Friday, April 20, 2012
Kimmel Racing to Host Grand Re-Opening; Fan Appreciation on Salem Race Weekend
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. -- With the third race on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards quickly approaching, it seems only appropriate that with the event being hosted at nearby Salem (Ind.) Speedway, that Kimmel Racing plans to take full advantage of the opportunity to host a grand re-opening of the team’s ARCA shop while also officially host a fan appreciation in a night that is destined to be full of food, music, friends and racers.
The scenery completely changed when the curtain opened on the 2012 season. With Frank Kimmel’s departure to another operation – Kimmel Racing was left without a driver, a skeleton budget but aspirations of a championship. Bill Kimmel, owner of Kimmel Racing isn’t a man to go down without a fight and with the support and talent of his son and new driver Will Kimmel; the two have quickly delivered a message to the competitors – that despite their limited resources, they still can compete competitively.
The Clarksville, Indiana-based team was dubbed as one of the Cinderella stories from the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway where Kimmel cleverly drafted his No. 68 Ford Fusion to a stout third place finish. A few weeks later, another top-10 appeared to be easily in the clutches of the family-owned operation but a mechanical failure within the final 10 circuits of the event left the operation with a sour finish – but still plenty to be proud about.
With the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 set for Sunday, April 29 at a place where the younger Kimmel has mounted thousands of laps, netted a track championship and is the home to his career best ARCA finish (second) last September, the team is eager to welcome the ARCA “family” into their territory with a little pleasure and relaxation on Friday, April 27 before getting down to business.
From 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Kimmel Racing will host music from Country music songwriter and artist Hali Hicks. Further entertainment will also be provided from Blue Collar 40. The team will also host an autograph session with race fans which are set to include the Kimmel clan, Sean Corr, NASCAR icon Charlie Glotzbach, Korbin Forrister, Chad Hackenbracht and others. Food will be provided by Ann’s by the River.
“We’re all about family and ARCA to us is our extended family, so we wanted to do something nice but also show everyone that we are alive and kicking,” said Bill Kimmel. “We’re hard at working on sponsorship for other races and we’ll have a new addition to our family to announce soon – so things are looking up, but we just wanted to provide a night where the shop is open to anyone that wants to stop by and have a great time with us.”
Not only will the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers continue to hoist the role as the title sponsorship of the first of two ARCA races held at Salem Speedway – but the local group has also latched onto Kimmel Racing and will sponsor the No. 68 entry allowing the Indiana-based team to continue their quest towards an ARCA championship.
“I can’t begin to thank everyone associated with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers for stepping up and helping us race at Salem,” said Will Kimmel. “We’re hyped and excited about our chances and look forward to having a spectacular run.”
Kimmel Racing is located at 201 East Lewis & Clark Parkway, Clarksville, Indiana 47129. The shop is located between Morrison Chiropractic and Clarksville Schwinn.
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