Former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards national champion Mason Mitchell recently sold the assets of his race team, Mason Mitchell Motorsports, but that doesn't mean Mitchell is done with racing in ARCA.
"I feel like I am still young and hungry," Mitchell said. "I never really gave up on wanting to drive. But after the championship year in 2014, circumstances happened that took me out of the car and more as a driver coach and crew chief. I don't regret any of that, it was a lot of fun and we accomplished a lot, but it was also really time consuming. It was a little frustrating working on making others competitive as a driver when I really wanted to focus on making me a better racecar driver."
For now, with the assets of MMM sold, the next step for Mitchell is to head back to his native Iowa and get established in another line of business, all the while trying to reestablish himself as a top-notch racecar driver.
"As soon as we are done moving the stuff out of the shop, I am packing up and heading back to Iowa," he said. "I've been interested in real estate since I was a kid. My dad has been involved in it, and my aunt has been involved in it too. I've always liked it."
So what would Mitchell like to come back and do in 2019?
"I am just looking for the right opportunity," he said. "It could be testing for someone, or it could be coming out and racing for a championship. I just want it to be the right opportunity. I don't want to rush into the wrong thing."
Mitchell doesn't have any regrets on the path he took, even if it wasn't exactly how he envisioned it would be.
"Maybe there are some things I would have done a little differently," he said. "But I don't have any regrets. Maybe we could have looked into going and driving for someone else after 2014, or something like that. But I have really enjoyed being a part of the ARCA Racing Series. I love the people. They've been like an extended family for six years now. Just because I am not a team owner anymore doesn't mean I am done for good."