Mar 04 | By the Numbers: Construction of the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for Daytona Supercross By Honda

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For the eighth straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.

Supercross Course

Immediately following the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 22, construction began in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the demanding and challenging course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 7.

For the eighth straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.

Carmichael 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 will have a new look with the starting gate moved from pit road to the west end of the tri-oval grass and competitors will race in a clockwise direction. A wide-open field of riders will compete for a coveted Daytona trophy including Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, Cole Seely and Eli Tomac.

Daytona International Speedway has been hosting the Daytona Supercross By Honda since 1971 and this marks the 24th year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda include Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Carmichael.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:

272 Truckloads of dirt

6,800 – Tons of dirt

10 – Trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway

2 – Days to bring all of the dirt into the track

30 – Jumps on the Supercross course

2 – Whoop sections

1 – Mogul section
450 – Honda-branded tuff blocks for safety

3,110 – Mileage in feet of the Supercross course

500 – Man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course

In addition, one crawler, one front loader and two skid steers are used to move the dirt during construction.

The paddock for Supercross teams will again be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and provide easy accessibility for the fans from noon to 6 p.m. and is included in the race ticket.

Also returning in 2015 will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross will be the inaugural FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday, March 10.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets start at $35 and kids tickets (ages 6-12) start at $10.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 03 | 50 Riders Entered for 74th Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 14

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~ Entry List for America’s Most Historic Motorcycle Race Includes Five Past Champions~

DAYTONA 200

Five former DAYTONA 200 champions are among the 50 riders entered in the 74th DAYTONA 200 on Saturday, March 14 at Daytona International Speedway, which will be sanctioned for the first time by the American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA).

Fifty riders are on the final pre-entry list including former DAYTONA 200 champions Danny Eslick (2014), Josh Herrin (2010), Steve Rapp (2007), John Ashmead (1989) and Dave Sadowski Sr. (1990).  For a complete entry list, click here.

The DAYTONA 200 will be a 57-lap race on the 3.51-mile road course showcasing 600cc sportbikes battling for a purse of $175,000 with the race winner also being awarded a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

Qualifying for the starting lineup for the DAYTONA 200 will take place on Friday, March 13 with the race going green the following day at 1 p.m.

The DAYTONA 200 is America’s most historic motorcycle race with the inaugural event being held on the sands of Daytona Beach before the race moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961.

Competing in such a prestigious event was a no-brainer for Herrin, who will ride a Yamaha for Meen Motorsports.

“Whenever we found out it was going to be (held), it was really important to me,” Herrin said. “Not only because I won it before, but I also want to be like some of my heroes like Scott Russell and Miguel Duhamel who have won it multiple times. I think that’s a really big accomplishment.”

 In addition to the prestige of becoming a multiple winner of the DAYTONA 200, Herrin is also gunning for the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, which has traditionally been awarded to the pole winner of the DAYTONA 200 but will now be presented to the race winner.

“I’ve never been a good qualifier so getting the Rolex has always been out of reach for me,” Herrin said. “Now that it goes to the race winner, that’s something I’d like to get. It would be really important to me.”

While the DAYTONA 200 will have a new sanctioning body this year, the ingredients to win the grueling race that features multiple pit stops remains the same.

“The most important thing is going to be staying calm,” Herrin said. “It’s definitely the longest race that any of us do in our career. I’m working with the same crew chief that I won the DAYTONA 200 before so that’s a big thing for me. I know good decisions are going to be made in the pits and our pit stops are going to be really fast. It’s going to be exciting for sure.”

Reserved grandstand tickets for the DAYTONA 200 are $45, unreserved grandstand/infield tickets are $45 and unreserved grandstand tickets are $35. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas.

Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 02 | Honda Signs Multi Year Extension to Sponsor DAYTONA Supercross By Honda

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Manufacturer Returns to DIS as Partner for 24th Straight Season

DAYTONA Supercross by Honda

Honda has signed a multi-year agreement to remain the title sponsor of the DAYTONA Supercross By Honda at Daytona International Speedway, the longest continuous Supercross event in America and the only stop in Florida for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

In addition to enjoying title sponsorship of the race, Honda will continue to have display and hospitality rights during Daytona 200 Week. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 2015 DAYTONA Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 7, is one of the most physically demanding events on the circuit. It was first held in 1971, and riders in the DAYTONA Supercross By Honda face a grueling test on a tough and grinding course, which has been designed for the past eight years by five-time DAYTONA Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael.

“We’re thrilled to have Honda return to the “World Center of Racing” for the 24th straight season and beyond,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Honda has been a longtime partner at Daytona International Speedway and the title sponsor to an event with a storied tradition. We’re excited about what the future holds as we continue to grow this high-flying, crowd-pleasing event.”

“We are very proud to continue a 23-year tradition of bringing the toughest and most exciting race to Supercross fans,” said Bob Gurga, Vice President of the Motorcycle Division at American Honda. “Daytona International Speedway shares in our commitment to make this the best race on the Supercross calendar. We look forward to many more years of great racing at the Daytona Supercross By Honda.”

DAYTONA Supercross By Honda tickets are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets start at $35 and kid tickets (ages 6-12) start at $10.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

About American Honda:

 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for 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.

About Daytona International Speedway

Known as the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway has activity nearly every day of the year hosting stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and karts.  Daytona International Speedway has at least eight major race weekends a year with premier events such as the DAYTONA 500, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Independence Day holiday weekend, the Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car event, the Daytona Supercross By Honda and the Daytona 200 motorcycle classic. In addition, Daytona International Speedway showcases daily track tours and is home to the winning DAYTONA 500 car.

Feb 27 | DAYTONA 500 Fancam Returns for Third Time

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Race Fans Can Tag, Share Their Experience from Sunday’s ‘The Great American Race’

For the third time, the popular DAYTONA 500 Fancam has returned to Daytona International Speedway for the 57th annual “Great American Race,” which was held last Sunday and won by Team Penske driver Joey Logano, who became the second youngest DAYTONA 500 champion in history. 

The DAYTONA 500 Fancam is a photo technology that transforms a high-definition, 360-degree crowd image of Daytona International Speedway into a social media fan experience. Designed to commemorate the passion of loyal fans, Fancam captures high-definition images of the crowd all the way down to the seat level and uploads them to a custom landing page where fans can tag themselves and share on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. 

Fans attending the 2015 DAYTONA 500 can prove they were there by tagging themselves in the image and sharing. For fans unable to attend, the DAYTONA 500 Fancam offers the chance to explore Daytona International Speedway. For all fans, the 2015 DAYTONA 500 Fancam will memorialize the DAYTONA 500 experience they've always known - before the unveiling of the new stadium in 2016. 

To explore the 2015 DAYTONA 500 Fancam, go to daytona500.fancam.com.  

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return for a special Sunday night edition of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 5. On the evening of July 4, the NASCAR XFINITY Series returns for the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Feb 23 | Logano Gets Champion’s Treatment At Annual DAYTONA 500 Champion’s Breakfast, Presented With Rolex Watch

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• Penske Racing No. 22 Car to Spend the Next Year at the DIS Ticket and Tours Building • Logano Begins Whirlwind Champion’s Media Tour

Logano

Newly crowned DAYTONA 500 champion Joey Logano was off-and-running again Monday morning.

It started early with the annual Champion’s Breakfast in the Bill France Room at Daytona International Speedway, where Logano was presented with the traditional champion’s jacket. He also was surprised with a new first-year presentation for DAYTONA 500 champions: a steel-and-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch.

The timepiece will come in handy. Logano has a jam-packed schedule of media activities this week, including appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight and the TODAY show Tuesday, plus a trip to ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.

“I didn’t sleep much [last night], that’s for sure,” Logano said. “I didn’t go to sleep, really. My mind just kept thinking about the whole race, how it all played out. I just kept reliving the moment over and over again. It’s amazing ... the DAYTONA 500. It’s something that’s very special. And now, I’m excited about the [media] adventure that’s ahead of me.”

At Monday morning’s breakfast, Logano, crew chief Todd Gordon and car owner Roger Penske spoke with media prior to another tradition being renewed: installing the DAYTONA 500 winning car – in this instance the yellow-and-red No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford – inside the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building. The car will be part of the Speedway tours program and will be returned to the team at the 2016 DAYTONA 500, a tradition that began in 1996.

During the Champion’s Breakfast, DIS President Joie Chitwood III presented champion’s jackets to Logano, Gordon and Penske; the Harley J. Earl DAYTONA 500 trophy to Penske; and the Cannonball Baker trophy to Gordon. Chitwood and Logano also unveiled the logo for next year’s 58th annual DAYTONA 500.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return for a special Sunday night edition of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 5. On the evening of July 4, the NASCAR XFINITY Series returns for the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Feb 22 | Joey Logano Wins 57th Annual DAYTONA 500

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• Car Owner Roger Penske Gets 2nd DAYTONA 500 Triumph • Polesitter Jeff Gordon Finishes 33rd In Final Daytona 500 Start

Joey Logano

Joey Logano emerged from a classic late-race battle where three-wide racing was the white-knuckle norm, to win the 57th DAYTONA 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

Logano won the DAYTONA 500 for the first time, a splendid start to his seventh season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Logano also delivered a second DAYTONA 500 victory to the owner of his No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, the legendary Roger Penske. Ryan Newman gave “The Captain” his first DAYTONA 500 victory in 2008. 

Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet) finished second. Defending race champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) finished third. 

Logano became the second-youngest driver in series history to win the DAYTONA 500, at the age of 24 years, 8 months, 29 days. The youngest winner is Trevor Bayne (2011) at the age of 20 
years, 1 day. 

He was ecstatic to say the least, when he emerged from his car in Gatorade Victory Lane. 

“I can’t believe it,” Logano said. “DAYTONA 500, oh my God…are you kidding?” 

Hardly. Logano’s car looked stronger as the race wore on, especially during an approximate 20-lap frenetic stretch where cars ran three-wide exclusively until contact between Ty Dillon and Justin Allgaier in the tri-oval brought out the race’s next-to-last caution on Lap 199. A red flag then was waved, setting up NASCAR’s “overtime” – a thrilling two-lap “green-white-checkered” finish. 

On the restart, Logano – who had passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead on Lap 191 – immediately distanced himself slightly from the pack. Just as quickly, though, Harvick and Earnhardt closed in via a two-car draft. On the white-flag lap however, a Turn 2 multi-car accident behind the lead pack brought out one final caution, in effect ending the race.  

Three-time champion Jeff Gordon, racing the DAYTONA 500 for the final time, started from the pole and led a race-high total of 87 laps in the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, but got caught up in that last-lap incident and finished 33rd. 

Gordon was one of nine former DAYTONA 500 champions in the field, a group with a collective 15 victories in “The Great American Race.”  

Logano started a solid fifth, after finishing third in one of the two Budweiser Duel qualifying races last Thursday.  

“As a kid, any young racer dreams of winning the DAYTONA 500,” Logano said. “It’s an amazing feeling.” 

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return for a special Sunday night edition of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 5. On the evening of July 4, the NASCAR XFINITY Series returns for the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans also can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

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