The 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule looks very different from past years. For one, there are considerably fewer races in this year’s ARCA Racing Series tour. I have been told more races could be added to the ARCA Racing Series tour, but right now it stands at 19 races.
The ARCA Racing Series will not return to Rockingham in 2011, a track that has been a staple on the schedule since 2008 when Andy Hillenburg bought the historic oval. Despite two successful events, Mansfield was also dropped from the 2011 schedule. Texas was also dropped from the schedule as a result of Texas’ Spring NASCAR date becoming a night race. The very unsuccessful event at Palm Beach International Raceway was also not on the schedule.
Three new venues have been added. ARCA will return to Winchester Speedway on June 25th in a 200 lap race at the world’s fastest half-mile. On July 28th, the series will visit O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis for the first time as part of Kroger Speedfest, a three day long festival of speed at the Clermont short track featuring USAC and NASCAR’s lower-tier divisions leading up to one of NASCAR’s biggest races, the Brickyard 400. ARCA will also visit Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin on August 26th, an inaugural race date.
The Series will start at Daytona in February and end in Toledo in October. The full schedule is avaliable on ARCARacing.com. Ten races will be televised live or same-day on SPEED, the nine companion events and Toledo.
The other significant change is that RE/MAX has ended its partnership with ARCA. This is only the first proverbial shoe to drop, as most ARCA sponsors’ contracts end in 2011 and insiders worry there may be a mass exodus. Menards is signed on as the presenting sponsor in its third year of its partnership with the ARCA Racing Series.