Dave Rosno Making A Name For Himself During AHRMA At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 5, 2002) - Dave Rosno isn't really old enough to have watched Gary Nixon or Gary Fisher race in their prime. On Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway,...
Dave Rosno Making A Name For Himself During AHRMA At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 5, 2002) - Dave Rosno isn't really old enough to have watched Gary Nixon or Gary Fisher race in their prime. On Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway, Rosno beat the two motorcycle racing legends in the final day of the two-day American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association event.
Rosno, 34, of Eagle, Wis., took the win in the Formula Vintage class over Nixon and Fisher who battled to the line for second and third, with Nixon getting the nod. The class featured bikes that raced at the Speedway 30-years ago. Rosno rode a classic 1969 Honda CR750, nearly identical to the bike Dick Mann rode to victory in the Daytona 200 in 1970.
Rosno almost didn't even make the race after he stalled the historic machine before the warm-up lap.
"The bike bucked on me and died," said Rosno, a former AMA Supersport competitor. "The tires were a little cold on that first lap since I didn't have a warm-up. I guess I got lucky today. I had all this nervous energy built up and I used that on the track. It's great to finally get up here and win this thing."
Even though Rosno wasn't born when Fisher and Nixon were stars on the AMA circuit, he said his still has great respect for them and their ability.
"I'd heard of them before– I mean I'd read about them in books. It's a real honor being on the same track with them."
Floridian riders earned their share of first-place trophies in vintage racing at the Speedway. Tim Joyce, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., took a hard-fought victory in the Sportsman 500 class aboard a Triumph ahead of Atlanta rider Buff Harsh. Mark Nadelkov, of Deltona, Fla., inherited a victory in the Sportsman 750 class after early leader Jess Morris lost all but fifth gear on his 1968 Triumph 750.
On Wednesday, the AMA activities begin with Superbike practice for the Daytona 200 By Arai. Pole qualifying for the Daytona 200 By Arai is slated for Thursday.
Also on Thursday is the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Pageant at 11 a.m. The winner of the local competition advances to the regional competition and a chance at the national title. The pageant will take place inside the track near the road course's east horseshoe.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (904) 253-7223.