Tim Russell Set to Make ARCA Debut in Home State at Daytona Youngster's Tests Have Him Looking Forward to Superspeedway Debut LONGWOOD, FL (January 31, 2006) -- Racing in front of friends and family in his home state of Florida is nothing new...
Tim Russell Set to Make ARCA Debut in Home State at Daytona
Youngster's Tests Have Him Looking Forward to Superspeedway Debut
LONGWOOD, FL (January 31, 2006) -- Racing in front of friends and family in his home state of Florida is nothing new to Tim Russell. Most of his life, Russell has been doing just that, and most of the time, he's ended up in Victory Lane. But when he races in front of his friends and family in his home state on February 12th, things will be a little bit different, because that race won't be on any old short track. On that day, Russell will be racing at one of the most famous tracks in all of America, Daytona.
Russell will make his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in the Daytona ARCA 200 during Florida Speedweeks. Russell will pilot his own #36 Rinnai/Tempaco/Orlando Dodge Dealership Dodge Charger in the event.
"It is going to be exciting to say the least," said the 22-year-old Russell. "This is going to be my first superspeedway race and to do it at Daytona, when all of the NASCAR guys are going to be there, is going to be a real thrill. I've been to that track as a kid and to be going back there now is going to be a thrill.
"Daytona is real big. It is the biggest race of my career. I'll be here in front of my hometown. I'll have a lot of friends and family watching. Hopefully, we can just go, get some experience and come away with a good finish. We should be good to go."
Daytona won't be a completely new experience for Russell, though. In December, Russell participated in an ARCA test at the legendary track behind the wheel of an Andy Hillenburg car. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, Russell and his team took their own #36 to the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway for another test session.
"It's been pretty neat to race at these tracks. It is cool for a first-time guy out there. It gets a little boring by yourself, so when we go back for the race, it will be a lot of fun. We went to Daytona in one of Andy Hillenburg's cars. We had to do that to get approved by ARCA and we didn't have our car ready at the time. I feel like we accomplished a lot in both of those tests. That was our test motor, and we should come back with some more horsepower.
"It's a lot different from the short tracks of Florida. I kind of got a little bit of experience running some big tracks in ASA."
When not testing, Russell and his team have been busy working to get their cars ready. From heading to North Carolina to pick up the car and driving them back to Florida to get them ready, Russell has been all over the place.
"The past month has seemed to fly by. December wasn't too busy, but once January hit, it seems like we've run out of days. Things are just flying by. Now, we are going into the final week. We just have a little bit of stuff to finish up and tie up some loose ends. We'll be ready to go."
Testing at both Daytona and Talladega was a new thing for Russell, but in the end, it just furthered his psyche for his ARCA debut.
"It was pretty intense going off into turn one for the first time wide open," said Russell during his tests. "This place is a big deal with all the prestige that this place has and all the Cup races. I can't imagine how great it will be when we come back here and the stands are filled; that brings the excitement up even more.
"I can't wait until the race. Just to get an opportunity to run Daytona will be amazing."
The Daytona ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway marks the first event of a 23-race season schedule. The race will be LIVE on SPEED at 4 pm Eastern on Saturday, February 11th, 2006.