Mason Mitchell transitions to team owner

Mason Mitchell transitions to team owner
TOLEDO, Ohio – Jan. 17, 2014 – In less than a year, Mason Mitchell has gone from full-time driver in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards to team owner, shop manager and driver. He’s moved from his home in West Des Moines, Iowa, to Mooresville, N.C. and hired a NASCAR veteran crew chief to help run his new team, Mason Mitchell Motorsports.  It’s been a stressful transition at times, but one he’s excited about.

“It’s definitely a big step,” Mitchell said. “We’ve got work still to do, but this team is ready to go. I just can’t wait to get to Daytona.”

Mitchell finished sixth in the final ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver point standings in 2013 and third in the SCOTT Rookie Challenge point standings in his first full season on the ARCA tour. Following the season, he announced he was forming Mason Mitchell Motorsports and running the full 2014 season.

“It’s definitely a big commitment,” Mitchell said. “I have no doubt this is what I want to do. I’ll do anything I have to do to succeed.”

Mitchell has enjoyed success in ARCA. He won two Menards Pole Awards in 2013, setting records in consecutive weeks at Berlin Raceway and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. He scored 13 top 10 finishes, fourth-best in the series, and placed second in each of the final two races on the national tour – at Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

mason_mitchell.jpgHe expects the same kind of success with Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

“I feel we have the right guys in place,” he said. “Once Brad Parrott came on board as crew chief, everyone started to get really excited around the shop. Things are starting to settle in. We’re all ready to go.”

The move to Mooresville, N.C. was another big step for the 19-year-old, leaving behind family and commitments in Iowa.

“We felt like, to have the proper resources and the right people, it was a necessity to have our shop here,” he said. “Everyone we do business with is right here or right up the street.”

Mitchell said he’ll spend a few weeks in North Carolina, and commute home to Iowa.

“This is my deal,” he said. “My name is on the door. I’m here 24/7. I live here.

One thing a new race team needs is race cars. Mitchell said most of the cars in the Mason Mitchell Motorsports stock are built from the ground up.

“To do it right, we wanted to know 100 percent what we have,” he said.  “A lot of our cars are bran new race cars. I’m really excited to get them onto the track.”

Mitchell said he is a few weeks away from announcing his 2014 sponsors but is going to be on the full 20-race ARCA circuit, including the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real Feb. 15 at Daytona International Speedway. Mitchell finished 13th in his Daytona debut last year, driving for Roulo Brothers Racing.

Dealing with the stress of starting his own race team hasn’t been easy, he said, but it’s rewarding. When he gets to Daytona, he said, he will finally be able to focus on what he loves to do – pilot a race car around a superspeedway like the 2.5-mile historic Daytona track.

“I’m really happy with everything. It’s quite a change from when my family had our own late model. It’s a big operation on a national level,” Mitchell said. “You don’t really realize how big it is, but you adapt and stay on course.”

By Doug Donnelly,