(TOLEDO, Ohio – March 19, 2015) – The first in-season ARCA-sanctioned open test of 2015 will take place next month at Talladega Superspeedway. The one-day session at the superspeedway is one of four scheduled tests for ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards teams in 2015. All are at superspeedways.
Joe Wells, ARCA’s Director of Race Operations and Administration, said the tests are an important part of the series.
“We require any driver that has not competed on an intermediate track (or larger) in a stock car, to participate in the open test,” Wells said. “Because of the limitations we have in place, this allows the driver to get comfortable with the track and the car without all of the on track traffic during the scheduled pre-event practice.
The tests are open for anyone pre-approved by the ARCA Competition Committee and all drivers must meet a rigid set of standards to be eligible to test.
The 2015 test schedule includes April 1 at Talladega Superspeedway; June 3 at Pocono Raceway; Sept. 22 at Kentucky Speedway and Sept. 30 at Kansas Speedway.
The final race of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season is Oct. 16 at Kansas Speedway.
The test sessions not only give race teams and veterans a chance to work on set-ups for the cars, it also allows rookie drivers to get on the track and earn approval to race in an ARCA event at the larger tracks. For example, drivers aged 17-years-old may race at Pocono and Kentucky Speedways, as long as they test, and are approved, by ARCA officials.
In the past, drivers like Chase Elliott and Erik Jones used test sessions at Pocono Raceway for approval to race in the ARCA Racing Series event at the Tricky Triangle in Long Pond, Pa. Elliott, the defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, became the youngest superspeedway winner in series history at Pocono Raceway, but not before he successfully completed a test.
“These tests gives us an opportunity to evaluate an individuals’ on-track performance to either allow or deny the driver to compete at the larger track,” Wells said. “In addition, the open tests are available to established drivers, provided they follow the open test procedures set forth by ARCA.”