Throughout the years, many young drivers have debuted in the ARCA Racing Series and moved on up to higher ranks of racing. The latest to make his debut will be Korbin Forrister, who will make his debut in Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.
“I literally cannot wait for Sunday to get here,” Forrister says. “It’s been super to be a part of this Kimmel Racing family, they have made me feel so at home and it’s been indescribable. Everyone at the shop has been really working hard on making sure they can give me the best car possible. It’s my job to go out there and deliver not only for them but Tilted Kilt as well.”
In preparation for this weekend, Forrister has been testing and spending time with the team in Clarksville, Indiana. He has also been seeking advice from teammate Will Kimmel as they are already good friends.
“He’s been racing a long time, a while in these ARCA cars in particular,” Forrister adds. “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 weekend 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 influential in making my ARCA debut a success.”
Kimmel Racing announced last week that the 19-year-old would run a minimum four races this season in the No. 68 Tilted Kilt Ford Fusion.
“Everyone is really happy to welcome Korbin to our team,” team owner Bill Kimmel says. “He has done some testing with us and has impressed us all. We know that he’s new to these types of cars, but I think he really will adjust well. We’re all looking forward to a good showing on Sunday afternoon.”
This will mark the second time that Tilted Kilt is on the quarter-panels this season as they were on Will Kimmel’s car at the last race at Talladega Superspeedway.
“I’m looking forward to representing Tilted Kilt at Toledo,” Forrister comments. “They did an awful lot for our team at Talladega and we’re extremely grateful for that. We were able to bring them a sixth place run there – so hopefully we can up the ante a little bit and give them a top-five finish on Sunday afternoon.”
Forrister knows with the equipment he could finish in the top five, however is also looking for a solid day.
“I think everyone would be satisfied if we can bring the No. 68 Tilted Kilt Ford Fusion home on the lead lap and with all of the fenders intact,” he says.
Practice will begin on Saturday May 19 at 11:45 a.m. till 12:30 p.m., followed by final practice from 1:00 p.m. till 1:45 p.m. Qualifying will take place at 3:30 p.m. The 200 lap race will take the green flag on Sunday May 20 shortly after 2:00 p.m. and will be shown on SPEED at 5:00 p.m. that evening. Live timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network online at http://www.arcaracing.com/. All times are eastern