ARCA Town: Off Season News From the ARCA Racing Series
Several Teams Announce Their 2011 Plans
A Collection of Team and Series PR Reports
Tony Marks Racing Announces New ARCA Racing Series Team for 2011 Season

Tony Marks Racing (TMR) has announced the intent to run a full season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with Canadian driver Maryeve Dufault piloting the No. 50 TMR entry.  At the helm of the team will be owner Tony Marks, while day to day operations will be overseen by veteran crew chief Larry Moore, who will manage the car preparations out of the teams shop in Toledo, Ohio.

Team Owner Tony Marks has been involved in a variety of racing endeavors over the past 25 years and after a late season ARCA Series test at Rockingham Speedway he was keen to expand his racing operation.  “Last season tested at Rockingham Speedway and saw very promising results,” said Marks.  “Through our relationship with Dodge and our interest in expanding our racing program, we were presented with an opportunity and pursued conversations with Maryeve to join our team and put together a full season entry for 2011.  Maryeve had displayed great ability in her outing at Montreal and we look forward to putting her in the position to be successful in 2011 with the Tony Marks Racing team.”

Canadian native and Los Angeles resident Maryeve Dufault has an extensive racing background in a variety of series such as NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Late Model, Rotax International Karting Series, Formula Jim Russell, Skip Barber Series, Formula BMW USA and the Star Mazda Championship.  In addition to her racing pursuits, Dufault has also used her racing skills as a stuntwoman and precision driver for a variety of companies.  Dufault’s racing career took off last season after showing promise driving the No. 10 Dodge Avenger in the Trois-Rivières and Montreal rounds of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.  Dufault was sponsored by the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram Quebec Dealers Association for the 2010 Canadian events and despite a tough outing in the Montreal race where she finished her day with heavy contact and was unable to complete the race, her driving skill impressed a Dodge racing representative who then facilitated an introduction to Tony Marks Racing.

“2010 was a great season for me as I got the opportunity to drive for the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Quebec Dealers Association in the Trois-Rivières and Montreal NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races,” said Dufault.  “Although I was disappointed in the end result of the Montreal race, it opened the door to a huge opportunity for me with Dodge and Tony Marks Racing for 2011.  After last season, I do have some experience in the stock cars but I know that I have a lot to learn and I am looking forward to testing and getting prepared for the 2011 season.  Tony has put together a very professional group of people and I think we will progress quickly during our tests and be prepared to start the 2011 season very competitively.”

The team will begin their 2011 preparations in earnest with a three day closed test scheduled for December 11-13, 2010 at the ½ mile oval at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  During the three day test, the team plans to run Maryeve Dufault in the ARCA entry as well as test driver Jared Marks, son of team owner Tony Marks, in both an ARCA and late model car.  The team will continue their testing program at the ARCA Series test at the Daytona International Speedway January 11-13, 2011 in preparation for the season opening ARCA event on February 12.

The team is slated to run the full 19 race season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with Dufault.  Additional team plans for 2011 include entries for additional drivers in select ARCA Racing Series events.  TMR will also enter Jared Marks in a full schedule of late model racing in CRA and ASA and is exploring the possibility of limited Nationwide Series schedule.  Sponsorship and car livery for the Tony Marks Racing ARCA entry will be unveiled prior the season opening event that will be held at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2011.

Sean Corr Looking To Build His ARCA Empire In 2011

Officials from Empire Racing LLC., announced at the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards Championship Awards banquet press conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center (NKCC) that the team plans to step-up their commitment to the ARCA Racing Series by attempting to run a full schedule in 2011 with Sean Corr behind the wheel of the No. 82 Empire Racing LLC. Ford Fusion.

Corr, a familiar name and legend at dirt tracks throughout the Northeast region in the DIRTcar Series will also have the opportunity to run for the coveted Rookie of the Year title in his family-owned entry. Corr made his ARCA debut in 2009 at Kentucky Speedway before tacking the tracks of both Pocono (Pa.) Raceway events and concluding his season at Chicagoland Speedway. Corr immediately raised eyebrows with three consecutive top-14 finishes including season bests of 13th at Pocono and Chicagoland respectively.

Stepping up their game in 2010, Corr embraced the presence of Danica Patrick and “Danicamania” at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and powered his Empire Racing machine to a respectable 14th place finish, after qualifying 26th. Corr would try his hand at five more ARCA events throughout the season at it would be at the first Pocono (Pa.) Raceway event where Corr, a native of Goshen, New York would collect his career best finish of 12th. Additional top-20 performances at Michigan International Speedway and again at Pocono respectively allowed the rising star to quickly be noticed on the track. A masterful qualifying run of eighth in the Weis Markets 125 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in August is his best qualifications effort to date.

The 11th race of the 20 race schedule would be the final stock-car event for Corr this season. After dominating on the dirt during the summer months, the Empire Racing team would turn its attention back towards the ARCA Racing Series where they would begin collecting equipment and collaborating a game plan in preparation for their full-schedule assault which begins with the 2011 season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Saturday, February 12th, 2011.

“We’re excited to make this announcement,” said Corr. “We’ve been slowly building our program to make it strong enough to make this decision to give the full season a shot. We’re anticipating a great season of racing and I cannot wait to get back in the car in January.”

John Bellesfield, owner of Excel Motorsports Services will continue to hoist the role as team manager for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based organization. Bellesfield has been instrumental in building the right path for the Corr family.

Richard Johns, a former ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR driver and shock wizard will take the reins as crew chief of the No. 82 Empire Racing Ford Fusion. Johns worked with Bellesfield and the Empire Racing team this season as the team engineer. 2011 will mark the first time Johns, an avid late model competitor will clasp the position of crew chief.

The team also announced Saturday that they have added long-time Motorsports public relations guru Chris Knight to its operation for the 2011 season. Knight, 27 who captured the 2010 ARCA Racing Series championship in the same role with Patrick Sheltra will oversee the team’s communications department.

“We’re super proud of the lineup we’ve established for next year,” stated Bellesfield. “The Corr family is pouring their heart and soul into making Sean an icon not only in ARCA but in the stock car industry as a whole for a long time to come. We felt to give him every possible opportunity and advantage we needed to add a few key ingredients. With the addition of Richard and Chris, I think we’ve done that.”

In preparation for the 2011 ARCA season, the team plans to tackle the high banks of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, which is in the process of completing a 2.5-mile re-pavement at the “World Center of Speed.” for the open ARCA test which is expected sometime in January.

“I cannot wait to get to Daytona,” added Corr, who anticipates running a limited dirt schedule in 2011. We learned a lot at Daytona last year which put us up front at Talladega. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to stay there as we were wiped out in the “Big One”, but we aren’t focusing on that. We’re focused on Daytona and leaving there with a solid foundation towards the rest of the season.”

Empire Racing will continue to sport the blue oval colors of Ford as its manufacturer and will utilize engines powered by Roush Yates. The team will continue to add additional personnel as the new season approaches and will make further announcements in the near future. The team enters the 58th year of ARCA competition without the foundation of a primary marketing partner. However, Corr isn’t fazed by the lack of decals on his hot rod as he believes the team is close to making some announcements.

“We have a lot of people all over doing what they can to help us and I’m confident will pick something up for Daytona and hopefully the rest of the year,” he sounded. “In the mean time, we’re honored to have The TransGroup back for 2011 and look forward to doing them and anyone else who comes aboard a good job next year.”

CGH Motorsports; Chad Hackenbracht Prepared For 2011 ARCA Battle

CGH Motorsports, headquartered  in Concord, North Carolina announced at the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) Championship Awards banquet press conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center (NKCC) that their operation will attempt to run the full ARCA schedule in 2011 with rising star Chad Hackenbracht behind the wheel.

CGH Motorsports owned by Greg and Susan Hackenbracht are preparing to enter the development racing series with a strict agenda and game plan for their No. 58 Tastee Apples Chevrolet Monte Carlo. After running nine ARS events in 2009, the team is prepared to step up their performance and put their son, a native of New Philadelphia, Ohio on the map. In those nine races, Hackenbracht, a semi-pro Legend Car Series (LCS) driver qualified a stout career-best ninth at Chicagoland Speedway and recorded a season-best finish of 13th at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in July.

With the team’s determination on the track this year, CGH Motorsports has taken further action to strengthen their organization to prepare for the anticipated battle next season which begins at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

Rodney Jockisch, a long-time veteran in the Motorsports industry will continue to call the shots for CGH Motorsports as crew chief. Jockisch will continue to oversee the operation in the team’s North Carolina 10,000 square foot shop as they prepare for their first tango towards a national championship. Currently he is preparing the team’s healthy fleet of race cars in preparation for Hackenbracht’s first full-season of stock car competition.

Wisconsin native Jordan Dahl will continue his role as Team Manager and Director of Marketing for CGH Motorsports. Dahl, a long-time fixture on the NASCAR circuit will continue to play an instrumental role in the enhancement of the family-owned team.

Joining the team for the 2011 season is Chris Knight, who will oversee the team’s Public Relations and Driver Development departments for CGH. Knight, 27 a simulacrum on the ARCA Racing Series tour since 2000 aligns with the Hackenbracht family after capturing the 2010 ARCA Racing Series championship with Patrick Sheltra as Operations Manager and Director of Public Communications.

The team will continue to sport the Chevrolet bow-tie as its primary manufacturer and has added a fleet of General Motors vehicles to its stable. 

“CGH Motorsports is taking every step into making our company a first-class operation for 2011 and beyond,” said owner Greg Hackenbracht. We learned a lot in 2009 both on and off the track. With some additional guidance and a new organizational structure heading into the new season, we are expecting great things for our enterprise. We’re proud to bring someone of Chris’s caliber on-board with our family empire. Obviously, he comes to CGH with a wealth of knowledge from another family-owned team. We feel his credentials will only bring bigger and better things for us all.”

For 19-year old Hackenbracht, he is equally excited about the team’s approaching path.

“I’m really excited about the direction of our team,” sounded Hackenbracht, who also plans a full-time college curriculum next year. “I feel like we were really starting to come into our own on the track towards the end of the year. Now, I feel with the addition of Chris and the heart and passion of the rest of this race team, we can find ourselves not only winners but championship contenders in 2011.”

CGH Motorsports is actively seeking additional marketing partners for the full 2011 ARCA Racing Series schedule. Single, multi and full-season placements are available on the team’s No. 58 entries. Interested parties are urged to contact Jordan Dahl at 570.234.5449 or jordandahl@gmail.com.

ModSpace Backs Andy Belmont Racing Again in 2011 and Welcomes New Partner

Building on a successful 2010 ARCA Racing Series season, ModSpace and Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) have joined forces once again for 2011, this time partnering with Construct Corps as the co-sponsor of the No. 1 Ford Fusion. Returning to pilot the No. 1 ModSpace/Construct Corps entry will be veteran ARCA driver Chad McCumbee.

“ModSpace is very excited to partner with Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) for the 2011 race season,” says William Mann, director of ModSpace Motorsports. “Andy Belmont Racing has been a strong partner for our organization and we see a lot of synergy with the team. There is a great deal of promise in a strong team capable of representing our brand in a winning environment.”

As the largest U.S. owned supplier of temporary mobile offices and permanent modular buildings in North America, ModSpace is now moving into its second year as a partner with Andy Belmont Racing. Construct Corp, the leading construction staffing company that provides construction jobs and skilled labor staffing solutions to the construction industry, will be debuting as the co-primary sponsor of the No. 1 Ford Fusion for 2011.

“Construct Corps is excited to partner with ModSpace for the 2011 ARCA season,” says Scott Tashkin, CEO of Construct Corps. “Our business models support each other and our partnership is an excellent example of why corporations go racing.  Construct Corps experience in the ARCA Series has been top notch and we feel our new association with Chad McCumbee, ABR and ModSpace will only continue that trend.”

The ModSpace/Construct Corps team is looking to build on the success the No. 1 Ford Fusion, owned and operated by Andy Belmont Racing, had last season posting five top-10 finishes in the final races of 2010.

“We are honored to be representing ModSpace and Construct Corps in the ARCA series,” stated Team Manager Andy Belmont. “We’re going to be very competitive this season with a great driver and great car. We all know what it takes to win, and we’re on track to do just that.”

Construct Corps, who served as the primary sponsor of Justin Marks in the ARCA series last season, plans to continue support his driving efforts.

“There are announcements to come, including updates on our continuing support of driver Justin Marks,” says Tashkin. ”Our partnership will be an outstanding compliment to the upcoming ModSpace/Construct Corps sponsorship of Chad McCumbee’s 2011 racing campaign. The combined efforts of Construct Corps, ModSpace and Andy Belmont in ARCA will make for a very exciting 2011 season!”