ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards rookie Korbin Forrister (@kforrister) will be the first to tell you that he has learned a lot in his early tenure as a development driver with Kimmel Racing. With that being said, the freshman driver will look to execute what he’s devoured in Friday night’s Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 by Federated Car Care at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
For the first time since Toledo, (No. 5 of 20), Forrister with the help of Tilted Kilt is set to run the full distance behind the wheel of the No. 68 Ford Fusion under the leadership and guidance of car owner and crew chief Bill Kimmel.
While the Limited Late Model (LLM) pro’s inaugural ARCA debut did not go as planned after mechanical gremlins resulted in a disappointing 28th place finish, the Cedartown, Georgia native is eager to bounce back and deliver an encouraging run in the 12th race of the season.
“I really feel good about this weekend, especially considering I’ve had several start and parks since the last time I ran a full race at Toledo,” explained Forrister. “I know that many people may say, what can you possible learn from a start and park? I say a lot. I am now getting more comfortable with the cars and I’m confident I’ll be able to give the Kimmel Racing bunch a good finish in our No. 68 Tilted Kilt Ford Fusion.”
For the fourth time this season, Tilted Kilt will adorn the primary sponsorship role. In addition to Toledo, Tilted Kilt and its local franchises have also latched onto Forrister’s teammate Will Kimmel at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and last Saturday evening at Chicagoland Speedway.
The Tilted Kilt is a Celtic-themed sports bar and restaurant chain with the nearest location in Alabama located in Birmingham. Tilted Kilt is in the business of lifting spirits one burger, one beer, one guest, one visit, at a time. The Tilted Kilt experience is one-of-a-kind and will always leave you in a better mood than when you arrived.
“Kimmel Racing has developed a great relationship with Tilted Kilt and its franchises,” offered Forrister. “Will has done a good job giving them some great finishes, now it’s up to me to do the same.”
Even though Forrister has yet to see the .686-mile oval for himself, the 19-year old has leaned on The ARCA Sim Factory to get accustomed with the track’s layout.
“I’ve yet to see Lucas Oil Raceway with my own eyes but I’ve been able to get some practice on a simulator to become more familiar with the track and get a good idea of what I’ll be facing on Friday. I’ve also done my own personal research on the track, looking at photos and such not to mention talking with others (drivers) that have previously ran there for a little feedback. Bill (Kimmel) thought this would be a good race for me, so I trust his judgment and I’m confident that if we have a clean and conservative night, we should produce a good finish.”
Once again, Forrister has made it clear that he will seek the advice of his teammate and mentor Will Kimmel.
“Will’s not only a teammate but a great friend,” he said. “He’s been racing a long time, a while in these ARCA cars in particular. He’s not one of those selfish people who is looking out just for himself. He wants to us all to succeed at Kimmel Racing, so it’s going to be a welcome feeling knowing that I can lean on him throughout the day to let him know what my car is doing and see what he suggests to do to make it better. I know his insight will be incredibly influential.”
Bill Kimmel, owner of Kimmel Racing commented on the outlook for his young protégé this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. “Korbin’s been looking forward to Friday for a while now,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough field on Friday night but I think he’ll be fine. We haven’t set the expectations too high. We just want him to have a smooth practice, earn a strong starting spot and complete all 200 laps. If we can do that trouble-free, we should leave there with a strong finish and something to build on for Springfield.”
In addition to Indianapolis, Forrister will drive for Kimmel Racing in upcoming events at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 19) and the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds (September 3).
The Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 137 miles) is the 13th of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The ninth ARCA race at LOR is a one-day show. Practice begins Friday, July 27 with a forty-five practice session planned from 1:35 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. A final practice is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag under the lights shortly after 9:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional coverage including timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local (Eastern).