PRI NOTES: ARCA Continues With MW Tour
INDIANAPOLIS — Automobile Club of America President Ron Drager announced on Saturday at the PRI Trade Show within the Indiana Convention Center that the sanctioning body would continue as the sanctioning body of the ARCA Midwest Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series.
Both groups have agreed to three-year extensions of their current agreements. The ARCA Midwest Tour was previously sanctioned by ASA Racing, while the CRA Super Series previously operated under its own sanctioning body.
“A couple of years ago we entered into an agreement with the ARCA Midwest Tour and the ARCA/CRA Super Series and we’ve gotten to know them and work with them,” Drager said. “We’re going to do a three year extension with both of those tours to be ARCA branded and sanctioned going forward. So we’re really happy about that.”
Dan Fredrickson captured the 2013 ARCA Midwest Tour championship, while Travis Braden claimed the 2013 ARCA/CRA Super Series championship. Both men will test ARCA entries at Daytona Int’l Speedway next week.
• Dominic Scelzi told us Saturday he is planning to contest the entire King of the West Sprint Car Series tour in 2014, along with 10-15 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events. He is also looking for additional rides within the sprint car and midget world. He also indicated he wouldn’t be against trying his hand at something with fenders in 2014.
• Wes Gonder Racing’s deal to partner with James Hylton’s No. 48 team at the ARCA Racing Series opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 15 won’t happen. Instead, the team will use the No. 38 and partner with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in a fundraising effort. 2013 CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series champion Clay Rogers is scheduled to test for the team at Daytona next week.
• National Speed Sport News’ booth was the place to be on Saturday with many visitors stopping by to inquire about the new television deal that was announced Friday with MAVTV. One of those that stopped by was USAC star Dave Darland, who signed up for a subscription to SPEED SPORT Magazine.
• Venturini Motorsports is planning to field as many as three full-time teams in the ARCA Racing Series next season. One of those teams is the No. 25 car with sophomore driver Justin Boston and sponsor ZLOOP. The other two deals, should they happen, are expected to be announced before Daytona.