TOLEDO OH -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series, steering toward its 50th season of competition, has released its 2002 schedule to include 22 events in 13 states.
Often recognized as the world's most versatile racing tour, the RE/MAX Series will again hold true to form with events scheduled at some of the most prestigious superspeedways combined with an impressive assortment of short-tracks on both pavement and dirt.
Superspeedway events on the schedule include the traditional season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February followed up by a return to Atlanta Motor Speedway in March to accompany the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte will again host two events, as will Pocono Raceway, Nashville Superspeedway and Kentucky Speedway. Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway make up the remaining superspeedway races in 2002,
Short-tracks returning include the legendary Salem and Winchester Speedways in Indiana, Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan, Toledo Speedway as well as the classic dirt fairgrounds miles in Springfield and DuQuoin, Illinois. In addition, Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway Virginia will appear on the RE/MAX Series schedule for the first time.
In addition to its share of stand-alone events, the RE/MAX Series will race in companion with the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series as well as with the Indy Racing Northern Light Series.
Announcements concerning the '02 RE/MAX Series TV schedule will be made in a press conference on Saturday, December 8 at 2:30 PM ET at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky just prior to the championship awards banquet.
"On the eve of our 50th anniversary year, we're especially excited about the 2002 season," said ARCA PR director Don Radebaugh. "So much rich history is to be shared from the ARCA story. We hope to document as much as we can in the new book; first and foremost out of respect for all the people, on and off the track, who helped pioneer this into a respected motorsports entity."
To help in the commemoration of its 50th anniversary season, the long-standing series will be recognizing and honoring past winners and champions throughout the year at specified race events as well as producing a high-quality, hard cover book filled with photos, both color and black and white, documenting ARCA's history dating back to its inaugural season in 1953. This book, to become available in December 2002, will include information from the RE/MAX Series, Flat Rock Speedway, Toledo Speedway, other weekly sanctioned tracks through the years, the ARCA Auto Value Midget Series and the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series kicks off the '02 season with the 39th annual Daytona ARCA 200 on February 10.