(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - December 7, 2012) - The road to Daytona is officially open, and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is first up on the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway with three days of open testing, December 14-16.
The open test is in preparation for the 50th annual Daytona ARCA 200, which will air live on SPEED at 4:30 on Saturday, February 16. The series made its superspeedway debut at Daytona in 1964. This afternoon, officials from Daytona International Speedway and the 2013 race sponsor will unveil the name for the race at the International Motorsports Industry Show in Indianapolis, where ARCA will hold its Championship Awards Banquet tomorrow night.
Eight-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart and 2011 series champion Chris Buescher highlight the list of well over 30 drivers already signed up.
Gerhart, from Lebanon, Pa., will be going for his fourth consecutive Daytona victory, a feat never before accomplished in ARCA competition at Daytona. Gerhart is already the first ARCA driver to ever win three consecutive at the "World Center of Racing," achieving that for the first time in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Gerhart is also expected to test a second car with Mooresville, N.C.'s Brian Smith driving.
Buescher, of Prosper, Texas, finished second to Gerhart at Daytona in 2011, one year before winning four races to seal his first championship and the first title for Roulo Brothers Racing.
Venturini Motorsports currently has two drivers entered, with rookie Justin Boston signed up for the team's No. 25 car. ARCA and NASCAR veteran John Wes Townley is also expected to test for Venturini Motorsports.
The garage will open each day at 7 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. The track will be open for practice from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break for lunch from noon to 1 each day.
ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring for all on-track activity. The current list of expected test entries is below.
|ARCA Racing Series pres. by Menards|
|Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona Beach Florida, 12/14-16/12|
|Open Test Entry List|
|As of 12-5-12, 3:39 PM ET|
|NO||DRIVER/HOMETOWN||TEAM & CAR||OWNER|
|5||Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA||Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet||Bill Gerhart|
|5||Brian Smith/Mooresville NC||Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet||Bill Gerhart|
|6||Julien Jousse/Les Issambres France||ESR Chevrolet||Eddie Sharp|
|7||Brent Cross/Cortland NY||Brent Cross Racing Chevrolet||Bill Gerhart|
|10||Dakota Carlson/Cedar Springs MI||Fast Track Racing Ford||Andy Hillenburg|
|10||Travis Braden/Wheeling WV||Fast Track Racing Ford||Andy Hillenburg|
|10||Jonathan Eilen/Hampton MN||Fast Track Racing Ford||Andy Hillenburg|
|10||Johnny VanDoorn/Coopersville MI||Fast Track Racing Ford||Andy Hillenburg|
|16||TBA||Coulter Motorsports Chevrolet||Joe Coulter|
|17||Chris Buescher/Prosper TX||Roulo Brothers Racing Ford||Russ Roulo|
|18||Richard Doheny/Ballston Spa NY||Fast Track Racing Ford||Dave McClure|
|22||TBA||Cunningham Motorsports||Kerry Scherer|
|23||Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV||Allegiant Air Chevrolet||Maury Gallagher|
|25||Justin Boston/Mooresville NC||Venturini Motorsports Toyota||Cathy Venturini|
|29||Duke Whisseant/Texarkana AR||BK Racing||Brian Keselowski|
|32||Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN||Win Tron Racing Toyota||Kevin Cywinski|
|38||Andrew Gresel/Hepworth ON||Wes Gonder Racing Ford||Wes Gonder|
|42||Bo Lemastus/Goshen KY||Crosley Radio|
|58||Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadelphia OH||CGS Motorsports Chevrolet||Greg Hackenbracht|
|68||TBA||Kimmel Racing Ford||Bill Kimmel|
|69||Steve Kemp/Justin TX||Kimmel Racing Ford||Bill Kimmel|
|75||Benny Chastain/Talladhassee FL||Bob Schacht Motorsports Chevrolet||Bob Schacht|
|77||TBA||Cunningham Motorsports||Briggs Cunningham|
|88||Buster Graham/Lafayette LA||Team BCR Ford||Howard Bixman|
|92||Brennan Newberry/Bakersfield CA||NTS Motorsports Chevrolet||Bob Newberry|
|94||Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela||David Leiner Racing Toyota||David Leiner|
|08||Clay Campbell/Martinsville VA||Spraker Racing Ford||Jeff Spraker|
|09||Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL||Team BCR Ford||Howard Bixman|
|09||Charles Evans/Pasadena TX||Team BCR Ford||Howard Bixman|
|Larry Barford Jr./Denton MD||Markle Racing||Rick Markle|
|Mason Mitchell/W. Des Moines IA|
|Matt Kurzejewski/Mansfield PA|
|Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL||Praytor Racing||Tommy Praytor|
|Keegan Walmer/Portland OR||Rick Markle Racing||Rick Markle|
|John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA||Venturini Motorsports||Bill Venturini|
|TBA||DGM Racing||Mario Gosselin|
|George Cushman/Waterville NY||Cushman Racing Chevrolet||David Cushman|
|Terry Jones/Amhertsburg ON||Jones Group Racing Dodge||Terry Jones|
|Nur Ali/Karachi Pakistan||Rick Ware Racing||Rick Ware|
|John Ferrier/Middletown NY||John Ferrier|
|TBA||Turner Motorsports Chevrolet||Steve Turner|