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December 2012

  • Cunningham Motorsports adds development driver: Anderson Bowen, a 15-year-old rookie from Suwanee, Georgia, has announced plans to run three ARCA Racing Series short track races in 2013 with Cunningham Motorsports. Bowen's first ARCA race with Cunningham Motorsports will be the second race of the season at Mobile Int'l Speedway on March 9.  He'll follow that up with the next event on tour at Salem Speedway, and wrap up his ARCA schedule at Madison Int'l Speedway in late August. Bowen also plans to run both NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Iowa Speedway with the Cunningham organization. Bowen will have guidance from veteran NASCAR champion crew chief, Paul Andrews, for his ARCA Racing Series races. (Cunningham Motorsports PR) (12-20-12)
  • Bo LeMastus completes test; acquires points from Peterson Motorsports:  Bo LeMastus and his newly formed team completed ARCA's Daytona test last weekend in preparation for the race in February. "Our job was to come to Daytona and to gain experience. We were happy with the data we collected. We will be strong when we unload for the race" explained LeMastus. LeMastus also stated that testing at Daytona was an unbelievable experience and that he is committed to fielding a first class operation. "We are in the process of looking at running a second car with a younger driver. I want to build a team that will be fighting for a championship every year." LeMastus has teamed with Peterson Motorsports to use the owner points from its No. 0 entry, which finished in 26th in owner points last season. (12-18-12)
  • Mason Mingus to run full schedule for Win-Tron Racing: Win-Tron Racing has announced a full ARCA Racing Series campaign in 2013 with 18-year-old Mason Mingus behind the wheel of the company's No. 32 Toyota cars. "I'm looking forward to running the full schedule next season and having a shot at the championship," said Mingus. "We've learned a lot this year and I think when February rolls around, everyone will see that we've learned even more and we're going to be a serious threat in 2013." Call 811 Before You Dig and Diamond Equipment will return to the team for the 2013 season as associate marketing partners. The team has immediate openings for primary placement. Former ARCA Racing Series championship crew chief Mark Rette will continue to oversee the team's efforts. (Win-Tron Racing PR) (12-17-12)
  • James Hylton's transporter destroyed in accident:  Longtime James Hylton Motorsports crew member Terry Strange reports that the team transporter was involved in a single vehicle accident Thursday night en route to Daytona to participate in the open test. The transporter was destroyed in the accident and Hylton's primary car for Daytona also sustained damage. The team also reports that the car should be repaired in time for the Daytona race in February, and that none of the three team members, including James Hylton, were injured. (ARCARacing.com) (12-15-12)
  • ARCA reduces field sizes; lowers minimum age: ARCA officials have announced several important procedural changes for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season. Beginning in 2013, drivers aged 17 years old may be considered for eligibility to drive in race events at Pocono Raceway and Kentucky Speedway. Drivers seeking approval will be subject to meeting specific and strict guidelines, including but not limited to a thorough driving experience review, successful participation in a minimum of five approved ARCA Racing Series events, and an ARCA-sanctioned open test at the intended track. The change will give 17-year-old drivers three more races to enter in 2013, bringing the potential season total for a 17-year-old to 16 races. ARCA also announced that in 2013, the starting field for the February 16 race at Daytona will be 40 positions. The first 30 positions will be set by time trials, and the remaining 10 will be set by the provisional procedure listed on the entry blank. Starting fields for other tracks 0.75 mile or larger will hold a maximum of 36 positions. The first 30 positions will be set by time trials, and the remaining six will be set by the provisional procedure listed on the entry blank. ARCA notified teams of the changes in a bulletin yesterday. (ARCARacing.com) (12-14-12)
  • Grant Enfinger returns with Team BCR Racing in 2013:  Officials at Team BCR Racing announced that Grant Enfinger will run a limited schedule in the ARCA Racing Series in 2013. Enfinger is excited to have the opportunity to run a limited schedule with Team BCR and Roush Yates Engines. "I'm very pleased to be associated with a great team that has the ability to run up front," said Enfinger. "We proved that this year by leading laps and having great finishes at Pocono and Kansas. This is a great opportunity for me to work with Howard Bixman again. We've always had great results together in the past. If we can secure additional marketing partners for 2013, we would run a full season and compete for a championship." (Team BCR Racing PR) (12-12-12)
  • Eddie Sharp Racing to field entry for Julien Jousse at Daytona:  Frenchman Julien Jousse, 26, will join Eddie Sharp Racing for the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona. The race will mark Jousse's ARCA Racing Series debut, and just his second start in a stock car. Jousse competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event at All-American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. in October. With 15 years racing experience, Jousse is an accomplished driver with race wins, pole awards, and championships in everything from go-karts to the European Le Mans Series. In 2011, Jousse won the LMP1 Class Championship in the European Le Mans Series. "I am very excited to join Eddie Sharp Racing," said Jousse. "They have great equipment and more importantly great people, which I believe is the key to success in stock car racing. We have a lot to learn with the style of racing, but I am confident we will be okay with the experienced team at ESR. I can't wait to get to Daytona." (Eddie Sharp Racing PR) (12-12-12)
  • Michel Disdier Joins Cunningham Motorsports for Daytona:  Michel Disdier will pilot Cunningham’s #77 car at Daytona for the first race of the 2013 season. Disdier and the team will participate in the three day ARCA Racing Series Daytona test December 14-16.  The ARCA Series will return to Daytona to open speedweeks on February 16, 2013. Disdier most recently raced in the ARCA Series in 2009 with Bowsher Motorsports, making eight starts. Disdier is using this opportunity to prepare for potential starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, in which he hopes to compete in. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (12-11-12)
  • Mikey Kile seeking team?:  Rumors persist that Mikey Kile is looking for a team to make a run at the 2013 ARCA Racing Series championship with. Kile has been linked to CGH Motorsports, which will test Mason Mitchell at Daytona. CGH Motorsports is seeking a funded driver for the season since it currently lacks funds to run Chad Hackenbracht full time. (12-10-12)
  • CGH Motorsports testing Mason Mitchell at Daytona:  Eighteen-year-old Mason Mitchell will team up with CGH Motorsports this weekend for open testing at Daytona International Speedway, the driver announced today. The open test, which will run Friday through Sunday, will allow teams to prepare for the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona. The West Des Moines native does not currently have a contract signed for the 2013 season but hopes that changes. "As of right now I have nothing set in stone for 2013 but I'm working day and night to be running for the 2013 ARCA championship. CGH is a top notch team that has the capabilities to win every weekend," Mitchell said. (Mason Mitchell Motorsports PR) (12-10-12)
  • Brian Keselowski Motorsports partners with Kurzejewski Racing:  Brian Keselowski Motorsports will partner with Kurzejewski Racing for the ARCA test session at Daytona. Garrett Smithley, who has competed in legend cars, will be driving Kurzejewski’s No. 54 Dodge Charger with Bob Keselowski as crew chief. “I am really excited to work with Brian and Bob Keselowski. I’m hoping to gain a lot of experience and knowledge from them considering they are ARCA winners and know exactly what it takes to make it in this series. Daytona is the biggest track I will have driven on so far so I’m really looking forward to it and hope to race a number of races with them in 2013.” stated Smithley. Brian Keselowski Motorsports is actively seeking all levels of sponsorship for their ARCA program in 2013. (Brian Keselowski Motorsports PR) (12-10-12)
  • Bo LeMastus to field new team; will drive:  Bo LeMastus will field a new team in the ARCA Racing Series for the full 2013 season. LeMastus will drive the Dodge entry with sponsorship from his company, Crosley Radio. Crosley Radio manufacturers vintage electronics and is based in Louisville, Kentucky. LeMastus serves as the president and CEO of Crosley Radio, in addition to his second company Modern Marketing Concepts Inc.  LeMastus has extensive experience in The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). He has competed in both organizations since 2007. The No. 42 Crosley Radio Dodge will be powered by Penske engines and will make its on-track debut at Daytona preseason testing later this month. (12-09-12)
  • SPEED Channel to Televise 10 Races for 2013: Officials from ARCA and FOX Sports Media Group jointly announced the 2013 television schedule for the ARCA Racing Series, comprised of 10 events to be televised live or on a same-day delay on SPEED. The 2013 ARCA television schedule will open on SPEED on Saturday, February 16. Live flag-to-flag coverage of ARCA's 50th consecutive annual event at Daytona International Speedway will begin at 4:30 p.m. Other events scheduled for live and/or same-day SPEED coverage in 2013 include races at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3; Toledo Speedway on May 19; Pocono Raceway on June 8 and August 2; Michigan International Speedway on June 14; Chicagoland Speedway on July 21; Iowa Speedway on September 7; Kentucky Speedway on September 20; and the season finale at Kansas Speedway on October 4. (ARCARacing.com) (12-06-12)
  • Corey LaJoie to run partial schedule in 2013: Corey LaJoie races for a small team put together by his dad, two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champ Randy LaJoie. LaJoie knows that if he doesn't make something happen now, he could wind up making racing seats for his competitors' cars (something he does part time). Without a major sponsor for 2013, LaJoie plans to "cherry pick" and try to win some ARCA series races until something more solid presents itself. (ESPN The Magazine) (12-04-12)