DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – official release — Brian J. Nelson photo — The 74th Daytona 200, which will showcase the return of the AMA Pro SuperBike class to America’s most historic motorcycle race, will be held on March 14, 2015.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m.
Earlier this year, AMA Pro Racing announced that its premier AMA Pro SuperBike class will return to the Daytona 200 in 2015. The season-opening event will be a 69-lap race contested on Daytona Int’l Speedway’s 2.91-mile short course.
Since 2005, the smaller-displacement motorcycles of Formula Xtreme and GoPro Daytona SportBike have been showcased in the prestigious event. With the 2015 return of the AMA Pro SuperBikes, the top teams and riders will again headline the historic event.
“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 Int’l 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.
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 Int’l 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.
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.