AURORA , Ill.(October 21, 2002) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s motor sports division today announced the return of the Crossover Challenge, a collection of the celebrities and athletes to ride an official supercross track, at Round 5 of the 2003 FIM World Supercross GP on Friday, January 31, 2003 at Edison International Field, which will be the third and final event in Anaheim in 2003.
The Crossover Challenge is comprised of 24 riders, broken down into eight teams of three. The combined points from all three riders determine the team’s final score. The winning team presents $1,000 to a charity of their choice.
“This is the one event that tames the most talented action sports athletes; yet, they take advantage of the opportunity to ride an official supercross track,” said Mark Abernethy, director of marketing, Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports. “Last year we had a classic showdown between skateboarder Jason Ellis and musician Rob ‘Vanilla Ice’ Van Winkle that gave the event some extra flair. Even though neither of them won the race, it was a lot of fun to watch.”
Last year’s edition of the Crossover Challenge saw the trio of mountain biker Brian Lopes, musician Bobby B (Kotton Mouth Kings), and BMXer Robbie Miranda take home the checkered flag on the eve of the opening round of supercross.
The event’s history holds distinguished list of competitors including: Vanilla Ice (musician), Robbie Merrill (musician of the band Godsmack), Steve Caballero (skateboarder), Cameron Evans (Editor of Popular Hot Rod magazine and host of TNN’s Popular Hot Rodding TV), Brian Lopes (world champion downhill mountain biker), Scott Tinley (multi-time winner of the Ironman Triathlon), Sunny Garcia (world champion surfer), Adam Booth (BMX editor), Ross Robinson (record producer, Korn & Limp Bizkit), Bobby B and D-Loc (musicians of Kotton Mouth Kings), Victor Sheldon (jet ski champion), Robbie Miranda (X Games downhill BMX), Mark Osborne (NHRA Pro Stock driver), Cobe Mikicich (wakeboarder), Aaron Vincent (snowboarder), and Jordan Burns (drummer in the band Strung Out).