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BIKEWEEK EVENTS AT THE DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

1200px-Daytona_International_Speedway_logo.svg2018 Bike Week At DAYTONA: Entertainment On and Off the Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2018) – Starting with DAYTONA Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship and running through the historic 77th DAYTONA 200, there is non-stop excitement and entertainment on and off the track during Bike Week at Daytona International Speedway.

Bike Week At DAYTONA, which begins Friday, March 9 and runs through Sunday, March 18, is packed with fan activities.

  •   On the track: Daytona International Speedway boasts a diverse racing schedule including:
    •   DAYTONA Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship,Saturday March 10
    •   Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, Sunday, March 11-Monday, March 12
    •   The fourth annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross, Tuesday, March 13
    •   American Flat Track’s DAYTONA TT, Thursday night, March 15: The popular eventGives guests another opportunity to enjoy the motorsports stadium during Bike Week with a staged course in the tri-oval of the Speedway. Harley-Davidson and Indian will battle on a one-of-a-kind race circuit re-engineered to feature a bigger, better and faster track design.160711-victory-motorcycles-grizzly-daytona-international-speedway-departure
    •   The DAYTONA 200 American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) race, Saturday, March 17: America’s most historic motorcycle race, with three-time race champion Danny Eslick returning to defend his title and claim the $175,000 purse and the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch.
    •   ASRA and the Championship Cup Series (CCS), Friday, March 16-Sunday, March 18: The two series will host a full schedule of road races.Daytona-International-Speed
  •   Free demo rides: Located in the Midway between the stadium and International Speedway Blvd., motorcycle enthusiasts can take the hottest motorcycles for a test ride with free manufacturer demo rides from March 9-17. Riders must have a DOT-approved helmet and motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license to participate. Motorcycle manufacturers participating in demo rides include Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, Slingshot and Yamaha.
  •   Midway: Inside the free Midway, motorcycle enthusiasts will find the area’s largest motorcycle marketplace with one-stop shopping with the nation’s top motorcycle parts and apparel vendors all while enjoying live music on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage.
  •   Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley at Daytona: Bikers can spend the day inside Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley enjoying a cold Budweiser and great food next to the area’s largest vendor, display and demo ride marketplace. Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley will also showcase live music and contests.
  •   Full Throttle Magazine Speedway Bike Show presented by GEICO: The Full Throttle Magazine Speedway Bike Show presented by GEICO will take place on Saturday, March 17 next to Harley- Davidson Thunder Alley. Registration is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with a $20 entry fee per bike. The awards presentation will be held at 5 p.m. on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage. Trophies

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Construction of the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for Daytona Supercross By Honda

index1DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2016) – Immediately following the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 21, 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 5.
For the ninth 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 sees the starting gate return to pit road and competitors will race in a counterclockwise direction. A wide-open field of riders will compete for a coveted Daytona trophy, including Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, and Cole Seely.
Daytona International Speedway has been hosting the Daytona Supercross By Honda since 1971 and this marks the 25th year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda are 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:
290  Truckloads of dirt
5,000 – Tons of dirt
12 – Trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway
2 – Days to bring all of the dirt into the track
40 – Obstacles on the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
20 – Loads of new clay for the start gate
2 – Whoop sections
450 – Honda-branded Tuff Blocks
2,915 –length in feet of the Supercross course
500 – Man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
In addition, two crawlers, two front loaders and two skid steers are used to move the dirt during construction.
The Supercross Pits will be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and provide easy accessibility for the fans from noon to 5:30 p.m. – access is free with your race ticket.
Also returning in 2016 will be the seventh annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7, 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 2nd Annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday, March 8.
Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets for DAYTONA Supercross by Honda start at $45 and youth tickets (ages 6-12) start at $15; kids five and under are free in general admission stadium seating.
Fans can stay up to speed on the latest news by using #DAYTONASX and #BikeWeek. Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway onTwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. You can also stay updated on the latest information by downloading the new version of Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app.
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Ricky Carmichael Signature Design Course for Daytona Supercross

DSX1Fans of the popular Supercross racing series that are heading to the “Daytona Supercross By Honda” on Saturday night March 8th , will find a new Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course for the racers to navigate. The legendary rider; who retired from Supercross in 2007 with 15 AMA championships, 150 wins, and 5 Daytona Supercross championships; is serving as the course designer for the 7th straight year.

“It’s really special to be able to be associated with Daytona International Speedway,” Carmichael said as he walked the course on Thursday. “I love this place, I really do. Five-time winner and my heart is here. I’m a Florida native. It’s an honor to be affiliated with Daytona, and to have the chance to design this track is special. I take it seriously and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”DSX2

This year’s starting gate will remain on pit road giving race fans a great view of the first turn as riders try to conquer 40 jumps and 2 whoop sections over the 3,290 foot course. Daytona International Speedway has been home to the original Supercross since 1971. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the “Daytona Supercross By Honda” include Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath, Carmichael and Ryan Villopoto, who has won 3 of the last 4 years.

“I think that what makes this track cool as opposed to other Supercross tracks is that it is somewhat of an outdoor track,” Carmichael said. “It has a lot of those kinds of obstacles. (It’s) real sandy and not as congested, but way rougher than a traditional Supercross track. This is really where you see who is tough and who isn’t. That’s what’s so cool. There’s a lot of history behind this Supercross race and it’s just very prestigious because of those factors of it being rougher and really the toughest track on the circuit.”

The construction took about 500 man-hours over 2 days as workers used 1 crawler, 1 front loader and 2 skid steers are used to move the dirt as 8 trucks transported 264 truck loads (5,000 tons) of dirt into the Speedway to build the 40 jumps and 2 whoop sections on the 3,290 foot Supercross course. In addition to installing 450 tuff blocks with Honda covers around the course for safety.

DSX3On Sunday and Monday in the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. For more information on the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, visit www.racedaytona.com. For more information and tickets for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com  or call 1-800-PITSHOP. 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.

Source and images: Daytona International Speedway
Posted by Sam Kanish