LONG POND, Pa. – Many of ARCA’s top stars are heading directly from Minnesota’s Elko Speedway to Pocono Raceway for an ARCA-sanctioned open test this Wednesday.
As many as 20 drivers are expected for the open test, including 17-year-old drivers Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, and Taylor Ferns. Elliott and Jones are expected to make their superspeedway debuts in the Pocono ARCA 200.
In addition to ARCA teams searching for more track time ahead of the Pocono ARCA 200, the test will serve as an opportunity for rookies to participate in the open test in an effort to gain experience on Pocono’s unique 2.5-mile triangular layout.
“We recognize that our sport is generating a greater number of younger drivers with a broader base of experience,” said ARCA President Ron Drager.
“Effective in 2013, we’ve worked with Pocono Raceway and Kentucky Speedway to adjust the minimum age to participate at tracks over a mile in length from 18 to 17 at those facilities. It effectively provides an opportunity for pre-qualified 17-year-old drivers to participate in ARCA Racing Series races at those tracks. The approval process is detailed and stringent, but by virtue of the number of ARCA Racing Series races they have driven in and their participation in the ARCA Open Test at Pocono, both Chase Elliott and Erik Jones have earned the opportunity to participate. We expect that more drivers will work toward that eligibility going forward.”