AURORA, Ill., (Dec. 12, 2007) - Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc., announced today that Monster Energy (Nasdaq: HANS) has signed on as the title sponsor of AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, effective immediately. This exceptional move designates the 2008 title as: Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.
Monster Beverage Company, a Corona Calif. based company that’s part of the Hansen Natural empire, has been dialed into action sports and supercross since the drink’s inception - sponsoring both individual athletes and supercross teams as well as numerous amateur motocross racers, teams and programs. The agreement to become the title sponsor of supercross marks Monster Energy’s® initial venture into a title sponsorship of a major pro motorcycle racing championship.
“We are absolutely thrilled to announce Monster Energy® as the title sponsor of supercross,” said Charlie Mancuso, president of Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc. “It was challenging to find a title sponsor partner that is the right fit for supercross. As a company and brand Monster Energy has proven street credibility within supercross and throughout the action sports industry, while Monster Beverage Company is a cutting edge company that’s on the rise. Live Nation Motor Sports is certain Monster Energy® will help elevate supercross to the next level given Monster Energy’s® keen marketing sense, recognizable brand strength and powerful distribution system. Monster Energy® is a perfect fit for supercross.”
Added Monster Energy® President Mark Hall: “The association between Monster Energy® and winning AMA Supercross and motocross riders and teams has been in place for some time. Names like Carmichael, Langston and McGrath, along with Monster Energy®-backed teams featuring Stewart, Ferry and Villopoto all run the iconic M-claw logo. So the move to title sponsor of the entire Monster Energy® AMA Supercross is a natural progression for us and one that will continue to increase global brand awareness for Monster Energy®.”
Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc. together with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) also announced today the consolidation of the AMA Supercross Series and the FIM World Supercross GP into one unified championship. The 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will for the first time ever, crown one overall supercross champion.
"We appreciate the AMA and FIM working with us to merge the two series into one,” added Mancuso. "We have only scheduled one international race for 2008, in Toronto, Canada on March 29th. The plan is to add a second international race to the schedule in future years. Building the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, into a strategic worldwide sports and entertainment brand will continue to be the focus of the AMA, the FIM, Monster Energy® and Live Nation."
The 2008 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule:
January 5, 2008 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium
January 12, 2008 Phoenix, Arizona Chase Field
January 19, 2008 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium
January 26, 2008 San Francisco, Calif. AT& T Park
February 2, 2008 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium
February 9, 2008 San Diego, Calif. Qualcomm Stadium
February 16, 2008 Houston, Texas Reliant Stadium
February 23, 2008 Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome
March 1, 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana RCA Dome
March 7, 2008 Daytona, Fla. Daytona Motor Speedway*
March 15, 2008 Minneapolis, Minn. Metrodome
March 29, 2008 Toronto, Canada Rogers Centre
April 5, 2008 Irving, Texas Texas Stadium
April 12, 2008 Detroit, Michigan Ford Field
April 19, 2008 St. Louis, Missouri Edward Jones Dome
April 26, 2008 Seattle, Washington Qwest Field
May 3, 2008 Las Vegas., Nevada Sam Boyd Stadium
*The Daytona race is not produced or promoted by Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc.
For more information about Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com. For media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or e-mail at email@example.com
About Monster Energy®
Monster Energy® supports the sport. Be it supercross, off-road, MX, enduro, road racing, supermoto, FMX, skate, MTB, surf, snow, BMX – name it – the athletes are rockin’ Monster Energy® more than ever these days. Check out – Original Monster Energy®, Monster Energy® Lo-Carb, Monster Energy® Assault™, Monster Energy® Khaos™, the new Monster Energy®/fruit juice hybrid called “M-80™” and the ground-breaking Java Monster™ premium coffee and energy. Online at www.monsterenergy.com.
In addition to Monster Energy®, other products marketed by Hansen Natural Corporation are Hansen's® Natural Sodas, Signature Sodas, fruit juice Smoothies, Energy drinks, Energade® energy sports drinks, E20 Energy Water®, multi-vitamin juice drinks in aseptic packaging, Junior Juice® juice, iced teas, apple juice and juice blends, Blue Sky® brand beverages, Lost® Energy™ brand energy drinks, Joker Mad Energy™, Unbound® Energy, Rumba™ brand energy juice, and Fizzit™ brand powdered drink mixes. For more information visit www.hansens.com.
About Live Nation
Live Nation is the future of the music business. With the most live concerts, music venues and festivals in the world and the most comprehensive concert search engine on the web, Live Nation is revolutionizing the music industry: onstage and online. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." Additional information about the company can be found at www.livenation.com under the “About Us” section.