AURORA, Ill. (July 24, 2006) — The U.S. Open announced today that Toyota Trucks will be the title sponsor of the recently announced Trifecta at the 2006 U.S. Open inside Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena October 13-14.
Built into this year's U.S. Open format will be the three part Toyota Trucks Trifecta bonus program that will pay additional money to the fastest qualifier for each night's event, a bonus to each night's holeshot winner and a bonus for any rider that can complete the Toyota Trucks Trifecta challenge by being the fastest qualifier, getting the holeshot and winning the main event. Any rider that hits the Toyota Trucks Trifecta will earn a $50,000 bonus each night in addition to the regular event purse and any rider that can “Double Down” and hit the Toyota Trucks Trifecta both nights will walk away with $250,000 for the weekend.
As another benefit of the Toyota Trucks Trifecta, one mechanic will be awarded a brand new 2007 Toyota Tundra. Toyota Trucks will award the truck to the mechanic of the rider that wins the Toyota Trucks Trifecta. In the event that a rider does not win the Toyota Trucks Trifecta, the Toyota Tundra will be awarded to the mechanic of the rider that wins the U.S. Open championship.
“We are extremely excited to have Toyota Trucks as the title sponsor of the Trifecta at the U.S. Open, said Ken Hudgens, vice president of marketing and television, Live Nation. “Toyota's involvement in the U.S. Open will add to their athlete truck award program and exemplifies their long-term commitment to growing our sport.”
Toyota Trucks is involved with off-road motorcycling's premier events and being a part of this U.S. Open as the title sponsor of the Trifecta shows their passion for supporting the sport.
“The past year has been fantastic for Toyota and our moto-related events and programs — from sponsorships of supercross and motocross to our TMX Athlete Program and truck award programs, we've been able to support the sport in so many unique ways, said Steve Jett, national advertising manager, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. “With the Toyota Trucks Trifecta at the U.S. Open, we are able to up the ante and add another level of excitement to one of the most anticipated races of the year.
On Friday night the 2007 New Generation Tundra, Toyota's radically revamped, full-sized truck, will be unveiled and on display over the weekend.
Tickets are now available for the ninth-annual U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas October 13-15, 2006 at www.ussx.com, www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 702-474-4000 or the MGM Grand garden Arena box office. Regarded as one of off-road motorcycling's premier races, the U.S. Open is the final ‘major' race of the motocross season. Tickets are available for as low as $20 through Ticketmaster.com. Fans can upgrade their weekend experience with the X-Treme Package. X-Treme Packages include premium tickets for all 3 days, U.S. Open t-shirt, hat, and weekend long pit pass. X-Treme Packages are only available through www.ussx.com.
About The U.S. Open
The ninth-annual U.S. Open is an invite-only indoor off-road motocross race inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena October 13-15, 2006. Reigning champion Ricky Carmichael stages his defense of the title against the world's top motocross racers competing for the world's largest single race purse. Invited riders include 14-time AMA National champion Ricky Carmichael, two-time U.S. Open champion Chad Reed (Yamaha), two-time 125cc regional supercross champion James Stewart (Kawasaki), former 125 Western Regional AMA Supercross Series champion Kevin Windham (Honda) and more to be announced after the upcoming Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Live Nation is a leading live event and venue management company focused on creating superiorr experiences for artists, performers, corporations and fans. Live Nation owns, operates and/or has booking rights for 153 venues worldwide and produced more than 29,500 events in 2005. Live Nation operates more than 60 websites globally. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV. For more information regarding Live Nation and its businesses, please visit the company's website at www.livenation.com.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship Presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access AMA Pro Racing's online Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom.