TOLEDO, Ohio — The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is headed back to Daytona Int’l Speedway for another open test Friday, January 16 in preparation for the 52nd annual Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real coming February 14, 2015.


The event marks the first time the series has conducted an open test in January at Daytona ahead of the race event in February.


“The December test at Daytona International Speedway is a long-standing ARCA tradition,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “We’ve literally been doing that for decades. This January test came about for two reasons. One, it gave teams who wanted to invest in the new ARCA Ilmor 396 engine another 30 days to acquire the engine and, two, NASCAR’s testing ban made the track available.”


Currently, as many as 30 drivers are expected for the open test…all this following the open test in December when 49 drivers participated.


Empire Racing, with drivers Sean Corr and Patrick Staropoli, were fastest overall in December testing and are scheduled to return for Friday’s open test.


Cunningham Motorsports will also be returning for the second test with veteran Tom Hessert driving, as well as newcomer Blake Jones, set to turn his first laps in an ARCA Racing Series car.


Defending race winner Team BCR is also returning, but with a different driver in the 90 car…that being six-time series winner Brennan Poole.


Also returning for the second test are Kimmel Racing with driver Will Kimmel and the defending ARCA Racing Series championship team Mason Mitchell Motorsports with drivers Mason Mitchell and SCOTT Rookie of the Year Austin Wayne Self.


Ken Schrader Racing (KSR) is also entered with series veteran Mark Thompson driving. KSR participated in the first test, but with Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell in the driver’s chair.


A portion of the Oldfield grandstands will be open to the public during the test. will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activities, scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5 daily, with an hour break for lunch at noon.


ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Daytona Int’l Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Open Test (1-16-15)
1 8 Patrick Staropoli/Plantation FL Empire Racing Ford
2 9 Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL Max Force Racing Ford
3 10 Cody Swanson/Norco CA Fast Track High Performance Racing Ford
4 10 Ed Pompa/Ballston Spa NY Fast Track High Performance Racing Ford
5 15 TBA Venturini Motorsports Toyota
6 20 Scott Sheldon/Las Vegas NV GMS Racing Chevrolet
7 22 Blake Jones/Sevierville TN Cunningham Motorsports Dodge
8 30 Terry Jones/Amherstberg Ontario Rette Jones Racing Dodge
9 48 Sean Corr/Goshen NY Empire Racing Ford
10 49 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Hylton Motorsports Ford
11 52 Mark Thompson/Cartersville GA Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet
12 58 Michael Lira/Port Orange FL Lira Motorsports Ford
13 59 David Levine/Highland Park IL Lira Motorsports Ford
14 69 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN Kimmel Racing Ford
15 72 Russ Dugger/Owasso OK DGM Racing Chevrolet
16 73 Dale Shearer/Alhambra IL Dale Shearer Racing Ford
17 77 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Cunningham Motorsports Dodge
18 78 Mason Mitchell/W. Des Moines IA Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford
19 83 Derrick Lancaster/Christiansburg VA Lancaster Racing Dodge
20 88 Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX Team BCR Ford
21 92 Daniel Hemric/Kannapolis NC NTS Motorsports Chevrolet
22 98 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford
23 99 Buster Graham/Lafayette LA Roulo Brothers Racing Ford
24 02 Thomas Barrett Jr./Millis MA Our Motorsports Chevrolet
25 03 Mike Affarano/Shorewood IL Affarano Racing Chevrolet


-ARCA Racing Series Press Release. Photo credit:

ARCA Teams Gearing up for Second Daytona Test