TOLEDO, Ohio (Oct. 11, 2017) -- Entries are being received for the ARCA-sanctioned composite body open test at Talladega Superspeedway coming Nov. 7-8.
The test will take place in advance of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards racing exclusively composite material flange fit bodies at restrictor plate races in 2018. The new bodies will be utilized next season at Daytona International Speedway Feb. 10 (Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire), as well as at Talladega Superspeedway April 29 (General Tire 200).
“This test will provide a format for us as series officials to work with the race teams and our key supplier partners at General Tire, Ilmor Engineering, Five Star Bodies, Eibach Springs and JRI Shocks to be as prepared as possible when our product hits the track in 2018 at Daytona and Talladega,” said ARCA Director of Competition & Race Car Technology Grayling Call. “For the teams, it’s an opportunity to begin to gather data to improve their on-track performance and get track time with the new rules package both in single car runs and in the draft.”
ARCA announced in May of 2016 that all teams racing at Daytona and Talladega in 2018 would be required to run the composite material body.
Garage parking and pre-practice inspection (required before going on track) for the open test will be based on when entries are received. The first entry received came from Willie Mullins, who filed an entry for a Mullins Motorsports Ford. Entries from Mason Mitchell Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing (Riley Herbst), CR7 Motorsports (Codie Rohrbaugh), Max Force Racing (Thomas Praytor), Ken Schrader Racing (TBA), Gus Dean (Win-Tron Racing) and Empire Racing (Sean Corr) have also been received.
“We’re happy to host this test, in the interest of safety and on-track competition,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Grant Lynch. “We’ve seen the new composite bodies on the ARCA Series cars at other ISC tracks and they look great. We’re excited enough about the test that we’ve invited race fans to come on out and watch the cars on-track (only on Nov. 7) as well as visit with the drivers and teams in the garage area during the mid-day break.”
Body styles eligible for competition in the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona and Talladega in 2018 include the Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry. Teams have the option of running the ARCA Ilmor 396 or the Legacy engine package.
Teams must register for the test in order to participate. Test entry forms are available at the Competitor Site at arcaracing.com. As the test draws closer, both ARCA and Talladega Superspeedway will announce information for fans who want to attend the event.
|ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards|
|Open Test (Nov. 7-8, 2017)|
|8-14||1||Willie Mullins/Fredricksburg VA||Mullins Motorsports||Ford||Ilmor|
|8-30||78||TBA||Mason Mitchell Mtrsprts||Chev||Ilmor|
|8-30||88||TBA||Mason Mitchell Mtrsprts||Chev||Ilmor|
|9-05||18||Riley Herbst/Las Vegas NV||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Ilmor|
|9-22||10||TBA||Fast Track Racing||Toyota||Ilmor|
|10-02||7||Codie Rohrbaugh||CR7 Motorsports||Chev||Ilmor|
|10-3||52||TBA||Ken Schrader Racing||Ford||Ilmor|
|10-4||9||Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL||Max Force Racing|
|10-5||32||Gus Dean/Bluffton SC||Win Tron Racing||Toyota||Ilmor|
|10-6||43||Sean Corr/Goshen NY||Empire Racing||Ford||Ilmor|