Saturday, January 31, 2009, (Motor Sports Newswire)
Racer Productions, producers of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, announced today that the popular motorcycle content site MotorcycleUSA.com has obtained Title Sponsorship of the Snowshoe GNCC in West Virginia, and with it, will help provide a $50,000 purse for this year’s MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC on June 27 and 28.
The $50,000 purse guarantees $10,000 each for the winner of the bike and ATV overall afternoon races at the Snowshoe race, held at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
“Thanks to the backing of MotorcycleUSA.com, we’re able to offer up the largest purse in the history of GNCC Racing,” said GNCC Trail Boss Jeff Russell. “We want to position Snowshoe as a unique event among all off-road races. With the terrain and atmosphere of the resort, combined with the big purse, we expect a race unlike any other.”
“For years we have provided race coverage of the GNCC Series. It is with great pride that we can now add our name to the list of impressive sponsors who support these events,” claims Ken Hutchison, Vice President, MotorcycleUSA.com, “and to be the title sponsor of the Snowshoe event in West Virginia makes it that much sweeter. We are very aware of what this event means to the state of West Virginia and their tourism department. We look forward to being a major participant in what is quickly becoming a classic event.”
“Without question, the GNCC is one of the premier off-road race series in the country,” explained Tim Clark, Marketing Director for MotorcycleUSA.com. “To become a sponsor and provide the holeshot money for the racers is a step we have been looking forward to for quite a while. These riders and their families are the backbone of off-road racing – it’s always good to support those who have helped make this sport as strong as it is.”
“Snowshoe is thrilled to once again be the site of one of the toughest races on the GNCC schedule,” said Bill Rock, President and COO of Snowshoe Mountain. “This partnership has been a rewarding relationship between two thriving West Virginia businesses, and the added excitement of the increased purse money will help increase participation and spectators. This one-of-a-kind race is a great opportunity not only for the racers and their families, but also for Snowshoe and the state of West Virginia.”
The MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC is unique within the off-road racing world. Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia’s largest ski facility, provides a stunning variety of trails and terrain to race on, and it also features hotels, condos, restaurants and entertainment right next to the track. Racers can walk from their hotel room to the race starting line in the resort’s village, and fans can travel to difficult sections of the course via the ski lift chairs.
The 2009 event, which takes place on June 27 and June 28, is expected to gather over 1200 riders from all over the world, as well as several thousand spectators. For more information on the event, visit www.gnccracing.com.
The 13-round 2009 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series begins with the Parts Unlimited River Ranch GNCC in River Ranch, Florida, which runs February 28 through March 3.
About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1973, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. Riders compete for more than $3 million in prize money, which draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every Saturday and Thursday on the Versus Network. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
MotorcycleUSA.com is the most advanced and diverse motorcycle content site on the Web. For more than a decade, MotorcycleUSA.com has provided breaking industry news, comprehensive motorcycle tests, product reviews as well as race coverage for both street and dirt. We have more photographs, motorcycle specifications, rider impressions and online videos than any Internet publication. www.MotorcycleUSA.com – your one-stop source for all things moto.
About Racer Productions
A West Virginia-based motorcycle and ATV event Production Company, Racer Productions has been a leader in the off-road racing industry for more than 30 years. It’s repertoire of events includes the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, held since 1973; The Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National in Mount Morris, Pa., held since 1977; The ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., held since 1985; The U.S. World Motocross Gran Prix at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa. in 1987; The Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City National, held since 1988; The ATV Stampede National Motocross at High Point Raceway, held since 1994; The AMA Pro ATV Open at Steel City in 2007; as well as numerous other amateur motocross events. In addition, Racer Productions staffs the prestigious Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, held since 1982. For more information, please visit www.racerproductions.com.
About Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Snowshoe Mountain is a four-season, Intrawest destination resort situated in the southern portion of the pristine Allegheny Mountains. Celebrating 35 Seasons, this 11,000-acre playground offers 1,500 feet of vertical drop for its expansive skiing and mountain biking terrain. With a mountain top village nearly one mile high in the sky, Snowshoe offers unique variety of lodging, dining and shopping options. A host of special events and activities make the West Virginia resort a destination for the entire family. For more information visit www.snowshoemtn.com/todo/events/calendar/index.htm