The stars of the AMA Supercross Series have taken over the Daytona International Speedway just weeks after NASCAR concluded their speedweeks. Tonight will be round ten for the Supercross teams leaving just seven more events on the schedule for the season.
Some of the riders that will be racing this weekend, got a chance to preview the track and get a sample of it. Included in that group is the track designer, Ricky Carmichael. Carmichael has been the track designer for the last six years at Daytona.
“I’ve got to thank Daytona for the opportunity,” Carmichael said in a released statement. “It’s always a great thing to be associated with everybody here at Daytona International Speedway. When you think about all the history here, all sorts of forms of racing, it’s pretty cool to be associated with it. It’s been fun to have the pleasure to design this track the past several years, and I love when the finished project comes out. There are a couple of different changes this year as opposed to last year, but for the most part it’s very similar. The reason for that is because I think it was a good design last year, but it didn’t get a fair shot so we are going to keep it close to the same. We are looking for good night of racing.”
Three-time Daytona Supercross champion Chad Reed, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Eli Tomac, Wil Hahn, Zach Bell, Josh Hill, Broc Tickle all joined Carmichael yesterday on the track to get a feel for this year’s design.
The course has not changed much from last year’s circuit and will featured the starting gate on pit road yet again this season. One change is that riders will have ten more jumps to face on the circuit then they did last year.