Arenacross Legend Buddy Antunez Joins 2011 AMA Arenacross Series Broadcast Crew
Jason Weigandt and Lindsey Scheltema Round out Lineup
Feld Motor Sports has announced the lineup of on-air talent for the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series broadcasts on SPEED. Highlighted by former series champion and Arenacross icon Buddy Antunez, who will serve as the shows’ analyst, the 2011 team also includes longtime veteran color commentator Jason Weigandt and Miss Arenacross Lindsey Scheltema, who will serve as the trackside reporter at all 14 races of the championship.
“It’s an honor for Feld Motor Sports and the AMA Arenacross Series to welcome Buddy to the broadcast team this season,” said AMA Arenacross Series Director Jayme Dalsing. “Buddy is an Arenacross legend and really helped put the sport on the map. His experience will give the fans the ultimate insider analysis of the on-track action.”
Throughout his illustrious career, Antunez claimed five consecutive AMA Arenacross Series titles from 1997 to 2001. After claiming his first title with Honda, he joined Suzuki and gave the brand the championship momentum it carried into the other disciplines in the sport of motocross. During his reign, Antunez amassed 111 wins, making him the winningest rider in AMA Arenacross Series history.
“I can’t wait to join Jason and Lindsey in the booth this season,” exclaimed Antunez. “The AMA Arenacross Series holds a very special place in my heart and I’m excited to make a return to the sport, even if it isn’t racing out on the track.”
Weigandt has been the voice of the AMA Arenacross Series since it began being broadcast on SPEED. His well-rounded announcing experience across all disciplines of dirt-bike racing and his vast knowledge of the sport is unmatched by any other host in the industry.
“Arenacross is simply the most intimate and unpredictable form of racing,” said Weigandt. “It is virtually impossible to assume what will take place because every time you do, something you never would have expected happens. That’s what makes this sport so captivating for the viewers. It’ll be an honor to have Buddy alongside me in the booth because there is no other rider more synonymous with Arenacross than the BudMan.”
Scheltema officially joins the broadcast lineup after two years of experience holding down the Miss Arenacross title and its duties. The full-time student and professional women’s motocross rider is the ultimate representative of the AMA Arenacross Series and her passion and excitement for the sport will come through to the viewers.
“I’ve always dreamed of bringing the AMA Arenacross Series to the thousands of fans at home and now it’s finally happening,” boasted Scheltema. “I can’t wait to give the viewers the inside scoop from the track and work with such a talented pair of individuals in Jason and Buddy.”
The 2011 AMA Arenacross Series kicks off on Saturday, January 8 from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.