Feld Motor Sports announced recently that James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., will race the inaugural Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 15.
Stewart, a former two-time Supercross class champion, racing for San Manuel Yamaha, is a heavy favorite to claim the $1 Million that will be paid to any rider that wins all three main events.
“I definitely look forward to a new look and feel,” said Stewart. “That’s a lot of money for one night, and the chances of being able to win it is, of course, very appealing, but there will be a lot of guys with this same thought so we need to just focus on the race.”
Third on the all-time Supercross class win list, Stewart owns 42 main event wins since moving to the premier class in 2004. Stewart is no stranger to winning at Sam Boyd Stadium, posting two premier class wins and a Lites class win.
“Although it’s in the same stadium it’s a new night and a new race format and I am glad to just have the opportunity to be a part of it,” Stewart added.
With supercross/motocross icons Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael as the race’s official track designers, Stewart looks forward to the unique design they develop.
“I believe they will put together a great track, but I also wonder how crazy it will be,” said Stewart. “These guys know what (tough) obstacles are – the ones that are very demanding. I’m sure they will want to put us through the ringer, but I would do the same if I were in their position, so bring it on.”
The unique hybrid track will consist of supercross/motocross terrain and will have a tremendous motocross-style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track will be the perfect blend of supercross and motocross combined and created into the ultimate battleground. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and for the “first time ever” $1 Million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.
Tickets for the 2011 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, the Galleria at Sunset, all Stations and Fiesta Casinos, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.supercrossonline.com or by phone at (866) 8-FINALS (866) 8-FINALS . Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.