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january 2011

  • Robb Brent searching for sponsorship; part time schedule: After two full seasons driving for Allgaier Motorsports, 23 year-old Robb Brent returns to a part-time ARCA schedule in 2011 due to a lack of sponsorship. "I've been constantly working on deals. I've been contacted by a ton of teams, just need that sponsor" said Brent. "I'll be in a car sometime, not fulltime, but I'll be in a car somewhere." ( (01-29-11)
  • Patrick Sheltra to run part-time schedule: Patrick Sheltra will run select ARCA events this year, including Daytona and Talladega, and will have a past champion's provisional to get him into races if necessary. Sheltra said he has been busy this month at Sheltra Motorsports working with his new driver, Milka Duno. Sheltra said his team is waiting for Duno's group to sign a deal to race in ARCA for the full season. She will drive his No. 63 Dodge Charger in the Feb. 12 season-opener at Daytona, while Sheltra will be in the No. 60 Dodge owned by Terry Jones. (
  • Peterson Motorsports, Mike Senica add sponsorship: Mike Senica [has] signed a mult-year sponsorship agreement with Optimum Nutrition, a worldwide leader in workout supplements. Optimum Nutrition has agreed on a multi-year deal that will include 2011 ARCA races in Salem, Millville, Winchester, O'Reilly Raceway Park, Toledo, and Chicagoland. (Peterson Motorsports PR) (01-27-11)
  • Federated Auto Parts full time with Hessert; Schrader: Federated Auto Parts has announced that it will sponsor the Ken Schrader Racing team for the 2011 ARCA Racing Series season. The No. 52 Federated Auto Parts car will be driven by Tom Hessert. "Federated and Ken Schrader have had a tremendous relationship through the years and our sponsorship of the Schrader Racing ARCA team in 2011 is a natural progression of that relationship," said J.R. Bishop, director of racing and event marketing for Federated Auto Parts. "We are honored to continue our association with one of the legendary names in NASCAR and excited to sponsor one of the young stars of racing. With a great owner and great driver, it should be a tremendous season for the Federated Auto Parts ARCA team." (Ken Schrader Racing PR) (01-25-11)
  • Hixson Motorsports and Fox Motorsports team up for Daytona: Hixson Motorsports and Fox Motorsports have joined forces to field the No. 23 Fox Realty Chevrolet for Nick Igdalsky in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. Igdalsky returns to the ARCA Racing series part-time this year after a full season with Andy Belmont Racing in 2010. (01-24-11)
  • Joey Coulter to run four races in 2011; team still looking for funded driver: Joey Coulter will compete in four ARCA Racing series events in 2011 with funding from Rip It Energy Fuel. Coulter Motorsports is still in search of quality, race-proven sponsored drivers to fill the No. 16 Chevrolet for the remainder of the season. (Coulter Motorsports PR) (01-24-11)
  • Brevak Racing accepting sponsorship donations for Daytona: Brevak Racing is now accepting sponsorship donations for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. The team is asking fans to donate $25, which gives them their printed name on the car and a chance to win prizes given away at Brent Brevak Night at The Neighborly Bar on January 29th. Sponsor Brevak using PayPal or click the link "Don't have a PayPal account?" if you do not have an account. (01-21-11)
  • Peterson Motorsports picks up Daytona sponsorship: Canadian Heroes and Peterson Motorsports have partnered up for this year’s running of the ARCA 200. (Chris (01-21-11)
  • Cunningham Motorsports looking for drivers UPDATE 2 Armstrong and Licata: With the New Year quickly approaching, Cunningham Motorsports is still looking for sponsored drivers to fill their Dodges for the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. The team is continuing to prepare for the upcoming ARCA Series open test in Daytona, which is scheduled for January 11, 2011. (Cunningham Motorsports PR) (12-31-10)
    UPDATE: Cunningham Motorsports has announced that Dakoda Armstrong, the 2010 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year will return to drive the #22 Dodge in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway and the April 15th Talladega 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway.  The team is currently in Daytona Beach (Fla), attending three days of open testing in preparation for the February 12th race. (Cunningham Motorsports PR) (01-10-11)
    UPDATE 2: Joey Licata Jr., a back-to-back ASA Truck Series champion, tested the No. 77 Dodge for Cunningham Motorsports at Daytona, and plans to race in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Saturday, February 12. (Cunningham Motorsports PR) (01-20-11)
  • Hal Martin to run part-time for Venturini in 2011 UPDATE: Hal Martin will race part-time for Venturini Motorsports in the 2011 ARCA Racing series season. The Galliano, LA driver participated in the Daytona ARCA Hoosier tire test sharing a Venturini Motorsports car with Steve Arpin on December 18th. (12-22-10)
    UPDATE: Hal Martin has signed with legendary Venturini Motorsports and its championship team to run select races in 2011 - beginning with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. Martin plans to make five official starts with Venturini Motorsports in 2011 - to include Daytona, Talladega, Chicagoland, Pocono and Michigan. (Hal Martin PR) (01-12-11)
  • Brian Rose enters ARCA: Brian Rose Motorsports, a new entity in the ARCA Racing Series, will attempt to make its first ARCA Racing Series start in next month’s Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. “I’m looking forward to competing in the ARCA Racing Series. It’s a great series and I’m embracing the opportunity to bring my new team to such a diverse series. This won’t be our only ARCA race in 2011, but we’re hoping to leave a lasting impression that will carry over into our next event” said Rose. Danny Rollins, well respected in the NASCAR community will serve as the crew chief for Brian Rose Motorsports. Harris Trucking and Team ASE have leaped aboard as marketing partners in the No. 4 Toyota Camry for the first of 19 events on the 2011 ARS calendar, but the freshman team is planning to announce more supporters in the next couple of weeks leading up to ARCA’s biggest race of the season. (Brian Rose Motorsports PR) (01-12-11)
  • Richard Childress Racing to field two teams OFFICIAL: The NASCAR Insiders have tweeted that Richard Childress Racing will field two ARCA entries in 2011. RCR will return with veteran Tim George Jr. for his third consecutive season, while the team will add a second car for rising star Ty Dillon. (The NASCAR Insiders) (01-07-11)
    OFFICIAL: Tim George Jr. returns to Richard Childress Racing's driver lineup for 2011 as fulltime driver of the No. 31 RCR Chevrolet in the ARCA Racing Series. George is also expected to compete in a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule in 2011. In addition to George, Ty Dillon will compete in the full 2011 ARCA Racing Series schedule this season, driving the No. 41 RCR Chevrolet. George will once again pair with veteran crew chief Gere Kennon. (Richard Childress Racing PR) (01-10-11)
  • Milka Duno to run Daytona with Sheltra Motorsports OFFICIAL: RaceTalkRadio has tweeted that IndyCar driver Milka Duno will run the Daytona race with Sheltra Motorsports. Her sponsor, Citgo, is expected to be on the car. (Twitter) (01-10-11)
    OFFICIAL: Sheltra Motorsports has signed Milka Duno to run the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. Duno, a driver in the IndyCar Series, will begin her foray with Sheltra Motorsports piloting the No. 63 Dodge Charger at the newly-repaved 2.5-mile superspeedway for three days of ARCA Racing Series testing January 11-13. Jon Wolfe will work with Duno throughout the test session to get her comfortable for the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona February 12. Brandon Hinson, owner of Hinson Sports Management and Director of Marketing for Sheltra Motorsports, has been working with Duno's team for several months to bring the Venezuelan driver to Sheltra Motorsports.  "We made the commitment to give her the best equipment and opportunity possible to be successful," Hinson said. "I believe that when she gets behind the wheel of the No. 63 this week, it will be the beginning of a great year for Milka." Sheltra Motorsports has worked all off-season to have a multi-car program in 2011, and things are beginning to shape up to make that a reality. More announcements are set to be made in the coming weeks. Additional information about Duno's 2011 season will also become available in the next several weeks. (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (01-10-11)
  • Team 42 Racing hoping to enter ARCA with Jeremy Frankoski: Eddie Smith, NASCAR Nationwide owner of Team 42 Racing and an affiliate of Roger Penske Racing, recently named Jeremy Frankoski as his Development Driver to compete in this year’s ARCA series. Andy Hillenburg and Fast Tracks Racing will be helping assist Jeremy in receiving his ARCA approval for this coming season.  Team 42 Racing has no definite race dates on the schedule and is actively seeking sponsorship partners to compete this season. The team hopes to make the Daytona race with Jeremy Frankoski behind the wheel. (Jeremy Frankoski PR) (01-09-11)
  • Jake Crum looking to run ARCA; NASCAR Trucks in 2011: Jake Crum will test at Daytona with Hixson Motorsports in hopes of gaining approval to run larger tracks in 2011. The 19 year-old Statesville, NC driver would ideally like to compete in a mixed schedule of ARCA and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, beginning with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on February 12th. Jake Crum Racing will be discussing their options with Hixson Motorsports once they arrive in Daytona on Monday. (Jake Crum Racing PR) (01-09-11)
  • Ed Pompa racing for charity; part-time in 2011: Ed Pompa will return to ARCA competition in 2011 and will continue to use his sponsorship money to support Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY. Double H Ranch is a Hole in the Wall camp started by Paul Newman in 1992. Pompa hopes to attempt Daytona, one Pocono race, and the road course race at New Jersey this year. (Ed Pompa Racing PR) (01-07-11)
  • Leilani Münter seeking sponsorship for a 10 race schedule: Leilani Münter is gearing up for 2011, returning to the ARCA Series. Her focus is on the ten televised ARCA races which offer the most exposure for her sponsors. The schedule includes races starting with Daytona, followed by Talladega, two events at Pocono, Michigan, Kansas, Chicagoland, Iowa, ORP, and Toledo. (LeilaniMü (01-07-11)
  • Eddie Sharp Racing testing two drivers at Daytona:  Eddie Sharp Racing will participate in the ARCA Daytona test next week with Kevin Swindell and Jason Bowles.  Swindell, son of three-time National Sprint Car Champion Sammy Swindell, competed last year full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driving for Mike Curb.  He made one start with Eddie Sharp Racing at the season ending ARCA race at Rockingham. Bowles competed in several NASCAR races last year after three full seasons in the NASCAR K&N Pro West series. (01-05-11)
  • Drew Charlson Racing hoping to compete part-time in 2011:  Drew Charlson Racing has purchased equipment from Larry Hollenbeck and will be testing next week at Daytona using the No. 62. Hollenbeck will be assisting the 17 year-old Drew Charlson in hopes of gaining ARCA approval to compete at Daytona. The team is looking for sponsorship for a five or six race schedule, which might consist of events at Toledo, Michigan, Chicago, Iowa, Winchester, ORP, Daytona, and Talladega. The team has support from Aluma Aluminum Trailers, Amzoil, and Impact Racing. (Drew Charlson Racing PR) (01-05-11)
  • Dirt late model team running ARCA: Will Vaught Racing and 24 year-old Crane, MO driver Will Vaught will make their ARCA Racing Series debut on Saturday, February 12 at Daytona International Speedway. The driver and team will also compete in several UMP DirtCar and World Of Outlaw races in 2011. (Will Vaught Racing) (01-05-11)
  • Fast Track Racing testing six drivers at Daytona: Fast Track Racing will begin the 2011 ARCA Racing series season by testing six drivers at Daytona. Drivers include ARCA veteran Bryan Silas, Ed Pompa, Rick Clifton, Tyler Speer, Ryan Glenski, and John Sendo. Silas will return to the team full time for his fifth consecutive ARCA season, while Pompa, Clifton, and Speer will likely run part-time like they did in 2010.  Newcomers Ryan Glenski and John Sendo are both looking for sponsorship to run races this season. (01-05-11)
  • Brent Brevak testing at Daytona; planning to attempt race: Brent Brevak, the 22 year-old son of the 1990 ARCA Racing Series champion Bob Brevak, will test at Daytona next week in the family owned No. 3 Dodge. The team currently plans to attempt the Daytona race in February. (01-05-11)
  • Todd Hoddick selling team: Todd Hoddick, who made three previous ARCA starts through 2008 and 2009, has placed an advertisement on that states that his ARCA team is for sale. The 26 year-old Buffalo, NY driver will continue to race Sprint cars in 2011. (01-04-11)