Mason Mitchell Adjusting to New Role with Self-Owned Teamby Kyle Pokrefky April 16, 2015 0 comments
By: Kyle Pokrefky/@KPokrefky
Photo credit: Tyler Sontag/Mason Mitchell Motorsports PR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Reigning ARCA Racing Series champion Mason Mitchell may not be competing full-time this year to defend his series title, but his presence in the ARCA garage remains a constant in 2015.
Handing the reins of his No. 98 Ford Fusion over to 2014 Scott Rookie of the Year Austin Wayne Self, Mitchell has moved on from balancing the roles of being a full-time driver and an owner to focusing primarily on handling ownership duties of Mason Mitchell Motorsports.
Speaking to The Fourth Turn at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Mitchell says that his adjusted role in his championship-winning organization has its fair share of challenges, but they’re nothing that he can’t handle.
“It has its challenges, but I feel like I’m pretty good at adapting through my career to changes,” Mitchell said. “I’m looking forward to it, I’m also looking forward to getting back in the seat – sooner rather than later.”
Taking on duties in the office such as bookkeeping to being hands-on to help his crew at both the MMM shop and at the track, Mitchell is applying the same work ethic (and then some) that he had in his 2014 championship run to his new role at the shop this year.
“I do everything day-to-day operations stuff from bookkeeping on the finance side to working with the guys in the shop and making sure they have the tools to succeed,” Mitchell stated. “I thought I felt like I worked really hard last year to win the championship and I definitely feel like I’m working a lot harder this year.
“I’m taking a lot of control of the stuff from day-to-day stuff. We have a good foundation with all the guys and everybody – it feels like we’re working well together. We’re working really hard to continue growing.”
He still yearns for that shot to get behind the wheel and compete out on the race track though.
Running at Daytona International Speedway and Mobile International Speedway in a No. 78 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford, the West Des Moines, Ia. native has his eye set on making several more starts in ARCA this year.
“I’m going to try to run a couple more,” Mitchell said of his 2015 ARCA plans. “Obviously, Iowa is back on the ARCA schedule for this year and I plan on running that one and hopefully Pocono, but other than that – nothing else.”
However, his eye is on moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series.
“I’m trying to work really hard on some stuff to move up,” Mitchell continued. “Either or, I don’t have anything locked in right now or in place. We’re always working hard every day to try to open that door and try to move on to the next level. Hopefully, I can get in a seat soon this year and get some more starts under my belt.”
Keeping his eye aimed towards the future, Mitchell’s goal is to run two full-time teams in the ARCA Racing Series next year and he has already begun the search for funded drivers for the No. 78 machine to complete the car’s 2015 schedule.
When looking forward to what he hopes the future holds for Mason Mitchell Motorsports, the 20-year-old sees nothing but continued success for his still young organization.
“Hopefully 10 championships and a lot of wins,” Mitchell said with a smile. “I want to continue growing in ARCA, I really love the series here. Hopefully the series can continue to keep on growing this well with the changes in the future. I want to run a couple full-time teams this year, if possible.”
Mitchell also hopes that he can eventually move his program into NASCAR – but he wishes to break through into the series himself before bringing his team with him.
“The plan’s to also want to continue to grow and hopefully move into the NASCAR ring as a company,” Mitchell continued. “I’d rather move my personal career and become successful first [as] I feel like it’s easier to bring your team afterwards. I want to grow everything and I love this sport so much that I just want to keep on going after it every day.”