Kimmel Racing Team Preview
Kimmel Racing Team Preview
TOLEDO, Ohio (March 15, 2016) – In one way or another it’s full-ahead for Kimmel Racing in 2016. Expect the Clarksville, Indiana-based team to have the 68 and 69 cars at each event on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour this year with a lot of Will Kimmel in the driver’s seat.
“That’s the plan…to have both cars everywhere,” said eight-time Cometic Crew Chief of the Year and car owner Bill Kimmel.
“We’ve got Will in the 69 for the TV races, and a few more. Beyond Daytona, you can expect to see Will in the car at Talladega, New Jersey, both Poconos, Michigan, both dirts, the fall race at Salem, Chicagoland, Kentucky and Kansas.
“We’re working with some other drivers to fill in as necessary…like Nashville…we’ve got Brian (Finney) in the car there. We’re talking with some other drivers too.
“We’d love to be able to run Will full bore everywhere, and that’s what we’re always working toward. We fill in the TV races, then I let him take four races he wants to run. He always chooses both dirts, the road course and the fall Salem.
“Thought about swapping out New Jersey for Iowa, but Will really likes the road course so I guess we stay with that. We’re on the same page with Springfield and DuQuoin. We’re both really looking forward to running DuQuoin at night…all our races should be at night. And I absolutely love Springfield…our wives and family can come and enjoy the day at the fair and really enjoy themselves…it’s just a really neat part of the ARCA deal.”
We asked Kimmel which teams would be his biggest competition in 2016. He had a bit of a different take on the answer.
“I’ve never looked at our competition. I try and tell the guys in the shop to do the best we can with what we have and don’t beat yourselves. Our biggest competition is often ourselves…we tend to beat ourselves, or we have in the past…but I also think we’re starting to turn that around now. Really happy with how we did at Daytona.
“It really doesn’t matter what the competition is, or who. You can’t control your competitors…you can only control yourselves. You show up, give a hundred percent, do the very best you can do and the results will show up. We know there are so many good cars in our series…we don’t discuss the competition…we try and concentrate and focus on what we do, and what we can do better next time.”
Kimmel Racing already utilizes the ARCA Ilmor 396 engines. According to Kimmel, we can expect to see Will in a composite body car more often than not throughout the season.
“After we tested the composite car at Chicagoland last year, it just seemed to be a better balanced car for us. I’m not saying it’s the same for everyone, but our composite car seemed awfully good for us…so we’re going to stay with it, and it’s the future of our sport.
“Right now, our plan is to test the composite car at Michigan and take it to the race at Pocono. Our plan is to run Will in the composite car at both Poconos, Michigan, Chicagoland, Kentucky and Kansas. You very well may see us in a composite car on the dirts and at Salem in the fall…not quite sure yet on that. The one place we know we’re running the steel body car is on the road course. We have a really nice steel body for the road course all set to go, and we don’t have the resources to put a composite car together for New Jersey. But, for us, looking down the road, Kimmel Racing is working its program around the composite cars…everything is headed in that direction.”
Don Radebaugh, firstname.lastname@example.org