1986 American Racing Series "Wildcat"

The American Racing Series (ARS) was considered the "Road to Indy," and was the creation of U.E. (Pat) Patrick. Pat was a very successful Indy Car owner and co-founder of CART, Championship Auto Racing Teams. This series was designed to test and give experience to young talented drivers to help them transition in Indy Car racing. Many of the mostly young drivers who raced in the ARS Series went on to become household names in Indy Car racing.

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Vehicle Type American Racing Series (ARS) "Wildcat"
Year Built 1986
Built By March Engineering Ltd. of England
Suspension 4 Wheel Independent
Engine Buick V-6, 4.2 liter, 450 +/- Horsepower
Owner Arciero Family

History

This particular race car was owned and campaigned by the late Frank Arciero who made Paso Robles his second home, i.e., Arciero Winery & Vineyards among other local projects. Frank was also a long time and very successful Indy Car owner.

With young driver, Fabrizio Barbazza of Italy, Frank's team won 5 races during the 1986 season and captured the ARS championship. Fabrizio followed that up by utilizing the skills honed in the ARS to be named both the 1987 CART Rookie of the Year and the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year.

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