10 'Technical' Questions with Frank Kimmel CORNELIUS, N.C. (June 25, 2009) -- Have you ever wondered what is the top speed reached by Frank Kimmel in an ARCA RE/MAX Series car? Or how about what the team uses to keep the brakes cool at a high ...
10 'Technical' Questions with Frank Kimmel
CORNELIUS, N.C. (June 25, 2009) -- Have you ever wondered what is the top speed reached by Frank Kimmel in an ARCA RE/MAX Series car? Or how about what the team uses to keep the brakes cool at a high braking race track? Read on for a few technical insights into Frank Kimmel's world as a competitive race car driver/team owner in this round of "10 Questions with Frank Kimmel".
1.) How much does an ARCA car weigh?
3400 lbs without driver
2.) What is drafting and why do you do it?
Drafting is driving technique that you follow the car ahead of you closely to take advantage of the air going around the car and two cars together go faster.
3.) How much does an average ARCA car cost?
A brand new ARCA car without motor, transmission and gear car run about $ 100,000.00. However, you can buy used Sprint Cup cars between $15,000 to $35,000.
4.) How many racecars does Kimmel Racing own?
Kimmel Racing has 10 cars in our stable, of which six cars are used on a regular basis.
5.) What are bead blowers and where do you run them?
Bead blowers are fans that blow air on the bead of the tires to make them run cooler. We run them anyplace that requires lots of braking, like Iowa Speedway where the series heads next.
6.) What's the fastest speed you've ever gone in your ARCA car?
Between 204-205 mph, which is the top speed we probably reach at a track like Michigan Int'l Speedway. Most people would think Daytona but you actually go faster at Michigan.
7.) On average, how long does it take the team to set up a car in advance of weekend?
Once a car is mechanically ready, it takes on average about 4 hours to set it up for the weekend.
8.) What is the most complicated part of building a racecar?
Paying for it! No seriously, the general chassis setup is most difficult.
9.) Do you paint the racecars yourself?
No, we have Mike's Paint and Body Shop in Louisville, KY paints our cars.
10.) How do you decide if a racecar can be fixed after a wreck or if it just needs to be shipped off to the junk yard?
Much like insurance companies, if it costs more to fix it than to replace it, which is our main determining factor.