“TOYOTA TRUCKS PRO MOTOCROSS NATIONAL AT THUNDER VALLEY PRESENTED BY THOR” TO BRING TOP INTERNATIONAL RIDERS TO DENVER, JULY 22-24, 2005 FOR FIRST COLORADO PRO NATIONAL RACE IN 30 YEARS
June 17, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports NewsDENVER, COLO…The Rocky Mountain region, and Denver in particular, will be the center of the motocross universe the weekend of July 22-24, 2005, as the best riders in the world gather to compete in the Toyota Trucks Pro Motocross National at Thunder Valley Presented by Thor, http://www.mxthundervalley.com. The seventh race in the AMA’s national motocross championship, it is the first national race to be held at the newly upgraded Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, 15 minutes from downtown Denver. It’s also the first race of its caliber in Colorado since the Reagan era. The weekend of motocross kicks off on July 22, 2005, with a Red Bull Freestyle Show and Groove Hogs concert at Colorado Mills Mall, and Pro Rider’s Party at Jillian’s at Colorado Mills. Practice and qualifying rounds will be at Thunder Valley on Saturday, July 23. The final race of the Toyota Trucks Pro Motocross National at Thunder Valley will take place on Sunday, July 24, 2005. 30,000 motocross fans are expected to attend.
Local Colorado promoter, David Clabaugh, owner of Colorado Motorsports Promotions and president of the SRAC, Sport Riders Association of Colorado, is the man behind bringing the big race weekend to Colorado. A long-time proponent of motocross and the motorcycle industry, Clabaugh has worked hard for many years to attract the race to Denver through $300,000 in upgrades at the Thunder Valley track and much passion. Clabaugh has brought in other professionals to make the event possible. For example, a new track design by former national champion and professional track designer, Mark Barnett is a key feature. It is designed specifically for motocross, is very fast and will challenge both rider and machine with its dramatic terrain differentials. Additional track upgrades include a new tower for timing and scoring, a new headquarters building and shop, spectator friendly tunnel access to the inner track, upgraded sprinkler system, new fencing and gates, and 10 acres of Pro Pits made of recycled asphalt, and a VIP viewing area.
Marketing and promotions pro, Scotty LaLonde of Podium-Marketing, joined Clabaugh’s team to develop the events and promotions surrounding the race, and secure sponsorships, including Toyota Trucks, Colorado Mills Mall, Wahoo’s, Jillian’s, Fay Myers, Sun Enterprises, Colorado Powersports and Vickery Motorsports. To facilitate parking at Thunder Valley and off site, Clabaugh enlisted the expertise of Brian Clark of Event Transportation the company that handles transportation and parking logistics for Daytona Bike Week.
“Our goal is to deliver the best pro motocross experience to the people of the Rocky Mountain Region, while creating a fun and challenging race for the top international riders in the sport,” shared David Clabaugh. “We’re proud to present this event to Colorado as well as to the sport of motocross. We expect it will become an annual event, and regional motorsports fan favorite, just like the Denver Grand Prix or the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb. Drawing fans from throughout the Rocky Mountain region and riders from across the country and around the world, we hope the Thunder Valley race weekend will be an economically positive one for our national sponsors and West Denver businesses. We thank the City of Lakewood for their support in helping us bring the race here.”
The Friday evening events at Colorado Mills on Friday, July 22 are free to the public. Tickets for the practice sessions and the races can be purchased now through TicketsWest, Fay Myers, Sun Enterprises, Colorado Powersports and Vickery Motorsports and beginning June 13th at Denver Metro Toyota dealers. Prices are $40 adults and $20 children (10 and under) for a two-day pass and $30 for adults and $15 for kids for race day only.
For more information or to purchase advanced tickets on-line now, visit the race website at www.mxthundervalley.com. For information on the top riders and the race series, visit the AMA website at www.amaproracing.com.
About Thunder Valley Motocross Park
Managed by David Clabaugh and Colorado Motorsports Promotions, Thunder Valley Motocross Park is a 130-acre, professionally designed motocross park, located on Rooney Road in Lakewood, Colorado, south of I-70, and just west of C-470. The park is open to public riding, Wednesday through Sunday. Summer hours are: Friday 10:00AM to Dusk, Saturday 9:00AM to 7:30PM, Sunday 9:00AM to 6:30PM. Fees are paid on-site. Thunder Valley will be closed to public riding on July 15, one week prior to the Toyota Trucks Pro Motocross National race.
Directions Coming from the South: I-25 North to E-470 to Morrison Road, West to Rooney Road, Right (North) on Rooney Road 1 mile to Track. Directions Coming from the North: I-25 South to I-70, West to Colfax Exit, Colfax West to Rooney Road, Turn left (South) 1/2 mile to track.
MEDIA PREVIEW, FRIDAY, JULY 22, THUNDER VALLEY MOTOCROSS PARK:
1:00pm – 3 pm: Preview for media only with select riders, with local interest story angles, including Colorado racer, Andrew Short, and Paul Lindsey, former pro racer and now team manger of Motoworldracing.com/suzuki
CREDENTIALS AND NATIONAL PR: RACE SERIES/RIDERS
Pat Schutte (734) 369-2170, Email: email@example.com
COLORADO PR: THUNDER VALLEY MX PARK/WEEKEND EVENTS
Susan Holden Walsh (303) 449-2526