Last month NASCAR said they intended to schedule the Daytona 500 a week later in the year. At that time, there was widespread speculation that the Daytona 200 motorcycle race would also have to be pushed back a week since the track needs a week to make the changes. Officials with Daytona International Speedway confirmed that next year’s motorcycle-racing schedule will take place a week later on the calendar.
That means the race will fall in the window of March 9th -18th with Spring break for most colleges typically falling on the 3rd week in March, putting the two in direct competition for hotel motel rooms in the Daytona Beach area.
One possible solution that has been mentioned is to separate the races from Bike Week but critics of that proposal say that the manufacturers who participate in the Daytona 200 will not accept that as an option.
Right now the 2012 dates have been announced and all the parties in Daytona are taking a “let’s see what happens” approach to next year’s bike week.