2012 AMA Supercross
To celebrate the return of the AMA Supercross Championship to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans next year (2012), GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham hosted a "meet-and-greet" with fans at the venue on Monday.
During the prelude to 2012 Louisiana Dome Supercross, Windham talked with fans and announced the sales of tickets for the New Orleans MX event.
Kevin Windham (GEICO Honda CRF450F Supercross) says: "Supercross is very special to me. I have dedicated my life to it. Growing up in the south and riding in the Spillways around the New Orleans area back in the 1980s made memories that I will carry forever.
"Take those memories and catapult them to the biggest stage inside the Superdome, and it’s hard to even find the words. It’s going be crazy!"
According to Feld Motor Sports, Monster Energy Supercross returns to the Louisiana Superdome April 14, 2012, where fans will enjoy the amenities of the recent $85 Million renovations to the venue.
The last Monster Energy Supercross race was held at the Louisiana Superdome on March 14, 2009, where 36,754 fans watched eventual Supercross class champion James Stewart win his eighth race of the season.
Alan Freeman (Louisiana Superdome General Manager) says: "The Superdome is thrilled that Feld Motor Sports will be bringing Monster Energy Supercross back to New Orleans in 2012.
"Supercross has not been at the Superdome since 2009 and SMG management believes there is significant pent up demand to witness first-hand the high-octane energy of this event."
Following the devastation suffered from Hurricane Katrina, the Superdome has been reborn and is awaiting the arrival of Monster Energy Supercross.
Alan Freeman says: "Superdome officials also want fans to experience the many venue upgrades that have been completed over the past few years. Fans will especially appreciate the completely reconfigured lower seating bowl which brings them much closer to the action on the event floor. They will also welcome the new seats, wider concourses, and additional concession stands and restrooms."
Windham began his professional supercross career in 1995 before winning the Western Regional Supercross Lites class championship and defending that title the following year. In 1998 Windham captured the main event win in New Orleans en route to finishing fourth overall in the Supercross class. He has 18 supercross class wins and has finished second in the Supercross class championship three times. With 192-career starts, he’s second on the all-time Supercross class start list.
Kevin Windham says: "Next year will be my 18th season of professional racing. I am old enough to realize my days are numbered. Every win I have had is memorable for me, but as time passes they become worth more and more. To get more wins, hopefully in the Superdome, would be the best yet! I am a huge fan of the Saints football team, and I love the Superdome, so whether it is football or supercross, here’s to the Big Easy."
Kevin Windham’s Supercross Class Stats by the Numbers
- 192 career starts, 2nd all-time
- 18 wins
- 15 supercross seasons with a start
- 8 supercross seasons with a win
- 1st active Lites rider to win a Supercross class main event (Charlotte, 1997)
- 3 different decades with a win
- 109 top-five finishes
- 73 podium finishes, 5th all time
- 13 seasons with a podium
- 14 seasons with a top-five finish
- 9 seasons of finishing within the top-five in season standings
- 90 consecutive starts, 3rd all-time
- 1st career start was on 1/13/96
Past Winners in New Orleans
- June 4, 1977: Marty Smith
- May 20, 1978: Bob Hannah
- June 2 1979: Steve Wise
- May 3, 1980: Mike Bell
- May 4, 1980: Mark Barnett
- March 14, 1998: Kevin Windham
- April 17, 1999: Ezra Lusk
- April 15, 2000: David Vuillemin
- March 3, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
- March 16, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
- March 14, 2009: James Stewart
Supercross Lites Class
- March 14, 1998: Ricky Carmichael
- April 17, 1999: Ernesto Fonseca
- April 15, 2000: Stephane Roncada
- March 3, 2001: Travis Pastrana
- March 16, 2002: Chad Reed
- March 14, 2009: Austin Stroupe
Tickets start at $10 for Treadhead seats, $30-$25 for general seating (kids $10), $40 for VIP, and $50 for Gold Circle seats. All tickets are $5 more on the day of the show, so get your tickets early!
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