FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MX Sports Pro Racing Announces Motocross Commentators for this Summer's Television Coverage on SPEEDTM
MORGANTOWN, W.V. (May 11, 2009) - MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports are pleased to announce the television personalities that will call the action for the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Jason Weigandt will handle play-by-play, with legendary racer David Bailey providing analysis and Erin Bates reporting from the pits. SPEED coverage begins with the opening round of the series on Saturday, May 23, with same-day coverage of the South Point Hotel & Casino Motocross National at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. The first show, featuring the 450 Class, will air on same-day delay at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).
Weigandt has worked his way up through the announcing ranks for a number of years, serving as the recognizable voice for a variety of motorcycle shows. In recent years, Jason has been most recognized as the host of the Supercross Live!, the online coverage of Monster Energy AMA Supercross. He is also the voice of a variety of other ventures, including SPEED's AMA Arenacross Series shows, Racer TV's coverage of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC), and the popular Racer X Motocross Shows online.
Bailey is a living legend both on and off the race track. As a Team Honda factory rider, he won three AMA Motocross Championships, as well as the 1983 AMA Supercross title and the '83 AMA Grand National Championship. After his career came to a premature end in 1987, Bailey transitioned into television, working with his old partner Art Eckman to deliver some of the most memorable race coverage in the sport's history. Never losing that competitive nature and will to push himself to the limit, Bailey became an Ironman Triathlon Champion in 2000 and continues to be inspiration to countless moto enthusiasts.
Bates has a face and voice that SPEED and AMA Motocross/Supercross fans have become very familiar with, becoming arguably one of the most recognized names in the sport. She has been the pit and podium reporter for both series over the past few years, bringing viewers the inside story lines from the riders, mechanics and team managers.
MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports plan on also having a revolving door of special guests throughout the season as part of the unprecedented television package that will feature the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Past champions like Ricky Carmichael, Jeff Emig, Travis Pastrana, Doug Henry, Grant Langston, and more will grace the broadcast booth with their presence and bring the fans a little closer to the action with their in-depth analysis from the racer's point of view. For a complete listing of show dates and times, check out www.SPEEDTV.com.
For more information, please contact Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at [email protected] or by telephone at (949) 365-5752.
For fan and racing information on the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, log onto www.allisports.com.
MX Sports Pro Racing
MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world's most prestigious motocross series - the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. An industry leader in off road powersport production and management, its mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing fields more than 60,000 action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of active fans, spectators and enthusiasts. For more information, please visit www.mxsportsproracing.com.
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, is a global business that encompasses national and international action sports tours and events, multimedia production, and a consumer facing lifestyle brand. The Alliance includes: the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, China Invitational, Maloof Money Cup, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, King of Wake series, and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour; Alli TV Productions, which creates original content, produces and presents content with partners, and distributes Alli content through a variety of channels. Alli is owned by NBC Sports and MTV Networks and represents a network of athletes, fans, brands and properties. Its mission is to facilitate the momentous growth of action sports, through competition and lifestyle, for a new generation of fans and athletes. The Alli properties are home to more than 550,000 spectators each year and broadcasts more than 150 hours of original content in 100 countries and 280 million homes worldwide. More information can be found at www.allisports.com.
Lucas Oil Products
Lucas Oil is a worldwide leader in the production of oils, greases, and additives. Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest-growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry, featuring a premium line of oils, greases, and problem-solving additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry.
Forrest Lucas and his wife, Charlotte, founded Lucas Oil Products in 1989 after he spent 20 years as a truck driver and owner of a nationwide long-haul trucking fleet. They experienced firsthand the need for better lubricants and fuel treatments to maintain their equipment.
Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the "Official Motor Oil of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship." For more information on Lucas Oil, please visit www.LucasOil.com.AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization operates and manages AMA Pro Road Racing, which includes AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT. AMA Pro Racing also manages and works closely with the day-to-day operational organizations of the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship and the AMA Pro Supermoto Championship Series in addition to other two-wheel and ATV series. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.