Daytona International Speedway today announced that construction has begun in the tri-oval between pit road and the start/finish line to create the track for the 51st running of the Daytona Supercross, scheduled for Saturday night, March 6.
For the 14th straight year, five-time Daytona Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael lends his signature design to the most gruelling Supercross course on the calendar.
“This Carmichael Signature Design features obstacles never before seen at Daytona including the ‘over-under bridge’ with riders racing across the bridge while other riders battle for position beneath them,” said a spokesman
“With the start gate returning to pit road this year, riders will launch full throttle towards the fans on the front stretch to start the race before taking the action in the counter-clockwise direction.”
Track by numbers…
· 8,000 – yards of soil
· 320 – truckloads of dirt
· 4,600 – tons of dirt
· 12 – trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway
· 2 – days to bring all of the dirt into the track
· 42 – obstacles on the Daytona Supercross course
· 588 – approximate number of Tuff Blox
· 3,100 – length in feet of the Supercross course
· 460 – man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross course