Courtesy Daytona International Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Roush Fenway Racing team are still celebrating their 2009 Daytona 500 win, work has already begun to transform “The World Center of Racing” into a dirt-biker’s paradise.
Construction has already begun in the legendary tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona Supercross By Honda course, which is designed by five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael for the second consecutive year and is being built by Mark Barnett, a former Supercross Champion and three-time National Champion.
The 2009 Daytona Supercross By Honda is scheduled on a new day – Saturday, March 7 – and will feature the best riders in the world including defending race champion Kevin Windham, 2007 Daytona Supercross By Honda winner James Stewart and two-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Chad Reed.
Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course, which is traditionally one of the toughest and most challenging layouts of the season:
4 - Number of people working on the construction of the dirt track
3 - Number of tractors working to spread the dirt (1 loader, 1 crawler, 1 skid steers)
40 - Number of jumps on the track (including at least 2 triples)
174 - Number of truck loads of dirt to build the course on the tri-oval grass
350 - Number of man-hours needed to complete the construction of the course
450 - Number of 2 x 9 Styrofoam blocks that will be used for safety along the course
2,970 Mileage (in feet) of the Supercross course from start to finish
6,000 Tons of dirt needed to build the Supercross track
For more information and tickets for the Daytona Supercross By Honda as well as the rest of
Daytona 200 Week By Honda events, visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP
Image of the Ricky Carmichael designed Daytona Supercross by Honda race track