Dirt Wurx USA Signs Seven-Year Agreement with Clear Channel

AURORA, Ill. (May 1, 2003) – Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports division announced today that Dirt Wurx USA signed a seven-year agreement to be the official racetrack track builders of THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series.

Dirt Wurx USA, formed in 1990 by former AMA professional Rich Winkler, has more than 20 years of racetrack construction experience.

Dirt Wurx USA also designs, builds and maintains the test tracks for most of the U.S. factory motocross teams, as well as the tracks for Honda R&D at the Honda Proving Center of California.  They also design, build and maintain many of the professional riders’ private practice tracks, do specialty work for motion pictures and television commercials, and build a variety of tracks for private individuals, public parks, and other live motor sports events each year.

¿Rich Winkler and his Dirt Wurx USA staff are the best in the business,¿ said Todd Jendro, director of supercross, Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports. ¿They provide consistency in their track design and the track construction process.

¿The strict time restraints placed on the move-in and move-out of each venue and the challenges with weather our team faces each week makes Rich Winkler and the Dirt Wurx crew an asset to Clear Channel,¿ Jendro added.

¿Of course I am excited about renewing our contract with Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports Division,¿ said Winkler, CEO of Dirt Wurx USA. ¿Our sport has seen unprecedented growth in the past few years. With the signing of this contract, we now have a long-term working relationship with the promoter, Clear Channel, and the sanctioning body, the AMA. This relationship will insure the stability necessary for the continued success of supercross through the end of the decade.

The final round of THQ World Supercross/AMA Supercross Series will air on ABC¿s Wide World of Sports Sunday, May 4 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST/3:00-4:00 p.m. PST.

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