For Immediate Release:
Thursday, January 5, 2012
(TOLEDO, Ohio) - The Automobile Racing Club of America has announced six open testing periods over nine days for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. The announcement includes a test this month at Mobile International Speedway, where ARCA will race for the first time in its 60th Anniversary Season.
Teams will be permitted to test at Mobile International Speedway on Friday, January 13. The first race at Mobile will take place Saturday, March 10.
Talladega Superspeedway, which will hold its 50th ARCA race this season, will open to testers on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18. The race at Talladega is scheduled for Friday, May 4.
Michigan International Speedway will host testing Tuesday, May 22, weeks ahead of the Friday, June 15 race.
Testing at Chicagoland Speedway will take place Monday, June 18, just days after the series' event at Michigan. ARCA will race at Chicagoland on Saturday, July 21.
Kansas Speedway will host ARCA's season finale for the first time this year, and testing at the track will occur Tuesday, October 2. The season finale is slated for Friday, October 19.
Daytona International Speedway will host open testing for its 2013 race Friday, December 14, Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16.
All drivers must be pre-approved by the ARCA competition committee, and have a 2012 physical and drug screen on file with ARCA. More testing information is available by contacting Joe Wells, vice president of competition for ARCA, at (734) 847-6726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full test schedule is as follows:
Friday, January 13 - Mobile International Speedway
Tuesday, April 17 - Talladega Superspeedway
Wednesday, April 18 - Talladega Superspeedway
Tuesday, May 22 - Michigan International Speedway
Monday, June 18 - Chicagoland Speedway
Tuesday, October 2 - Kansas Speedway
Friday, December 14 - Daytona International Speedway
Saturday, December 15 - Daytona International Speedway
Sunday, December 16 - Daytona International Speedway
2012 will be the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The season begins with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 18. The event will air live on SPEED.
The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series will visit Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time; ARCA's first visit to Minnesota will give ARCA a race in a 29th state.
Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.
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