By The Numbers
By the Numbers: Construction Begins on DAYTONA Supercross Course Designed by Five-Time DAYTONA Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael

Daytona International Speedway today announced that construction has begun in the tri-oval between pit road and the start/finish line to create the course for the 51st running of the DAYTONA Supercross, scheduled for Saturday night, March 6. For the 14th straight year, five-time DAYTONA Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael lends his signature design to the most grueling Supercross course on the circuit.


The DAYTONA Supercross is the longest continuous Supercross race in America dating back to 1971. This Carmichael Signature Design features obstacles never before seen at DAYTONA including the “over-under bridge” with riders racing across the bridge while other riders battle for position beneath them. With the start gate returning to pit road this year, riders will launch full throttle towards the fans on the frontstretch to start the race before taking the action in the counter-clockwise direction.


Daytona International Speedway is building the 2021 DAYTONA Supercross track under the guidance of Carmichael, the “greatest of all time.” Below is a breakdown of the numbers behind its construction:

  • 8,000 – Yards of soil
  • 320 – Truckloads of dirt
  • 4,600 – Tons of dirt
  • 12 – Trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway
  • 2 – Days to bring all of the dirt into the track
  • 42 – Obstacles on the DAYTONA Supercross course
  • 588 - Approximate number of Tuff Blox
  • 3,100 – Length in feet of the Supercross course
  • 460 - Man-hours (approximate) to set up the DAYTONA Supercross course

In addition, two bull dozers, two front loaders, two bobcats and one skid steer are being used to move the dirt during construction.


Tickets for the 51st annual DAYTONA Supercross start at just $45. Kids 6-12 are $15 and ages 5 and under are free in select seating areas. Hospitality packages in the Rolex 24 Lounge are also on sale.


As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the DAYTONA Supercross will be conducted in accordance with enhanced safety protocols and procedures. All guests will be screened before entering the facility and will be required to wear face coverings while maintaining six feet social distancing throughout their visit.


Also returning in 2021 will be the 12th annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross on Sunday, March 7 and Monday, March 8. Amateur supercross racers have an opportunity to test their skills on a slightly modified version of the same course used in the DAYTONA Supercross. Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross will be the Daytona Vintage Supercross (DVSX) and ATV Supercross, both of which take place on Tuesday, March 9. For more information, visit https://racedaytona.com. For information on other Daytona International Speedway Bike Week events, please visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.


All Daytona International Speedway event tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. For a schedule of on-track activities and event protocols, log onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway and see the latest speedway news on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


All Daytona International Speedway event tickets, next week’s Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth (Feb. 9-14) events that will culminate with the 63rd DAYTONA 500, can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.


For a schedule of on-track activities and event protocols, log onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway and see the latest speedway news on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is the home of The Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the World Center of Racing, boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway grounds are also used extensively for events that include concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

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