Carey Hart, team owner of Hart and Huntington Racing, unveiled the new Supercross team riders and sponsors for the 2012 season during a press conference in San Diego at Sycuan Casino. The Dodge Motorsports/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Team now includes a brand new sponsorship with Sycuan Casino for the upcoming season and beyond, as well as a continuing partnership with Dodge and Bel-Ray.
Josh Hansen, Kyle Partridge and Josh Hill will join Hart and Huntington Racing veteran Ivan Tedesco on the four-man team for 2012. In addition, Hart announced that he will be donating the bike he used at the Gravity Games in 2000 to complete the first backflip in freestyle motocross history to GameDay Sports Bar & Grill at Sycuan Casino as a token of gratitude for their support.
“I’m really looking forward to next season and couldn’t be happier about the talent behind our new team riders and the amazing support of our sponsors,” said Carey Hart. “These guys have so much energy and passion in their riding that I know a Hart and Huntington racer will make a big impact this season, just like we did last year. All of our sponsors are the driving force behind our success; elevating us to the next level and giving us the opportunity to double our team in a time when other programs are cutting back or worse, not coming back out at all.”
Hart and Sycuan Casino hosted Liv Fast Moto Demo on Thursday to provide a groundbreaking fan experience during the press announcement for the new team riders and sponsors. Lance Coury, Destin Cantrell and Drake McElroy participated in a freestyle demo for fans prior to the press conference. Hart greeted hundreds of guests at the event, which included a personal tour of the Hart and Huntington rig for young tribe members of The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. In addition, fans were able to meet the new team riders and get autographs during an exclusive meet-and-greet hour at the casino, which included appearances by Hart, Hansen, Hill, Partridge and Tedesco.
“We know that motocross is a sport that resonates with our local community and are excited to partner with the most innovative team in the industry,” said Sheila Howe, General Manager of Sycuan Casino. “Our goal is to host more fun and entertaining events, like Liv Fast Moto Demo, for our guests. Furthermore, we’re personally huge fans of Hart and Huntington and can’t wait to see how the team performs in the upcoming Supercross season.”