AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 11: Lucas Oil Stadium
Courtesy of Feld Entertainment
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MAR. 16, 2017
Monster Energy Supercross has thrilled fans in motorsports-crazed Indianapolis for a quarter-century, with a 25-year legacy that spans the tenure of two stadiums – the RCA Dome (from 1992 to 2008) and Lucas Oil Stadium (form 2009 to the present).
Both stadiums in Indy have hosted landmark events in Supercross’ 450SX-class history. The RCA Dome was the site of the 300th race back in 1997. Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the 600th race 18 years later, in 2015.
Over its 25-year history in Indianapolis, Supercross has welcomed more than 1.3 million fans into both the RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium, with one of the highest average attendances in history, at more than 54,000 people per event.
Since moving to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009, the Indy round of the championship has welcomed nearly half a million fans in eight seasons and will surely surpass the 500,000 mark this Saturday night.
The first 450SX-class race held in Indianapolis was on March 21, 1992. Honda rider Jeff Stanton was the winner, en route to capturing his third and final Supercross championship.
In 25 years of racing in Indianapolis, there has never been a first-time 450SX-class winner.
Just three riders have claimed victory inside Lucas Oil Stadium: Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed and Ryan Villopoto. Reed is the only rider to win inside both the RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium, winning the final RCA Dome event in 2008 and the first Lucas Oil Stadium race in 2009.
Aaron Plessinger became the 102nd winner in 250SX-class history last season, and the sixth different rider to earn his maiden victory in Indy. It was the de facto home race for the Ohio native, who hails from just about a hundred miles east of Indianapolis.
Indy has been one of the most parity-heavy 250SX-class races of all time, with 22 different winners in 25 seasons. This Saturday, Adam Cianciarulo will be looking to become just the fourth multiple-time winner in Indy history.
Indy kicked off Chad Reed’s illustrious Hall-of-Fame career, as he won his first start on U.S. soil at the RCA Dome in 2002. Reed won six of seven races to capture the Eastern Regional title that season, and he is now arguably the most successful international rider of all time.
The 11th round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series will take place this Saturday night, March 18, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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