2020 DAYTONA 200 Presented by Comoto at Daytona International Speedway Canceled
Most Historic Motorcycle Road Race Set to Return in March of 2021
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2020) – The 79th DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto, America’s most historic motorcycle road race, held at the iconic Daytona International Speedway, has officially been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and operated by the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA), the DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto was postponed from its original date of March 14 and rescheduled to be a part of Fall Cycle Scene on Saturday, Oct. 17.
In addition, the Midway, located between the venue and International Speedway Blvd., as well as Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley and all of its activities during Fall Cycle Scene, will not be in operation.
“The DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto is a very important part of Daytona International Speedway and the fabric of our great community,” said track president Chip Wile. “We are all faced with difficult decisions this year, and this was definitely one of them. We will miss not having the iconic motorcycle race and fans in our region but look forward to welcoming the event back as part of Bike Week 2021.”
The 2021 DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto is scheduled to return on Saturday, March 13, 2021, during Bike Week At DAYTONA (March 5-14). The 57-lap, 200-mile event will showcase 600cc sportbikes on the Speedway’s 3.51-mile DAYTONA Road Course. Kyle Wyman is the event’s latest winner, capturing the checkered flag in March of 2019.
The roots of the DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto 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 in 1961 and incorporating the high banks of the “World Center of Racing.” This marks the second time in history that the DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto was not held. The other was from 1942-46 due to World War II.
Customers who purchased tickets to the 2020 DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto will be offered a 120% credit to any American Flat Track (AFT) Events race held through October 2021 or a full refund. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
The status of the DAYTONA TT, the season-opening race for the AFT season that was also postponed in March, will be addressed by AFT officials in the near future. The Championship Cup Series (CCS), which traditionally conducts a motorcycle road-racing program at DAYTONA each October, is expected to announce its plans as well.
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest speedway news throughout the season. Fans can also log onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
More, from a press release issued by Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Biketoberfest® 2020 Changes, Attendees Urged to Visit Responsibly
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For 28 years, motorcycle enthusiasts have come to Daytona Beach in October for Biketoberfest® (Oct. 15-18, 2020) to enjoy the beautiful Florida fall weather and miles of scenic rides.
This year the weather is expected to be beautiful, the rides will be scenic, and due to COVID-19 some things will be different.
On September 9, city commissioners in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, two of the many cities within Volusia County where Biketoberfest® activities are held, discussed whether to issue special event permits to merchants for such activities as outdoor concerts and food and merchandise vendors. Permits in Ormond Beach were approved. In Daytona Beach commissioners felt that now was not the right time to approve special use permits.
“Safety is paramount,” said Lori Campbell Baker, executive director of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “We know these were difficult decisions for the cities and the merchants. We know some riders will still come and we look forward to welcoming them back. For those planning farther ahead, we hope to see them next year at Daytona Bike Week’s 80thAnniversary March 5-14 and at 2021 Biketoberfest® October 14-17.”
While the number of vendors may be less at some locations, local businesses – on Main Street, at Destination Daytona, in Midtown, and around Daytona International Speedway – will be open.
“Our hotels, restaurants, attractions, and retail shops are open. Our beautiful, expansive beach is open. For those who decide to travel to our area, we want them to visit responsibly and safely,” said Campbell Baker.
More information can be found on the official event website Biketoberfest.org
More, from a press release issued by ASRA/CCS:
ASRA/CCS Event Schedule Being Updated for the Race of Champions During Biketoberfest
September 11, 2020
Fort Worth, TX – The 37th Annual Race of Champions is undergoing a schedule overhaul due to the postponement/cancellation of the 79th Daytona 200 and the updated document will be released as soon as Daytona International Speedway approves the new schedule.
As a head’s up, one version includes a 55 lap team event, so stay tuned!!!!