Ever since the beginning of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 1953, they have been hitting the road courses and leaving their mark. This weekend, the ARCA cars will hit the New Jersey Motorsports Park course for their first road course race of the season.
For Sean Corr, this Sunday's ModSpace 150 marks his first ever road course event at the ARCA level. Corr will have ARCA road racing veteran Robb Brent on-hand to give him advice to help him learn the ropes.
“There’s some jitterbugs for sure,” Corr said. “I’ve done a lot of things that I’ve never done before and this weekend will be another one to add to the list. I see now why they call the ARCA Racing Series such a diversified series.”
The 26-year old continued, “after running so strong last week and not getting the finish we were hoping for, it would be nice to bounce back at New Jersey at a place where we’ll have a lot of fan support. I also sincerely appreciate Robb (Brent) offering to come to New Jersey to help me. We had some time at Toledo to talk about the track and he showed me some video, so I’ve been studying that this week hoping that when practice rolls around on Saturday, I’ll be in a good comfort zone.”
So far this year, Corr has been solid as he got his fourth consecutive-top 20 performance last week at Toledo and sits 10th in the standings. It's been hard at times learning the ways of the courses for the rookie, due to mother nature, though Corr says he's ready.
“Now that will be interesting,” Corr said in a much firmer voice. “If it was to come down to it, I’ll be ready to do it, but I’m glad that I have someone like Robb (Brent) who has done it before in an ARCA car and can give me some influential tips.”
Meanwhile for Empire Racing team manager John Bellesfield, it's like getting back to his roots.
“I am looking forward to heading back to NJMP not only so I can visit friends and family but also I have had great success at the track with winning a Ford Racing Mustang Challenge race and a pole award in SCCA World Challenge GT,” sounded Bellesfield, who also owns and operates Excel Motorsports Services.
The ModSpace 150 (67 laps / 150 miles) is the fifth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The fourth ever ARCA event held at New Jersey Motorsports Park is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 21 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. A final “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Sunday May 22 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the weekend will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com.
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