The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA), which runs the ARCA Racing Series, was just acquired by NASCAR, bringing America's two major stock-car sanctioning bodies together. this morning, confirming that the ARCA Series will continue unchanged until 2019.
"Our NASCAR family has long had a special connection with our friends at ARCA, and this is a logical step in demonstrating our commitment to the next generation of racers," said NASCAR vice chairman Jim France in a statement. The two sanctioning bodies have a six-decade history, going back to when NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. raced against ARCA founder John Marcum.
The ARCA Series has long been a home for young drivers looking to make their way into various NASCAR series. And , its cars are very similar to those used in NASCAR, with identical bodywork as K&N Pro series cars, and engines similar to those used in the Camping World Truck Series.
"This provides ARCA with sustainability," ARCA president Ron Drager said in a statement. "We’re all looking toward the future and trying to figure out where we need to be and how best to stabilize and come together to make the sport stronger.
"I think a coming-together is a good way to do it," he added.