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ARCA To Transition To All Composite Bodies In 2020
March 19, 2018
Effective in 2019, the Five Star flange-fit composite body will be the only body eligible for use on all paved oval tracks over 3/4-mile. Looking ahead to 2020, the composite body will be mandatory and the only body eligible for ARCA competition.
ARCA To Transition To All Composite Bodies In 2020

The eligibility requirements for ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race car bodies continue to evolve.

Effective in 2019, the Five Star flange-fit composite body will be the only body eligible for use on all paved oval tracks over 3/4-mile. Looking ahead to 2020, the composite body will be mandatory and the only body eligible for ARCA competition.

The composite body project, conducted in partnership with NASCAR and Five Star Race Car Bodies, is part of an overall cost containment initiative for the ARCA Racing Series.

“The look of the composite car really resonates with race fans and helps spectators identify with production cars that come straight from the manufacturers,” ARCA Senior Director of Competition and Operations Grayling Call said. “It also simplifies the technical inspection process. Right now, we're carrying so many different templates to accommodate the steel cars and the composites. As we streamline the template process, it frees up ARCA officials to focus on other things.”

Composite bodies are constructed with composite laminate blend materials engineered to be lightweight and durable and able to resist deflection at high speeds. The complete body is comprised of 12 flange-fit modular panels, for ease of installation and quick replacement, and weighs less than 135 pounds.

The ease-of-installation design allows teams to install the entire body in their respective shops, and to perform replacement of damaged panels at the team’s shop or the track, resulting in significant savings in time and labor required for repairs.