Roush-Fenway Starts Up ARCA RE/MAX Series Team
Darnell To Wheel #99 in Kansas Debut
Erik Darnell (NASCAR Photo)
Roush Fenway Racing announced today that it will begin fielding a part-time ARCA RE/MAX Series team in 2007 with multiple drivers at the wheel. The No. 99 team will debut this weekend at Kansas Speedway with Erik Darnell, driver of the No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, assuming driving duties.
"I'm really happy to have the opportunity to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series," said Darnell. "It's a great series to race in, you've got a great mix of veterans and up-and-comers. We're here to race for the win. Hopefully we can be up there in the mix of things on Saturday, and maybe we can put this Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion in Victory Lane."
Darnell competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2005. In five career starts, Darnell's best finish is a fourth place at The Milwaukee Mile.
Longtime Roush Fenway Racing employee Jeff Campey has been named crew chief of the No. 99 Ford Fusion. Most recently Campey worked as Roush Fenway's Craftsman Truck Series shop manager. Campey has spent time atop the pit box, having called races for Greg Biffle and David Ragan.
"I'm looking forward to racing in the ARCA Series," said Campey. "We've got a good group of guys over here working on this team, and we're looking forward to winning some races. We feel like we've got a good opportunity to do that with Erik at the wheel. It'll be good to get him some additional seat time, it can only help to strengthen their Craftsman Truck Series program."
The complete schedule and driver lineup for the No. 99 Ford will be announced at a later date.