Greensboro, North Carolina (February 22, 2008) - Jim Neese, owner of the Foremost Insurance Suzuki Team and last year's Arenacross Lites East Champion, was interviewed on the WGHP Fox 8 Morning Show today. The in-studio interview covered the upcoming Toyota AMA Arenacross race at the Greensboro Coliseum and provided an overview of Arenacross racing for new fans.
Neese compared Arenacross racing to NASCAR racing at Bristol (a smaller track on the circuit). He also mentioned the new Joe Gibbs Supercross team and Scott Riggs, a NASCAR driver and big fan of motocross. Jimmie Johnson was named in the interview as one of the NASCAR drivers who grew up racing motocross.
"I really enjoy every time the media gives me an opportunity to talk about the sport I love. The more mainstream promoting that motorcycle racers do, the faster our sports will grow. Building the fan base of any sport requires that the athletes educate new potential fans - television is still one of the fastest ways to accomplish that goal. I purposely focused on NASCAR because I live in the heart of NASCAR country and that is what the fans understand," commented Neese.
North Carolina is quickly becoming one of the hot spots for top motocross riders. Last week, North Carolina native Austin Stroupe (Lincolnton, NC) won the Monster Energy Lites West Supercross at the Texas Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. Broc Tickle (Carey, NC), a former Jim Neese student, also races professional Supercross and is getting ready to start the Lites East Series at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA this Saturday.
Neese is currently in seventh place overall in the Toyota Arenacross point standings with 220 points. He races in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Coliseum tomorrow night, February 23, 2008.
About the Foremost Insurance Carolina Xpress Suzuki Team
The Foremost Insurance Carolina Xpress Suzuki Team is a professional motocross race team based in North Carolina. The team is a Suzuki factory support team and races in the Toyota Arenacross Series and the Victory Sports MEGA and ULTRA Series. Team sponsors - Foremost Insurance, Kenda Tires, Moose Racing, Kawasaki Suzuki of Durham, Total Control, Scorpion Helmets, LeoVince Exhaust, Extremeion Carbon Raptor, Vision Graphics, Pazzaz, Pro-Wheel, Boyesen, Crower Power, Smith, SDG, CV4 Products.
Racing for the team are Jim Neese and Tyler Bright, two national caliber riders. In addition to racing and running the team, Jim Neese also owns Jim Neese Rider Development System, a school for motocross racers aiming to tap their potential (www.jimneese.com).
About Foremost Insurance
Foremost Insurance is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and provides specialized insurance programs for mobile homes, motor homes, travel trailers, landlord properties, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, boats and collectible autos. For more information on Foremost products, visit www.foremost.com, or visit www.ForemostOutdoors.com.
About Toyota AMA Arenacross Series
In its 23rd year, the Toyota AMA Arenacross Series, owned by Live Nation, is the premier indoor motocross series in the U.S. playing to sold-out arenas nationwide. Information on the Toyota AMA Arenacross Series events may be found at www.arenacross.com. Live Nation is a leading live event and venue management company focused on creating superior 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.