(TOLEDO, Ohio - January 9, 2013) - After a very successful ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race event at Mobile Int'l Speedway in Irvington, Alabama in 2012, we're headed for a repeat in 2013.
According to track promoter Tommy Praytor, the infield for the upcoming ARCA Mobile 200 on March 9 has already sold out for the returning short track classic.
Local Mobile hero Cale Gale won last year's inaugural ARCA race on the renowned short track, holding off Chad Hackenbracht and Rookie of the Year Alex Bowman to earn the top prize.
ARCA Racing Series officials have also released the race weekend schedule for this year's event, and can be found from the ‘Schedule' tab at ARCAracing.com.
To kick things off for this year's event, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park will welcome aboard ARCA fans, drivers, and teams on Thursday, March 7, just days before the ARCA Mobile 200.
Fans of all ages will have the opportunity to see ARCA cars and haulers up close, along with live pit stop demonstrations and a driver autograph session. The autograph session will take place inside the Aircraft Pavilion, which fans can access at no charge.
"We are excited about having the horsepower of the ARCA teams and fans at Battleship Park," said Bill Tunnel, executive director of USS Alabama Battleship Park. "Starting the Mobile ARCA 200 weekend here is another example of the Park's ability to be a multi-faceted entertainment and tourist destination."
The ARCA haulers will cast off from the Battleship in a hauler parade to Mobile International Speedway to prepare for Friday's on-track activity. The hauler parade will mark the beginning of the Causeway Seafood Jubilee as ARCA fans, teams, and drivers will enjoy the great seafood offered by restaurants on the Causeway.
For the late night crowd, the Home Mortgage of America Green Flag Party will be wide open from 8 p.m. until closing at Grand Central on Dauphin Street downtown, Mobile's place to party.
"We wanted to bring out the big guns to kick off the Mobile ARCA 200 weekend and they don't get any bigger than the Battleships," said Tommy Praytor of Mobile International Speedway. "The Mobile ARCA 200 has become a race fan's destination but we want to show off the Mobile area. The Battleship, our great restaurants on the Causeway, and Dauphin Street are a good primer for the race."