(INDIANAPOLIS - December 6, 2012) - Even before the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Championship Awards Banquet on Saturday night, the ARCA brand is on full display for three days at the International Motorsports Industry Show in Indianapolis.
ARCA's exhibit, located at Space 449 inside the Indiana Convention Center, features three vehicles: ARCA Racing Series champion Chris Buescher's No. 17 Ford, a late model driven by ARCA Racing Series and ARCA CRA Super Series competitor Erik Jones to the prestigious Snowball Derby championship last weekend, and the truck of ARCA Truck Series champion Levi Mansfield.
ARCA officials will be on hand at the display at all times, ready to answer business and competition questions and display ARCA's initiatives for 2013. Also at the exhibit will be personnel from the ARCA Midwest Tour - which will formally announce its 2013 race schedule this weekend - and the ARCA CRA Super Series.
Jones, who held off Kyle Busch to win the 45th installment of the famed late model race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., became the first 15-year-old driver to compete in the ARCA Racing Series this March at Mobile International Speedway. He remains the youngest competitor in the ARCA Racing Series' 60-year history. This season for Venturini Motorsports, he made 10 ARCA Racing Series starts and scored four top-fives. Last year, Jones was the champion of the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour and winner of the prestigious Governor's Cup at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida.
The show is open from 10-5 today, from 10-5 Friday, and from 10-4 on Saturday. Additional information about the show is available at the official online home of IMIS.
Buescher, other top series drivers and special award winners, and key ARCA figures will be honored in the series' first postseason trip to Indianapolis. The ARCA Racing Series Championship Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, December 8 at the Indiana Convention Center's Sagamore Ballroom in Indianapolis, Indiana, in conjunction with the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS).
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned 30 ARCA national champions in 60 seasons since 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. Next season, ARCA will appear for the first time at Road America in Wisconsin.
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 four professional touring series and local weekly events.