U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company¿s $50,000 Jackpot in Johnson¿s Hands

AURORA, IL. (March 4, 2003) – Yamaha¿s Keith Johnson, of Albuquerque, N.M., holds down a 11-point lead in the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company¿s $50,000 adult pro privateer fund. The $50,000 payout will take place at the finals at Las Vegas¿ Sam Boyd Stadium. Johnson, who rides for the Star Racing Team, is sixth in THQ World Supercross GP points and first in the privateer standings.

Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 135

Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 124

Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 123

The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company will pay the highest finishing privateer $25,000 at the end of the THQ World Supercross GP season. Second place will receive $15,000, and third place will receive $10,000.

Last year privateer Nick Wey walked away with the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company¿s grand prize of $25,000. Heath Voss was second and Kyle Lewis was third.

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 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 information on THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.