross events and is a division of Clear Channel Entertainment. The 2003-2004 season marks the 20th Anniversary of Arenacross. Information on the National Arenacross Series and other CCE Arenacross events may be found at www.arenacross.com. 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. Clear Channel Entertainment is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU) and a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/ or exclusively books approximately 135 live entertainment venues, including more than 100 in North American and 30 in Europe. The company, which operates throughout North America, Europe, South America and Australia, also owns independently operated athlete representation businesses, which provide management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world’s top professional athletes. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com.