With the road course racing still gearing-up at Daytona International Speedway, the American Motorcyclist Association will offer a different variety of entrées as they dish-out the flat track racing events Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8 at nearby Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium.
The 2007 Flat Track Championship series will kick-off with two National Singles racing bouts with Suzuki's Jake Johnson defending his title from the 2006 season - the AMA Grand National Singles Championship's first-ever series.
Johnson's AMA Singles National Championship was the first of its kind in 2006. Experiencing only a few setbacks during the season, including an early wreck in the final race of the season in 2006, Johnson maintained consistent top-10 finishes throughout the season.
However, before Johnson can reclaim his title, he must face unpredictable track conditions and a strong challenger named Chris Carr
"It's kind of hard to build expectations for Daytona," Johnson said. "You always go in there hoping you're going to win, but it's probably the toughest race in the series to predict. In the past I've gotten second on the first night and not even qualified for the second night. The place is pretty tricky. You've just got to try to get a good qualifying spot and get a good start and try not to make too many big mistakes, because every mistake there is a big one."
Flat Track racing legend Chris Carr, the winningest racer in the series, will begin his 22nd year in professional racing in the 2007 season. A previous title winner in the series, Carr is looking for another championship trophy.
With 75 career race victories to go with his seven AMA Grand National titles, Carr starts his quest for an eighth title this Wednesday and Thursday, March 7-8, at Daytona's Municipal Stadium with the first two of eight scheduled short track (Singles) class events.
Daytona's flat track stadium boasts unpredictable conditions with the rough limestone surface. Defending 2006 Daytona Flat Track winners Bryan Smith and Kevin Varnes know firsthand how fickle the racing can be.
"Daytona is a really weird surface that usually gets rough," Smith said. "I feel really comfortable there. It's a track that isn't 'follow the leader.' It has 100 different lines. You can really search around and make something work for you."
Tickets for the Daytona Flat Track are available at the gate or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or www.racetickets.com