North American stock car-racing series Nascar has acquired the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA).
Development racing series ARCA launched in 1964 and has developed strong ties with Nascar over its lifetime. John Marcum, founder of the ARCA, worked as an official with Nascar, while a number of drivers have made the move from ARCA to Nascar.
Of the 16 drivers that started in last season’s Nascar Cup Series playoffs, 12 had featured in the ARCA.
The 2018 ARCA Racing Series, which began in February and runs until October, will feature a total of 20 races. The ARCA will host nine events at Nascar national series venues, as well as three other races at Nascar All-American Series tracks.
Jim France, vice-chairman and executive vice-president of Nascar, has been one of the main driving forces behind building links with the ARCA. France also played a major role in the merger of the Grand-AM and American Le Mans Series in 2012, which led to the creation of the modernised International Motor Sports Association in 2014.
“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,” France said. “This continues the legacy our sport was built upon and will deliver the great racing our fans expect.”
John Marcum, president of the ARCA and grandson of its founder John, added: “We are proud of the history and tradition of the ARCA Racing Series and the relationship we’ve built over six decades with Nascar. We look forward to the opportunity to be more fully integrated with Nascar and help shape the future of our sport.”
The ARCA Racing Series will continue to operate under its current structure through the 2019 season.