TOLEDO, Ohio -- ARCA, Hoosier Racing Tire and Daytona International Speedway have jointly announced dates for both the December Hoosier tire test and the January ARCA-sanctioned open test, following the 2.5-mile superspeedway’s recent repaving.
Hoosier Racing Tire will be on site at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, December 17 to conduct tire testing to determine the tire that teams will race on in the February 12 Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 season opener for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The tire selected based on the December test will be available to teams electing to participate in the annual ARCA-sanctioned open test, which traditionally takes place in mid-December at Daytona but will instead take place in January 2011.
“We’re thrilled to have race cars back on the track at Daytona,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “The new racing surface is very smooth and should produce multiple racing grooves for thrilling door-to-door action. This test session will provide Hoosier Tire the opportunity to collect important data to produce a great racing tire for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 during Speedweeks 2011.”
The ARCA-sanctioned open test, originally scheduled for December 2010, will be moved back on the calendar to allow for the tire test and production of tires by Hoosier. The open test for teams in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will take place at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 11-13, 2011.
Both the December and January testing sessions will be free and open to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstands through the lobby of the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.
“Any time you manage the variables of compounds and construction on a new surface, there are unknowns,” said Doug Barnes, Hoosier Product Manager. “Based on our recent experience with the repaving at Talladega Superspeedway, which has a lot of similar characteristics as Daytona, we’re expecting a vast difference in smoothness and grip of the racing surface. The December test will allow us to gather the on-track data we need to return with the best possible tire for the January open test and the race in February.”
The thrilling 2010 ARCA Racing Series campaign will close Saturday, December 4, with the series' Championship Awards Banquet at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., near Cincinnati.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as left- and right-turn street and road courses.
Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.