TOLEDO -The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will make its first appearance at Road America in Wisconsin next summer.
This morning, ARCA received from the track a sanctioning agreement that ensures the scheduling of the stock car series' first event at the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course between Milwaukee and Green Bay on Saturday, June 22, 2013.
"ARCA Racing Series road course events have proven to be highly entertaining and competitive, while also opening our level of competition to different racers and teams," said Ron Drager, president and CEO of ARCA. "Planning an event at Road America ensures that ARCA will continue its position as the most versatile sanction in stock car racing. We look forward to adding Road America to our road course history. Likewise, we will soon announce the date for our sixth consecutive annual event at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which will give us multiple road course races in the 2013 season."
Opened on over 640 acres of Wisconsin farmland in 1955, Road America hosts over 400 events each year. The track, located near the popular tourist destination of Elkhart Lake, Wis., will be the 10th different road course to host the ARCA Racing Series since the series' first road race in 1958.
"We are very excited to have the ARCA Racing Series at Road America in 2013," said Road America president and general manager George Bruggenthies. "Our track is fast and challenging, with sweeping corners followed by heavy braking. Every driver loves the elevation changes and the layout, which has remained unchanged since it was first built. You've got to have finesse to be quick, but also guts to get through the Carousel and the Kink - one of the most intimidating corners in the world. We are also excited to be providing non-stop racing action throughout the weekend with the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Trans-Am Series. It will be awesome to watch all these racers and experience all the sights, sounds, and thrills that stock car racing brings to a road course."
Recently, the ARCA Racing Series announced its renewal of a partnership at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama for a Saturday, March 9 event. Additional race dates for the 2013 season will be released shortly.
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 26 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 0.375 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 visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.
Founded by John and Mildred 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 three professional touring series and local weekly events.