Next-Gen K&N Pro Series/ARCA Racing Series Bodies Revealed at SEMA

Next-Gen K&N Pro Series/ARCA Racing Series Bodies Revealed at SEMA

by November 5, 2014 0 comments

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LAS VEGAS — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series will receive new bodies starting with their 2015 season.

Five Star Bodies revealed the new bodies this afternoon at this year’s SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in an announcement made in conjunction with NASCAR. Present at the announcement from NASCAR were NASCAR’s President, Mike Helton, and drivers Kyle Larson, Ben Rhodes, and Ben Kennedy.

Five Star Bodies claim that their new bodies, modeled after the current sixth generation Sprint Cup vehicles, will cut maintenance and repair costs for teams in the ARCA Racing Series and both K&N Pro Series by 50-percent.

The car models that will be available to teams will be the Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion, and the Toyota Camry. No Dodge chassis will be made available for the few ARCA teams that still run Dodge Charger entries.

For the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the bodies will be available for the purchase for the teams prior to the first race of the season in both the East and West series. Teams on the grid in both series may run the current body through the 2016 season. Teams will be mandated to race the next generation K&N Pro Series car in 2017.

The ARCA Racing Series will provide the option towards teams on the grid to run the new bodies on tracks that are one mile or less in length in 2015.

The optional changes for the body for ARCA will go hand-in-hand with a new engine package that the series will use next season.

“Today’s announcement marks the first major enhancement to the outward appearance of the ARCA Racing Series race car in several years,” ARCA’s President, Ron Drager, said. “As we continue to pursue cost-containment incentives for our participants, we are pleased to bring this project to reality in 2015, alongside the ARCA limor 396 engine.

“We’re proud to have been a part of this project with Five Star, and especially NASCAR, with whom we have had a constructive working relationship for over 60 years.”

NASCAR’s Touring Series Managing Director, Brad Moran, states that the new car for the K&N Pro Series

“This car is not only a pretty good-looking piece, it’s a game changer,” Moran says. “… Based on our test, I don’t know if the new car will really go faster, but it does look more modern. It’s a big leap forward for the series in terms of aesthetics.

“By elevating the quality of the car with a look that’s more up-to-date – more what you see on the street and with a look that’s almost identical to the Sprint Cup body that fans see racing on Sundays – I think it elevates the whole series.”

The next generation car will make its debut for the K&N Pro Series at New Smyrna Speedway in the K&N Pro Series East’s season opener on February 7th, 2015.

The ARCA Racing Series have yet to announce their schedule for the 2015 season. The series will open their season at Daytona International Speedway – a 2.5-mile superspeedway – on February 14th, 2015.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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