Shannon McIntosh set to make ARCA Racing Series Debut

The ARCA Racing Series has announced that driver Shannon McIntosh will be celebrating her birthday in a fun manner this year. The driver has teamed up with Cunningham Motorsports (CMS) and will drive in the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) on July 25.

McIntosh will hit the LOR short track one day after her 25 birthday For Shannon McIntosh, there's nothing quite like a good old-fashioned ARCA short-track rock 'em, sock 'em birthday bash at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR). The driver says the opportunity is one that she has been working hard to land.

"This is a huge opportunity. To have Kerry Scherer and Briggs Cunningham (Cunningham Motorsports co-owners) believe in me enough to provide this's hard to put into words how grateful I am," McIntosh said. "That's number one. Secondly, this is a fulltime thing for me. I'm all in; this is everything to me. I've been working fulltime on the marketing and sponsorship side of things to keep my career on track. I do all of it myself, so I'm constantly on the phone and emailing trying to make things happen. We have some exciting news we're going to be sharing, so this is all good.. When I got the call from Kerry, I was so surprised."

A 100-lap ARCA CRA Super Series race will kick of the big night of stock car racing, culminating with the ARCA Racing Series SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care under the lights. NASCAR/ARCA veteran Ken Schrader, 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel, ARCA point leader Grant Enfinger and red-hot Mason Mitchell highlight the ARCA Racing Series entries while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan is entered in the ARCA CRA Super Series event.

McIntosh, originally from Miamisburg, Ohio, now makes her home in St. Petersburg, Fla.; however, she'd like to relocate closer to the action. She hopes to make her ARCA Racing experience a fulltime gig for more races this season as well as running the full schedule in 2015.

"I really want to get back to Charlotte (N.C.) to be in that atmosphere...around all the people who know and understand racing," McIntosh Said. "Right now, I want to get in as many races as I can, but we all know that plans can fall apart, so you have to keep working hard to make it happen. I'd love to get a full (ARCA) season in next year. My goal is to get to NASCAR, but I also know that's a step-by-step process. I just need to keep moving up through the ranks."

The ARCA race at LOR marks her series debut but she already has some racing experience at LOR in the U.S. F2000 Series as well as some testing with Bob East back in 2010. McIntosh has also tested with Cunningham Motorsports at Daytona, Motor Mile Speedway and Mobile.

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