Daytona Team Challenge lands first-time winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 27, 2003) -- The first checkered flag from motorcycle racing has waved at Daytona International Speedway as two-wheel thunder got underway on Thursday with the 200-mile Team Challenge event. The No. 93 Midcities ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 27, 2003) -- The first checkered flag from motorcycle racing has waved at Daytona International Speedway as two-wheel thunder got underway on Thursday with the 200-mile Team Challenge event.

The No. 93 Midcities Motorsports Suzuki 1000, with Wisconsin's Calvin Martinez and David Ebben aboard, put on a dominating performance to capture the overall victory. It was the first win for both riders at the "World Center of Racing."

"Not a single problem the whole day," said the 28-year-old Ebben, who started the race and took the lead immediately. "This is my fifth time at Daytona and my first win. It's awesome. It hasn't hit me just yet."

Said the 39-year-old Martinez: "The bike handled great. The tires never gave out on us. It ran all day long. The tires are still good for maybe another 20 laps, but that might be pushing it. It's my first win at Daytona and this is my second year. It's real special."

Rounding out the podium was the No. 1 New England Motorsports Aprilia 1000 with riders Mark Reynolds and Chad Healy and finishing third overall was the No. 205 King's Fitness Suzuki 600 and riders Dennis King and Mike Swank.

King and Swank also took top honors in the GTU class. Winning the GTL class was the No. 88 entry from CornerSpeed Racing with riders Aaron Stevenson and Eric Gray.

Formula USA and Championship Cup Series events continue through the weekend at the Speedway.

SPEED Channel: Daytona 200 Week will garner plenty of television coverage from SPEED Channel as the fastest growing sports cable network will broadcast 11 hours motorcycle racing from Daytona International Speedway.

Included in SPEED Channel's 11 hours of coverage are live broadcasts of the Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock and the Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport on March 7 and the MBNA Grand Prix, the inaugural BMW BoxerCup and the Daytona 200 By Arai on March 9.

SPEED Channel will also broadcast the Daytona Supercross By Honda same-day tape delayed on March 8 and the AMA Flat Track action at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium on March 11.

Of course, there's nothing like being able to watch Daytona 200 Week in person. Tickets for the Daytona 200 and the Daytona Supercross are available by logging on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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