2015 Daytona 200 Date Set for March 14

2015 Daytona 200 Date Set for March 14

2014 Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick aboard the Triumph Daytona 657R

2015 Daytona 200 Date

Daytona International Speedway announced Thursday that the date is set for the 74th running of the Daytona 200 – Saturday, March 14.

The 2015 Daytona 200 will bring extra excitement to the 2.91-mile Daytona short course, considering the AMA Pro SuperBike class makes its return.

The Formula Xtreme and GoPro Daytona SportBike classes have been running the famed 69-lap race since 2005, but this changes as the liter bikes return in 2015.

“The DAYTONA 200 has a long and storied history on both the sands of Daytona Beach and on the high banks of the Speedway,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re looking forward to witnessing a new chapter in the event’s history as the powerful SuperBikes from AMA’s premier class return to compete in motorcycle’s most historic and demanding race.”

In addition to the Daytona 200, the Speedway will host a full complement of AMA Pro Road Racing classes March 12-14 with the GoPro Daytona SportBike and the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. The AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader is scheduled for March 12-13 DIS reports.

The roots of the DAYTONA 200 can be traced back to the sands of Daytona Beach with Ed Kretz Sr. winning the inaugural event back in 1937 aboard an Indian. The DAYTONA 200 moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961 and is the only endurance race on the AMA Pro schedule.

Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated the 2014 edition of the DAYTONA 200. Eslick became the first rider to win the DAYTONA 200 aboard a Triumph since the late Gary Nixon in 1967 and joined a long list of motorcycle legends that have conquered the grueling race including Scott Russell, Miguel Duhamel, Mat Mladin, Kenny Roberts and Dick Klamforth, DIS reports.

Kicking off DAYTONA 200 Week on Saturday night, March 7 will be the prestigious Daytona Supercross– the only AMA Supercross event in Florida in 2015. The tough and challenging course will once again be designed by Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.

Following the Daytona Supercross will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross on Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9 where amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross.

Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

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