Daytona: Series day one report

Welcome to Daytona: First day of Technical Inspections Under Way ARCA Racing Series Hauler Parade Kicks off 2010 Season Opener at Daytona TOLEDO, Ohio (February 2, 2010)-The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards opened its portion...

Welcome to Daytona: First day of Technical Inspections Under Way
ARCA Racing Series Hauler Parade Kicks off 2010 Season Opener at Daytona

TOLEDO, Ohio (February 2, 2010)-The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards opened its portion of Hersey's Milk and Milkshakes Speedweeks with a Hauler Parade through the City of Daytona Beach, Florida on Tuesday morning. The Hauler Parade, designed to mark the series' arrival to the World Center of Racing, featured more than 50 Team Transporters, a full motorcycle police escort and plenty of action despite rain showers and gloomy skies.

ARCA Racing Series Race Team Transporters departed Daytona Int'l Speedway at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday beginning at Gate 70 on the property of Daytona Int'l Speedway, traveling East on International Speedway Boulevard, over the International Speedway Boulevard Bridge, North on A1A to Seabreeze Blvd., over the Seabreeze Bridge to Mason Avenue, South on Williamson to International Speedway Boulevard and back to Daytona Int'l Speedway through Gate 70 off of Midway Ave.

Team transporters were able to cross the famous "Welcome to Daytona Beach" sign outside of the front of the speedway, providing an ideal photo opportunity for race teams, media and fans. Grant Enfinger, who turned heads last season with several top-three finishes as a race car driver in the ARCA Racing Series, switched hats this morning and served as a driver of a different sort when he participated in the parade as hauler driver for his team. Enfinger is one of several ARCA Racing Series drivers who takes a hands-on approach to his race team, working on his own cars both at the shop and at the racetrack. Bobby Gerhart, five-time Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 race winner at Daytona, also drove his own hauler during the parade.

The hour-and-a-half long Hauler Parade was not with issues. The Ansell-Menards Team Transporter carrying nine-time ARCA Racing Series Champion Frank Kimmel's Ford Fusion for Daytona over-heated and pulled to the side of the road before the parade was over.

Once arriving back to Daytona Int'l Speedway, ARCA Racing Series Team Transporters entered the garage area, where race teams have begun preparing for the 47th Annual Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway. The race precedes the Budweiser Shootout and directly follows Daytona 500 qualifying. The 2010 Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 will mark IZOD INDYCar Series star Danica Patrick's stock car debut for JR Motorsports and airs live on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, February 6.

For high-res photography of the ARCA Hauler Parade, visit the ARCA Media Site. Photos will be available after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards kicks off with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway on Saturday, February 6, 2010. The race is live on SPEED beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

-source: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Bobby Gerhart , Grant Enfinger , Danica Patrick
Teams Williams , JR Motorsports