Daytona International Speedway
Courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
Photo by Brian J. Nelson/ AMA Pro Racing
DAYTONA BEACH, FL, JULY 31, 2014
The 74th Daytona 200, which will showcase the return of the AMA Pro SuperBike class to America’s most historic motorcycle race, will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014.
Earlier this year, AMA Pro Racing announced that its premier AMA Pro SuperBike class will return to the Daytona 200 in 2015. The season-opening event will be a 69-lap race contested on Daytona International Speedway’s 2.91-mile short course.
Since 2005, the smaller-displacement motorcycles of Formula Xtreme and GoPro Daytona SportBike have been showcased in the prestigious event. With the return of the AMA Pro SuperBikes for 2015, the top teams and riders will again headline the historic event.
“The Daytona 200 has a long and storied history on both the sands of Daytona Beach and on the high banks of the Speedway,” said Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III. “We’re looking forward to witnessing a new chapter in the event’s history as the powerful SuperBikes from AMA’s premier class return to compete in motorcycle’s most historic and demanding race.”
In addition to the Daytona 200, the Speedway will host a full complement of AMA Pro Road Racing classes, March 12-14, with the GoPro Daytona SportBike and the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. The AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader is scheduled for March 12 and 13.
The roots of the Daytona 200 can be traced back to the sands of Daytona Beach, with Ed Kretz Sr.’s winning of the inaugural event aboard an Indian back in 1937. The Daytona 200 moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961 and is the only endurance race on the AMA Pro Racing schedule.
Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated the 2014 edition of the Daytona 200. Eslick became the first rider to win the Daytona 200 aboard a Triumph since the late Gary Nixon in 1967 and joined a long list of motorcycle legends who have conquered the grueling race, including Scott Russell, Miguel Duhamel, Mat Mladin, Kenny Roberts and Dick Klamfoth.
Kicking off Daytona 200 Week on Saturday night, March 7, will be the prestigious Daytona Supercross – the only AMA Supercross event in Florida in 2015. The tough and challenging course will once again be designed by Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.
Following the Daytona Supercross will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross on Sunday, March 8, and Monday, March 9, in which Amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross.
Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 800/PIT-SHOP or online at 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 front-stretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DaytonaRising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.
About AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road-racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road-racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport, and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.