Josh Struebig, 23, of Crown Point, recently accepted an invitation to be a part of the Woodstock KTM and Tom Zont Racing Team for the professional arenacross season, which starts in January.
"I'm so, so very excited," said Struebig, whose team includes pro riders Scott Zont, and Westville resident Travis Sewell.
The season starts this weekend in Massachusetts and ends March 29 in Salt Lake City. Qualifying riders advance to the AMSOIL AMA National Arenacross Championship, May 2 in Las Vegas.
Struebig earned his AMA pro card after compiling enough points in the 450 A and Open-Pro Sport divisions last summer at the Nationals Motorcross Championships at Loretta Lynn's race track in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
"Although I started racing at 19, I was able to complete my goal (of making pro) in five years," said Struebig, who has overcome three broken legs, a dislocated elbow and shoulder and a torn ACL during his quest.
After obtaining his card, Struebig raced pro national events in New York, Utah and California.
At the conclusion of the arenacross (indoor motorcross) season, Struebig plans to race the Canadian Nationals this summer while touring with Canadian National Champion Jeremy Medaglia.