AURORA, Ill. (September 16, 2004) – Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports division announced today that Honda¿s Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss., will race the Maxxis U.S. Open October 8-9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the first time in since 2001.
Windham, 26, has turned in some successful finishes at the U.S. Open, placing second (¿00) and third (¿01) respectively. In 2004 Windham enjoyed the most successful season of his career, finishing second to Chad Reed in the THQ AMA Supercross Series championship in a battle that went down to the final race of the season at UNLV¿s Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
¿Kevin definitely turned some heads this year with his return to supercross,¿ said Charlie Mancuso, president, Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports. ¿Now that he has another season of indoor racing under his belt, he is in serious contention for the $100,000 payout.¿
¿This will be the first time I have raced the U.S. Open since returning to supercross, and I am excited to be on the starting grid with guys like Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed,¿ said Windham. ¿The track inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena offers technical rhythm sections that suits my riding style.¿
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, all-time AMA national championship holder Ricky Carmichael and action sports superstar Travis Pastrana.
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.
About Clear Channel Entertainment
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 away-from-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. In 2003, 69 million people attended approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including 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 also provides marketing services through LIVE Channel, a company dedicated to creating and executing live events for companies seeking brand promotion. 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 AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.