Cars in action during preseason testing for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Jan. 10, 2020. (ARCA Racing)
Cars in action during preseason testing for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Jan. 10, 2020. (ARCA Racing)

ARCA Menards Series Test At Daytona: Everything To Know About Preseason Session


The sound of engines whirling around Daytona International Speedway is welcome noise to interrupt the otherwise silent winter in the racing world.

Hence the buzz surrounding the annual preseason ARCA Menards Series test at the 2.5-mile oval in Daytona Beach, Florida, a two-day event scheduled for Friday and Saturday (Jan. 15-16).

RELATED: Entry List for ARCA Menards Series Test at Daytona

As 2021 season-openers approach for the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series East and the ARCA Menards Series West, more than 50 drivers are slated to experiment with the equipment their teams have prepared.

Live timing and scoring during the ARCA Menards Series preseason test at Daytona will be available on ARCARacing.com.

Below is all you need to know about this year’s ARCA Menards Series preseason test at Daytona.

ARCA Menards Series Daytona Test Schedule

  • Friday, Jan. 15

Time Event
6:30 a.m. ET ARCA Menards Series haulers enter
7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET ARCA Menards Series garage open
9 a.m. ET Driver and spotter meeting (teleconference)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET Practice (single car and limited pack drafting)

  • Saturday, Jan. 16

Time Event
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET ARCA Menards Series garage open
9 a.m. ET Driver and spotter meeting (teleconference)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET Practice (single car and limited pack drafting)

Sunday, Jan. 17 is reserved as a weather day in the event testing on Friday or Saturday must be rescheduled.

Should a test session get bumped to Sunday, the schedule would mirror that of Saturday — an open garage from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET and practice from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

ARCA Menards Series Daytona Test Format And Rules

The ARCA Menards Series preseason test at Daytona is an open session, meaning teams can send cars to the track whenever they want during the duration of the session each day. Limited pack drafting is allowed.

As a general guideline, teams must limit the number of laps to 10 each time a car is on the track before returning to the garage.

Below are a few more rules for the open test sessions.

  • All cars must be ARCA legal (all heights, springs, restrictor plate, etc.) for on-track activity.
  • If a team uses a non-compliant part at any time, the crew chief will be held responsible, and the car owner will be fined a minimum of $1,000 and have the equipment confiscated and time disallowed.
  • A team must have a spotter on top of the control tower, a functioning race safe system and two-way radio communication whenever its race car is on track.

ARCA Menards Series Daytona Test Entry List

The entry list for this year’s ARCA Menards Series test at Daytona is loaded with both familiar and new names for the series. It includes multiple champions.

Bret Holmes, the defending ARCA Menards Series champion, will participate in his family-owned Bret Holmes Racing No. 23 Chevrolet. And he won’t be the only defending ARCA Menards champ practicing at Daytona in that car.

Sam Mayer, the two-time defending ARCA Menards Series East champion and last season’s Sioux Chief Showdown champ, also will spend time in the BHR No. 23 during the Daytona test.

Corey Heim, who this week was announced as the full-time driver of the Venturini Motorsports No. 20 Toyota, will test that car at Daytona. Also testing for Venturini Motorsports will be Drew Dollar in the No. 15 Toyota and Gracie Trotter in the No. 25 Toyota.

The recently reformed DGR team will feature two cars at the Daytona test. Taylor Gray will wheel the team’s No. 17 Ford, and Thad Moffitt will drive its No. 46 Ford.

Ty Gibbs, who led the most laps on the ARCA Menards platform last season, will test his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Daytona.

Jack Wood, who will race full-time for GMS Racing in 2021, will test the team’s No. 21 Chevrolet that Mayer drove to his three championships over the last two years.

The complete entry list for the ARCA Menards Series preseason test at Daytona can be viewed here.