ARCA Racing Series
|Constructors||Chevrolet · Ford · Toyota · Dodge|
|Tire suppliers||Hoosier Racing Tire|
|Drivers' champion||Mason Mitchell|
|Teams' champion||Mason Mitchell Motorsports|
|Official website||ARCA Racing|
The ARCA Racing Series powered by Menards is an American stock car series, the premier division of the ARCA. It is considered a minor but professional league of stock car racing, used as a feeder series into the three national touring series of NASCAR, and hosts events at a variety of track types including superspeedways, road courses, and dirt tracks. The series has a longstanding relationship with NASCAR, including using former Sprint Cup Series cars, hosting events in the same race weekend such as Daytona Speedweeks, and naming an award after NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. The series is not officially affiliated with NASCAR.
The series was founded in Toledo, Ohio in 1953 as the Midwest Association for Race Cars (MARC), a local touring group in the Midwestern United States. The series was founded by John Marcum, a friend and former competitor of Bill France, Sr. and former NASCAR employee, who created MARC as a northern counterpart to the southern-based NASCAR. Early drivers included Iggy Katona and Nelson Stacy.
The series became a part of Daytona Speedweeks in 1964 at the request of Bill France, allowing the series to open its season alongside the Daytona 500. The same year, the series name was changed from MARC (Midwest Association for Race Cars) to the current ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) as a suggestion from France to give the series more national exposure.
The series races on a variety of tracks from small ovals to superspeedways such as Daytona International Speedway. It is one of the last major oval track circuits to still compete on dirt tracks. In 2008 the series returned to racing on a road course. The series is currently headed by Marcum's grandson, Ron Drager.
ARCA Racing Series cars
The series is known for using veteran steel-bodied Generation 4 cars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, running cars until they are five years old and even after discontinuation in the Cup Series. Following the transition of the Cup and Xfinity Series to the Car of Tomorrow in 2007 and 2010 respectively, the ARCA Series continued to use the 2007-style models of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS (re-branded as the Impala), Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Dodge Charger. The engines are also built under similar specifications.
On August 1, 2014, ARCA president Ron Drager announced a new engine package option for the 2015 season, in addition to the current open motor rules package, called the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine. Developed by British company Ilmor, which has also developed engines for the IndyCar Series, the engine is a "purpose-built powerplant" using Holley electronic fuel injection that is able to deliver 700 horsepower and 500 ft. pounds of torque. The engine will cost $35,000 to build and $15,000 to be re-built, and allows teams to use the same engine at all track types for 1500 miles between re-builds.
On November 4, 2014 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NASCAR president Mike Helton unveiled a new body style for the K&N Pro Series East and West that will also be eligible for use in ARCA competition, based on the Sprint Cup Series Gen 6 models. The new body, developed with Five Star Race Car Bodies, is constructed of a composite laminate blend and designed with easily replaceable body panels, expected to shrink the costs of fabrication dramatically. The body style is eligible for competition for ARCA Racing Series competition for the 2015 season only on tracks one mile or shorter in length.
The Rookie of the Year award is given to the rookie that scores most points at the end of the season.
The Bill France Four Crown award is a prize given to the driver with most points at four races, combining dirt ovals, short ovals, superspeedways and road courses. Frank Kimmel is the top Bill France Four Crown winner with six titles.
|Year||Drivers Champion||Rookie of the Year||Bill France Four Crown|
|2014||Mason Mitchell||Austin Wayne Self|
|2013||Frank Kimmel||Justin Boston||Frank Kimmel|
|2012||Chris Buescher||Alex Bowman||Chris Buescher|
|2011||Ty Dillon||Chris Buescher||Chad McCumbee|
|2010||Patrick Sheltra||Dakoda Armstrong||Joey Coulter|
|2009||Justin Lofton||Parker Kligerman||Parker Kligerman|
|2008||Justin Allgaier||Matt Carter||Frank Kimmel|
|2007||Frank Kimmel||Michael McDowell||Frank Kimmel|
|2006||Frank Kimmel||Blake Bjorklund||Blake Bjorklund|
|2005||Frank Kimmel||Joey Miller||Frank Kimmel|
|2004||Frank Kimmel||T. J. Bell||Brent Sherman|
|2003||Frank Kimmel||Bill Eversole||Jason Jarrett|
|2002||Frank Kimmel||Chad Blount||Frank Kimmel|
|2001||Frank Kimmel||Jason Jarrett||Frank Kimmel|
|2000||Frank Kimmel||Brian Ross||Tim Steele|
|1999||Bill Baird||Ron Cox||Bill Baird|
|1998||Frank Kimmel||Bill Baird||Frank Kimmel|
|1997||Tim Steele||Josh Baltes||Tim Steele|
|1996||Tim Steele||Blaise Alexander||Tim Steele|
|1995||Andy Hillenburg||Dill Whittymore
|1994||Bobby Bowsher||Gary Bradberry||Bob Hill|
|1993||Tim Steele||Jeremy Mayfield||Bob Keselowski|
|1992||Bobby Bowsher||Frank Kimmel||Bobby Bowsher|
|1991||Bill Venturini||Ron Payne||Bobby Bowsher
|1990||Bob Brevak||Glenn Brewer||Bob Keselowski|
|1989||Bob Keselowski||Graham Taylor||Tracy Leslie|
|1988||Tracy Leslie||Bobby Gerhart||Grant Adcox|
|1987||Bill Venturini||Dave Weltmeyer||Grant Adcox|
|1986||Lee Raymond||Mark Gibson||Lee Raymond|
|1985||Lee Raymond||Dave Simko||Lee Raymond|
|1984||Bob Dotter||Davey Allison||Davey Allison|
|1983||Bob Dotter||Bill Venturini|
|1982||Scott Stovall||Lee Raymond|
|1981||Larry Moyer||Gorden Blankenship|
|1980||Bob Dotter||Scott Stovall|
|1979||Marvin Smith||Steve Ellis|
|1978||Marvin Smith||Bob Slawinski|
|1977||Conan Myers||Bill Green|
|1976||Dave Dayton||Tom Meinberg|
|1975||Dave Dayton||Woody Fisher|
|1973||Ron Hutcherson||Bruce Gould|
|1972||Ron Hutcherson||Delmar Clark|
|1971||Ramo Stott||A. Arnold|
|1970||Ramo Stott||Tom Bowsher|
|1969||Benny Parsons||Larry Ashley|
|1968||Benny Parsons||Cliff Hamm|
|1967||Iggy Katona||Norm Meyers|
|1966||Iggy Katona||Dave Dayton|
|1965||Jack Bowsher||Benny Parsons|
|1964||Jack Bowsher||Charlie Glotzbach|
|1962||Iggy Katona||Curly Mills|
|1961||Harold Smith||Virgil Oakes|
|1959||Nelson Stacy||Bob Bower|
|1958||Nelson Stacy||Paul Wensink|
|1957||Iggy Katona||Bill Granger|
- List of ARCA drivers
- 2010 ARCA Racing Series season
- 2009 ARCA Re/Max Series season
- 2008 ARCA Re/Max Series season
- 2007 ARCA Re/Max Series season
- 2006 ARCA Re/Max Series season
- 2005 ARCA Re/Max Series season
- Allen Crowe Memorial 100
- ARCA Sim Racing '08, simulation video game based on the ARCA Re/MAX series
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- "ARCA Ilmor 396 Engine announcement produces positive reactions". ARCA. Toledo, Ohio: ARCA. August 12, 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
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