News from December 2001

Jam Sports, AMA Pro Racing announce 2003 AMA Supercross markets

Press Release: PICKERINGTON, Ohio – JamSports and AMA Pro Racing today announced the list of major-market cities that will constitute the 2003 AMA U.S. Supercross Championship. The season will kick off in Los Angeles on January 4 and conclude in New York on May 3. The cities included in the 2003 AMA U.S. Supercross season [...]

It’s official – McGrath Racing & Bud Light team up

Hollywood CALIFORNIA: There was an official press conference today to announce Jeremy McGrath’s new relationship with Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light beer. [img1] I spoke briefly with Jeremy after the conference was over. RJ RJ: With your first Bud Light press conference, you’ve gotten a small taste of the huge amount of corporate pressure that will now [...]

Press release – AMA Pro Racing & Jam Sports announce live TV for 2003

Beginning in 2003, Speed Channel will broadcast three hours of live, national television coverage of every AMA U.S. Supercross Championship race in each venue. AMA Pro Racing, the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the U.S., and its new Supercross promotional partner, JamSports, today announced a television partnership with Speedvision Network. Speedvision, the first [...]

TOP SECRET: OPERATION ENDURING TRACTION

DATE: 4 December 2001 TIME: 0900 Hours LOCATION: MX Compound (somewhere in California) MISSION: Dunlop unveils new tires! My code name is ‘Incognito’. My job today was to learn about the super secret unveiling of Dunlop’s new tires for moto – the D 773 First, I talked to Master Seargent in charge of rations, munitions, [...]

The Men of Clear Channel

Interview by Rick Johnson Clear Channel is a big company. I’ve worked with a few individuals there, but never with the company as a whole. I feel it is important to hear what they have to say, and give you a glimpse of four people behind the scenes: Charlie Mancuso, Roy Janson, Ken Hudgens, and [...]

Mini-View: John Farris (V.P. AMA Pro-Racing)

RJ: You were with Chevy Trucks/General Motors, and now you’ve come on board with AMA Pro-Racing. Can you comment on AMA Pro-Racing’s decision to work with a new promoter starting in 2003? John: The AMA and Clear Channel were at the end of the contractual obligations to each other. Decisions had to be made for [...]

Who is Todd Jacobs?

OK, time is up. Put down your pencils. If you answered Jeremy McGrath’s new trainer – you are correct! RJ: You met Jeremy thru David Bailey a while back. What were your first impressions? Todd: I started with a person who I wanted to see what his true intentions were. He had just come off [...]

Mini-View: Skip Norfolk (McGrath Racing technician)

RJ: Last season finishing second was different for you and Jeremy. What are some of the changes you are pursuing for the 2002 season? Skip: We’ve been spending a lot of time reviewing and analyzing. I spent a lot of time looking at photos and videotapes all the way back to 1993. We analyzed Jeremy’s [...]

Day In The Dirt (MC, Fro, Kehoe, Miller, Ward, Lechien, Johnson, etc.)

L.A. County Raceway – The high desert of southern California – by RJ This weekend is the annual Day in the Dirt event, which attracts a lot of industry people, along with weekend warriors, and Hollywood stunt people. We had it all as far as weather – wind, cold, sun, dust, rain, mud …. and [...]

Interview – Stephane Roncada

(Why is this man smiling so much?) You’d be happy and smiling if you were in Stephane Roncada’s shoes. Factory motocross rider, business man, and newly married. function OpenWindow(url, width, height) { window.open(url, ‘img’, ‘resizable, width=’+width+’,height=’+height+”); } Click here to see a video of Stepane (Quicktime Required) What’s new with you? Nothing really, just getting [...]