Mar 12 | AMA Pro Flat Track Kicks off 2014 Season with DAYTONA Flat Track Doubleheader

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The AMA Pro Flat Track season opener begins this Thursday, March 13, 2014 with live streaming of the opening ceremonies scheduled to commence at 7:30 p.m. ET. Round 2 will follow on Friday, March 14, 2014 with the same time and live streaming schedule.

AMA Pro Flat Track Riders
DAYTONA Flat Track will once again play host to the AMA Pro Flat Track season opener as the series kicks off the 2014 season with a doubleheader on the quarter-mile lime rock track located outside Daytona International Speedway's west banking on March 13-14, 2014.  This season marks the fourth consecutive year that AMA Pro Flat Track begins the circuit at Daytona International Speedway, known as the "World Center of Racing." 

So far, the Grand National Championship entry lists for both events contain over 40 pre-entered riders, while both AMA Pro Singles entry lists exceed 50 pre-entered riders with more riders from both classes expected to enter leading up to the day of the race. 

At the 2013 season opener, fans witnessed four riders claim their first career victories at the professional level in dramatic fashion. Mike Rush and Brandon Robinson each earned close wins in Grand National Expert Singles competition while Kyle Johnson and Jake Constantine captured the first checkered flags of their careers at the Pro Singles level.  

Going into 2014, fans can expect a strong talent pool for all classes. Brad Baker will look to defend his No. 1 plate aboard his Factory Harley-Davidson XR750 for all 12 AMA Pro Expert Twins events scheduled for 2014. The defending champ inked a deal with the heavily sought-after race team this offseason and will surely be a top candidate to make a run at the title again this season. However, for the season opening doubleheader at Daytona later this week, Baker will be mounted on his No. 1 FMC Dyno Center backed KTM 450 SX-F.   

Female sensation Shayna Texter made waves this offseason as she elected to graduate to the Grand National Championship. Texter signed a deal with Latus Motors Racing this offseason for all 12 AMA Pro Expert Twins events but will ride a No. 25A DFW Honda CRF450R for both AMA Pro Expert Singles events at Daytona. The Willow Street, Penn. product won four total races last season and will look to carry over that momentum into 2014. 

Brandon Robinson made his mark at DAYTONA Flat Track roughly a year ago when he earned his first victory at the professional level after an impressive Race 2 performance. The win catapulted him in the standings and he eventually finished third in the overall points. At just 23 years old, the Oxford, Penn. native is already considered one of the finest dirt track racing talents in the world and a clear-cut favorite to contend for the overall championship this season. Robinson will compete aboard a No. 44 USC Kawasaki KX450F later this week when the season kicks off at Daytona.   

Another threat to go the distance later this week and contend throughout the duration of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track season is Jared Mees. The 2012 Grand National Champion and Clio, Mich. product will ride a No. 9 Montgomeryville Cycle backed Honda CRF450R this Thursday and Friday as he intends to get back to his winning ways. 

An injury-free Sammy Halbert will be amongst the front-end competitors this weekend when the lights go green at Daytona. Halbert battled through an injury-plagued 2013 season which left him unable to compete in several races. However, the Graham, Wash. native has declared himself healthy for the season opener and will surely be a competitor to keep an eye on. Halbert will ride a No. 7 Vans Yamaha YZ 450F this weekend. 

The AMA Pro Flat Track season opener begins this Thursday, March 13, 2014 with live streaming of the opening ceremonies scheduled to commence at 7:30 p.m. ET. Round 2 will follow on Friday, March 14, 2014 with the same time and live streaming schedule. For tickets and more information regarding the events, please visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/.

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Complete details about FansChoice.tv will be released in the coming days. 

About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.  

Photo credit to AMA Pro Racing/Dave Hoenig

Mar 12 | AMA Pro SuperSport Riders Roll into Daytona International Speedway for Season Opening Weekend

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The AMA Pro SuperSport combatants will put on a show in ten-lap contests Friday and Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

AMA Pro SuperSport Riders

AMA Pro SuperSport is the class for the stars of tomorrow, as well as fast club racers, and the 2014 season gets underway at Daytona International Raceway this weekend with a pair of races on the famous long course. With events on both Friday and Saturday, there are plenty of chances for glory for the 48 competitors entered.

AMA Pro SuperSport is the most unpredictable class and the racing gives a chance for riders in the large fields to step up and prove they have what it takes. A great example is reigning AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion and current SuperBike pilot Cameron Beaubier, who cut his teeth in his two-victory, two-pole season in 2010.

Last year, the series showcased draft-fests in both Daytona races. Each contest saw the outcomes unsettled until the checkered flag. West division winner Tomas Puerta and Stefano Mesa emerged victorious.

In 2014, the series will determine a sole champion instead of two divisions and an overall winner. That makes each race equally important for all the riders.

Reigning East Champ Corey Alexander (#5 Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) returns to AMA Pro SuperSport this year. Alexander showed great improvement in 2013, and he became a consistent challenger for wins. The New Yorker doubled at Road America and came through big at New Jersey to take the crown over Hayden Gillim in some memorable racing.

Alexander will once again race a Suzuki GSX-R600 in the class, but this year his teammate will be Wyatt Farris (#19 Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600). Farris was third in last year's West points. The Calistoga, CA, rider also built momentum throughout 2013 and by the Utah races was fighting at the front.

Dustin Dominguez (#68 HSBK Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) returns to AMA Pro SuperSport after a season in AMA Pro SuperBike. Dominguez was a force in the class the last time he entered and has six wins and a best of second in points. Dominguez will race a Yamaha this time around.

Hayden Gillim (#69 TOBC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) is another common name to fans familiar with the AMA Pro SuperSport class. After coming up just short in his challenge to earn the East crown, the Kentuckian will return to the class on board a Suzuki GSX-R600. The former Horizon Award winner has five class wins so far and finished on the podium at Daytona last season. He should be a contender at the 3.51-mile track.

Another contender, Miles Thornton (#72 D&D Castrol Triumph Daytona 675R), has switched to Triumph for the season. Thornton has worked hard to improve his form and showed his progress at Mid-Ohio last season.

Brazilian-born Sebastiao Ferreira (#7 DMS Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) has always been a tough opponent in the class and has been a consistent challenger.

Three noteworthy young riders from last season--Nick McFadden (#16 TOBC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600), Kaleb De Keyrel (#51 De Keyrel Racing Yamaha YZF-R6), and Connor Blevins (#33 Excel Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R)--gained valuable experience in 2013.

The AMA Pro SuperSport combatants will put on a show in ten-lap contests Friday and Saturday.

How to Watch
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Complete details about FansChoice.tv will be released in the coming days. 

About AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.  

Photo credit to AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

Mar 12 | FansChoice.tv Brings Race Track To The Fans

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FansChoice.tv Brings Race Track To The Fans

Motorcycle races at Daytona. Sports cars at Watkins Glen. Modifieds at Langley.

For race fans, if they couldn't make it to the track and the event didn't have television coverage, there hasn't been an option to watch all the action. Until now.

AMA Pro Racing, IMSA and NASCAR announced today the launch of FansChoice.tv, a ground-breaking collaborative digital platform that will live stream various races not covered by broadcast television, giving fans new opportunities to follow their favorite series. It also will enhance fans viewing experience at the track with the ability to watch multiple cameras on their tablet or mobile device, and access archived broadcasts on demand.

The site's first on-track coverage will be AMA Pro Flat Track racing on Thursday from the quarter-mile dirt oval at Daytona International Speedway. Coverage of DAYTONA 200 Week will continue with both AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing Divisions on Friday, and will conclude with the 73rd running of Daytona 200 for AMA Pro Road Racing set for Saturday at 1 p.m.

FansChoice.tv will be the official home for AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site also will provide coverage of selected IMSA and NASCAR's touring and weekly series events.

"This is a great opportunity to bring all the action from the track right to the fans," said Michael Gentry, chief operating officer for AMA Pro Racing. "FansChoice.tv is a revolutionary platform that gives race fans all over the world unprecedented access to watch their favorite series wherever we race. This is fantastic news for all of our AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track fans."

FansChoice.tv is a free site that puts fans in the director's chair, allowing them to choose from multiple viewpoints alongside Live Timing & Scoring data and audio commentary from the track's PA system. During selected AMA Pro events, produced streaming coverage of race sessions will be offered as an added bonus to the fans.

IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.

"FansChoice.tv will be a good additional resource, and possibly home, for some of our series," said David Pettit, IMSA vice president, marketing.  "We're looking forward to exploring the platform this week during our Sebring event and ultimately this site will serve as a diverse home for motorsports."

Several NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks already have committed to live streaming their weekly events, including Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, Ohio, and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. Fans will have the ability to select from multiple cameras positioned around the tracks during these events.

"This really is going to be 'Fan's Choice,'" said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. "The partnership between AMA Pro, IMSA and NASCAR means the fans will have access to more racing than ever before. They will be able to choose from a variety of series and tracks, and be able to follow their favorite drivers virtually wherever they race."

FansChoice.tv will also carry select NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen and Whelen Southern Modified Tour races, as well as off-track events such as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards in December.

More tracks and events are expected to be announced at a later date.

About AMA Pro

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Two of AMA Pro Racing's series are operated from the headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. - AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track. AMA Pro Road Racing is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world, and is comprised of AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. AMA Pro Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track series, celebrating a rich history of motorcycle racing that is uniquely American. For more information, please visit www.amaproracing.com.

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the professional road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the developmental Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada by Michelin; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

IMSA is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected TUDOR Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.  

 

For additional information contact:

AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com

Mar 11 | AMA Pro SuperBike Entry List Looks Stout for Opening Weekend at Daytona International Speedway

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There's an old AMA Pro Road Racing adage that cautions while you can't win the title at Daytona, you can lose it there.

Super bikes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 11, 2014) - There's an old AMA Pro Road Racing adage that cautions while you can't win the title at Daytona, you can lose it there.

 
In 2013, Josh Hayes (No. 4 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1) did his best to prove that particular pearl of racing wisdom wrong, but even the three-time AMA Pro SuperBike king was unable to overcome this fate following a dreadful opener at the fabled Daytona International Speedway.
 
The Mississippian concluded last season's opening SuperBike doubleheader with a pair of DNFs, twice suffering mechanical issues while leading the race. As a result, he left Daytona in 18th position, 48 points out of first.
 
The Yamaha ace regrouped and battled his way back to the front of the pack on the strength of eight victories (two more than the rest of the field combined) and a season sweep of pole positions. However, that early misfortune left him precious little room for error and ultimately played an overwhelming role in preventing him from securing a record-breaking fourth consecutive title.
 
Hayes' former teammate, Josh Herrin, seized the opportunity and didn't look back, parlaying his breakthrough season into an entry in the 2014 Moto2 World Championship.
 
Following the upset defeat, Hayes will brandish the No. 4 plate in 2014 after three years of running No. 1. As a result of last year's failure, this year's Daytona opener looms especially for Hayes and crew as they seek both revenge and redemption. With Herrin out of the picture, expect the 38-year-old to evenly dole out an offseason of frustration on the entire field as he looks to cement his position as the premier class' dominant figure.
 
Hayes' numbers are undeniable. In the SuperBike class alone he now boasts 41 career victories, 30 pole positions, and three titles. And while he stands as a heavy favorite, even in the absence of its reigning champion, the SuperBike class of 2014 offers a number of worthy challengers besides Hayes to fill the vacated throne.
 
Chief among that group are three SuperBike race winners: Martin Cardenas (No. 36 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000), Roger Hayden (No. 95 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000), and Larry Pegram (No. 72 Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing EBR 1190RS).
 
Cardenas and Hayden spearhead a bolstered Yoshimura Suzuki effort that also includes the returning Chris Clark (No. 6 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000). Representing the most decorated SuperBike team in history, Cardenas and Hayden both rank as legitimate title hopefuls as Yoshimura desperately looks to turn the tide and bring Yamaha's four-year run of dominance to an end.
 
Colombian Cardenas is a proven champion, having earned a pair of AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike crowns to go along with his earlier Spanish and Latin American Supersport championships. Last season, his second in SuperBike and first with Yoshimura, saw Cardenas step up and fight for the title right to the very end. He won two races, including one at Daytona, and scooped up 11 podium placements en route to a close third-place ranking. He should only improve in 2014.
 
Similarly, Hayden looks to pose a very big threat to Hayes' quest for a fourth triumph. A former AMA Pro Supersport king and SuperBike race winner himself, the Kentuckian has made major strides in the premier class in each of the last three seasons. While Hayden's 2013 campaign was littered with bad luck, his outright speed was obvious, frequently pushing into Hayes' territory. Hayden has been presented with his best shot to date, as he's finally teamed up with the Yoshimura outfit that strung together seven straight titles from '03-'09, and took 10 of 11 from '99-'09.
 
This year sees another equipment swap for five-time SuperBike race winner Pegram. Following recent tours on Ducati, BMW, and Yamaha-based SuperBike machinery, 'the Worm' will look to take his No. 72 EBR 1190RS to the front this season.
 
Hayes' biggest challenge, however, might just come from the racing prodigy who is taking over for exiting champ Herrin on the second works Yamaha. Cameron Beaubier (No. 2 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1)took the SportBike class by storm last season, powering to the title with 12 victories in 13 attempts.
 
The 21-year-old Beaubier brings his mechanical precision and studied racecraft up to the premier class this season. Despite his rookie status, even the most established SuperBike heroes expect the gifted youngster to provide an immediate challenge.
 
The remainder of the field is loaded with talent and diversity. Eight different makes are represented in the field with a host of AMA Pro Road Racing race winners guiding them.
 
Chris Fillmore (No. 11 KTM/HMC Racing KTM RC8R)returns to front the official KTM effort, which has flashed major league potential in the past. Never was that more evident than in the 2013 season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in which Fillmore appeared set to score a first-ever AMA Pro SuperBike podium for both himself and the KTM RC8R -- that is until he cruelly ran short of fuel exiting the race's final corner.
 
Cory West (No. 13 Team AMSOIL Hero EBR 1190RS) steps up to the Team AMSOIL Hero EBR 1190RS this season after contesting aboard a satellite Motosport.com/EBR II machine last year. Fillmore's poor luck at Laguna Seca was West's gain, as he piloted his EBR to a strong fourth-place run. The Arkansas resident will carry that momentum and confidence into this year's Daytona opener.
 
Included among the aforementioned group of AMA Pro race winners representing a wide-range of makes are Jake Holden (No. 7 TPL Racing Ducati 1198), Chris Ulrich (No. 18 M4 Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR1000RR), Stefano Mesa (No. 37 DMS Racing Kawasaki ZX-10), and Huntley Nash (No. 75 Neyra Racing Kawasaki ZX-10).
 
The field is further strengthened by a pair of riders who have repeatedly shown the ability to take privateer equipment and mix it up with factory riders in David Anthony (No. 25 ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000) and Taylor Knapp (No. 44 TOBC Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000).
 
The stars of the AMA Pro SuperBike class will officially kick the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season off on Thursday, March 13 with their 10:15 a.m. EST first practice.
 
Friday's 15-lap final will take place at 4:00 p.m. local time with Saturday's contest getting underway at 11:00 a.m. to complete the season-opening doubleheader.
 
How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Complete details about FansChoice.tv will be released in the coming days.
 
About AMA Pro Road Racing:
AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.
 
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Mar 11 | Five-Time Daytona Supercross By Honda Champion Ricky Carmichael Tours DAYTONA Rising

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On the final day of the Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross on Monday, legendary rider and five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael toured DAYTONA Rising, Daytona International Speedway’s $400 million frontstretch renovation project.

Ricky Carmichael tours DAYTONA Rising  
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – On the final day of the Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross on Monday, legendary rider and five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael toured DAYTONA Rising, Daytona International Speedway’s $400 million frontstretch renovation project.
 
During his tour on the west end of the project near Injector 1, Carmichael got a birds-eye view of the course that he designed for last Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda.

About DAYTONA Rising
DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. 
 
DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a key source of expected job growth in Volusia County as part of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
 
Toyota recently became the first Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through over 20,000 square feet of engagement area, branding rights for the Toyota Injector and one of the new neighborhoods.
 
Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl.
 
ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site.
 
Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information.
 
For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. 
 
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

Mar 11 | AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Riders Gear Up For 73rd Running Of DAYTONA 200

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The DAYTONA 200 at Daytona International Speedway remains the cornerstone of Daytona's historic Bike Week festivities and will once again feature the stars of AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike in a grueling 200-mile battle pitting man and machine as they take on the traditional 3.51-mile, 12-turn speedway road course. The 73rd running will provide another chance for one rider to claim victory and stamp their name in the record books alongside some of the biggest names in the history of the sport.

Sports bike riders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 10, 2014) - The DAYTONA 200 at Daytona International Speedway remains the cornerstone of Daytona's historic Bike Week festivities and will once again feature the stars of AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike in a grueling 200-mile battle pitting man and machine as they take on the traditional 3.51-mile, 12-turn speedway road course. The 73rd running will provide another chance for one rider to claim victory and stamp their name in the record books alongside some of the biggest names in the history of the sport.

Combining elements of endurance racing, such as the fast-and-furious pit stops, with the all-out pace of sprint racing, the DAYTONA 200 is truly a unique event. This year's 200-mile race will be an important one historically as it is set to end an era. After a decade of middleweight-class machines contesting America's most famous motorcycle race, 2015 will see the return of AMA Pro SuperBike to the DAYTONA 200. The AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBikes have put on a great show on the High Banks, and the last race of the era will be a final chance for the class competitors to win the race on a middleweight machine.

With 2013 GoPro Daytona SportBike champion Cameron Beaubier graduating to SuperBike in 2014, the class seems more like a wide-open proposition this time around. The race at Daytona International Speedway is an excellent chance for class combatants to stamp their mark on the upcoming season.

One of the favorites to win this year's DAYTONA 200 is Jake Gagne (No. 32 RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6). Gagne was the only rider to beat Beaubier last season -- at Road America in a thrilling battle -- and the Californian finished second in the final standings when the season came to a close at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Gagne returns to the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team, and a win in Daytona would be a good way to begin his third season with the team.

Beaubier's teammate last year, Garrett Gerloff (No. 8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6) finished strong in 2013 and showed great improvement in battling with Beaubier in the later rounds. Gerloff just missed a few wins last year in what was essentially his rookie season.

JD Beach (No. 6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6), another class contender, will join Gerloff in a formidable lineup for the factory-backed Yamaha squad. Beach also finished strong and was signed to replace the graduating Beaubier.

Dane Westby (No. 00 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) decided to form his own team for 2014 and has put together an impressive program. Westby returns to Yamaha machinery after forays on Suzuki and Honda equipment. The former class number two in the points struggled some in 2013 but looks to return to the race-winning form he had the two previous years. In a class of young talent looking to blaze to the top and older veterans with the guile to get it done, Westby is a "tweener," a rider with a lot of class experience but one with a sense of aggression.

Jake Zemke and Joe Roberts will race bikes prepped by Team Hammer in 2014. Class veteran Zemke (No. 98 GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR600RR) has experienced victory at Daytona before and has seen plenty of success while riding Hondas in the past. Roberts (No. 2 M4 GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR600RR) won all five races he contested in AMA Pro SuperSport last year. After experiencing success in Europe as well, all eyes are on Roberts to see how he progresses in 2014.

Jake Lewis (No. 85 Motorsport.com/Meen Yamaha YZF-R6) is another young rider with the potential to win the DAYTONA 200. Lewis, from the road racing hotbed of Kentucky, earned nine top-fives in his rookie GoPro Daytona SportBike season. For his second year in the class, he will remain with the same Meen crew that he became familiar with in 2013.

Former two-time class champion Danny Eslick (No. 69 Riders Discount Racing Triumph Daytona 675R) returns to GoPro Daytona SportBike after a few seasons in AMA Pro SuperBike. Eslick has previously won the class crown on Buell and Suzuki machinery and, this time, will attempt the feat on a Triumph. Despite his success in the class, Eslick has seen his share of disappointment at Daytona and has never won the DAYTONA 200. He'll no doubt be looking to change that this go-around.

This year's field has its share of former DAYTONA 200 winners. In addition to Zemke, the 2006 race winner, Steve Rapp (No. 15 D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph Daytona 675R) will attempt to add another marker to complement his 2007 win. Rapp, the reigning AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series champ, has experienced a late-career renaissance, and the versatile veteran is one of the many highlights of the 42-bike field for this year's DAYTONA 200.

Joey Pascarella (No. 52 BP Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) put on a dominating performance in 2012 to win his DAYTONA 200 in one of the biggest upsets ever. After time on other brands, Pascarella will once again race a Yamaha this season.

Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 Castrol/Triumph/Sportbike Track Time Triumph Daytona 675R) won the race in 2011 and made another charge for a second win in 2012 before coming up just short. DiSalvo is always strong on the 3.51-mile circuit.

DiSalvo's teammate in 2014 is Elena Myers (No. 21 Castrol/Triumph/Apex Manufacturing Triumph Daytona 675R). Myers and Melissa Paris (No. 13 MPH Racing Honda CBR600RR) have battled for top-finishing female racer in the DAYTONA 200 in recent seasons.

The 73rd running of the DAYTONA 200 will begin Saturday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m. EST.
 
How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Complete details about FansChoice.tv will be released in the coming days.
 
About AMA Pro Road Racing:
AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.
 
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

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