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Cheltenham National Festival – Save the Date

Tuesday, March 14 to Friday, March 17
Cheltenham Racecourse, UK

The Cheltenham Festival is recognised worldwide as the pinnacle of the jump race calendar – it is quite simply the Olympic Games of National Hunt racing.
Each day of the festival offers spectacular jump racing, building up to the grand finale, the Gold Cup, on Friday.Across each of its four race days, the Cheltenham Festival produces a special atmosphere. The ‘Cheltenham Roar’, which refers to the huge amount of noise generated for the start of the first race of the festival, is something not to be missed.

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Coke 400 at Daytona

Saturday, August 28 to Saturday, August 28
Daytona International Speedway

Get outside this summer and spend time with the whole family while experiencing the thrill of NASCAR racing in person at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 Saturday August 28.
From exploring the Midway to the spectacle of pre-race festivities to the excitement of drivers going all-out in this final chance to make the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, you’re bound to create memories that your family will cherish for a lifetime.

Find your tickets now while the best seats are available!

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Rolex 24 – 2022 at Daytona

Thursday, January 27 to Sunday, January 30
Daytona International Speedway

The historic 60th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, North America’s most prestigious sports car race that is the ultimate test of endurance, speed and skill for world-class competition, will be held on Jan. 29-30, 2022 at Daytona International Speedway to open the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

“We are excited to celebrate 60 years of memorable, iconic moments, and the continuation of a rich legacy with the 2022 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “We are looking forward to hosting fans from across the globe at the World Center of Racing for 24 hours of the most incredible sports car racing, along with an unforgettable experience at this diamond event in sports.”

The inaugural Rolex 24 was a three-hour event in 1962, initially known as the Daytona Continental, with Hall of Famer Dan Gurney taking the checkered flag. Held on Daytona’s world-famous 3.56-mile road course, the event has become renowned for annually attracting many of the world’s finest race car drivers – from various racing disciplines – to make history against the world’s best sports car racers. Historically, drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1 and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) have joined forces for the chance to win the coveted Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona.

Daytona International Speedway will pay tribute to noted Rolex 24 Champions with names like Andretti, Haywood, Pruett, Gordon, Foyt, to name a few – as well as the magnificent machines that carried them to victory (Porsche is the all-time overall wins leader with 18 triumphs). Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Acura quartet of Filipe Albuquerque, Helio Castroneves, Alexander Rossi and Ricky Taylor are the reigning Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Champions.

The 2022 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA will again open the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, which currently features competition in five classes: the headlining Daytona Prototype International (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP2), the new GTD PRO class making its world debut with factory teams and divers, and GT Daytona (GTD) for customer racing programs.

The Rolex 24 weekend kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 27 with practice sessions in all classes. On Friday, Jan. 28 – prior to the Saturday-Sunday, twice-around-the-clock Rolex 24 – the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season will begin with the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge.

Like 2021, the track actually will host back-to-back racing weekends with the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 preseason test sessions on Jan. 21-23 (Friday-Sunday). Qualifying to determine the starting lineup for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA will take place on Sunday, Jan. 23. Scout Days, a longtime tradition during the Roar Before the Rolex 24 that didn’t occur earlier this year because of the pandemic, are set to return in January.

Select tickets are currently available for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. They include both 2- and 4-day infield admission packages: 2-day pass – $60 (includes free admission to the Roar); and 4-day pass – $110 (includes garage access and free admission to the Roar). Kids 12 and under are free. Returning guests from 2021 may also log into their account to view their renewal and take advantage of special pricing and no-interest payment plan options.

The Taste of the 24, held annually on the Saturday evening after the drop of the green flag to the Rolex 24, will once again be held with the proceeds benefitting the NASCAR Foundation. It features unrivalled dining experience featuring local restaurant fare in the Midway Suites as part of the frontstetch seating.

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Daytona! Bike Week Continues

Friday, March 5 to Saturday, March 13
Daytona International Speedway

The 79th DAYTONA 200 will be held Saturday, March 13. America’s most historic motorcycle road race will run during the 80th Annual Bike Week featuring a 57-lap, 200-mile American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA)-sanctioned event that showcases 600cc sportbikes on the Speedway’s 3.51-mile DAYTONA Road Course.

Similar to its four-wheeled brethren, the DAYTONA 200’s roots go back to the sands of Daytona Beach where they began racing on a 4.2-mile shoreline course in 1937 before moving the event to Daytona International Speedway and incorporating the high banks of the World Center of Racing in 1961.

“The DAYTONA 200 speaks to the storied tradition at the World Center of Racing,” stated Chip Wile, President, Daytona International Speedway. “The DAYTONA Road Course has seen IMSA and NASCAR race so far this season and we are excited to watch these riders bring the two-wheel action for the ASRA event.”

Competing for a $175,000 purse and a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch, a competitive field of more than 70 riders will race including defending DAYTONA 200 champion Kyle Wyman, four-time DAYTONA 200 champion Danny Eslick, 2019 podium finisher Dylan Kelly, and former DAYTONA 200 champions Josh Herrin, Jason DiSalvo and Michael Barnes.

In addition to the DAYTONA 200, ASRA and CCS (Championship Cup Series) will have a full schedule of road races Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14. DAYTONA 200 qualifying will take place on Friday, March 12 with the race going green on March 13 at 1 p.m.

The Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace will be on display from March 5 through March 13. The area’s largest motorcycle marketplace with feature the nation’s top motorcycle parts and apparel vendors. This will be the only Bike Week location in the Daytona Beach area offering free manufacturer demo rides. Participating manufacturers include Kawasaki, Indian, BMW, Vanderhall and Yamaha. Guests can also enjoy live music on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley stage.

Customers who purchased tickets to the 2020 DAYTONA TT will be offered a 120 percent credit to any American Flat Track (AFT) Events race held through October 2021 or a full refund. Please email tickets@americanflattrack.com for more information. All Daytona International Speedway event tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans who can’t make it to DIS for the DAYTONA 200 can watch it live exclusively on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

Guests of Daytona International Speedway are encouraged to visit responsibly. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the DAYTONA 200 and the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace will be conducted in accordance with enhanced safety protocols and procedures. All guests will be screened before entering the facility and will be required to wear face coverings while maintaining six feet social distancing throughout their visit.

Two-wheeled action gets underway at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday (March 6) night with the 51st annual DAYTONA Supercross.

Things kick off at Daytona International Speedway For a schedule of on-track activities and event protocols, log onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway and see the latest speedway news on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Daytona Supercross

Saturday, March 6

Daytona International Speedway (DIS) today announced that tickets for the 51st annual DAYTONA Supercross, scheduled for Saturday night, March 6, are now on sale offering frontstretch seating.

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the DAYTONA Supercross will be conducted in accordance with enhanced safety protocols and procedures. All guests will be screened before entering the facility and will be required to wear face coverings while maintaining six feet social distancing throughout their visit.

The DAYTONA Supercross, the longest continuous Supercross race in America dating back to 1971, will feature the best Supercross riders in the world battling for a coveted win in this special Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship event. Through the first five events of 2021, the 450SX class has seen four different winners, a testament to the depth of this year’s field. Among those who have stood atop the podium are 450SX veterans Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb, Ken Roczen and defending series and DAYTONA Supercross champion Eli Tomac.

Tomac, a four-time DAYTONA Supercross champion, will attempt to win three straight at the World Center of Racing, a feat that would tie The GOAT, Ricky Carmichael, with five victories in the DAYTONA Supercross, the most of all-time.

The course will sport 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. With the start gate returning to pit road this year, riders will launch full throttle towards the fans on the Frontstretch to start the race before taking the action in the counter-clockwise direction.

“The DAYTONA Supercross is such an iconic event and we’re excited that fans can witness all of the racing action here at the World Center of Racing,” said Chip Wile, President of Daytona International Speedway. “It is such an honor to have Ricky Carmichael design this course, the most demanding on the circuit, and it’s one that fans definitely don’t want to miss.”

Roczen, rider of the Team Honda HRC No. 94 who resides in Central Florida, swept Rounds 4 and 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Having a chance to make it three in-a-row Saturday night, Roczen is no stranger to the DAYTONA Supercross, having finished on the podium twice, both second places finishes, in 2014 and 2020.

Adam Cianciarulo, rider of the No. 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki, grew up minutes from Daytona International Speedway in Port Orange, Fla. The up-and-comer is closing in on the top four riders in the series standings earning one podium on the year already. Cianciarulo, who won the 250SX DAYTONA Supercross in 2017, looks to add to his podium count at his hometown track.

Due to scheduling changes, the 250SX West division will race at Daytona International Speedway for the first time. Included in the lineup will be new Monster Energy / Star Yamaha Racing teammates Jeremy Martin and Justin Cooper, who have both seen success at DIS when racing 250SX East.

Tickets for the 51st annual DAYTONA Supercross start at just $45. Kids 6-12 are $15 and ages 5 and under are free in select seating areas. Hospitality packages in the Rolex 24 Lounge are also on sale.

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Pitbull to be Grand Marshal for Daytona 500

Sunday, February 14

GRAMMY®-winning international superstar, Pitbull, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 63rd DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, February 14, and will give the command for drivers to start their engines (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.

“It’s an honor to be named Grand Marshal for the 63rd DAYTONA 500,” said Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull).

“It’s exciting to mix culture, music and sports into motor racing. I’m humbled how embracing the NASCAR community and fans around the world have been about me joining the Trackhouse family. Unity at its finest. So let’s get ready to start engines, DALE (Dah-lay)!”

“We’re honored to have someone as accomplished and respected as Pitbull be a part of the 63rd running of the Daytona 500,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “He is not just a world renowned artist, Pitbull has made his mark as a philanthropist and businessman, most recently announcing he has joined the NASCAR ranks as a co-owner with Justin Marks at Trackhouse Racing with driver Daniel Suárez. We’re proud to welcome Pitbull to our great sport and I can’t wait to hear him deliver the most famous words in motorsports ahead of the Great American Race.”

With countless awards, dozens of international number ones, hundreds of gold and platinum certifications, single sales of over 80 million, and cumulative views in excess of 15 billion, Pitbull owns one of the most impressive careers in music history, setting the stage for him to make true change. Not only did he successfully help establish Sports Leadership Arts and Management (SLAM!) tuition-free public charter schools across the country, he was honored by the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of “Clean Water Here.” He is also a partner in eMerge Americas, the annual tech and innovation summit held in Miami, and he was honored alongside music legends as well as Nobel Peace Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners at the 2019 International Achievement Summit.

In January, Pitbull was announced as an ownership partner in the new NASCAR Cup Series team, Trackhouse Racing, set to make their NASCAR debut at the DAYTONA 500 with the No. 99 Chevrolet driven by Daniel Suárez.

For information on the 2021 DAYTONA 500 and all Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, which kicks off on Tuesday, Feb. 9 with the 43rd Annual Busch Clash on the DAYTONA Road Course under the lights, fans can visit www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

All Speedweeks events will be conducted in accordance with enhanced safety protocols and procedures to provide a safe environment for guests, NASCAR competitors, employees and the local community. All guests will be screened before entering the facility and will be required to wear face coverings while maintaining six feet social distancing throughout their visit.

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