The Automobile Racing Club of America (more commonly known as ARCA) is a racing sanctioning body. Originally founded by John Marcum as the Midwest Association for Race Cars (MARC) in 1953. The name was changed to ARCA in 1964. Based in Toledo, Ohio.
As the organization gained prestige, it obtained the nickname, "NASCAR of the North."
In 1964 ARCA was invited to be a part of February Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, and have been a fixture of the event ever since.
In 1981 founder John Marcum died. Bob Loga and Rollo Juckette took control of the organization, and only 8 races are run for the season.
1983 would see a comeback for the series, with its first nationally televised race. The Pocono event was televised on ESPN.
Patty Moise became the first female pole sitter in series history in 1989.
Re/MAX became the title sponsor of ARCA's top series in 2000.
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