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Daytona: Jason DiSalvo happy to be back home

Jason DiSalvo Happy To Be Back Home During CCS Race At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 1, 2002)& ...

Jason DiSalvo Happy To Be Back Home During CCS Race At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 1, 2002)– One of the most anticipated things motorcycle racing fans have been waiting to see during Daytona 200 Week this year is the return of Jason DiSalvo.

DiSalvo was the top amateur motorcycle road racer two years ago. He was awarded the AMA Horizon Awards as the most promising rider in the sport. His path to stardom in this country seemed set, but the Stafford, N.Y. rider and his family decided to go a slightly different route.

DiSalvo, then just 16, left for Europe in an attempt to get experience on the tracks there for a possible future assault on the world championships. His sojourn was well worth the sacrifices he and his family made.

He competed in the European and Spanish championships and even earned wild-card rides in a few world championship races. After two solid years of learning the ropes in Europe, DiSalvo returns to America to race in the AMA championships.

On Friday at Daytona International Speedway, DiSalvo raced in the Championship Cup Series in preparation for next week's AMA activities at the Speedway. He finished a strong third to New England veteran Scott Greenwood in the Expert GTU final.

"I'm glad to back," said DiSalvo, who just turned 18 last month. "We've got a new crew and we're just trying to get everything set up for next weekend. My lap times are looking pretty good, so I'm pleased and looking forward to the AMA races."

DiSalvo primary goal this year will be a good result in the AMA Superstock Championships. He'll be riding Suzukis with backing from Cruise America and has been training with former Daytona 200 By Arai winner and two-time world champion Freddie Spencer.

"I've been down to Las Vegas working with Freddie," said DiSalvo. "He's been going over the basics with me and doing some testing. When you think about if you apply the basics well enough to your racing it can help you go really fast."

Tickets remain for all motorcycle events at Daytona International Speedway and can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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Drivers Freddie Spencer