Haley and Miranda Arnold, the sprint car racing sisters from Sedalia, Missouri, open their 2011 season this weekend at Malden Speedway in Malden, Missouri, racing with the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour. This is the Arnold's inaugural USCS event and their first race ever at Malden Speedway. The dynamic-duo will race virtually the same schedule this year, including events with the ASCS National Tour, Sprint Invaders and URSS.
This is Haley's third season in a sprint car and she's looking for a championship in the newly formed ASCS Warrior Region.
2010 was Miranda's first season racing sprint cars and she's looking forward to putting the lessons she learned to good use this year.
Haley is 18-years-old and in her third season, and this is 15-year-old Miranda's second season. Last year Miranda bested her older sister by one position in the 305 points standings at LA Raceway, and both finished in the top-ten. Miranda also won the Rookie of the Year at Double-X Speedway in California, Missouri.
To say the Arnold sisters are infatuated with racing would be like saying bees sort of like honey. They in fact both have high-octane race blood flowing through their veins. Their dad, Bryan, raced sprint and stock cars, and both their grandpas and an uncle all raced.
"Racing pretty much consumes all of my time which I am just fine with," commented Miranda. "If I am not racing then I am at the shop working on my cars."
Miranda and Haley say they are proud to be asked to be onboard with K&N, their products have always spelled good luck for the racing sisters in the past.
And Haley is in full accord adding, "My friends have mixed feelings about my racing. They think it's awesome and love to come and support Miranda and me, but on the flipside they don't like the fact that we don't get much time to hang out. With 2011 being my graduating year ,there are a lot of experiences that I have skipped out on because of races, but I am okay with that. Racing is my everything! My friends don't like that I have passed on some events, but they completely understand that racing is my main priority, and it comes first."
Last year was Miranda's first full season racing sprint cars and she found it to be a great education. "I learned a ton about racing and what it takes to become a driver. I hope to continue to keep learning new things every time out. I feel as if I accomplished a lot in my first year, so overall, I feel I had an awesome 2010 season. I am really looking forward to the 2011, with everything I have learned from my first season, as well as having K&N on our team."
The Arnold Motorsports sisters signed with K&N for the 2011 season and they couldn't be more pleased about it.
"We have been using K&N products for several years now," explains Haley. "We started using K&N filters, oil, and cleaner when we first started racing ATV's in 2006. We have had nothing but good luck with K&N products during those years. When we got into sprint car racing we needed to find a sponsor to help us out with air filters, oil, and cleaner, so because we had such good luck with all of our K&N products in the past, it was just the right company to go with. Miranda and I began talking to Bob Harris and sent him a portfolio, and we were lucky enough to be chosen to work with K&N as a partner. The products we use on our sprint cars such as; the box air filter, spray oil, air filter cleaner, and the wrench off oil filters are all awesome products. With K&N products we know it's the highest quality, so that's all we use on our race team."
Miranda chimes in with "Bob Harris is great to work with. When we were in Indy, at the International Motorsports Industry show, we got to meet him in person and talk about what we could do to help K&N. I also think K&N carries the most awesome products."
To prepare for the 2011 season Miranda and Haley say they have been busy searching for sponsors, working on their cars, and getting physically and mentally pumped up.
"There is so much to do during off season that I'm not quite sure why they even call it an off season," says Haley. "For example you have to get all of your spare parts together, like front axels, rear ends, and all kinds of other various parts. You really want to stay ahead of the game, and that's what we are trying to do. Also, along with searching for sponsors and working on the cars, I have been working out like crazy to get my body physically ready for a long season of racing."
Miranda's goals for this season are to pick up her first sprint car win and to consistently finish in the top-five every weekend in the 305's. As for the 360's, she plans on making every A-feature and to finish in the top-ten.
"My biggest racing dream is to win the Knoxville Nationals. I would really like to peruse a career in the motorsports industry. Any opportunities that I receive I will try my hardest and give it everything I have to be the best I can be," says Miranda.
Haley too says her one big race dream is to become a successful racer in whatever style of racing she ultimately chooses.
"If I choose to stay with sprint car racing I would like to travel with The World of Outlaws and to race the Knoxville Nationals with all of the top notch drivers. If racing takes me into NASCAR, then my big goal for that would be to race in the Daytona 500. I have so many dreams, and can't wait to see where they take me. As long as I am racing, I will be one happy camper."
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