Kimmel Crew Works Overtime in Preparation for Michigan: Frank Kimmel and his Tri-State Motorsports team did not have the best of luck last week at the Pocono Raceway when a left front tire blew on lap four causing extensive damage to his No. 46...
Kimmel Crew Works Overtime in Preparation for Michigan: Frank Kimmel and his Tri-State Motorsports team did not have the best of luck last week at the Pocono Raceway when a left front tire blew on lap four causing extensive damage to his No. 46 Pork Ford Fusion. As if that was not enough for the team to deal with, that same race car named 'Martin' was also slated to race in this weekend's Hantz Group 200 event at the Michigan International Speedway. As soon as the checkered flag flew at Pocono, the team was headed back to their Indiana race shop to make the necessary repairs to the car in order to be ready and in tech line at MIS on Wednesday afternoon.
"These guys work so hard to get our race cars ready to begin with, but when something like this happens, they seem to jump right to work and stay at the shop as long as necessary to get it where it needs to be," said Kimmel. "This car is probably one of our best speedway cars and we really wanted to make sure that it made the trip to both Pocono and Michigan. But the car is ready and hopefully we will have a better outcome at Michigan than we did at Pocono."
Kimmel has 15 starts at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway with one win, six top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes. However Kimmel has never earned a pole at the race track and hopes to get back on track in ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points with a solid weekend in the Irish Hills.
"I have always enjoyed racing at Michigan," said Kimmel. "It is a very roomy race track with large sweeping corners and plenty of space to run two or three wide almost all the way around the track. I know that Joe Rhyne has given us a lot of horsepower for this weekend because that is a big key to success at these larger race tracks."
Entering this weekend's event, Kimmel remains in the second position in ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points and is now 100 points behind the point leader, Bobby Gerhart. The Hantz Group 200 is scheduled to take the green flag at 5:00pm ET on Friday, June 16 and will be televised live on Speed.
Kimmel Headed to Daytona for IROC Testing: Frank Kimmel will compete in Friday's Hantz Group 200 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan and head to the Daytona International Speedway on Monday morning to begin three days of testing with the IROC Series in preparation for the June 29 running of Race Three on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. Kimmel attended a road course driving school at the Portland, Oregon road course earlier in the season so that he could hone is road course racing skills. These three days at Daytona will enable Kimmel to better learn the race track he will be competing on in the style of race cars that will run in the June 29 event.
"I'm really looking forward to getting out there in the IROC car at the track in Daytona," said Kimmel. "I know the cards are stacked against me with some of the road racing veterans that I will be racing against, but I know the road course school and the three days of testing in Daytona will help me get prepared for the challenge. My plan for the race will be to get behind one of the road racing veterans and just follow for awhile."
Kimmel is currently fifth in IROC points and due to his position in points will be starting the Daytona event from the eighth position. Race Three will begin at 10:00pm ET at Daytona on June 29 and will be televised live on Speed.