Mar 09 | 2012 Daytona Supercross By Honda Media Day: Riders Ready To Tackle Carmichael-Designed Course
Riders give media a sneak peek at the Ricky Carmichael-designed Daytona Supercross By Honda course.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway’s famous grass tri-oval has been transformed into a challenging Supercross course for this Saturday’s 41st annual Daytona Supercross By Honda.
On Friday, some of the riders particiapting in the Daytona Supercross By Honda gave media a sneak peek of the course, which is designed by five-time Daytona Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael for the fifth straight year.
Among the riders shaking down their bikes on a portion of the course included Justin Brayton, Cole Seely, Justin Barcia, Justin Bogle, Myles and Dakota Tedder and Carmichael, who will ride in pre-race ceremonies and participate in the SPEED Channel broadcast of the race.
Carmichael, who lives in Tallahassee, retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.
This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course is 3,200 feet in length and will draw some parallels to last year’s layout with the placement of the starting gate remaining on pit road and providing fans with a great view of the first turn. It will also feature slight changes in the course’s configuration, particularly in the corners.
“It’s fun to sit down at the drawing board and to think of a design that will be fun and challenging for the riders, as well as exciting for the fans and for the people watching on television,” Carmichael said.
Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto will be aiming for his third consecutive Daytona Supercross victory this weekend.
Villopoto, from Poulsbo, Wash., had a breakout year in 2011 claiming his first AMA Supercross championship. He has continued his hot streak this season winning five of the first nine AMA Supercross events and has a 13-point lead over KTM rider Ryan Dungey in the championship standings entering this weekend’s race.
Dungey will sit out the Daytona Supercross after undergoing surgery this week to repair a broken collarbone. Dungey suffered what was initially diagnosed to be a cracked collarbone while practicing at his training facility in Florida prior to last week’s St. Louis Supercross.
Dungey managed to finish runner-up at the St. Louis Supercross but after further evaluation by Duney’s doctor found his collarbone to be broken.
Other top contenders vying for a victory in the Daytona Supercross will be Haines City’s James Stewart and Honda’s Kevin Windham and Brayton.
“Daytona is as unique as it gets," said Windham, who won the Daytona Supercross in 2008. “I've been fortunate enough to win there. It was a mud race and one of the toughest races of my life, but we got the ‘W.’
“It's always one of the toughest races of your life. The track is nasty, it's ever-changing and the laps are a lot longer than a regular Supercross race. It beats you up pretty bad.”
Practice on Saturday begins at 12:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies are set for 7 p.m. with heat races, last chance qualifying races and main events to follow.
Tickets are available at the gate or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
In addition to the racing, there's a plethora of activities planned around DIS for 2012 Daytona 200 Week.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona 200 Week is back and more action-packed than ever. Motorcycle enthusiasts can take part in this famous spring tradition with activities on and off the track, while they watch their favorite motorcycle stars duke it out in the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday, March 10, the AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 and the AMA Pro Racing events highlighted by the 71st running of the Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 17.
Among the activities the “World Center of Racing” has planned are:
• Free demo rides: Outside of the famous Daytona International Speedway, motorcycle enthusiasts can test-ride the latest and greatest motorcycles with free demo rides from top manufacturers. Riders must have a DOT-approved helmet and motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license in order to demo.
• Daytona Motorcycle Marketplace: Bikers can find the nation’s top parts, accessories and apparel companies all in one place at the Daytona Motorcycle Marketplace located throughout the display areas.
• Thunder Alley: Head to Thunder Alley and kick back with your friends as you enjoy a cold Budweiser and great food at the Budweiser Cool Your Pipes Zone. Located outside Turn 4, Thunder Alley will also showcase entertainment, games and contests.
• Bikini contest: The annual Hooters bikini contest and fashion show sponsored by Hot Leathers is back and will take place in Thunder Alley at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.
• Spring Dash: Experience the ride of a lifetime – two laps around Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course. Tackle the historic twists and turns in the seventh annual Spring Dash Around Daytona on Saturday, March 17 immediately after the Daytona 200. Tickets are $30 per bike.
Mar 08 | Monster Energy Signs Multi-Year Deal as Title Sponsor of the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona
Monster Energy will serve as the title sponsor of the 3rd Annual Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona (RCSX)on Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- When MX Sports joined forces with Ricky Carmichael in 2010, it brought forth a strong partnership comprised of MX Sports’ thirty plus years of amateur motocross experience at Loretta Lynn Ranch, combined with Ricky’s name and longtime sponsors, to create the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross event. To top it off, Daytona International Speedway joined the equation, giving amateur racers the unprecedented opportunity to race the Daytona Supercross By Honda track a day after their favorite pros went to battle. After two successful years of amateur supercross, MX Sports is pleased to announce Monster Energy as the title sponsor of the 3rd Annual Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona (RCSX), featuring two full days of amateur racing on Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12.
“The announcement of Monster Energy as the title sponsor is very significant in our plan to build this event as the world’s premiere amateur supercross,” said Tim Cotter, MX Sports Event Director.
As one of the most recognizable names in the industry, Monster Energy’s presence can be seen all over the AMA Supercross circuit and throughout the pro paddocks on teams and riders. Monster Energy has been a supporter of Ricky Carmichael’s racing career on both two-wheels and four, making the multi-year title sponsorship no surprise to those involved.
“Monster Energy has really supported my racing career over the years and I couldn’t be more excited to have them on board for my amateur supercross at Daytona as well,” said Ricky Carmichael, 15-Time Champion. “They have such a huge presence in supercross already and to bring the same level of excitement to the amateur program is really a cool thing for these up-and-coming racers.”
Monster Energy’s partnership with the Ricky Carmichael-endorsed event includes a significant presence by Monster all weekend long, beginning Saturday night with a unique viewing area for amateur racers and their families to enjoy the Daytona Supercross By Honda.
Move-in for amateur racers begins at 5 p.m. Friday and takes place throughout the day Saturday. On Sunday, Amateur practice begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by Rider’s Meeting and heat races. If time permits, last chance qualifying sessions (LCQ) will begin on Sunday afternoon. Monday morning kicks off with the remainder of LCQ’s and Main Events will follow.
About Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship The Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona, produced by MX Sports and held in conjunction with the Daytona AMA Supercross, offers an opportunity for amateurs to compete on some of the most prestigious motorsports grounds in the world - Daytona International Speedway. The 2010 inaugural event sold out, filling every position on the gate, making this amateur supercoss event a once in a lifetime experience for participants all ages. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.
About Ricky Carmichael Ricky Carmichael won 102 American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Motocross Nationals and 48 AMA Supercross main events for a record 150 major wins between 1997 and 2007. The Tallahassee, Fla., resident won 10 AMA Motocross Championships and five AMA Supercross crowns, giving him a record 15 major titles in his career. After retiring from professional motocross racing, he began pursuing a career in auto racing and was named the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver. Currently, Carmichael can be found in the TV booth providing color commentary on CBS and Speed's Supercross coverage. As for motocross, he will forever be known as "the Goat," which stands for greatest of all-time.
Mar 06 | Honda Signs Three-Year Extension to Sponsor Daytona Supercross By Honda
Honda has signed a three-year extension to remain as the title sponsor of the Daytona Supercross By Honda at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Honda has signed a three-year extension to remain as the title sponsor of the Daytona Supercross By Honda at Daytona International Speedway. In addition to the race entitlement, Honda will have display and hospitality rights for Daytona 200 Week At Daytona, including a large display presence on the “Honda Pad” outside the frontstretch area of the historic racing venue.
“Honda returns to ‘The World Center of Racing’ for the 21st straight season in 2012,” said DIS President Joie Chitwood III. “The Daytona Supercross By Honda is wildly popular with both fans and competitors, who battle each year for the coveted trophy. We’re thrilled for the extended partnership with Honda and the future opportunities it has in store for our fans.”
“We are happy to again be moving forward with the Daytona Supercross By
Honda," said Bill Savino, Honda Powersports Press Manager. “This event has such great history, and some of the most exciting racing takes place here every year. You never know what's going to happen at Daytona, but we do know you have to be tough to win here."
About Honda American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and MUVs in the U.S. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.
Tickets to the Daytona Supercross By Honda and all Daytona 200 Week events at Daytona International Speedway are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.