Daytona 200 to be televised live by SPEED

AMA Pro Racing is pleased to announce that SPEED will deliver live coverage of the 2011 Daytona 200 AMA Pro Road Racing event, March 12th at 1:00 p.m. ET. The live broadcast on SPEED from Daytona International Speedway will be hosted by Leigh Diffey, who will be joined by “Mr. Daytona,” Scott Russell, and pit reporters Greg White and Jason Pridmore.

This year’s Daytona 200 will revert back to a Saturday-afternoon start time and will feature riders and teams from the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class. Heading the field will be 2010 Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin, again riding for Team Graves Yamaha. Herrin rode a masterful race under the lights last year and took a resounding victory, joining the many legendary riders who have won this significant event in the years since 1937, when it originated as a now-famous beach race.

In addition to live coverage of the Daytona 200, SPEED will be televising AMA Supercross (March 5th, 8 p.m. ET, LIVE), the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike races (March 12th, 11 p.m. ET, TD & 12 a.m midnight ET, SDD), and AMA Pro Flat Track action from the Daytona Flat Track (March 13th, 3 p.m. ET).

Daytona Bike Week action kicks off the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing and Flat Track Championships. AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike and AMA Pro Daytona SportBike races will be broadcast on SPEED throughout the season on a same-day delayed basis.

This year’s AMA Pro season looks more exciting than ever, with a host of new rider, team, and motorcycle combinations. Reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes returns, sporting the #1 plate on his Team Graves Yamaha, while AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Champion Martin Cardenas steps up with Team M4 Suzuki to join Hayes in the class. AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Champion J.D. Beach will make his Daytona SportBike debut at the Daytona 200, riding a Team Cycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki alongside teammate Eric Bostrom as the famous green machines make their return to AMA Pro Road Racing.

Additionally, the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series will make its debut on the high banks of Daytona, the class boasting its largest field to date.

SPEED, anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance, and lifestyle. Now available in more than 82 million homes in North America, SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives, and broadband services. For more information, please visit SPEED.com, the online motorsports authority.

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