DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 7, 2009) – Historic night racing, free demo rides and displays, charity parade laps and the traveling 80 percent Vietnam Veterans Memorial highlighted the activities during Daytona 200 Week By Honda Feb. 27 – March 7 at historic Daytona International Speedway. Here’s a look at some of the activities that took place at “The World Center of Racing:”
Bostrom wins historic night race: Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom put his name in the history books at the winner of the inaugural nighttime running of the 68th Daytona 200 By Honda Daytona Sportbike race. Rounding out the podium was his Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin and M4 Suzuki’s Jason DiSalvo.
New day for Daytona Supercross By Honda: The Daytona Supercross By Honda was held on a new day during Daytona 200 Week By Honda – Saturday night, March 7. The Daytona Supercross By Honda, which was previously held on a Friday night, capped off Daytona 200 Week By Honda with Suzuki’s Chad Reed coming out the winner. For the second straight year, the course was designed by five-time Daytona Supercross winner Ricky Carmichael.
Demo rides and displays: Outside of Daytona International Speedway, motorcycle enthusiasts rode the latest and greatest motorcycles with free manufacturer demo rides and displays. More than 130 vendors were on site and some of the top manufacturers in attendance included Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, Buell, Victory, Triumph and Boss Hoss. With the help of Miami Dolphin legendary lineman and NFL Hall of Famer Larry Little, Bourget unveiled a specially designed motorcycle painted in honor of the 17-0 undefeated Miami Dolphins on the final day of the event. The motorcycle was auctioned off for charity.
Free admission to D5X: Daytona 500 Experience, the Official Attraction of NASCAR, had free admission on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 and went by the name of D5X. Bikers enjoyed the food, beverages, entertainment and were able to check out the attraction’s new guest – the winning Daytona 500 car of Matt Kenseth.
Spring Dash: For bikers, it was the ride of a lifetime – two laps around the historic Daytona International Speedway road course. On Thursday night, March 5, bike enthusiasts took part in the third annual Spring Dash Around At Daytona. The package included a Spring Dash T-Shirt, two parade laps around the track, an After Party in the Sprint FANZONE with live entertainment, two beverage tickets and the opportunity to watch Daytona 200 By Honda Superpole qualifying. A portion of the proceeds from Spring Dash Around Daytona were donated to the VFW National Military Assistance Programs.
Opening ceremony for the Traveling Wall: The roar of motorcycle engines at Daytona International Speedway was silenced on the first Saturday of Daytona 200 Week By Honda by the sounds of a 21-gun salute, Taps and the National Anthem during the American Veteran’s Traveling Wall and Tribute ceremony. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall is a mobile memorial honoring those who served and gave their all to defend the United States of America. The mobility of the memorial provides people with the opportunity to pay their respects without having to travel great distances to do so. The memorial was on display inside the infield of DIS throughout Daytona 200 Week By Honda.
Motorcycles will return to DIS for Fall Cycle Scene on Oct. 15-18. For more information, visit www.kickstandcity.com