When Frank Kimmel rolls into Iowa Speedway to make his 400th career ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards start Saturday, he won't be doing it in his customary yellow Menards paint scheme.
Sponsors Ansell and Menards will honor Kimmel's milestone start with a special-edition, bright orange-and-yellow scheme to be run for one race only, at Iowa Speedway. Adorning the quarter panel of Kimmel's No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion will also be a special sticker commemorating his 400th start.
(A high-resolution image of the special paint scheme - shown below - is available by contacting the ARCA communications office by using the information below.)
"On behalf of Ansell Protective Products, we are proud to be a part of Frank's 400th career start within the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards," said Steve York, director of channel development for Ansell. "Frank has been a fantastic steward for the Ansell brand; he is not only a proven champion but reflects the values we at Ansell represent: a passion for winning along with professionalism in all that he does. We all here at Ansell wish Frank the best for his 400th start and look forward to ongoing success."
Kimmel has had an impressive ARCA Racing Series career. Since making his debut at Toledo Speedway in 1990, Kimmel has gone on to achieve one of the most impressive careers in ARCA Racing Series history, racking up 74 victories and a record nine championships.
"Menards is proud to sponsor the legendary Frank Kimmel," said Jeff Abbott, promotions manager and spokesperson for Menards. "What a great champion Frank has been throughout the years and reaching this milestone is symbolic with all the hard work and dedication it takes to be successful. Way to go, Frank!"
The ARCA Racing Series rolls into Iowa Speedway for the Prairie Meadows 200 on Saturday, July 10. Live television coverage begins at 9 p.m. Eastern on SPEED. Live ARCA Racing Network audio coverage and timing and scoring presented by ARCA Nation will be available at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards features 20 events at 17 tracks on its 2010 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 racetracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as left- and right-turn street and road courses.
Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.