Photography by Brian J. Nelson
Daytona International Speedway has announced that the 74th Daytona 200 will be held on Saturday, March 14 of 2015 and, as reported earlier, will feature a return to Superbikes instead of the Daytona SportBike class that has made up the 200 since 2005.
The season-opening race will feature 69 laps on the 2.91-mile short course and not 57 laps of the 3.51-mile long course, according to Daytona.
“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.
Kicking off Daytona 200 Week will be the Daytona Supercross on Saturday night, March 7.