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Leilani Munter to Make First Pocono Appearance; Testing Wed, May 30; Kimmel the Crew Chief

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ARCA logo 18TOLEDO, Ohio (May 20, 2018) — Leilani Munter is feeling pretty good about her upcoming and first attempt at Pocono Raceway; as well she should. The Rochester Minn. driver started the season with a strong performance at Daytona where she steered the No. 20 Vegan Strong Toyota to an 8th-place finish after qualifying a career-best 5th.

However, Munter has never taken a lap on the “Tricky Triangle”. That’s why she’ll be participating in the ARCA open test Wednesday, May 30. Munter will be joining a host of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards drivers testing Wednesday in preparation for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 coming Friday, June 1.

“I’ve never raced at Pocono, but I’ve heard so much about it,” said Munter. “Fortunately, we’ll be able to test beforehand so that should help a lot. I wouldn’t want to go into the race at Pocono without testing first. I have my simulator now, which helps, but nothing can replace actually competing on the track. That’s where you do the majority of your learning. I want to do all I can to try and get out in front of it.”

Munter will have some good help in her corner, as she’ll be working with 10-time ARCA Racing Series national champion Frank Kimmel. Kimmel will be Munter’s crew chief across 2018.

Frank Kimmel and Leilani Munter

Frank Kimmel and Leilani Munter

“It’s such an honor to work with Frank,” said Munter. “He has always gone out of his way to help me. He’s setting up my cars. He’s so successful…he’s an ARCA legend. Learning from him is amazing. He’ll be my crew chief all year.”

She’ll also be able to lean on the experience of her Venturini Motorsports team.

“I’m really going to have to listen and rely on Billy (Venturini) and Frank. I soak up every piece of information I can. The real test will be when I show up for the race for the first time, so we’ll see.

“I’m so excited for Pocono. I’ve been reading about it for years, watching the races on TV. To be able to have the opportunity to finally race there is just another dream come true. I’ve got a lot to learn, and I’m eager to get started.”

ARCA Open Test Wednesday, May 30 ahead of race; Media welcomeThere will be an ARCA open test Wednesday, May 30 at Pocono with on-track activities scheduled from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with an hour break for lunch at noon. The media is invited out to cover the open test.

Practice for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is raceday, Friday morning, June 1 from 10 – 11:25 a.m. with General Tire Pole Qualifying at 2 p.m. The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is live on FS2 Friday afternoon at 5:45 p.m.

In addition to live coverage on FS2, arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activities.

Tickets are now on sale at PoconoRaceway.com

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