The 2014 ARCA season officially came to a close on Saturday afternoon as the second of the two-day test at Daytona International Speedway (FL) ended after a busy weekend in which 58 drivers had track time at the 2.5-mile facility.
16-year-old Austin Cindric finished the final session of the weekend on the day on top of the charts over Sean Corr, Patrick Staropoli, Tom Hessert and Austin Wayne Self. Cindric ran a lap 47.934 and 187.758 Miles Per Hour. The day was cut short by some late day sprinkles, but most teams had finished before the final hour.
“It’s been a really great experience so far,” said Cindric on his first laps at Daytona. “I had no stock car experience coming into this weekend and we were fast every time out. Tom Hessert was coaching me and that was a big help for a track as big as Daytona.”
Sean Corr led the morning session over Patrick Staropoli, Austin Cindric, Bobby Gerhart and Cody Coughlin.
“This was a good weekend for us,” said Sean Corr. “This was the same car that we sat on the pole with in 2012 here at Daytona. Our car has always been a good pushing car and this weekend it was really good at pulling up to other cars. I think we’ll make some adjustments with this Empire Racing Ford and we will see if we can make it better in January.”
Corr’s best lap was 47.743 for an average speed of 188.509 which was the best time of the weekend. His Empire Racing teammate Staropoli went 188.344 in Friday’s afternoon session. Cody Coughlin paced the non-drafting practice on Friday morning with a 186.683 in his JEGS.com Venturni Motorsports ride.
The ARCA Racing Series will be back at Daytona for another test on January 16th from 9am to 5pm. That will lead up the Lucas Oil 200 Presented my MAVTV American Real on February 14th.
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