Motorcycle Legend Scott Russell To Compete In 8 Hours At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2007) - Motorcycle legend Scott Russell, who is tied with Miguel Duhamel with a record five Daytona 200 By Honda victories, will return to historic Daytona International Speedway to compete in the 8 Hours At Daytona SunTrust MOTO-ST Series finale on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Russell, who hails from Conyers, Ga. and hasn't raced professionally since 2001, is on the entry list for the season-ending 8 Hours At Daytona. He is entered to compete aboard the No. 92 Pair-A-Nines Kawasaki 650 in the GST class. Gary Nixon, also a former Daytona 200 By Honda champion, serves as team manager.
Known as "Mr. Daytona," Russell dominated the Daytona 200 By Honda, America's prestigious motorcycle race, in the 1990s winning five times (1992, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998).
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Russell's credentials also include an AMA Superbike Championship in 1992, the World Superbike Championship (1993), three AMA 750cc Supersport titles and the Suzuka Eight Hour endurance race. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2005.
Russell hasn't raced professionally since suffering injuries in an accident in the 2001 Daytona 200 By Honda.
The 8 Hours At Daytona will boast an international field of top riders from the United States, Europe and Canada in three classes - The Buell Motorcycle Company SuperSport class (SST) which includes motorcycles producing between 90-118 horsepower, the BMW Grand Sport Twins class (GST) covering motorcycles producing 75-90 horsepower and Sport Twins (ST) for machines under 75 horsepower.
Included in the $100,000 purse is $7,500 to the overall winner of the 8 Hours At Daytona and $7,500 to the Super Sport Twins class winner, $5,000 to the Grand Sport Twins winner and $3,500 to the Sport Twins Bonus.
The 8 Hours At Daytona is scheduled to go green at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 and is part of Fall Cycle Scene. Tickets are available online at www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.