Drivers race real, one-half-scale stock cars-capable of speeds up to 100 mph (if run outdoors) on a custom-designed, 1/10th mile, high-banked, indoor race track. The track is portable and fits inside the confines of a hockey rink.
Races are held at the DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center. View a map and driving directions here.
Because Arena Racing ™ is held indoors weather is never a factor.
Each individual Arena Racing ™ series event includes up to four qualifying heats and four main races, as well as a Top Dog championship race.
The average speed of each car is 50 mph, and drivers average 10 seconds to complete a lap.
Arena Racing ™ drivers range from up-and-coming professionals to weekend speed-junkies looking to live a dream. Drivers can range in age from 14- to 114-years-old. Each race can have up to 14 participating drivers.
Because Arena Racing ™ is “spec class” racing, every car must adhere exactly to league rules for build and performance. This ensures that no team has a mechanical advantage.
The Arena Racing ™ season runs from mid-October to mid-March.
Arena Racing USA ® was founded by former NASCAR chassis builder Ricky Dennis, son of 1970 NASCAR Rookie of the Year, Bill Dennis.
Arena Racing USA ® is managed by The Racing Group LP, a consortium consisting of:
- Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing and head coach of the Washington Redskins
- Tom and Norm Miller of Interstate Batteries
- Gary Becker, the former CEO of PACE Motor Sports
- Ricky Dennis, founder and CEO of Arena Racing USA ®
- Backing Arena Racing ™ are Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and J.J. Yeley.
Arena Racing ™ cars are:
- One-half the size of NASCAR stock cars
- 9 feet long
- 36 inches high (from track to roof
- Capable of speeds up to 100 mph
- Approximately 725 lbs. (including racer)
- Fit with custom steering wheels, racing seats and pedals to fit each racer
They are equipped with:
- NASCAR-style stock car bodies
- 13-horsepower, rear-mounted Honda Engines
- 1.5-gallon fuel cells
- Adjustable upper and lower A-frames
- 5-point harnesses
- Steel roll cages
- Coil-over suspensions
- Disc brakes
- Rack-and-pinion steering
- Adjustable rear track bars
- Aluminum racing seats
- Drivers enter and exit the cars through a sunroof-sized opening in the roofs of the cars.
- Due to the multiple-heat racing format, drivers do not need to pit during races.
- Teams are allowed to customize only set-up related items such as: caster/camber, toe-in, tire stagger, track bar adjustments, coil-over springs and shocks, lead location and bite.
- These are adjustments to a car's handling, and are done the same way you see professional pit crews do it on the NASCAR circuits.
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Arena Racing USA ® features half-scale stock cars capable of 100 mph, but are confined to a 1/10th mile indoor race track with 18-degree banked turns. The track is portable and fits inside the confines of a hockey rink.
Officiating Overview Arena Racing USA ® is the official governing body. All drivers, team owners and crew members must abide by the rules set forth by Arena Racing USA ®. All rules are designed to promote clean, skill-based racing with clear and consistent rulings.
- All Cars must Meet League Specifications and must be Issued by the League
- Drivers, Owners and Crew Members must be Licensed Arena Racing USA ® Members in Good Standing
- Drivers must be at least 14 years of Age to Compete
- Teams are Allowed to Customize only Setup Related Items, such as Caster/Camber, Toe-in, Tire Stagger, Track Bar, Coil-Over Springs and Shocks, and Lead Location
- The Season Consists of 15 Individual Series Events which culminate in a Series Points Championship
- Each Event will Feature up to Four Qualifying Races, Four Main Races and a Nightly “Top Dog” Championship Race
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“Norm Miller (Interstate Batteries), saw this concept and loved it. He sold his vision of Arena Racing ™ to me, and I’m a firm believer in it. It provides great competition when motorsports is typically dormant. Plus, it’s a cost-effective way to get started in racing.”
- Joe Gibbs, Owner of Joe Gibbs Racing Head Coach of the NFL’s Washington Redskins
“I’ve raced midgets and sprint cars indoors and there’s definitely an added level of excitement. When I found out you could do the same thing with a half-scale stock car, but on a banked track with 14 other cars around you while making laps in under
10 seconds, I was in.”
- #20 Tony Stewart
“Just like Tony (Stewart), I raced midgets and sprint cars in arenas during my USAC days. And he’s right, it’s a cool experience. Plus, you really hone your skills because there’s not much room for error.”
- #18 J.J. Yeley
“I drove in the Arena Racing ™ series a few years ago in Norfolk. I won a few features and also met Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. there. It was awesome...I'm pretty happy to be a part of bringing Arena Racing ™ to Grand Rapids. It'll give others the opportunity to either begin their racing careers or just have the time of their lives.”
- #11 Denny Hamlin