Michael Self Reloads for Another Run at Daytona Glory

Michael Self Reloads for Another Run at Daytona Glory

Defending Lucas Oil driven by General Tire 200 winner Michael Self returns to Daytona looking not only for his second consecutive win in the ARCA Racing Series season opener, but to kick his first run at the series championship off on the right foot.

On Friday at Daytona, Self and sponsor Sinclair Lubricants announced that they will join Venturini Motorsports for a full-season effort for the first time in 2019.

Self is already an accomplished driver with a string of success in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. He has eight career NKNPSW wins, and finished a career-best fourth in the series standings in 2012 and 2017.

Self was forced to curtail his racing schedule due to funding issues for a couple of years, focusing on making the most of his limited starts, serving as a driver coach and instructor, and most importantly, trying to build relationships that would allow him to get back behind the wheel full-time.

That relationship started at the end of the 2016 season when he first teamed with Sinclair. That relationship has grown over the course of the last three years, from one race in 2016 to half of the schedule in 2018. In 2019, Sinclair is all in as they will support Self for a full run at the championship.

"Sinclair is all in this season," Self said. "They have put a lot of resources into this program and everyone is excited about it. They are starting a microsite on their corporate website too so everyone can follow along with what we're doing. It's going to be a lot of fun this year."

Self had a productive two days in the Florida sun as he and the Venturini team prepare to defend their victory. Self was part of a Venturini Motorsports sweep of the top four positions on the speed charts following the two-day test.

"As a team all four of our Venturini cars were really strong, but individually our No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota was a little bit off of where we want to be," Self said. "We kind of got stuck in a spot that no matter what change we made, we weren't able to pick up any speed, we we need to go back and figure out what we are lacking there.

"Last year my car was excellent in the draft, and in the little bit of drafting we did in the test this year, this car wasn't quite as good so we actually have to figure some stuff out all around with this car."

Self wants to start the season with a win, but he also has to keep the big picture in mind.

"As we focus on a championship for the first time, it's really important that we get things right and are as prepared as possible for Daytona," he continued. If we can go in and win again, obviously that's the best scenario for many reasons, but ultimately this year is about the championship so coming out of Daytona clean, with a solid finish is important on it's own."

The ARCA Racing Series drivers and teams will return oo Daytona for the first official track activity of the season on Thursday, February 7 when the teams receive two hours of practice starting at 4 pm ET. There will be another hour of practice on Friday, February 8 starting at 9:30 am ET followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:30 pm ET. The green flag will wave over the expected 40-car field in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, February 9. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates from Daytona exclusively at ARCARacing.com; new members can register for free at ARCARacing.com/login.


Best of luck this season.