AURORA, Ill. (April 27, 2012) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Andrew Short, of Smithville, Texas, will make his Monster Energy Cup debut at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20 aboard his Chaparral Honda.
Since turning pro in 2000, Short has competed in 11 Monster Energy Supercross seasons. During the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Short missed eight races due to an injury, but won the first Supercross Class race of his career last weekend at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. Short hopes to carry this momentum into the Monster Energy Cup.
“When it’s only one race and there’s so much on the line and there are all these things that are new and cool, it creates an atmosphere that has a lot of excitement,” said Short. “Some people hang it out and there’s really good racing. The uncertainty of how the race would pan out and how the riders would deal with the new format and track seemed to live up to the hype last year.”
Short was forced to pull out of last year’s inaugural Monster Energy Cup due to an upper-body injury, but is excited to give it a shot come October 20 and lay it all on the line in hopes of winning the lucrative $1 Million purse.
“Honestly, I really didn’t think anybody could have a perfect night and win the million but it’s pretty unreal it can be done. Even better is the fact that the Monster Energy Cup is back again and everyone will be going crazy to try and win the big prize.”
The 2012 Monster Energy Cup features an all-new track design inspired by five-time Supercross Class Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other racetrack design in the world. More than 200’ of the track will be built into the grandstands, and the riders exit the stadium and race through the Monster Energy Fan Zone outside of the stadium and through the pit area before they catapult back into the stadium. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and any rider that wins all three Main Events will take home $1 million.