TOLEDO, O.H. — official series release — ARCA Racing photo —
Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and King Juice Inc., parent company of Calypso Brands, announced today that Calypso Lemonade will become the title sponsor of ARCA’s new “Short Track Challenge” series for 2015.
The Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge will consist of the 11 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards short track events on this year’s schedule. Short tracks, as deemed by series officials, are tracks one-mile in length or less. The Short Track Challenge opened at the ARCA Mobile 200 in Mobile, Alabama, on March 14.
“We are thrilled to be lending the Calypso Lemonade name to the 2015 Short Track Challenge,” said King Juice CEO Tim Kezman. “Calypso has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with racing fans over the years, and becoming the title sponsor of the Short Track Challenge is the next step in furthering this relationship.”
The Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge adds another exciting element to the overall national championship and opens new doors for competitors who do not run the full racing schedule. This includes drivers who are not eligible to race at superspeedways due to age restrictions and teams electing to run less than a full 20-race season.
“The Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge adds a new component to the ARCA racing schedule,” said Mark Gundrum, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Partnerships. “Calypso Lemonade is a great sponsor for this series, and a great product.”
King Juice has partnered with ARCA series sponsor Menards with their Calypso Brands since 2013. The business-to-business relationship between Menards and King Juice, a leading manufacturer of naturally flavored lemonades, brings opportunities for Calypso Brands to promote their products to the Menards and ARCA consumer base.
While the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge is comprised of the 11 short track events that make up the championship series, only a competitor’s best 10 finishes will count towards overall point totals. The short track event producing the worst results will not count toward overall driver point totals, essentially allowing a driver’s worst finish to be discarded from the equation.
Just like the Superspeedway Challenge, points for the Short Track Challenge will be allocated for race performance only beginning with 200 for first, and falling in five-point increments from there.
Grant Enfinger, winner of the ARCA Mobile 200, is the early leader in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge point standings, followed by Brandon Jones. The two finished 1-2 at Mobile.
The next event for the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge is the Troop Aid 200, set for Saturday, April 11, from the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge Series Event Schedule
March 14 – Mobile International Speedway, Mobile AL
April 11 – Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville TN
April 26 – Salem Speedway, Salem IN
May 17 – Toledo Speedway, Toledo OH
June 28 – Winchester Speedway, Winchester IN
July 17 – Iowa Speedway, Newton IA
July 24 – Lucas Oil Raceway, Brownsburg IN
August 8 – Berlin Raceway, Marne MI
August 23 – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield IL
September 7 – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin IL
September 19 – Salem Speedway, Salem IN
Calypso Lemonades, the originator of the Flavored Lemonade category, has evolved from four lemonade blends into twelve unique combinations over the past fifteen years. Each Calypso Lemonade is produced with a focus on quality using real sugar, real lemon bits and natural flavors. Calypso is owned by King Juice, Inc. and is located in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to Lemonades, the Calypso family also includes Limeades and Teamonades.
The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.
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