Mar 28 | Postponed Daytona 500 Champion’s Event Rescheduled for April 11, 2012

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2012 Daytona 500 Champion Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing team owner Jack Roush will return to the “World Center of Racing” for a special fan forum and lunch event to celebrate their victory in the 54th “Great American Race.”

Matt Kenseth

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 2012 Daytona 500 Champion Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing team owner Jack Roush will return to the “World Center of Racing” for a special fan forum and lunch event to celebrate their victory in the 54th “Great American Race.”

Doors open at 10:45 a.m. Fans can have their photos taken with the No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion, which is currently on display in the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours building.  Lunch will be available for guests as well.

The fan forum Q&A session will begin at 11:30 a.m., during which time Kenseth and Roush will discuss what it’s like to win their second Daytona 500 and hoist the Harley J. Earl trophy in Gatorade Victory Lane.  In addition to the lunch and Q&A, guests will get a tour of Daytona International Speedway.

Tickets to the Champion’s Breakfast originally scheduled for February 27, 2012, will be honored for the Champion’s Lunch on April 11.  Tickets are also available for $40 by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7, 2012.  Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special pre-race concert by the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning group Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

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Mar 17 | Project One Yamaha’s Joey Pascarella Wins

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Joey Pascarella wins the 71st running of the Daytona 200 on March 17, 2012 at Daytona International Speedway.

Pascarella wins the 2012 Daytona 200

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Project One Yamaha’s Joey Pascarella of Vacaville, Calif., survived a four-bike scramble to win the 71st running of the Daytona 200 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

 Pascarella, who led 41 of the 57 laps, held off 2011 Daytona 200 champion Jason DiSalvo, Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier and Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas to win by a margin of .048 seconds.

“Up front and in the lead was my most comfortable position,” said the 19-year-old Pascarella. “When someone was in front of me, I just didn’t like it as much. When I was up front, I was riding my own pace. I just stayed in the lead as long as I could. When someone would pass me, I just used the draft and got right back by them. I rode smooth laps.”

Pascarella and Beaubier were the only two riders remaining in the lead pack after the second round of pit stops, but Cardenas and DiSalvo managed to run down the lead pack to set up the four-man battle in the final laps.

“It’s a big deal,” Pascarella said. “Winning any Daytona SportBike race for me would be a big deal. This is the biggest one of them all. It’s the opener, the 200. This is probably the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’m in shock, I still can’t believe it.

“I may not show it, but deep down inside I’m really excited.” 

The victory in the historic Daytona 200 was Yamaha’s 21st and third in the last four years.

Rounding out the podium was DiSalvo riding a Triumph and Beaubier. Cardenas, the pole winner, took fourth.

Myers makes Daytona history: Suzuki rider Elena Myers of Discovery Bay, Calif., became the first female to win a professional motorsports event at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday when she captured the AMA Pro Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport race.

Myers, who finished fifth in Friday’s SuperSport event, found herself in a tight four-bike duel on the final lap of Saturday’s event. Coming off of Turn 4, she managed to hold off Suzuki rider Corey Alexander and Yamaha rider Hayden Gillim by a margin of .240 seconds.

“I’d say this is my first legitimate win because I won last time on a red flag,” said Myers, who previously won an AMA Pro SuperSport event at Infineon Raceway in 2010. “It’s really cool to be up here. I was crying like a baby the whole cool down lap. It’s a great feeling. Nothing compares to it. That’s why we come out here and do what we do . . . to stand on top of the box.”

In Friday’s SuperSport event, Myers, who rides the No. 21 Suzuki Scoop Fans/SportBikeTrackGear.com Suzuki, was in an eight-bike battle for the victory. On Saturday, there were only four bikes vying for the win on the white flag lap.

“Yesterday, I got the short end of the draft,” Myers said. “It was good to just have a few of us up there going back and forth (today). It was a phenomenal race. I stayed there, led a little bit just to see how much I could be behind and then catch up. Everybody’s bikes were really fast and mine was too. I can’t thank my team enough for giving me such a good bike. I’m just happy to get a win for them.”

National Guard SuperBike Race 2: Blake Young nipped two-time defending AMA Pro National Guard champion Josh Hayes by .002 seconds at the start/finish line to win the National Guard SuperBike Race 2.

Hayes trailed Young coming out of the chicane and attempted the slingshot move on Young at the start/finish line.

“It was 100 percent my fault, I just mistimed it,” said Hayes. “I had a good weapon today. I had the bike that could win the race. This one is on my shoulders. He rode a great race. He definitely upped his game from yesterday.

Young swept both rounds of last year’s SuperBike races and finished second in Friday’s race.

“Definitely today’s race was a lot better than yesterday’s race,” Young said. “I knew Josh was going to be good on the banking and out of the chicane but I just didn’t know how good. I needed to make it happen in the first five laps and be there right on him to see what he was doing out of the chicane that made him so good around the banking. I definitely learned and adapted fairly quick before he could get away. He has got more power than he did last year.”

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Mar 17 | Results for the 71st Running of the Daytona 200

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Results from the 2012 Daytona 200 on March 17, 2012 at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Results from the 71st running of the Daytona 200 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race with finishing position, rider, make of bike and laps completed:

 1. Joey Pascarella, Yamaha, 57
2. Jason DiSalvo, Triumph, 57
3. Cameron Beaubier, Yamaha, 57
4. Martin Cardenas, Suzuki, 57
5. Dane Westby, Suzuki, 57
6. Jake Zemke, Ducati, 57
7. Tommy Hayden, Yamaha, 57
8. Jake Gagne, Yamaha, 57
9. Tommy Aquino, Yamaha, 57
10. Cory West, Suzuki, 57
11. JD Beach, Yamaha, 57
12. Robertino Pietri, Yamaha, 57
13. Michael Beck, Yamaha, 56
14. Bobby Fong, Yamaha, 56
15. David Gaviria, Yamaha, 56
16. Barrett Long, Ducati, 56
17. Shawn Higbee, Buell, 56
18. Fernando Amantini, Kawasaki, 56
19. Bostjan Skubic, Suzuki, 56
20. Ben Young, Yamaha, 55
21. Josh Galster, Yamaha, 55
22. Reese Wacker, Yamaha, 55
23. Paul Allison, Yamaha, 55
24. David Sadowski, Jr. Suzuki, 55
25. Nico Vivarelli, Yamaha, 55
26. Melissa Paris, Yamaha, 54
27. Pat Mooney, Buell, 54
28. Shane Narbonne, Yamaha, 54
29. Anthony Fania, Yamaha, 54
30. Dalton Dimick, Yamaha, 54
31. Ricky Orlando, Kawasaki, 54
32. Jeff Wrobel, Yamaha, 53
33. Sam Rozynski, Yamaha, 51
34. Scott Ryan, Yamaha, 51
35. Bryce Prince, Yamaha, 43
36. Frankie Garcia, Yamaha, 32
37. John Ashmead, Kawasaki, 29
38. Matthew Sadowski, Suzuki, 28
39. Darren James, Buell, 27
40. Austin Dehaven, Yamaha, 17
41. Benny Solis, Suzuki, 15
42. Dario Marchetti, Ducati, 11
43. Michael Barnes, Yamaha, 9
44. Huntley Nash, Yamaha, 0
45. Kris Turner, Triumph, 0
46. Eric Haugo, Yamaha, 0

Race statistics:
Race time: 1 hour, 47:17.579 seconds
Margin of victory: .048 seconds
Winner’s average speed: 111.9 mph
Laps led: Pascarella 41, Westby 7, Beaubier 5, Aquino 2, Cardenas 2

Mar 16 | Matt Weidman Steals the Show at Daytona Flat Track

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A last lap incident by between Honda riders Johnny Lewis of Coatesville, Pa., and Jared Mees of Clio, Mich., opened the door for fellow Honda rider Matt Weidman of Westerlo, NY, to win the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Expert Main Event at the Daytona Flat Track Friday night. It was Weidman’s first victory at the “World Center of Racing.”

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A last lap incident by between Honda riders Johnny Lewis of Coatesville, Pa., and Jared Mees of Clio, Mich., opened the door for fellow Honda rider Matt Weidman of Westerlo, NY, to win the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Expert Main Event at the Daytona Flat Track Friday  ight. It was Weidman’s first victory at the “World Center of Racing.”

Mees led the first 24 laps of the 25-lap, 18-rider main event. In the final lap, both he and Lewis battled for the lead when there was contact between them.  When the dust settled, Lewis was on the ground and Weidman edged Mees for the victory by a margin of .114 seconds.  Brad Baker of Chehalis, Wash., finished third for Kawasaki.  Lewis finished eighth.

Weidman praised his team for their preparation which allowed him to win on Friday. “We stayed focused and put a full day together to be in position for this win,” he said. “I definitely got the chance of a lifetime there (at the end). When I saw (Mees and Lewis) together, I knew there’d be fireworks.”

Mees was apologetic about the last lap incident. “Johnny stuck underneath me there and I tried to rebound,” he said.  “Johnny and I go way back and that’s the last guy in the world I want to put on the ground. I feel real bad about that but it was hard racing.”

In the 16-lap Pro Main event, 16 year-old Ryan Wells of Albion, NY, in only his second race as a professional rider, won in commanding fashion by a margin of 2.752 seconds ahead of fellow Honda rider Michael LaBelle. Kawasaki’s Hayden Gillim rounded out the podium.

“Yesterday we got off to a rough start, but I put my head down all day today. I got a good start and I didn’t want to look back, I just kept charging forward,” Wells said.

The four-lap Expert Dash For Cash, featuring the top two riders in each of the Expert Heats, was won by Mees who held off a charging Lewis and pocketed $1,000 for the win.

Riders winning Expert Heats were Briar Bauman (Kawasaki), Mees and Weidman. In the Expert semifinals, Donald Mullen II (Honda) and Scott Baker (Honda).

The AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship events at the Daytona Flat Track will be broadcast by SPEED Channel on Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 p.m.

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Mar 16 | GEICO Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas Captures Daytona 200 Pole, Rolex watch

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Martin Cardenas captured the 2012 Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike pole and the coveted Rolex watch on Friday, March 16 at Daytona International Speedway.

2012 Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Pole Winner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Colombia’s Martin Cardenas captured the pole and the coveted Rolex watch on Friday afternoon for the 71st running Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike at Daytona International Speedway.

Cardenas, riding the GEICO Suzuki, toured the 3.51-mile road course at one minute, 49.560 seconds, 115.334 mph.

“I was very close to winning that watch in 2010,” said Cardenas about his second career AMA Pro pole. “Danny (Eslick) beat me by a small amount of time. This time I wanted to give 100 percent to try to get it. I’ve got the pole and I’m very happy for it.”

Rounding out the front row for Saturday’s Daytona 200 are Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier (115.143 mph), Jason DiSalvo on a Triumph (115.111) and Yamaha’s Joey Pascarella (114.711).

“The results for that session weren’t indicative of what our team is capable,” said DiSalvo, who is running a special tribute paint scheme on his No. 9 Triumph for the late Gary Nixon. “We definitely know where there are a couple of things we need to tighten up on. We’re going to come out swinging tomorrow. It’s just one of those things. Some of your performances, no matter how prepared and dialed in you are, we’re just not going to be there.”

National Guard SuperBike Race 1: Two-time defending AMA National Guard SuperBike champion Josh Hayes began his title defense with a dominating victory in the 15-lap opening round.

Hayes topped Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young by 8.332 seconds to earn his first Daytona SuperBike win with Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden finishing third.

“It was a fantastic day,” Hayes said. “(The team) has improved our bike so much from last year and today it showed. I knew they were working hard and I’ve been working hard and hopefully this is the first of many to come.”

“I’m pretty disappointed in my performance,” Young said.

The second round of the AMA National Guard SuperBike is set for Saturday at 11 a.m.

Vance & Hines XR 1200/Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport: In the Vance & Hines XR1200, Kyle Wyman used the traditional Daytona slingshot move coming out of the chicane to edge Tyler OHara and veteran Michael Barnes to win the seven-lap season-opening event.

“I just wanted to be in the right place at the right time and it worked out good for me, said Wyman, who was the inaugural winner of the Vance & Hines XR1200 event at Daytona in 2011.

Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli survived a furious eight-bike battle in the 10-lap Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport and nipped Jake Lewis at the start/finish line to win the race by a margin of .031 seconds.

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Mar 16 | 2012 Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Starting Line-Up

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The starting line-up for the 2012 Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway.

2012 Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Starting lineup for Saturday’s Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway with starting position, bike number, rider name and make of bike:

 

 

 

 

  1. (36) Martin Cardenas, Suzuki
  2. (6) Cameron Beaubier, Yamaha
  3. (9) Jason DiSalvo, Triumph Daytona
  4. (52) Joey Pascarella, Yamaha
  5. (98) Jake Zemke, Ducati
  6. (132) Jake Gagne, Yamaha
  7. (5) Dane Westby, Suzuki
  8. (827) Tommy Aquino, Yamaha
  9. (95) JD Beach, Yamaha
  10. (75) Huntley Nash, Yamaha
  11. (57) Cory West, Suzuki
  12. (35) Benny Solis, Suzuki
  13. (8) Tommy Hayden, Yamaha
  14. (29) Barrett Long, Ducati
  15. (50) Bobby Fong, Yamaha
  16. (60) Michael Beck, Yamaha
  17. (16) Robertino Pietri, Yamaha
  18. (38) Kris Turner, Triumph Daytona
  19. (700) David Gaviria, Yamaha
  20. (7) Fernando Amantini, Kawasaki
  21. (20) Paul Allison, Yamaha
  22. (56) Austin Dehaven, Yamaha
  23. (86) Ben Young, Yamaha
  24. (34) Michael Barnes, Yamaha
  25. (72) Bryce Prince, Yamaha
  26. (43) Reese Wacker, Yamaha
  27. (46) Shane Narbonne, Yamaha
  28. (19) Shawn Higbee, Buell
  29. (13) Melissa Paris, Yamaha
  30. (100) Bostjan Skubic, Suzuki
  31. (24) Scott Ryan, Yamaha
  32. (71) Nico Vivarelli, Yamaha
  33. (74) Josh Galster, Yamaha
  34. (14) Dalton Dimick, Yamaha
  35. (77) Matthew Sadowski, Suzuki
  36. (63) Jeff Wrobel, Yamaha
  37. (45) David Sadowski, Jr., Suzuki
  38. (84) Anthony Fania, Yamaha
  39. (229) Darren James, Buell
  40. (240) Frankie Garcia, Yamaha
  41. (41) Pat Mooney, Buell
  42. (23) Dario Marchetti, Ducati
  43. (10) Eric Haugo, Yamaha
  44. (175) Sam Rozynski, Yamaha
  45. (12) Ricky Orlando, Kawasaki
  46. (37) John Ashmead, Kawasaki

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