People Who Share a Passion
NASCAR and the Automobile Racing Club of America (“ARCA”) started at about the same point-that is towards the middle of the last century. ARCA has not been able to match the scorching growth of NASCAR, but it does have a devoted following. Why is this?
Firstly, ARCA, like the Nextel Series of NASCAR, promotes racing with stock cars. ARCA fans delight in knowing that the skills on display at an ARCA event are with cars that they can buy and drive in real life. The engineering sophistication of F1 auto racing may produce incredible acceleration, but the heroes behind the wheel may do poorly in your own car! Real car racing fans appreciate the authenticity of ARCA auto racing. Some ARCA events use cars discarded by NASCAR, and it is fascinating in auto racing terms to find out how such old machines can be driven by people with top skills.
ARCA is also a valuable stepping stone in an auto racing career with NASCAR in sight. Many drivers have started their careers in ARCA events before going on to exploits on the NASCAR circuit. ARCA plays an important supporting role in providing training grounds and exposure for future champions. You should spend time at ARCA races if you want to be the first to spot future NASCAR drivers!
There are technical aspects of car racing, in which many people believe that ARCA sets the standards for even more popular bodies such as NASCAR. ARCA’s system of awarding points for participation, consistency, and duration, are exemplary. Drivers and teams gain when they commit to race. They are rewarded in terms of points proportional to how they perform. You gain if you do especially well in a lap, and even more if you can hold on to your own performance level for more than one lap. Finally, there are bonuses for continuous participation over the course of a season. You have to work hard to move ahead in ARCA, and that is just what is required to raise NASCAR standards in turn.
You can add to your auto racing pleasure by including ARCA in your race attendance calendar for the year! ARCA includes truck racing as well for your benefit.