Industry News 12/11/2013

B$Z: Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Signs a Multi-Year Agreement with Monster Energy Supercross

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Signs a Multi-Year Agreement to Serve as Official Technical Institute of Monster Energy Supercross
Press Release from Feld Motor Sports

AURORA, Ill. (December 11, 2013) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) signed a multi-year agreement to continue as the official technical institute of Monster Energy Supercross through 2016. The partnership marks the tenth year MMI has been a loyal sponsor of Monster Energy Supercross.

In 2014, the MMI/Jeremy McGrath Scholarship program, which began in 2004, will offer $20,000 to deserving recipients hoping to attend the MMI at either the Phoenix, Ariz., or Orlando, Fla., campuses.   

“As the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional motorcycle technicians, sponsoring the Monster Energy Supercross and recognizing the top technicians in the racing series is a natural fit,” said Jocelyn Omen, market segment manager, UTI. “We see firsthand how passion drives our students to push themselves and exceed goals in the classroom, so it’s exciting to see these talented technicians do the same to help their teams.”

MMI, a division of Universal Technical Institute (UTI), will once again award the top-performing technician at the conclusion of each supercross race with the MMI Top Tech award, including a $500 check. The Top Tech award is given to the technician, who against all odds, helped their rider qualify for the Main Event and will be showcased at the end of the night’s racing action. At the conclusion of the 17-race season, the championship’s top technician will be awarded the prestigious MMI Champion’s Mechanic award.

“It’s exciting to once again offer these scholarships to deserving individuals who want to translate their passion for motorcycles into a rewarding career through a program that is the industry gold standard for training,” said McGrath.

“Feld Entertainment® is proud to announce a new multi-year partnership with Motorcycle Mechanics Institute for Monster Energy Supercross,” said Ryan McSpadden, Vice President of Sales for Feld Entertainment. “Entering their tenth year being a sponsor of Monster Energy Supercross, we look forward to continuing our successful relationship with MMI and helping students achieve their dreams in the motorcycle industry.”

The successful alliance between Monster Energy Supercross and MMI has launched the careers of several aspiring supercross/motocross mechanics. Of the top teams in Monster Energy Supercross, nearly 25 percent of their mechanics are MMI graduates.

For the first-time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 13 races live and Fox Sports 2 will air four races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2. The live Monster Energy Supercross programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 also includes live coverage on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dhartwig@feldinc.com or 630-566-6305. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook and Twitter, log on to http://www.facebook.com/supercrosslive and http://twitter.com/supercrosslive.

For more information visit www.uti.edu. Like UTI on www.facebook.com/UTI or follow UTI on Twitter @UTITweet, @MMITweet, and @NASCARTechUTI.

About Feld Motor Sports®
Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit 
www.feldentertainment.com.

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 170,000 graduates in its 48-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).