THQ U.S. Open, The World's Richest Motorcycle Race, Has The Pro Circuit Mini Invitational Line Up Finalized

LA CANADA, Calif. (August 16, 2001) - The Pro Circuit Mini Invitational list of riders has been finalized for the 2001 THQ U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Oct. 12 & 13.

Each year, one of the most anticipated races at the THQ U.S. Open is the Pro Circuit Mini Invitational that includes the fastest 85cc racers on the planet. These riders are selected from the prestigious Loretta Lynn's Amateur Nationals, an event that hosts the top amateur riders in a week-long competition that determines who is the fastest amateur rider in the country throughout a variety of classes.

"Loretta's Amateur Nationals is the proving ground for the top amateur riders in the world," explains Tim Clark, Director of the THQ U.S. Open. "We go there each year to select the riders that will participate in the Pro Circuit Mini Invitational. This race has really grown in popularity and by providing an opportunity for these kids to showcase their talents inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena has helped launch several professional careers."

Last year's winner, Kyle Chisholm, will return to defend his title. Joining Chisholm will be 13 other riders: Jason Lawrence, Ryan Villopoto, Justin Sipes, Mitchell Dougherty, Chase Revell, Justin Keeney, Matt Boni, Patrick Massie, Adam Chatfield, Cody Gilmore, Corey Slavick, Cole Boutwell and Brady Sheren, a Canadian rider that is the promoters choice for international participant.

2001 will mark the fourth running of the Pro Circuit sponsored event. In 1998 Jonathan Shimp was the overall winner with James Stewart taking the title in 1999. Chisholm won the title in 2000 and will be the first Mini champion to return and attempt to retain his title. Each invited entry will be treated just as the Pros are that race the THQ U.S. Open, providing them an opportunity to see what it's like to race in the "big leagues."

Tickets for this year's THQ U.S. Open can be purchased online at, through the MGM Grand box office or by calling Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000. Chaparral Motorsports also has tickets available by calling 800-841-2960.

For hotel reservations, contact the MGM Grand Hotel at (800) 929-1111 or visit the Las Vegas Reservation System's web site,, or call them directly at (800) 233-5594. Book now, as hotel space in Las Vegas becomes extremely limited that time of year.