Daytona International Speedway President, Joie Chitwood III has announced the new, Wayne Rainey-led MotoAmerica series will not feature the Daytona 200 as part of its schedule. The official press release is below. Of course, we don’t know what was said during the negotiations between the parties, but considering Daytona Motorsports Group is considered by many to be the reason behind the decline of American road racing, it’s not a stretch to imagine DIS drove a hard bargain as to not be a part of a new, more popular, series.
Statement from Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III
on the Daytona 200
“After having multiple discussions with Moto America/KRAVE regarding a sanction agreement for 2015 Daytona 200, we were unable to find common ground on a business model that would be beneficial for both parties. We wish MotoAmerica/KRAVE the best as they begin their inaugural season in 2015.
“Daytona International Speedway will continue to be the driving force behind Bike Week, hosting a wide range of activities for all ages including the Daytona Supercross, the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross and the AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader, as well as demo rides, displays and vendors. We will continue to look for partners to assist in running the Daytona 200.”