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USS Alabama Set to Kick Off Mobile ARCA Race Weekend

THE BIG GUNS IN RACING ARE COMING OUT! When ever you can combine Military History and Racing the outcome is always going to be good. According to Mobile International Speedway and the USS Alabama and Battleship Memorial Park the ARCA Race weekend in South Alabama will start off once again with the help of the historic WWII Battleship! My good buddy Bill Tunnel, of the USS Alabama, helped me with my book on the battleship (USS Alabama by Kent Whitaker.) Not only is he a protector of history he's also a race fan! Check out what Bill has to say below as well as the official press release.

“We’re coming up on our 50th anniversary and in 50 years hosting the ARCA cars and drivers is one of the most unique events we hold at the Battleship,” said Bill Tunnell, Executive Director of USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. “The ARCA event has gotten so big we are extending our hours on the Battleship so fans can have time to take it all in.”

PRESS RELEASE: USS Alabama Will Kick Off ARCA-Mobile 200 Race Weekend - The big guns of the USS Alabama will welcome ARCA drivers, teams and fans for the first official stop of the 2015 ARCA Mobile 200 race weekend. On Thursday March 12th ARCA teams will have their cars and haulers on display from 4:00-6:00PM with a driver autograph session from 5:00-6:00 in the Aircraft Pavilion (entrance to the Aviation Pavilion will be at no charge during ARCA event). In addition to the ARCA cars & drivers the Mobile International Speedway Track Champions have been invited to bring their Championship Cars and become part of the autograph session.

“We’re coming up on our 50th anniversary and in 50 years hosting the ARCA cars and drivers is one of the most unique events we hold at the Battleship,” said Bill Tunnell, Executive Director of USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. “The ARCA event has gotten so big we are extending our hours on the Battleship so fans can have time to take it all in.”

The ARCA Mobile 200 has not only put Mobile on the map of motorsports in the United States, it has rapidly become one of the most highly anticipated stops on the ARCA Series tour. “Our race teams, fans, sponsors, officials and the entire ARCA community have made Mobile a ‘must attend’ destination on the tour,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Enjoying the climate and the hospitality the region offers has solidly established Mobile as the logical 2nd race of the season after Daytona now for the 4th straight year. It’s an added bonus to have the opportunity to visit and take part in this event at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, in honor of our veterans and active US Armed Forces personnel. Our drivers will have an autograph session, the Official ARCA Racing Series Transporter will be on display and available to tour, and we’ll again participate in the Hauler Parade to Mobile Int’l Speedway at the end of the day.”

“Two years ago we brought the ARCA cars to the USS Alabama for the first time and the fan response was incredible. Last year the crowd mushroomed again and the Aviation Pavilion was packed with cars, teams and fans,” said ARCA Mobile 200 promoter Tommy Praytor. “The USS Alabama is one Alabama’s biggest tourist attractions and we take a lot of pride in their being a part of the ARCA Mobile 200.”

After the autograph session, Mobile County Sheriff Deputies will lead the ARCA haulers from the Battleship in a Hauler Parade to Mobile International Speedway to prepare for Friday’s on track activities.

ARCA Mobile 200: The fastest week in Alabama begins on March 7th with a day-long test session for all ARCA teams and culminates with the drop of the green flag of the ARCA Mobile 200 at 2:00 PM on Saturday March 14th, 2015 at Mobile International Speedway. The ARCA Series is the most versatile racing series in the world competing on Superspeedways, Speedway, Short-tracks, Road Courses and Dirt (www.arcaracing.com). Mobilian’s Cale Gale (2012) & Grant Enfinger (2013 & 2014) won the first 3 ARCA-Mobile 200s. The first 3 ARCA Mobile 200s have drawn fans from 22 states including 2 provinces in Canada. Race fans have occupied over 4,900 hotel nights generating a 5.7 million dollar impact to the area economy. Tickets and camping can be purchased online at www.arcamobile200.com or by calling 251-343-2929 or at the ARCA Mobile 200 ticket office at 4742-C Airport Blvd in Mobile.

Picture: Fairhope’s Grant Enfinger & Mobile’s Thomas Praytor ARCA cars inside the USS Alabama Aviation Pavilion during the 2014 ARCA Mobile 200. ARCA drivers just before the fans gate was opened. Pictures compliments of Ashley Rowe, official photographer of the ARCA Mobile 200.

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