Kimmel Contending for 2006 Championship With New Teammate, Ryan Foster Lebanon, TN (March 28, 2006) - Frank Kimmel has a busy schedule for 2006 as he contends for his eighth ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship and competes in his first season on...
Kimmel Contending for 2006 Championship With New Teammate, Ryan Foster
Lebanon, TN (March 28, 2006) - Frank Kimmel has a busy schedule for 2006 as he contends for his eighth ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship and competes in his first season on the IROC (International Race of Champions) Series. But in addition to two racing series, Kimmel will also be working with a teammate at Tri-State Motorsports for the first time. Ryan Foster, a 19-year old from Lowell, Arkansas will pilot the No. 47 Ford Taurus for the remainder of the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series season.
Foster, who will be a rookie in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2006, understands both the benefit and the pressure of becoming a teammate to the seven-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion. But Foster and Kimmel will both be quick to acknowledge that multi-car teams are beneficial when it comes to testing and sharing of information.
"Being able to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series as a rookie this season is a great opportunity for my racing career," said Foster. "But competing at this level with a team like Tri-State Motorsports and a teammate with as much experience as Frank Kimmel is just unbelievable. I just want to learn from everyone this season and do the very best I can at every race track we visit."
"Ryan (Foster) is a great kid," said Kimmel. "I am really excited about everything we have going on this season and I feel like having two race cars within our Tri-State Motorsports stable will be a benefit to both of our race teams. Ryan has a good racing background and just a thirst to learn in these ARCA cars so I really think he will have a great season."
Foster has been racing go-karts since 1995 at the tender age of eight in Joplin, Missouri where he earned championships in both 1995 and 1996. Foster
quickly made the move from go-karts to sprint cars before making a giant step into Super Late Model competition in 2004 when he competed in the Sunbelt Series throughout the state of Florida where he picked up a win at Ocala Speedway in 2005 and the Rookie of the Year award in 2004.
Kimmel started the 2006 season with a tenth place finish at the season-opening race at the Daytona International Speedway. Kimmel currently sits in the 11th position in series points with his No. 46 Pork Ford Fusion in ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points. Kimmel also finished third in the season-opening IROC race at Daytona and holds the third position in IROC Series points.
Foster and Kimmel are both spending Tuesday, March 28, 2006 testing at the Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. Foster will make his first career ARCA RE/MAX Series start at the PFG Lester 150 at Nashville Superspeedway on April 15. Kimmel's next scheduled race will be the second IROC race of the season on April 7 at the Texas Motor Speedway.