THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Makes Triumphant Return to Salt Lake City

AURORA, Ill. (February 26, 2002) – THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series return to Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium for the third consecutive year on Saturday, April 26, 2003, featuring Boise, Idaho-native Danny Smith, who rides for Team Suzuki.

Since the inaugural stop in Salt Lake City in 2001, more than 80,396 fans have made their way through the turnstiles at Rice-Eccles Stadium, averaging 40,198 per event.

During the first visit on April 28, 2001 more than 42,000 fans attended the event at Rice-Eccles Stadium, with 80 percent saying they would return if a race were scheduled in 2002.  Furthermore, 90 percent of out-of-town visitors said they had traveled to Salt Lake City exclusively because supercross was in town. The end result: A $7.8 million economic impact on the city.

“The significant economic impact and television exposure Rice-Eccles Stadium and the state of Utah received are clear illustrations of the tremendous value of hosting a world-class sporting event like THQ World Supercross GP,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.  ¿Events like this help to grow and diversify our sports industry.”

Utah even has a supercross star of its own: Cassidy Anderson of Provo, who has been climbing the ranks since his amateur days. Anderson, who raced at the Salt Lake City Round of supercross last year, is a multi-time Utah State Racing Association champion.

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP 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 rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more informationn on THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.