Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and Champion Racing Association (CRA) have extended the formal working relationship between the two motorsports sanctioning bodies.
ARCA, currently concluding its 60th Anniversary Season, will sanction the racing activities for the ARCA CRA Super Series once again in 2013. The super late model stock car racing series, founded in 1997, is based in Salem, Indiana.
ARCA president and CEO Ron Drager noted the opportunity for continued growth and development as part of the extended partnership with CRA. Drager lauded the roles of CRA's managing partners, Glenn Luckett and R.J. Scott, in making the enhanced relationship a reality for another season.
The sanctioning agreement extension between ARCA and CRA reflects ARCA's interests in supporting and strengthening the sport of stock car racing. The ARCA sanction will continue to provide participants in the ARCA CRA Super Series with ARCA member benefits, including Participant Accident Insurance.
ARCA will also continue to provide public relations, race operations, and marketing support to its formal partner, while building on an already strong developmental racing base.
Toledo Speedway, one of ARCA's two short track properties, has hosted 13 ARCA CRA Super Series events since 2000, including the season opening 7Up 100 in April. In 2012, Flat Rock Speedway, the ARCA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval in Michigan, hosted the ARCA CRA Super Series for the first time, bringing template-bodied super late model racing back to the suburban Detroit track for the first time in over 15 years.
The agreement will give the ARCA CRA Super Series champion the opportunity to test an ARCA Racing Series car in the open test at Daytona International Speedway in December 2013. Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track High Performance Driving School, the Official Driving School of ARCA and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, will provide the test car and support team. The commitment allows drivers to develop skills within the unified framework of CRA and ARCA.
More details surrounding the relationship and the new ARCA CRA Super Series will be provided as they develop.