Friday, April 27, 2018

NASCAR’s Acquisition of ARCA

NASCAR’s Acquisition of ARCA

Interview with Jim France and Ron Drager

#NASCAR’s Acquisition of #ARCA
Ron Drager, President of ARCA, and Jim France, Vice Chairman and
Executive Vice President, NASCAR, signing the agreement to officially
welcome ARCA to the NASCAR family in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In a move designed to strengthen a relationship that dates back more than 60 years, NASCAR announced today the acquisition of the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA).

Both NASCAR and ARCA, a Midwest-based sanctioning body for stock car auto racing, share a long history: ARCA founder John Marcum raced against Bill France Sr. and worked as a NASCAR official. More recently, the series has provided a valuable platform for talented drivers looking to make it to NASCAR’s national series.

Jim France Quote

(Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Of NASCAR, a member of NASCAR's founding family)

Jim France - Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Of #NASCAR, a member of NASCAR's founding family.
Thanks, everyone, for allowing us to have a few minutes of your time here for what for me and I think for Ron (Drager) also is probably one of the most exciting announcements that we've had in our lifetime.

We've worked together over the years for a long time. As a young kid, I used to spend a lot of time sitting in his grandmother's lap in Daytona. Mildred and John Marcum were partners and friends with my mom and dad in the early days of stockcar racing.

The ARCA organization has been closely associated with NASCAR before there was a NASCAR and before there was an ARCA. Today it's an exciting time that we're making a formal joining of the two organizations.

It's I think a big moment for stockcar racing in America. We've worked together closely for 70 plus years in one form or another. Ron and I have worked together, known each other, through basically all of our motorsports careers.

It's fantastic that we're going to be working together going off into the future here. Both organizations have a great history, great championships. We share a lot of teams and drivers over the years. That will continue in a major way.

A lot of people may not realize this, but Ron and ARCA have been at the forefront of some of the development of trying to bring some efficiencies and cost savings for motorsports teams, stockcar teams in America. NASCAR has a similar effort going. Ron has been a leader in that area. It really allows both companies to go forward working together to try and improve the economics for our teams and our series.

The ARCA Racing Series will continue to operate under its current structure through the 2019 season. This year’s schedule of 20 races includes nine events at NASCAR national series venues, and three others at NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks – illustrating the bond between the two sanctioning bodies.

Ron Drager Quote

Ron Drager - President of #ARCA, and Grandson of ARCA founder John Marcum.(President of ARCA, and Grandson of ARCA founder John Marcum)

"We are proud of the history and tradition of the ARCA Racing Series and the relationship we’ve built over six decades with NASCAR," said Ron Drager, ARCA president and grandson of John Marcum. "We look forward to the opportunity to be more fully integrated with NASCAR and help shape the future of our sport."


The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit and, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About ARCA

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading and most versatile auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers nearly 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

Ron Drager, President of ARCA, and Jim France, Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President, NASCAR, signing the agreement to officially welcome ARCA to the NASCAR family in Daytona Beach, Florida on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 


#NASCAR’s Acquisition of #ARCA
Jim France, Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of NASCAR,
Lesa France Kennedy, Vice Chairperson and ISC Chief Executive Officer
and Ron Drager, President of ARCA at NASCAR headquarters following
the signing of the acquisition agreement on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

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