Info courtesy Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach FL: Historic night racing, free demo rides and displays, charity parade laps and the traveling 80 percent Vietnam Veterans Memorial highlight the activities during Daytona 200 Week By Honda Feb. 27 – March 7 at historic Daytona International Speedway.
Here’s a look at some of the activities that will be taking place at ‘The World Center of Racing’ that are a must-see for motorcycle enthusiasts:
Historic night race: The 68th Daytona 200 By Honda Daytona Sportbike race, the prestigious season-opening event to the AMA Pro Racing season and the most historic motorcycle event in America, will be held under the lights for the first time on Friday night, March 6. The Daytona 200 By Honda, which was previously held on Saturday afternoon, will feature star riders such as five-time winner Miguel Duhamel, Ben Bostrom, Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Chris Peris, Jake Zemke, Michael Barnes, Martin Cardenas, Jason DiSalvo, Chaz Davies, Roger Hayden and Jamie Hacking.
New day for Daytona Supercross By Honda: The Daytona Supercross will be held on a new day during Daytona 200 Week By Honda – Saturday night, March 7. The Daytona Supercross By Honda, which was previously held on a Friday night, will now be held on a Saturday night, which is a traditional day for all AMA Supercross events on the schedule. While the race will be on a different day, the course will continue to be one of the most challenging Supercross layouts in America thanks Ricky Carmichael’s Signature Course Design.
For the second straight year, five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael has designed the course that will be located in the Tri-Oval of historic Daytona International Speedway while Mark Barnett, former Supercross Champion and three-time National Champion, will do the construction and maintenance during the event.
Demo rides and displays: Outside of Daytona International Speedway, motorcycle enthusiasts can test-ride the latest and greatest motorcycles with free manufacturer demo rides and displays.
Among the manufacturers expected to attend include: Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, Buell, Victory, Triumph and Boss Hoss. Riders must hold a valid motorcycle driver license and DOT approved helmet in order to participate in the demo rides.
Free admission to D5X: Daytona 500 Experience, the Official Attraction of NASCAR, will have free admission on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 and will go by the name of D5X and celebrate Daytona 200 Week By Honda with food, beverages and entertainment. The attraction is the new home to the winning Daytona 500 car of Matt Kenseth.
Spring Dash: It’s the ride of a lifetime – two laps around the historic Daytona International Speedway road course. On Thursday night, March 5 between 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., bike enthusiasts will get that chance in the third annual Spring Dash Around At Daytona. The package includes a Spring Dash T-Shirt, two parade laps around the track, an After Party in the Sprint FANZONE with live entertainment, two beverage tickets and the opportunity to watch Daytona 200 By Honda qualifying.
Tickets are only $40 and a companion ticket is available for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Budweiser Cool Your Pipes Zone outside of Turn 4 on Friday, Feb. 27 – March 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and are also available on http://www.kickstandcity.com A portion of the proceeds from Spring Dash Around Daytona will benefit the VFW National Military Assistance Programs.
Traveling wall: The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall will visit Daytona International Speedway Feb. 28 through March 7. Viewing is free on Feb. 28 – March 5 and on Saturday, March 7 with access to the Memorial through the Turn 4 Tunnel. The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service. Since the tribute is mobile it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances to do so. The AVTT presents several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits with its centerpiece being the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
Opening ceremony for the Traveling Wall: Opening Ceremony for The Wall is Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m. in the infield. It is open and FREE to attend through the Turn 4 tunnel. The Ceremony will serve as the first official opening for THE WALL and all other tributes for the public to view through March 7.
Closing ceremony: Closing Ceremonies will be celebrated at The Wall site Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m. to conclude and honor its stay in Daytona.
Bikini contest: On Saturday, March 7 between 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., the Hooters Bikini Contest will take place at the Jack Daniel’s/Hooters Oasis located in the Midway outside of Turn 4.
Tickets: For tickets to all the Daytona 200 Week By Honda races, including the inaugural nighttime running of the Daytona 200 By Honda and the Daytona Supercross By Honda, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
Honda’s Daytona activities – courtesy American Honda / Vreeke & Associates
Honda Racing Activities at Daytona 2009, March 4 to 7
For the annual Daytona Bike Week racing events, fans will be greeted with a host of changes to the program and to Honda teams that promise a whole new level of excitement.
The Daytona Supercross by Honda, now scheduled for Saturday, March 7, will feature the Honda Red Bull Racing team of Andrew Short, Davi Milsaps and Ivan Tedesco, who have graced Supercross podiums all year long on their factory CRF450R machines. The Geico Honda Powersports team will also compete with Kevin Windham, who won last year’s Daytona Supercross in miserably wet conditions on his CRF450R. In the Lites East class, Geico CRF250R riders Blake Wharton and Brett Metcalfe will try to follow teammate Trey Canard’s win in 2008.
On the road racing front, the Corona Extra Honda team is first up on Thursday, March 5th when Neil Hodgson competes in the American Superbike race aboard his CBR1000RR. On Friday, the fabled Daytona 200 will run at night under the lights, and a full field will dive into the first turn with Erion Racing Honda riders Jake Zemke and Chris Peris in the thick of it on their CBR600RR Daytona SportBike class machines.
So mark your calendars and set aside some time to join us at one of the biggest and most exciting racing events of the year, Daytona Bike Week.
Yamaha’s Daytona activities – courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp USA
The “March” To the Championships begins in earnest for Yamaha this week when the big-blue transporters filled with bikes, hopes, and dreams descend upon the Crucible of Speed that is Daytona International Speedway.
With 18 Daytona 200 wins to its credit – including an unprecedented, unbeaten string of 13 Daytona 200 victories in a row – the High Banks of Daytona have been good to Yamaha. So good that, among many fans, Daytona is better known as “Yamaha Beach”.
The landscape at Yamaha Beach has dramatically changed since last year, with new racing classes, a different schedule of events, and the Daytona 200 being run for the first time under the lights. And, for Yamaha, much has changed as well – with new riders, new bikes, and a renewed enthusiasm permeating every fiber of the team.
The Road Racers: For the Yamaha Factory Racing Team, Ben Bostrom, the 2008 AMA Supersport Champion, is back on ‘the big bike’ for this season on the all-new YZF-R1, and he’s joined by seasoned veteran Josh Hayes. It’s an understatement to say that Ben and Josh know their way around the Daytona road course. Both riders will be competing in the brand-new American Superbike class, as well as the equally new Daytona SportBike class. Daytona SportBike is the basis for the Daytona 200 that will be held for the first time in prime time under the lights this Friday night.
For the Graves Motorsports Racing Team, 18-year-old Josh Herrin returns, and he’ll be focused on Daytona SportBike exclusively. Still young, but possessing a level of race craft beyond his years, Josh is a multi-time race winner on the Yamaha YZF-R6. This year, he’s joined by new recruit Tommy Aquino who, at only 16, has already logged a lot of seat time. Together, Herrin and Aquino will be taking Bostrom and Hayes to task in the Daytona 200, with all four riders aboard YZF-R6s for the premier – and premiere – nighttime event. Look for their competition numbers – 1, 4, 6, and 8 for Bostrom, Hayes, Herrin, and Aquino, respectively – on the grid and on the
The Road Racing Machines: For the 2009, the all-new, technologically advanced Yamaha YZF-R1 will debut at Daytona. Infused with MotoGPÂ® technology, this year, the R1 is the first-ever production-class motorcycle with cross plane crankshaft technology pioneered in the MotoGP title-winning YZR-M1.
Light, powerful, and bristling with championship-winning development, the YZF-R6 is the most advanced production 600cc motorcycle Yamaha – or anyone else – has ever built.
Together, the R1 and R6 represent a stable of race bikes that, when prepped by the expert crews at Yamaha Factory Racing and Graves Motorsports, will put up a challenge unmatched by any other manufacturer competing in organized U.S. road racing.
The Supercrossers: Supercross at Daytona is a special event, with the course built front and center inside the famed Tri-Oval. This year, the Daytona Supercross will be held on Saturday night, with Factory Yamaha riders Broc Hepler and Josh Hill, L & M Racing’s and current points co-leader James Stewart and his teammate Kyle Chisholm, Joe Gibbs’ Racing’s Josh Grant and Cody Cooper, as well as Star Racing’s Factory Lites riders Matt Lemoine and Darryn Durham set to compete.
The Don’t-Miss Events: Off the track, Big Blue will storm Daytona Beach with displays and demos of Yamaha sport bikes and street bikes, including the all-new R1; and Star cruisers, including the all-powerful VMAX. It’s your chance to get up-close and personal with the 2009 models.
To take a demo ride on the R1, VMAX, or any of the other 2009 Yamaha’s available, you need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection.
An additional Yamaha Beach activity will include an include an autograph session with the road racing team this Friday from 10 to 11 AM at the Yamaha display at the track.