(MOBILE, Ala. – March 20, 2014) – Photo courtesy Venturini Motorsports — Michael Self will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut Saturday when he drives for Venturini Motorsports at Mobile International Speedway.
Self will be in the No. 66 Mosquito Patch/Self Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/Arai Helmets Toyota for the ARCA Mobile 200.
The car Self will be in has a winning pedigree, as it was driven to victories at both Salem Speedway and on the dirt at the Springfield, Illinois State Fairgrounds. In 2012, Clint King drove this chassis to a fifth-place finish at Mobile after a qualifying effort of 20th. Self tested the car at Mobile during a test session on March 10.
“We topped the board at the Daytona test, and then went on to Mobile International Speedway to test again,” Self said. “Our team had a great week there, so I can’t wait to get back to Mobile this weekend to grab the same results. Everyone in the organization has been great with assisting my adaptation to the ARCA Racing Series chassis. I really couldn’t ask for a better team to make my series debut with, and I don’t think I could ask for a better place to do it than in my “birth state,” with my family and friends supporting us.”
Self was born in Birmingham, Ala. and lives in Park City, Utah. He has made 35 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts on tracks less than one-mile in length. Self has earned three wins, notched 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes on his belt, and maintained an average starting position of 6.8, and an average finishing position of 8.9.
A member of the NASCAR Next for 2013-14, Self is the only driver in the Mobile event from the program.
NASCAR Next, an evolution of the Next9 initiative that began in 2011, is an overarching industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars. In addition to competing on various NASCAR series across the country, drivers in the program participate in several media and promotional activities throughout the year.
“I cannot thank the Venturini family and the Venturini Motorsports organization enough for giving me this opportunity,” Self said. “They have been great to work with from the first time we talked, and we have had good chemistry together since I got a chance to drive one of their cars at Daytona International Speedway at the December test.”
Self will carry a logo of “Grandmother Self” on the rear deck lid of his No. 66 Toyota in memory of his grandmother, a native of Pell City.
There will be an ARCA Racing Series Driver Autograph Session from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Aircraft Pavilion USS Alabama. On Thursday starting at 8:00 p.m., Home Mortgage of America will host their Green Flag Party located in Downtown Mobile at Grand Central, featuring two-time “American Idol” competitor Megan Miller and her band.
Race coverage for the ARCA-Mobile 200 will be aired live Saturday, March 22 starting at 2:00 p.m. CDT, with timing and scoring and radio broadcast at arcaracing.com.