Sunday, December 20, 2015
“We are thrilled to have someone of KTJ’s talent and character racing with Cunningham Motorsports in 2016,” team co-owner Kerry Scherer said. “We hope to be a stepping stone on his way to a successful NASCAR career.”
Cunningham Motorsports is scheduled to take part in the ARCA Racing Series test at Daytona International Speedway January 15-16, 2016 with Thomas in the No. 22 and Chase Briscoe in the No. 77. As part of ARCA’s driver approval process, Thomas has met the preliminary requirements to test at
The 24-year-old driver has been racing since he was 13-years-old in a variety of series, including Mini Sprints, USAC Non-Wing 410 Sprint Cars, Midgets and Wing Sprint Cars. Some of his highlights have included his first win at Bloomington Speedway in 2012, winning three consecutive races during Indiana Sprint Week and his win in the 2013 Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway. In 2015, Thomas competed in more than 105 races, with 10 victories and top-five finishes in almost 50 percent of the races. Thomas also plans to
run 40-50 sprint car shows in 2016.
In addition to testing at Daytona, Thomas is scheduled to drive in the Zack Donatti Memorial Pro Late Model 100 race January 2 at New Smyrna Speedway, followed by the Pro Late Model World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing championships in February during Daytona Speed Weeks.
“I want to thank Kerry (Scherer) and Briggs (Cunningham) for the opportunity to compete for the entire season in ARCA,” Thomas said. “It’s good to be a part of an organization that has the same will to win that I have.”
A preliminary schedule of 10 races will be telecast on either FS1 or FS2 in 2016. FS1 waves the green flag on the 64th season of ARCA Racing Series competition with the traditional season opener, the 53rd Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 13. In addition to Daytona, races from Talladega Superspeedway on April 29; both Pocono Raceway events (June 3 and July 29); Michigan International Speedway on June 10; Lucas Oil Raceway July 22; Chicagoland Speedway September 15 and the season finale from Kansas Speedway October 14 will also air on FS1.
The July 9 event from Iowa Speedway and the September 23 event from Kentucky Speedway are scheduled to air on FS2. All races included in the deal will also air on FOX Sports GO, the app that delivers streaming video of FOX Sports content.
“FOX Sports continues its long-standing relationship with the ARCA Racing Series,” said Patrick Crakes, SVP Programming, Research and Content Strategy for FOX Sports. “Kicking off the season as part of our major commitment to Daytona Speedweeks, ARCA is part of the strongest lineup of major motorsports ontelevision, as FOX Sports also is home to NASCAR, NHRA, Monster Energy Supercross, Monster Jam, the FIM MotoGP World Championship, FIA Formula E Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.”
According to Nielsen Media Research, FS1 is currently available in 85.2 million homes, while FS2 is rapidly growing and now available in nearly 50 million U.S. households.
The 2015 season marked the first year of a new three-year agreement between ARCA and FOX Sports. ARCA’s relationship with the FOX Sports family of networks reaches back to April 20, 1997, when Speedvision covered the ARCA Racing Series race at Salem Speedway. In total, Speedvision, Speed Channel, SPEED and FS1 and FS2 have telecast 228 races encompassing 19 consecutive years of covering the ARCA Racing Series. NewsCorp, the parent company of FOX Broadcasting Company, rebranded SPEED to FS1 in September, 2013.
“ARCA is proud to deliver this 10-race package on FS1 and FS2 for our viewers, race teams and sponsors,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Our FOX relationship is the cornerstone of our overall broadcast coverage, and we’re committed to continuing to deliver the major league telecast quality our fans have come to expect.”
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards features 20 events at 18 tracks on its 2016 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 racetracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as left- and right-turn road courses.
Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in four professional touring series and local weekly events. Read more at the link!(ARCA Racing)