Events at Daytona 200 Week

Spring Dash lets riders make two parade laps

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Feb. 24, 2009
Daytona International Speedway has several events lined up for Daytona 200 Week, Feb. 27 March 7.

The highlight of the week will be the 68th Daytona 200, the 2009 AMA Pro Racing season opener. The race will mark the debut of the new AMA Daytona Sportbike class and will be held under the lights for the first time on Friday, March 6 in Daytona, Fla.

The Daytona 200 will feature star racers such as Ben Bostrom, Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Chris Peris, Jake Zemke, Michael Barnes, Martin Cardenas, Jason DiSalvo, Chaz Davies, Roger Hayden, Jamie Hacking and five-time winner Miguel Duhamel.

To make way for the Daytona 200, the Daytona AMA Supercross event moves from its traditional Friday night to Saturday, March 7. Multiple-time AMA Supercross and Motocross champion and all-time AMA National Championship wins leader Ricky Carmichael designed this years Daytona Supercross track while former Supercross champion Mark Barnett handled the construction and maintenance.

The Daytona 200 will feature a large field of talented riders including Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking.If watching the historic Daytona 200 and Supercross event isnt enough, bike enthusiasts will have the opportunity to ride the Daytona International Speedway road course in the third annual Spring Dash Around at Daytona, March 5. For a $40 ticket, riders can take two parade laps around the track. The package also includes a Spring Dash T-shirt, an invitation to an after party in the Sprint FANZONE with live entertainment and two drink tickets, and the chance to watch the Daytona 200 qualifying.

Outside of the circuit, visitors can take demo rides of motorcycles from manufacturers including Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, Buell, Victory, Triumph and Boss Hoss. A valid motorcycle license and DOT-approved helmet are required to participate.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall will also be at Daytona International Speedway through the week. The memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served their nation. The memorial includes the Traveling Wall, an 80% scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Riders are invited to join the Traveling Walls escort as it leaves Jacksonville, Fla. on Feb. 26 and travels down US-1 to Daytona.