Qualifying for the 79th annual DAYTONA 200 that will set the starting field for Saturday’s anticipated, historical motorcycle road race at Daytona International Speedway is set for this Friday (March 12) with three different rounds scheduled.
In addition to practice sessions, riders entered into the DAYTONA 200 will take to the 3.51-mile road course configuration for three rounds of time trials, beginning at 8 a.m., followed by 10:35 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET. The DAYTONA 200 gets a 1 p.m. ET green flag. The historic 57-lap/200-mile race – which dates to 1936 when it was run on the old Daytona Beach-Road Course – is now contested on the speedway’s iconic road course with 600cc sportbikes. The DAYTONA 200, first held at the speedway in 1961, is sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and operated by the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA).
Competing for a $175,000 purse and a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch, a competitive field of more than 65 riders will race including defending DAYTONA 200 champion Kyle Wyman, four-time DAYTONA 200 champion Danny Eslick, 2019 podium finisher Dylan Kelly, and former DAYTONA 200 champions Josh Herrin, Jason DiSalvo and Michael Barnes. In addition to the DAYTONA 200, ASRA and CCS (Championship Cup Series) will have a full schedule of races Friday through Sunday.
The Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace is on display through Saturday, March 13. The area’s largest motorcycle marketplace with feature the nation’s top motorcycle parts and apparel vendors. This will be the only Bike Week location in the Daytona Beach area offering free manufacturer demo rides. Participating manufacturers include Kawasaki, Indian, BMW, Vanderhall and Yamaha. Guests can also enjoy free live music on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley stage.
Customers who purchased tickets to the 2020 DAYTONA TT will be offered a 120 percent credit to any American Flat Track (AFT) Events race held through October 2021 or a full refund. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All Daytona International Speedway event tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans who can’t make it to DIS for the DAYTONA 200 can watch it live exclusively on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
Guests of Daytona International Speedway are encouraged to visit responsibly. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the DAYTONA 200 and the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace 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.
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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