LOS ANGELES, CA – Team San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, for the first time this season took a second place podium spot, Saturday night, at the ninth round of the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, an FIM World Championship. Stewart, the 2007 series Champ and the 2008 AMA Motocross Champ, continues to lead the 2009 series championship points due to 09 series wins.
For the sixth week in a row, Stewart posted the fastest lap times of the evening, and continues his perfect “Heat Win” streak taking first, for the 9th consecutive week, in Heat Race 2 for the direct transfer to the Main. Teammate Kyle Chisholm ran Heat Race 1, finishing 18th moving him to the LCQ where he also finished 18th.
In front of a crowd of more than 61,000 at the brand new state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Stewart blasted out of the gate just short of the holeshot but went down on lap 2. Stewart quickly remounted and charged through the pack to take the race lead on lap 13. On lap 16, Stewart went down for the second time but still managed to take the second place podium spot.
“I didn’t think the race would be that good,” said Stewart. “It was a good race, and I made a few mistakes. Chad deserves to win; he rode great tonight. I felt good tonight and this is the right way to break in Lucas Oil Stadium.”
Team San Manuel Yamaha Highlights/Indianapolis – Round 9 –
James Stewart – Number 7, YZ 450F - Event Finish: 2nd
James Stewart - Heat Race #2 – 1st Kyle Chisholm - Heat race #1 – 18th
James Stewart – Season to Date: 7 wins; 1- 2nd; 1 - 19th
Kyle Chisholm – Season to Date: 1-9th; 1-13th; 2–14th; 1–17th
James Stewart – Championship Points – 199 Kyle Chisholm – Championship Points - 38
About Team San Manuel
Team San Manuel is a unique partnership between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and L&M Racing, LLC, with the sole purpose of reaching out to Native and non-Native communities and sharing with them the value of perseverance and dedication. Building a winning team comprised of top-notch talent and community service, Team San Manuel honors the Serrano belief of caring for our community. (www.sanmanuelracing.com)
About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, California. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Despite challenges and hardships, the San Manuel tribal community has continued to progressively maintain and enhance its unique form of government – focusing all efforts on providing a better quality of life for its citizens. Through economic diversification, both on and off the reservation, the tribe has been forward thinking in its efforts to build infrastructure, maintain civil services and promote social, economic, educational and governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment and continues to pursue opportunities for future generations.
About L & M Racing
L&M Racing was formed in 2006 by Owner/Team Manager Larry Brooks and partner Mike Kranyak. The company’s 2008 team, Team San Manuel Yamaha, consisted of 2004 Supercross Champion Chad Reed and former West Coast Lites Champion Nathan Ramsey producing the indie race effort the 2008 Supercross Championship! The 2009 race season has 2007 Supercross Champion James Stewart and rookie Kyle Chisholm in place for L&M Racing. Led by Brooks, a key component in the Jeremy McGrath/Chaparral Racing team's three-year championship reign in Supercross, Brooks’ race effort yielded the first and only independent team to ever win an AMA Supercross Series Championship. L&M Racing is headquartered within an 8,000sf state-of-the-art race facility in Southern California and is one of the most successful independently owned and operated teams in professional Supercross racing today. 2009’s Team San Manuel Yamaha presented by James Stewart Entertainment is sponsored by: DID Chains, Yamalube, Akrapobic, Vortex, Bridgestone, Cycra, Braking, Light Speed, TAG Metals, Big Bear Mountain Water, Factory Effex, VP Racing Fuels, and GYTR.
About James Stewart
In 2008, Stewart earned the AMA Motocross Championship with a perfect season winning 24 of 24 races, only second rider in history to do so; won the US Open of Supercross; and was honored as the 2008 AMA SPEED Athlete of the Year. Hailing from Haines City, Florida, Stewart is the 2007 AMA Supercross Champion. Stewart’s 2009 sponsors include L&M Racing; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Yamaha; James Stewart Entertainment; Oakley, Inc.; Red Bull; Answer Racing Gear; Bell Helmets and Nike.
About Kyle Chisholm
Turning pro in 2004, Chisholm has spent the last 2-year racing in the AMA Motocross Lites class, earning seven top 10 finishes. In 2008, the Valrico, Florida-native moved up to the premiere race class aboard a Yamaha YZ 450F. Chisholm’s 2009 sponsors include L&M Racing; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Yamaha, James Stewart Entertainment; Fly Racing Gear and 661 boots and helmets.
Scheduled Television Coverage
Sunday, March 1st – 5:00 PM EST/ SPEEDtv and 6:00 PM EST/SPEEDtv
Wednesday, March 4th - 2:00 PM EST/ SPEEDtv
Thursday, March 5th - 3:00 AM EST/ SPEEDtv and 4:00 AM EST/SPEEDtv
March 7th – Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, FL