79th DAYTONA 200 to Race March 13 Bike Week Opens This Friday

Daytona International Speedway today announced the 79th DAYTONA 200 will be held Saturday, March 13. America’s most historic motorcycle road race will run during the 80th Annual Bike Week featuring a 57-lap, 200-mile American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA)-sanctioned event that showcases 600cc sportbikes on the Speedway’s 3.51-mile DAYTONA Road Course.

Similar to its four-wheeled brethren, the DAYTONA 200’s roots go back to the sands of Daytona Beach where they began racing on a 4.2-mile shoreline course in 1937 before moving the event to Daytona International Speedway and incorporating the high banks of the World Center of Racing in 1961.

“The DAYTONA 200 speaks to the storied tradition at the World Center of Racing,” stated Chip Wile, President, Daytona International Speedway. “The DAYTONA Road Course has seen IMSA and NASCAR race so far this season and we are excited to watch these riders bring the two-wheel action for the ASRA event.”

Competing for a $175,000 purse and a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch, a competitive field of more than 70 riders will race including defending DAYTONA 200 champion Kyle Wyman, four-time DAYTONA 200 champion Danny Eslick, 2019 podium finisher Dylan Kelly, and former DAYTONA 200 champions Josh Herrin, Jason DiSalvo and Michael Barnes.

In addition to the DAYTONA 200, ASRA and CCS (Championship Cup Series) will have a full schedule of road races Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14. DAYTONA 200 qualifying will take place on Friday, March 12 with the race going green on March 13 at 1 p.m.

The Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace will be on display from March 5 through March 13. The area’s largest motorcycle marketplace with feature the nation’s top motorcycle parts and apparel vendors. This will be the only Bike Week location in the Daytona Beach area offering free manufacturer demo rides. Participating manufacturers include Kawasaki, Indian, BMW, Vanderhall and Yamaha. Guests can also enjoy live music on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley stage.

Customers who purchased tickets to the 2020 DAYTONA TT will be offered a 120 percent credit to any American Flat Track (AFT) Events race held through October 2021 or a full refund. Please email tickets@americanflattrack.com for more information. All Daytona International Speedway event tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans who can’t make it to DIS for the DAYTONA 200 can watch it live exclusively on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

Guests of Daytona International Speedway are encouraged to visit responsibly. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the DAYTONA 200 and the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace will be conducted in accordance with enhanced safety protocols and procedures. All guests will be screened before entering the facility and will be required to wear face coverings while maintaining six feet social distancing throughout their visit.

Two-wheeled action gets underway at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday (March 6) night with the 51st annual DAYTONA Supercross.

Things kick off at Daytona International Speedway For a schedule of on-track activities and event protocols, log onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway and see the latest speedway news on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is the home of The Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the World Center of Racing, boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway grounds are also used extensively for events that include concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.