The 2020 ARCA Menards Series season will unofficially begin with a pair of test dates for the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. ARCA teams will take to the 2.5-mile tri-oval on Friday and Saturday, January 9 and 10, with Sunday, January 11 reserved as a rain date.
The test will offer teams the first chance to take to the track with their 2020 drivers and will also allow teams from the ARCA Menards Series East and West their first opportunity to take to Daytona’s historic high banks. Teams will have the opportunity to make single-car runs and run in drafting packs throughout the two days.
As in years past, the ARCA Road to Daytona will also be paid off as drivers selected from the ARCA regional tours, the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, will have the opportunity to take to the track in testing in cars prepared by 1995 series champion Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track High Performance Racing team. The program is supported by Ilmor, General Tire, Sunoco, Valvoline, Eibach Springs, JRi Shocks, and Tropical Manor Daytona Beach Hotel. Previous participants include three-time 2019 ARCA Menards Series winner Ty Majeski and fourth-place finisher in the final 2019 series standings Travis Braden, both of whom participated in the program in 2014.
Hillenburg, who will oversee the Road to Daytona test, is himself a two-time ARCA winner at Daytona, winning in his championship season and two years later in 1997.
Greg Van Alst was the 2019 ARCA/CRA Super Series champion, finishing just ahead of defending series champion and 2018 Road to Daytona participant Josh Brock. Casey Johnson won the ARCA Midwest Tour championship on the strength of two series victories, narrowly beating Austin Nason for the title. The official participants will be announced in the coming weeks. Last year’s Midwest Tour rookie of the year Dalton Zehr joined Brock as a 2019 Road to Daytona participant.
ARCA’s 67th season will come to a close when Christian Eckes will officially be crowned the 36th ARCA Menards Series champion on Saturday, December 14 at the Championship Banquet held at the Indiana State Convention Center, held annually in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. Tickets to the black tie gala, which are also available to the general public, will go on sale on Monday, October 28.