Utah Governor Welcomes Supercross Tour

AURORA, Ill. – Feld Motor Sports announced today that Utah Governor Jon Huntsman will speak at a press conference Thursday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. to welcome back Monster Energy® Supercross, an FIM World Championship, to Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium for the first time since 2004. The Salt Lake City race will take place Saturday, featuring the AMA Supercross class title chase between James Stewart and Chad Reed and the final race of the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship between front runners Ryan Dungey and Jake Weimer.

Following the press conference, Governor Huntsman will join Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ivan Tedesco, Davi Millsaps and Andrew Short; Yamaha’s Josh Hill and Broc Hepler; Muscle Milk/MDK/KTM’s Ryan Sipes and Justin Brayton on a celebratory lap of the race track that will be built with more than 500 truckloads of dirt in Rice-Eccles Stadium.

”It’s terrific that one of the premier motor sports events in the world is coming back to Utah that will not only showcase our state to a nationally televised audience, but will also provide an estimated $9 million in economic impact and $1 million in media value to Utah as well,” said Governor Huntsman.

Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission added, “Having Monster Energy® Supercross back at Rice-Eccles Stadium is another major accomplishment for us as we continue to establish Utah as one of the top action and extreme sport destinations in the world.”

The first supercross race held at Rice-Eccles Stadium took place in 2001 where 42,135 packed the home of the 2002 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies to watch Ricky Carmichael race to victory. Carmichael holds the all-time AMA Supercross win record in Salt Lake City with two. Stewart holds the all-time AMA Supercross Lites class win record at Salt Lake City with two.

Tickets are available at www.SupercrossOnline.com, www.utahtickets.com, by phone at 801-581-UTIX and the Rice-Eccles Box Office. Goldcircle seats are $40; Mid-Level seats are $20 for adults and $10 for kids; Treadhead seats are $10. All seats are $2 extra on the day of the event. Practice and qualifying times begin at 12:30 PM with the main event beginning at 7:00 PM.

Past Winners in Salt Lake City

AMA Supercross Class

April 24, 2004:                           Kevin Windham
April 26, 2003:                           Chad Reed
April 27, 2002:                           Ricky Carmichael
April 28, 2001:                           Ricky Carmichael

AMA Supercross Lites Class

April 24, 2004:                           Ivan Tedesco
April 26, 2003:                           James Stewart
April 27, 2002:                           James Stewart
April 28, 2001:                           Ernesto Fonseca

For more information on the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dhartwig@feldinc.com or 630-566-6305.

About Feld Motor Sports

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy® Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Freestyle Motocross, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

About The Utah Sports Commission

The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit, 501c3 charitable organization consisting of a statewide coalition of leaders from both public and private spheres throughout Utah.  The Commission was created to foster national and international amateur sports competitions held in the state of Utah acting as a catalyst in unifying Utah's sports community and strengthening Utah's presence in the global sports marketplace.  The Utah Sports Commission partners with Utah Sports Commission members and sports entities to target and develop bids, coordinate volunteer efforts, and develop sponsorship and promotional opportunities for new sporting events.  For further information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com.