ARCA Race Officials Begin Training Saturday at University of Northwestern Ohio
(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Open testing for teams and drivers in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards begins Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway, but series race officials will open their 2011 season Saturday with training at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) in Lima.
Just as drivers, crew chiefs, and race team members must stay sharp and prepared between seasons, so should the officials who monitor and inspect their work week to week at the race track. Thanks to a strategic partnership with UNOH, the Official High Performance Education University of ARCA, series officials of all experience levels will spend a day at the campus for refresher courses on standard at-track procedures and instruction on new elements and guidelines for 2011.
Fifty to 60 ARCA officials are expected to attend the training period, which includes hand-on, visual stations for:
- Templates, including an overview of how and where inspection templates are placed on a race car, and a review of allowed heights and measurements.
- Fuel cells, including demonstrations of how to measure the fuel cell can and inspect hoses and dates.
- Under car, which includes explanations of what to look for and measure under a car, including trailing arms, lower control arms, and engine placement.
- Over car, featuring demonstrations of what to inspect on the top side or inside a car. Examples will include under-the-hood tethers, springs, panels, fire bottles, belts and harnesses, and gauges.
Two additional classroom settings will help officials to understand pit road, race, and "Lucky Dog" procedures, among other topics.
Open testing for teams and drivers is set to begin Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway. Over 50 teams and 50 drivers are expected to enter for the three-day period.
The 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season will mark the sanctioning body's 59th year of competition and commences with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 12. The event will air live on SPEED.