(SANDUSKY, Ohio - June 29, 2012) - Since 2008, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has had a midseason twist in visiting the road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The 150-mile event on the 2.25-mile road course is the only event of its kind in 2012, and Frank Kimmel is determined to take advantage of the unique event given his consistent history at the circuit.
Through the four ARCA Racing Series events at the East Coast road course, Kimmel is one of three drivers to compete in every event, and has finished in the top 10 in every start.
In two of the last three races, Kimmel and the ThorSport Racing team have scored top-10 finishes while combating tire issues. Coming into the season's halfway point, Kimmel and the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota team enter Millville, N.J. looking to put the string of bad luck behind them. Dating back to the race at Salem Speedway in April, Kimmel had a streak of six consecutive top-10 finishes, which was broken last week at Winchester due to a flat tire. Kimmel's ThorSport Racing team has shown outright speed and consistency this season and look to start another top-10 streak this weekend.
With only one road course event each season on the ARCA Racing Series tour, drivers have limited experience at road racing and every advantage can pay big dividends. Kimmel spent time earlier this week honing his road racing skills at Arizona's Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The school teaches novices to experts about the fundamentals of road course racing across numerous racing platforms. After scoring his best career finish in 2010 at New Jersey - fourth - Kimmel looks to take advantage of the road racing schooling and improve upon his road course record as the 2012 season reaches the halfway mark.
Kimmel answered several questions about his outlook for New Jersey Motorsports Park and road course racing.
What are your expectations when you race on a road course?
"Road course races, we just have to finish. We've finished right in the top five and top 10 there in the past. Hopefully, we'll learn a little bit this week to improve our performance going into this weekend. It'd be nice to at least run how we have in the past, and hopefully be up in the top five near the end."
What do you hope to learn for road races by going to Bondurant?
"I haven't done a racing school like that, ever. I'm looking forward to picking up anything new I can learn and get a little bit better. It's always important to constantly stay ahead of the curve and be able to race on different types of tracks. That's especially important in this series, as we're racing on a bunch of different tracks during this stretch of the year."
From Team Release