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Mar 7, 2013

Daytona International Speedway Offers Some Story Lines For 2013 Daytona 200 Week By Honda

The start of the 2012 Daytona 200 race at Daytona International Speedway. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy of AMA Pro Racing.
STORY LINES FOR 2013 DAYTONA 200 WEEK BY HONDA

Below are a number of storylines leading up to the Daytona Supercross By Honda and the 72nd Daytona 200, as well as events on the Daytona Flat Track. Please reach out to Andrew Booth, Senior Manager of Media Relations, if you’re interested in additional information or to set up an interview with DIS personnel.


ON THE TRACK

Josh Hayes Jumps Into 2013: Josh Hayes returns to Daytona International Speedway with the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team riding a Yamaha R1 following an impressive 2012 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season. Hayes not only accomplished 16 wins out of 20 races last year, but also took home his third-consecutive AMA National Guard SuperBike championship. Last year at Daytona, Hayes won the AMA Opening Round Superbike Race 1 and secured second place during the AMA Opening Round Superbike Race 2.

First Female Daytona Champion Back Again: Last year, Elena Myers made history by becoming the first woman to win a professional event at Daytona International Speedway after capturing the second round of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport. This year, the 19-year-old Myers will be gunning for a victory in the historic Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 16 riding for Sturgess Cycle Triumph.

British SuperBike Star Stammova Debuts At Daytona: Sandra Stammova, the Slovakian native and British SuperBike sensation, will bring her talents to the United States to compete in GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing’s Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series on Friday, March 15.

Mossey Makes His Way to Daytona: European motorcycle rider, Luke Mossey, will also make his debut at Daytona this year for the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race on March 16. Mossey has competed in the Spanish 125 Series, as well as the British SuperBike. The European superstar will race the Daytona 200 on a Yamaha YZF-R6, but has no present plans of future races in America. Mossey will return to Europe to finish out the British Championship season.

Ricky Carmichael Signature Design: Ricky Carmichael, the five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion, returns for the sixth straight year as the course designer for the circuit’s most challenging event of the year. This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course is designed nearly identical to last year’s layout and the placement of the starting gate will remain on pit road providing fans with a great view of the first turn.

Daytona International Speedway has been home to the original Supercross since 1971 – the longest continuous Supercross event in America – and this marks the 22nd 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, Carmichael and last year’s champion James Stewart.

Amateur Supercross Action: The fourth annual Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross At Daytona is set for Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11. Amateur Supercross racers will have the 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

Flying on the Flat Track: AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles riders will hit the Daytona Flat Track on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15. The under-the-light racing on the quarter-mile track outside Turns 1 and 2 will undoubtedly get intense with a Daytona Flat Track Pro Main Event (16 laps) and Daytona Flat Track Expert Main Event (25 laps) each night.

Pascarella looking to repeat: Joey Pascarella, riding a Yamaha for Project One, captured the 2012 edition of the Daytona 200, the prestigious season-opening event to the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike season. In this year’s 72nd Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 16, Pascarella will be riding a Triumph 675R as he attempts to become the first back-to-back winner of the Daytona 200 since Mat Mladin back in 2000 and 2001.


FUN FOR FANS

Cycle Social: Stay up to date during Daytona 200 Week with the most recent information by following Daytona International Speedway on Facebook and Twitter (@DISUpdates) using hashtags: #DAYTONASX, #DAYTONAFLATTRACK and #DAYTONA200.

K&G Cycles Thunder Alley at Daytona: In need of a cold Budweiser and great food, then head to K&G Cycles Thunder Alley at Daytona with your friends. Experience the Budweiser Cool Your Pipes Zone, entertainment, games and contests all outside of Turn 4.

Motorcycle Marketplace: Hot Leathers is the now the Official Bike Week Apparel and Accessories Provider for Daytona International Speedway. Bikers and fans can find the nation’s top parts, accessories and apparel companies throughout the Hot Leathers Motorcycle Marketplace display area.

Hooters Bikini Contest: The annual Hooters Bikini Contest is back and will take place in K&G Cycles Thunder Alley outside of Turn 4 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

Hot Leathers Fashion Show: Do not miss the showcase of the most up-to-date styles in motorcycle apparel. The Hot Leathers Fashion Show will be in K&G Cycles Thunder Alley at Daytona outside of Turn 4 on March 16 at 1 p.m.

Free demo rides: Outside of the famous Daytona International Speedway, motorcycle enthusiasts can test-ride the latest and greatest motorcycles from top manufacturers with free demo rides March 9-16. Riders must have a DOT-approved helmet and motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license in order to demo.

The Indian Motorcycle Spring Dash at Daytona: Experience the ride of a lifetime- take your own bike for two laps around Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course. The eighth-annual dash around Daytona on Saturday, March 16 runs immediately after the Daytona 200 (approx. 4 p.m.). Tickets are $30 per bike and include a commemorative patch. Professional photographs are available.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Free Tent Camping with Admission Ticket: With a daily Daytona 200 Week admission ticket, tent camping for fans is free in Turns 3 and 4. For more information, please call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Affordable Tickets: For the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday, March 9, advance general admission tickets start at $30 and general admission tickets are $35 the day of the event with Trackside Access upgrades available for $15. Kids 5 and under are free.

For both the Daytona Flat Track and the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing schedule the following weekend, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

To purchase tickets, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.