Carmichael’s Daytona SX Layout Unveiled
2012 AMA Supercross
In less than three weeks, the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship heads to the famed Daytona, “home to the original Supercross since 1971.”
And for fifth consecutive year, the circuit will be designed by one of the most legendary names in Supercross – Ricky Carmichael, a man who won Daytona SX five times.
Ricky Carmichael says: “It’s an honor and a pleasure to design the course for Daytona, where there is so much racing history involved. The fans are great, and there is a great group of people working at Daytona International Speedway. I’m flattered that they continue to want me to keep coming back to design their race course. It’s a pretty cool deal.”
For this year’s 2012 Daytona SX by Honda on March 10, the Carmichael-designed circuit will be similar to last season. The layout will began on pit road on Daytona International Speedway, providing fans with an optimal view of turn 1. Compared to last year’s track, the circuit will feature “slight” changes in the corners.
Ricky Carmichael says: “It’s fun to sit down at the drawing board and to think of a design that will be fun and challenging for the riders, as well as exciting for the fans and for the people watching on television.”
Following the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday, March 10, the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross will once again take center stage on Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12 on a modified version of the layout. Amateur riders interested in competing in the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross can sign up by clicking here.
Joie Chitwood III (Daytona International Speedway President) says: “Ricky Carmichael is the most decorated Supercross rider in history and there’s no better course designer than ‘The Greatest of All Time.
“We have received positive feedback on Ricky Carmichael’s course designs for the Daytona Supercross By Honda from both riders and fans. Year in and year out, Ricky has created a course that has provided a tough test for the riders as well as a thrilling show for the fans.”
Daytona International Speedway has been home to the original Supercross since 1971 – the longest continuous Supercross event in America – and stages the grueling and demanding race in the tri-oval. Aside from Carmichael, Supercross greats like Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton and Jeremy McGrath have captured career-defining wins at the Daytona Supercross.
Grandstand tickets for the Daytona Supercross By Honda are on sale now. For ticket information for all Daytona International Speedway events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or go online to daytonainternationalspeedway.com.