50th Running of Daytona 500 highlights DIS '08 schedule
From stock cars' most prestigious race - the Daytona 500 - to sports cars' most prestigious road race - the Rolex 24 At Daytona - Daytona International Speedway again shows why it is billed as the "World Center or Racing" with the release of its 2008 racing schedule.
The 2008 action-packed calendar with high profile sanctioning bodies such as NASCAR, Grand American, American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and World Karting Association (WKA), has something for everyone that thrives on speed, adrenalin and the history of famed DIS.
"Once again it's evident why Daytona International Speedway is called the 'World Center of Racing'", said DIS President Robin Braig. "We're excited to host some of motorsports most prestigious and high profile events and look forward to another exhilarating year of racing."
NASCAR: NASCAR returns to Daytona for January Testing and Preseason Thunder and continues its visit in February at the 2008 edition of DIRECTV Speedweeks. Testing: Jan. 7-9 - NASCAR Sprint Cup, first session; Jan. 11-13 - NASCAR Craftsman Truck (all trucks); Jan. 14-16 - NASCAR Sprint Cup, second session; and Jan. 18-22 - NASCAR Busch Series (all cars). NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests: Jan. 8 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Fan Fest; Jan. 12 - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Fan Fest; Jan. 15 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Fan Fest; Jan. 19 - NASCAR Busch Series Fan Fest. DIRECTV Speedweeks and Daytona 500: The three-week speed festival highlights include the 30th annual Budweiser Shootout (Feb. 9), Gatorade Duel At Daytona (14th), the 9th annual Chevy Silverado 250 Craftsman Truck Series (15th), the 50th annual Camping World 300 presented by Chevrolet Busch Series race (16th) and the 50th running of the Great American Race - The Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17th. July Sprint Cup Weekend: NASCAR returns to DIS in July for the Mid-Summer Spectacular under the lights with the 50th running of the Daytona 400 (July 5) as well as a Busch Series event (July 4) and the Grand Am's Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Race (July 3rd).
GRAND AMERICAN: In a race featuring superstars from the worlds of sports car racing, NASCAR and open-wheel racing, the Rolex 24 At Daytona will take place on Jan. 26-27. The No. 01 TELMAX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley and drivers Scott Pruett, Salvador Duran and Juan Pablo Montoya will look to defend their title in this impromptu all-star gathering. Grand Am also visits DIS for testing Jan. 4-6 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Race in July. The Roar Before the Rolex 24 Fan Fest will take place Jan. 4-5.
AMA: March means bikes as the Daytona Supercross By Honda visits DIS on the 7th and the 67th Daytona 200
By Honda comes calling on the 8th. Also on the 8th, the AMA opens its Superbike Championship competition. March 2 welcomes back the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series endurance motorcycle racing series. Oct. 16-19, motorcycles make a return appearance at "The World Center of Racing" highlighted by the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series 8-Hours of Daytona.
WKA: The latest tradition of Daytona's Cometic KartWeek will feature hundreds of karts on the Speedway's infield half-mile sprint course located in the infield between Turns 3 and 4 and on the Rolex 24 Road Course of the famed facility in December (dates TBD). In addition to the on-track excitement, the tradition of inducting karts of the drivers who earned the most victories during the previous year's Daytona KartWeek by Cometic into the Daytona 500 Experience - the "Official Attraction of NASCAR" will continue.
Tickets to all exciting events at Daytona International Speedway are available online at
www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.