The quality of competition and the tracks on the Tour are very familiar to Bickle, yet he knows it will still be a challenge to try to win.
“It kind of reminds me of the old ARTGO days,” said Bickle. “It seems like they have been working at this really hard for years and they have a pretty good series going. As far as the sponsorship and marketing arena there is a good opportunity there as far as promotion. It’s kind of the same guys that have been around here awhile. It should be some good racing and I can’t wait to get going. I’m sick of working in the shop, I know that!”
ARCA Midwest Tour Vice President Steve Einhaus is excited about Bickle coming to race the full Tour.
“Rich submitted an application to join our Touring Stars a few months ago but he had some sponsor hang-ups and couldn’t commit,” said Einhaus. “He called back the other day and we talked and talked about how important it was to all of us to see him race with us full time in 2013. I truly believe we have the best of the best running with us and adding someone of Rich’s stature is a huge asset to the series. We have always had a good relationship and we couldn’t be happier about his decision to hit the Tour with “Guns a Blazing.” The guy can wheel a car, and I’m pretty sure when you put all of our drivers inside of a race track, its overflowing with major talent.”
As for the tracks, Bickle knows what he is in for.
“I’ve been to 221 tracks and I think I’ve been to every one on the Tour,” said Bickle. “They’re all asphalt, they all got curves. Like they say once you’ve been there and done it, it’s time to go do it again.”