Daytona 200 defending race winner Jason DiSalvo with his Gary Nixon tribute bike (left) and the Rob North-framed Triumph triple Nixon raced in 1970.
Latus Motors Racing is launching into the 2012 racing season with a tribute to the late Gary Nixon during the Daytona 200 weekend. The Nixon family will attend the weekend to see defending race winner Jason DiSalvo compete on a Triumph – with a paint scheme and leathers that features Nixon’s #9 – that is reminiscent of the Triumphs Nixon raced in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.
The Triumph triple that Nixon raced in 1970, the predecessor to DiSalvo’s 675R triple, will be on display at the team’s garage area. Even the Latus Motors Racing crew will don uniforms inspired by that time period.
Commemorative t-shirts that benefit the Gary Nixon Memorial Fund for aspiring racers will be on sale at Triumph of Daytona throughout Daytona Bike Week.
“Gary left an incredible legacy in this sport and we want to do our part to preserve his memory,” said George Latus, owner of Latus Motors Racing. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Nixon family at the track and paying homage to Gary’s achievements.”
DiSalvo will revert to his #40 and the team’s traditional livery in the Daytona SportBike class at Round 2, the Big Kahuna Atlanta on April 20 through 22.
Dustin Dominguez also returns to the team for the second consecutive season. Dominguez won Race 1 at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course last year and will again compete in the SuperSport class.
Both riders will campaign 2012 Triumph Daytona 675Rs built and tuned by RSRacecraft with support from sponsors that include: FMF Racing, HT Moto, Pilot, SpeedyMoto, Catalyst, Galfer, Pit Bull, Spider Grips, Spiegler, Cox Racing, Ohlins USA, EZ Photobooks, and Electric Visual as well as GE Capital, FreedomRoad Financial, Bazzaz, Bickle Tire Warmers, Motion Pro, Evol Technologies, Fox Performance and GoPro