What do the two have in common? The answer is the ARCA Racing Series and probably the coolest fan day in racing! Once again the ARCA racing series will head south to Mobile, Alabama for the running of the 2014 ARCA Mobile 200. The announcement that Mobile was once again on the ARCA racing schedule for 2014 was made at a press conference held at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.
So... how does this all tie together? The simple answer is that ARCA Racing and the USS Alabama are pretty cool; but the real answer is that the growing tradition that combines racing and the area's well known tourist destination - a WWII Battleship with a fan experience that can't be beat!
On Thursday March 20th. 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 inside the Aircraft Pavilion at no charge!
"We hosted the ARCA teams for the first time last year and the response from the fans was incredible," offered Bill Tunnell, Executive Director of USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. "We had so many people last March that we are extending the hours of the Battleship that day so fans can enjoy both."
The ARCA Mobile 200 has not only put Mobile on the racing map but it has rapidly become one of the most anticipated stops on the ARCA Series tour according to ARCA President Ron Drager.
"Our teams, fans and officials have made Mobile a 'must attend' destination on the tour, based on the region's attractions and the Southern hospitality we receive during race week," said Drager. "Visiting the USS Alabama is a great opportunity for our series to pay respect to our US Armed Forces while expanding our growing fan base along the Gulf Coast. This event has been so well received by our competitors that we will pre-register drivers and crews at the Battleship on Thursday night."
Tommy Prater, ARCA Mobile 200 promoter, stated that the event is growing and will not just end with an autograph session. What could be better than a hauler parade through the streets of Mobile? 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.
"Last year we brought out the big guns of the USS Alabama to kick off race weekend and the response was incredible. Once again fans will get a chance to see the ARCA cars and drivers up close before they get down to business on Friday," Praytor said. "The Battleship is one of Alabama's crown jewels of tourism and we're proud they are part of the ARCA Mobile 200."
About ARCA & ARCA Mobile 200: ARCA Mobile 200 is The fastest week in Alabama! Begins on March 15th 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 22nd 2014 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. Mobilian's Cale Gale & Grant Enfinger won the first 2 ARCA-Mobile 200s.
The first 2 ARCA Mobile 200s have drawn fans from 22 states including 2 provinces in Canada. Race fans have occupied over 2,900 hotel nights generating a 3.6 million dollar impact to the areas economy.
Ticket Info: Previous ticket holders will have an opportunity to renew tickets until December 9th by calling 251-343-2929 or at the ARCA-Mobile ticket office at 4742-C Airport Blvd in Mobile.
Picture: (L-R) Bill Pullen, Bob Slaughter, Chris Weaver, Scott Shuttlesworth (Nudraulix), Bill Tunnell, Executive Director USS Alabama, Mark Dodson, District Sales Manager FedEx and ARCA Driver Thomas Praytor.
Picture compliments of Ashley Rowe, official photographer of the ARCA Mobile 200.