JUPITER, Fla. — Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series event on the refurbished 2.25-mile road course at Palm Beach Int’l Raceway was the farthest south that the Toledo, Ohio, based sanctioning body has ever held an event.
The series has regularly visited Daytona Int’l Speedway since 1964, its first superspeedway race, but the stock-car touring series has never traveled deeper into the Sunshine State until now.
– Five south Florida drivers proudly represented their home area Saturday. Rookie Blake Koch of West Palm Beach, Fla., was the best of the bunch, taking third in his Tire Kingdom Toyota with Miami Springs, Fla., driver Joey Coulter sixth and Indiantown’s Patrick Sheltra 10th. Sheltra’s home base is a mere 10 miles from the track.
Stuart, Fla., based Bryan Silas was 16th and rookie Josh Williams, in his first ARCA start, was a very respectable 20th.
– This track opened in the 1965 as Palm Beach Int’l Raceway with a road course and an NHRA sanctioned quarter-mile drag strip. When Dick Moroso purchased the facility, the name was changed to Moroso Motorsports Park, but reverted back to its original name in 2008 when the Moroso family sold their interest in the facility.
– Over the years PBIR has been known primarily for drag racing but has always been a multi-use facility hosting a variety of events, including go-karts, motorcycles and driving schools.
Other highlights on the road course include a 1983 SCCA Trans-Am event, the only one held here, and in March 1998 the in-state Florida Pro Series late-model tour held a single event won by local Ford dealer Wayne Akers.