Prestigious Events Fill Daytona's 2009 Racing Schedule
The 2009 action-packed calendar with high profile sanctioning bodies such as NASCAR, Grand-Am, 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 2009 edition of DIRECTV Speedweeks. Testing: Jan. 5-7 – NASCAR Sprint Cup, first session; Jan. 9-11 – NASCAR Camping World Truck (all trucks); Jan. 12-14 – NASCAR Sprint Cup, second session; and Jan. 16-20 – NASCAR Nationwide Series (all cars). NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests: Jan. 6 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Fan Fest; Jan. 10 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Fan Fest; Jan. 13 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Fan Fest; Jan. 17 – NASCAR Nationwide Series Fan Fest.
DIRECTV Speedweeks and Daytona 500: The three-week speed festival highlights include the 31st annual Budweiser Shootout (Feb. 7), Gatorade Duel At Daytona (12th), the 10th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series (13th), the 51st annual Camping World 300 Nationwide Series race (14th) and the 51st running of the Great American Race – The Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 15th. July Sprint Cup Weekend: NASCAR returns to DIS in July for the mid-summer spectacular under the lights with the 51st running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola (July 4) as well as the Winn-Dixie 250 Powered By Coca-Cola Nationwide Series event (July 3) and the Grand-Am’s Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Race (July 2).
GRAND AM: In a race featuring superstars from the world’s of sports car racing, NASCAR and open-wheel racing, the Rolex 24 At Daytona will take place on Jan. 24-25. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will go for a record four in a row as the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley competes in the 47th anniversary of this impromptu all-star gathering. Grand-Am also visits DIS for testing Jan. 2-4 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Race in July. The Roar Before the Rolex 24 Fan Fest will take place Jan. 4.
By Honda comes calling, both the week of Feb. 27-March 7. In addition, DIS will host the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series, Championship Cup Series and AHRMA as well as Flat Track racing at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium.
WKA: Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket 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 3.56-mile road course of the famed facility. Keeping with tradition, the holiday classic will begin with load in on December 27th, followed by a full day of practice December 28th and race days on Dec. 29-30.
2-4 Rolex 24 At Daytona testing
5-7 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing, first session
9-11 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series testing
12-14 NASCAR Sprint Cup testing, second session
16-20 NASCAR Nationwide Series testing
22-23 Rolex 24 Practice and Qualifying and the Fresh From Florida200 KONI Challenge Series race
24 Start of the 47th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona
25 Conclusion of the 47th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona
7 The 31th annual Budweiser Shootout and ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race
8 Daytona 500 Qualifying presented by Kroger
12 The 51th annual Gatorade Duel At Daytona
13 The 10th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race
15 The 51th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
27-28 SunTrust MOTO-ST Series, Championship Cup Series and American Sportbike Racing Association practice, qualifying and races
1 SunTrust MOTO-ST Series, Championship Cup Series and American Sportbike Racing Association practice, qualifying and races
2-3 AHRMA Vintage Road Races
4 AMA Pro Racing practice and qualifying; AMA Dirt Track Racing (at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium)
5 AMA Pro Racing practice, qualifying and support races; AMA Dirt Track Racing (at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium)
6 The Daytona Supercross By Honda
7 The 68th Daytona 200 By Honda
2 Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race
3 Winn-Dixie 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race
4 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
15-18 Fall Cycle Scene and 8 Hours At Daytona SunTrust MOTO-ST Series race
27-30 Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket
Schedule subject to change