* Starting off on the Right Foot ... Ricky Carmichael will pilot the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet Impala, fielded by Turner Motorsports, in this Saturday's season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 250 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). In two previous ARCA Series starts at the "World Center of Racing", the 15-time American Motorcycle Association (AMA) National Champion boasts a seventh-place finish to call a career best.
* Gearing up for a New Year ... Mark Rette, crew chief for Carmichael's No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet Silverado in the NCWTS, will call the shots for this weekend's ARCA race. Additionally, Carmichael's Turner Motorsports' truck series team will prepare the car for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.
What would it mean for you to win at Daytona?
"I think about it every time I go down there. Personally, I've had a lot of success on two wheels at Daytona. I can't even describe what I would mean to possibly be the first guy to win on two wheels and on four wheels at Daytona. There's so much history at that race track. I want to win there and go to Victory Lane so bad. It's not possible to put into words what that would mean to me."
You're a Florida native so would it be a little more special for you to win in your home state?
"It would be cool to win because it is in my home state but I think the cooler part would be because I've had so much success at Daytona on two wheels and obviously, with all the history that Daytona represents. I've had a really great career there. It's a special place with a lot of great memories for me."
Do you feel like the ARCA race is going to provide you with an opportunity to gel with your new crew chief Mark Rette?
"I'm looking forward to running the ARCA race and I'm thankful for the opportunity that Steve Turner has given me to do that. It's going to be a great team building opportunity for me and Mark and the rest of our Camping World Truck Series team. This is going to be a key race to get the season started off on the right foot. We've got a great car and this will be a great opportunity to get geared up for the truck race the following weekend. That's where our bread and butter is and that's the one we want to win."
How important is it for you to get some extra seat time on a superspeedway before the truck race next week?
"Anytime I can get behind the wheel in a good piece and have a good shot at winning is going to help my situation. It's key right now with where I'm at from an experience standpoint. That's one thing I lack. Anytime I can get in an extra race every now and then is going to be priceless."
-source: turner motorsports