ARCA Announces 2019 Dates for Daytona Test and Race

 ARCA Announces 2019 Dates for Daytona Test and Race

ARCA and Daytona International Speedway have announced the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 2019 dates at the storied 2.5-mile trioval. The series will host its annual preseason open test on January 11-12, 2019 and will return for the 56th Annual Lucas Oil 200 on February 9, 2019.

“Daytona is our longest-running annual event, having raced there in February every year since 1964,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “It’s an opportunity for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards to showcase our drivers, teams and sponsors at a time of the year when most of the stock car racing community has gone without racing for most the long winter season. This is consistently our highest-rated televised race of the season and we’re proud of our 56-year tenure at such a historic facility as Daytona.”

Bobby Gerhart is the all-time leading ARCA winner at Daytona with eight career wins between 1999 and 2012. Other notables who have visited victory lane in ARCA competition at Daytona include Iggy Katona, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Grant Enfinger, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, 1973 NASCAR Cup Series champion Benny Parsons, Kyle Petty, Tim Richmond, and Joe Ruttman.

The open test is the first opportunity many young drivers have to take to Daytona's intimidating 31-degree banking. It's also the first opportunity ARCA officials have to watch many of them in full-bodied stock cars at speed.

“For a rookie it's part of our approval procedure to get them approved to compete,” said ARCA vice president of competition Joe Wells. “The competition committee has the opportunity to watch a young driver under controlled conditions. It allows them to get comfortable with the speeds and the car with a handful of cars on the track rather than 20 or 25 cars on track. These tests are open to anyone with a legal car, but they're mandatory for any young driver wanting to be approved to race at Daytona.”

Daytona joins Iowa Speedway as the first to confirm dates for the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. Television broadcast information and event start times will be released when the series officially releases the complete 2019 schedule, which is expected before the series visits Indianapolis for its annual post-season Championship Banquet on December 8.

For ticket information for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Lucas Oil 200 and all events at Daytona International Speedway, visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Tentative 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule (dates will be added as they are confirmed):

February 9: Daytona International Speedway
July 19: Iowa Speedway

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Jim  B.

Looking for to seeing Thad and the Empire racing group in 2019.  #GoThadGo