The Driver Suit Blog-Frank Kimmel-ARCA Legend.

By David G. Firestone

Founded in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio the Midwest Association for Race Cars or MARC was created by John Marcum, who, at one point, was working with Bill France Sr. as an official in NASCAR. It operated from 1953 to 1964 as MARC, when it changed to the Auto Racing Club of America, or ARCA. Though an independent stock car organization, ARCA has had a long partnership with NASCAR.

While many racing fans see ARCA as a minor league racing organization, it has a dedicated fan base, and a dedicated series of drivers and teams. With a decent television contract, and good sponsorship, the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menard’s has solid backing and will be a part of American auto racing for years to come.

With 80 ARCA Racing Series wins and 10 Series Championships, Frank Kimmel is the winning-est driver in ARCA Racing Series history. He holds numerous records, including have a top 10 points finish every year from 1992 to 2015.

From 2012 to 2013, Kimmel raced for ThorSport Racing, owned by Duke Thorson. In 2012, Kimmel won two races, had 10 top 5’s, and 16 top 10’s, and finished second in the championship. In 2013, Kimmel had 4 wins, 15 top 5’s, and finished in the top 10 in all 21 races, en route to his 10th ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menard’s Championship. During that season, this two piece suit was worn by his pit crew.The jacket shows some decent use with stains, as do the pants.The collar has MENARD’S logos embroidered into it.The cowl has an identity tag indicating the jacket was worn by J. SZITTAI, and a Simpson MTO 23 tag present.The right chest features ARCA RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY MENARD’S, EIBACH SPRINGS, SUNOCO, and HOOSIER logos embroidered into the black material.The left chest features THORSPORT RACING, MENARD’S, and MALLORY IGNITION RACING logos present.The front torso features an ANSELL logo, and a MENARD’S logo. Ansell is an Australian company which manufactures protective and medical gloves and condoms.The area inside the front zipper has a new Simpson warranty tag.The hem does not have any comfort straps, nor does it have any wear. The shoulders have black epaulets with red outlines, and the right shoulder has a MENARD’S logo embroidered into it.The right sleeve has ARCA, ANSELL, MESSINA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT, AARON’S, COMETIC, and JRI SHOCKS logos embroidered into the upper part, and an ANSELL logo in television position. The shoulders have black epaulets with red outlines, and the left shoulder has a ANSELL logo embroidered into it.The left sleeve has TOYOTA, MENARD’S, TURTLE WAX, SYLVANIA, NIBCO, U COAT IT, and EIBACH SPRINGS logos on the top part, and an ANSELL logo in television position. The back of the suit shows some light stains.The back of the neck has no adornment, but there is a white TOYOTA logo present.The back torso has ANSELL.COM, THORSPORT.COM, FRANKKIMMEL at Twitter, a large ANSELL logo, and a large MENARD’S logo.The pants have some stains on the lighter material.The waist has no real wear, and has a larger Simpson warranty tag sewn into it. The SFI Certification is in the back of the waist The legs have yellow and red stripes up the sides. The right leg has a MENARD’S logo, and an ANSELL logo on the left side.The back of the pants have some light wear, especially on the seat.Frank Kimmel’s retirement came at the end of the 2016 season. His career spanned 26 years, including starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, the Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, and IROC. He was never able to recreate his success in ARCA. He was a legend, and he will be missed.

Next week, we’re going back to drag racing, with an interesting autographed item.

Author: dgf2099

I'm just a normal guy who collects race-worn driver suits, helmets, sheet metal, and other race-worn items. I will use this blog to help collectors, and race fans alike understand the various aspects of driver suits and helmets, and commentate on paint schemes.

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