Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the United States. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season.
ARCA races stock cars similar to those seen in past years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and indeed most cars used in the ARCA Racing Series were previously used in NASCAR. ARCA's competitors contain a mix of both professional and hobby racers, in addition to younger competitors trying to make a name for themselves, sometimes driving as part of a driver development program for a NASCAR team.
The series mission is to enhance the sport of stock car racing by providing high-quality, credible opportunities for participants, sponsors, strategic partners and race fans to engage personally and/or professionally in the sport.