The ARCA Menards Series will take laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway this Friday and Saturday to prep for next month’s season opener. The annual test session will allow teams an opportunity to shake down their rides while allowing both rookie and veteran racers super speedway knowledge.

Over 70 drivers from all over the world are expected to take part in the two-day test. Those include international sensation Shane Van Gisbergen and international personalities Gil Linster, Takuma Koga, and Andres Perez. Others include rising young stars like Tyler Reif, Sean Hingorani, William Sawalich, and Carson Kvapil. In addition, INDYCAR veteran Marco Andretti will also take part.

Gisbergen must compete in the ARCA season opener next month at Daytona to gain approval from NASCAR for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener. 

Some will participate in ARCA’s Road to Daytona program. The program, operated by 1995 ARCA champion and owner Andy Hillenburg, will allow seven drivers to get behind the wheel of a car at the famed Daytona Int’l Speedway. 

Tyler Reif, Sean Hingorani, Justin Bonsignore, Jacob Goede, Chase Burda, Bryan Syer-Keske, and Michael Hinde will make up these drivers.

Rules and procedures teams and drivers must follow:

• All cars to be ARCA legal (all heights, springs, restrictor plate, etc.) for on-track activity.

• If a non-compliant part is used at any time, the offending crew chief will be held responsible, and the car owner will be fined at minimum $1000. The part will be confiscated, and the time will be disallowed.

• Obey traffic flow in the garage and on pit road.

• Stay on apron through turn 2 (minimum) when entering race track.

• Limit number of laps to ten per session (non-drafting)

• MUST HAVE FUNCTIONING RACE SAFE SYSTEM AND SPOTTER IN THE SPOTTERS STAND WITH TWO WAY RADIO COMMUNICATION WHENEVER RACE CAR IS ON TRACK.

Brett Winningham
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