Concord, NC (Feb. 16, 2016) Each year Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing also manages a youth racing initiative for kids 8-14 who want to compete in the INEX Bandolero and INEX Legend cars.
Youth applicants are evaluated by submission and invited to participate in a driver combine. Due to inclement weather, the 2016 drivers were unable to be assessed using the traditional method. Through a several week evaluation process, youth drivers were chosen by recommendation, historical success, and overall driving performance. “As it remains a goal of ours to focus on the growth and development of both our academy-style program and youth participants, we want to connect with these drivers as early as possible,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “The sooner we can start providing the proper guidance to these individuals, the more prepared they are to grow into different series.”
This year, Rev Racing will offer a Legend Car ride to returning youth driver Austin Geer and new-comer Hailie Deegan. Geer returns for his third season as the youngest member of the Rev Racing team. Geer was the recipient of the NASCAR Young Racer Award in 2014. During the 2015 season he scored two Top 3s and five Top 5s for the Rev Racing team. Austin spent his 13th birthday testing a Legend Car preparing for his move up to the bigger, faster cars. In his first Legends race in December at the Charlotte 5th mile, Austin scored a Top-10 finish. During the Winter break Austin has been training on racing simulators to help prepare him as he has his eyes set on Rookie of the Year honors in the Legends series. Geer one day wants to see his name among notable alumni Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Darrell Wallace Jr.
Hailie Deegan, daughter of famed X Games and off road phenomenon racer Brian Deegan, has been racing since she was eight years old – and has found success from the start. At just 13 years old, Deegan competed on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in the Modified Kart class. She was the first female to the podium, taking first place at Glen Helen Raceway. A few short weeks later, Deegan again found her way to the podium, this time scoring a third place finish at Lake Elsinore. In 2015, Deegan collected a series Regional Championship, seven Regional podium finishes and five Mod Class National series podium finishes. Deegan has since found her way to other racing series, committing to each opportunity and aggressively looking for the next chance to take the track.
Both drivers will compete in the 2016 Summer Shootout, located in Charlotte NC.