DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Immediately following the 55th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last Sunday, construction has begun 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 Saturday night, March 9.
For the sixth 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 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. The riders will also have to conquer at least 10 more jumps on the course.
“Due to the weather conditions, the riders never really faced the track I designed last year so I decided to bring the design back again this year,” Carmichael said. “No matter how easy you design the track, or how technically hard you make it, it’s definitely a man’s track and only the strong survive here. I believe it is one of the best designs I have ever come up with.”
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.
Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:
219 – Number of truck loads of dirt
6,000 – Number in tons of dirt
8 – Number of trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway
2 – Number of days to bring all of the dirt into the track
40 – Number of jumps on the Supercross course
2 – Number of whoop sections
450 –Number of tuff blocks with Honda covers for safety
3,280 – Mileage in feet of the Supercross course
500 – Number of man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
In addition, one crawler, one front loader and two skid skeeters are used to move the dirt during construction.
The paddock for Supercross teams will again be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and provide easy accessibility for the fans.
On Sunday and Monday in the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the amateur Supercross racers wlll 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.
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