Frank Kimmel Trades Helmet For Crew Chief Role


CONCORD, N.C. – For near thirty years, Frank Kimmel mastered his craft on tour dominating the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards hoisting 10 national championships and 80-wins throughout his decorated career.

Now, two years removed from the driver’s seat and possessing a lifetime of racing experience, Kimmel begins the next chapter joining Venturini Motorsports’ crew chief lineup for the upcoming 2018 ARCA racing season.

Kimmel, expected to work and mentor a number of drivers from VMS’ Toyota Racing aligned driver development program will make his crew chief debut next month when he climbs the ladder and calls the shots for driver Leilani Munter during ARCA’s season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 10.

Primed and ready to make his mark atop the pit box, Kimmel is enthusiastic for this next stage of his career.

“These are exciting times for me,” said Kimmel. “I never knew exactly what I was going to do after my driving days ended, but I knew the natural progression was to stay in the industry in some capacity. Fearing I’d go stir crazy sitting around I’ve been talking with a lot of people lately looking for the right opportunity. When the chance came up with this deal I took it. Venturini Motorsports is a great organization with tons of young talent behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to being a part of the team. Helping these young drivers will be fun and very fulfilling, I’m in a good place.”

Armed with confidence Kimmel will rely on experience, strong work ethic and the ability to lean on a solid group of winning crew chiefs found in Venturini Motorsports’ race shop to help get back to the top of his game.

“Anyone who’s been successful has a formula and a way of doing things. This is no different,” added Kimmel. “You can luck into a win or two but to be consistent it takes more than that, I feel I’ve done the right things more times than not. My desire to win now is just as strong as it was when I was driving and winning championships. I’ve got a great group of guys at the shop to lean on. Working side-by-side with guys like Billy Venturini, Kevin Reed, Dave Leiner, and Ryan London will make me better and hopefully, I’ll make them better too.”