Speedweeks 1997 Opens Busy, Lucrative Daytona Schedule DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (11-25-96) -- Racers will compete for nearly $7 million and cover more than 7,000 miles at Daytona International Speedway in 1997. Seven sanctioning bodies...
Speedweeks 1997 Opens Busy, Lucrative Daytona Schedule
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (11-25-96) -- Racers will compete for nearly $7 million and cover more than 7,000 miles at Daytona International Speedway in 1997. Seven sanctioning bodies will organize no less than eight weekends of racing that will involve nearly 3,000 laps around the "World Center of Racing's" high-banked 2.5-mile trioval and 3.56-mile road course. In a 37-day stretch, Daytona will host the world's greatest stock car, sports car and motorcycle races with the Feb. 16 Daytona 500, Feb. 1-2 Rolex 24 At Daytona and March 9 Daytona 200 By Arai, respectively. Along with the stock car, sports car, motorcycle and kart races at the Speedway, motorcycle and sprint kart races are held on the banked, quarter-mile dirt track at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium, located less than five miles from the Speedway. In addition to the racing events, DAYTONA USA, "The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction," is open daily except Christmas outside the Speedway's fourth turn. DAYTONA USA features no less than 14 interactive exhibits detailing the history of racing in the Daytona Beach area, from the beach to the Speedway. Speedweeks 1997, the first of five major racing festivals at Daytona, is an 18-day event that begins with practice Jan. 30 for the Feb. 1-2 Rolex 24 At Daytona IMSA season opener and culminates in the Daytona 500 Feb. 16. The other major events currently on the schedule include 1997 Daytona 200 Week, Feb. 27-March 9, including the Daytona 200 By Arai AMA Superbike National Championship race; Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, July 3-5; Fall Cycle Scene, Oct. 29-Nov. 2; and Kart Week, Dec. 26-30. Advance tickets are available for most Daytona events. To order tickets call the Daytona International Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-7223.
1997 Daytona International Speedway Event Schedule
DATE EVENT SPEEDWEEKS 1997 -- January 30 - February 16 31 2nd Two-hour IMSA Endurance Championship Race 1-2 35th Rolex 24 At Daytona IMSA Exxon World SportsCar Championship & Supreme GT Series Race 8 Busch Pole Award Qualifying for the Daytona 500 9 Busch Clash of 1997 & 34th Daytona ARCA 200 Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Race 13 38th Gatorade 125-Mile Qualifying Races for the Daytona 500 14 True Value Firebird IROC XXI & 19th Discount Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Race 15 39th Daytona 300 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Divisions Race 16 39th Daytona 500 NASCAR/FIA Winston Cup Series Race
1997 DAYTONA 200 WEEK -- February 27 - March 9 27-2 CCS Pro-Am Sprint Races/NASB Series Opening Rounds 3-4 AHRMA Vintage Races & BMW "Battle of Legends" Rounds 1&2 6 Arai Qualifying Day for the Rolex Daytona Award for the Daytona 200 7 Int'l Lightweight 250cc GP, 750 SuperSport & BMW "Legends" Round 3 7 AMA 600cc National Dirt Track at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium 8 27th Daytona Supercross By Honda AMA Supercross Series Race 8 AMA Grand National Kickoff Dirt Track at Daytona Bch Municipal Stadium 9 56th Daytona 200 By Arai AMA Superbike National, 600cc SuperSport Int'l Challenge, Harley-Davidson SuperTwins Final
July, 1997 3 Busch Pole Award Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 5 39th Pepsi 400 NASCAR/FIA Winston Cup Series Race
FALL CYCLE SCENE -- October-November, 1997 29-2 CCS National Championship Sprints & NASB/Formula USA Finals
KART WEEK -- December, 1997 26-30 WKA Enduro World Championships Enduro Kart Road Races 27-30 WKA Speedway World Championships Sprint Kart Races at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium -- 30 --