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Suarez Aims For Triple-Series Trifecta

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danielConcord, NC (April 22, 2014) – Rev Racing’s Daniel Suarez began the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season by sweeping the first two races. The Monterrey, Mexico native managed to garner both victories within a matter of three days.

Since then, Suarez has accumulated an additional pair of victories in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, in which he also competes. He races in both series with the mindset that more seat time, no matter the car, will lead to a better understanding of the sport and contribute to his development as a driver. As a result, his work ethic has produced four victories in seven total races this season.

Suarez’s 2014 season has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with in the world of automobile racing. In February, Suarez’s accomplishments earned him the NASCAR Diverse Driver Award, an industry-wide recognition of his on-track success. His achievements have not only caught the attention of the NKNPSE competition, but have also landed him an invitation to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). This weekend at Richmond International Speedway, Suarez will attempt to outshine his back-to-back wins in Daytona by completing a trifecta. In addition to driving in the NKNPSE for Rev Racing, he will make his NNS debut with Joe Gibbs Racing, before flying to Mexico to compete in the NTS.

Suarez is fully aware of the daunting task ahead of him, but heads into the weekend with the same calm, optimistic and humble demeanor that has gotten him to this point:

“I am grateful to Joe Gibbs Racing for this opportunity and very thankful with Telcel, Silent Circle and Telmex for putting their confidence in me. This is one of the most important steps in my career. Also, I want to say thank you to NASCAR and Rev Racing for giving me the opportunity to race and learn about everything in this world.”

Suarez, 22, joined Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program in 2013. Suarez ran a full season in the NKNPSE, garnering a team-high six top 5, and nine top 10 finishes. The highlight of his 2013 season was his first ever NKNPSE victory at the Columbus Motor Speedway. Additionally, Suarez earned three 2nd place finishes in his final four races, propelling him to 3rd in the final 2013 season rankings. Suarez is currently 2nd in the 2014 NKNPSE standings.

“Daniel is Rev Racing’s fourth driver to participate in a National Series Event. He is very talented, and has shown continuous progress. We are proud to play a major role in Daniel’s development,” said team owner, Max Siegel.

While Suarez’s Nationwide Series debut is a testament to hard work and dedication, it is also a testament to the mission of Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity Program. Rev Racing houses an academy-style program that provides young minority drivers with the resources to succeed in the sport of NASCAR. On Friday, April 25, 2014, Suarez will be the next minority driver to utilize the resources that Rev Racing has provided and make it to the National Series.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Impressive Weekend for Rev Racing at Greenville

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Concord, NC (March 25, 2014) - Speed isn’t everything when it comes to racing. Strategy is equally as important, and the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Motor Speedway proved to be more of a chess match than checkers. After trailing for most of the race, Rev Racing finished with one driver in the top-5 and 3 in the top-10.

With Ryan Gifford as the only Rev Racing driver to qualify in the top-10, the rest of the group had their work cut out for them over the course of the 150-lap race. Once the green flag was issued, Gifford wasted little time improving his position to 8th. While this was occurring, Suarez, who had started 17th, was mercilessly passing competitor after competitor. By lap 50, Suarez had cracked the top-10 to join teammate Gifford. By the halfway mark Suarez, Gifford, and Peña were all in the top-15.

The next 75 laps were defined by strategy; one that ultimately paid dividends. Over the course of the next 25 laps, both Gifford and Peña dropped out of the top 15 in order to preserve their tires and prepare for one final push. Things started to look bleak as they fell all the way to 16th and 18th place. However with 40 laps to go, Peña and Gifford made their moves, ascending through the standings, passing one car after another. With 25 laps to go they were both challenging for a spot in the top-10, and after a restart with 13 laps to go, both were able to break through. Meanwhile, Suarez was neck and neck with P4 and P6, fighting to hold on to his 5th place standing. Another caution with 10 laps to go brought the action to a halt. The restart came with 6 laps to go and proved to be advantageous for Suarez, Gifford, and Peña as they solidified their 5th, 6th, and 9th place positions and held on until the checkered flag. Beasley and Bell finished the race 19th and 20th, respectively.

While Peña is please with his first top-10 of the season, he is far from content. In reference to his performance, Peña stated, “The start of the season has been pretty rough, so this was a nice relief. I want to thank my crew chief Wolfy and car chief Tanner for all of the hard work they’ve been putting in. We still have some work to do though. We need a 9th place finish to be a bad day, not a good day.”

The rest of the Rev Racing team shares this same mindset. After taking Sunday to rest and celebrate the impressive performances, the entire team was back at work early Monday morning to prepare for the next race.

Rev Racing returns to the track on April 25th for the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Speedway.

Unsung Hero of the Week

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Mark Green (No. 2 Toyota Crew Chief/Shop Foreman) – Green returns to Rev Racing as Crew Chief of the No. 2 Rev Racing Toyota. In 2013, he helped Ryan Gifford earn his first career victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. That same year, the No. 2 Camry finished the season with four top-5 and six top-10 finishes. Green brings a wealth of racing knowledge with him to Rev Racing having competed in both the NASCAR Busch (currently Nationwide) and Sprint Cup Series.

In addition to his role as crew chief, Green is also the shop foreman. Under the direction of the Director of Competition, Green is responsible for the day-to-day management of the K&N Shop. Green works tirelessly with upper management to plan and develop company goals. He assists with optimizing department operations to ensure program efficiency and productivity, while implementing new procedures and policies as necessary. Lastly, Mark oversees the production and assembly of all the K&N race cars.

Green and Gifford just recently garnered their first top-10 finish of the 2014 season at Greenville Motor Speedway.

Suarez Becomes Third Rev Racing Driver to Ink National Series Deal

14_5980_Daniel_Suare#20F83CAs Rev Racing aims to advance and support the development of drivers in the program and beyond, we would like to congratulate Daniel Suarez on signing a deal with Joe Gibbs Racing to compete full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the 2015 season. Suarez will join Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. among the ranks of Rev Racing graduates who have moved on to a national series in NASCAR.

“Daniel is a special talent. We are proud to have been apart of his development as a driver and we are excited to see what the future holds for him. Along with Darrell and Kyle, Daniel is another testament to the success of the diversity program and we wish him the best in his latest endeavor,” said Rev Racing owner, Max Siegel.

Suarez is will finish out the 2014 season competing in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series. In the NKNPSE he has two wins, four top-fives and seven top-10 finishes this season. However, Suarez will miss the next NKNPSE race at Greenville Pickens Speedway as he will be in Mexico contending for the NMTS championship, where he is currently first in the point standings. Suarez will return to the NKNPSE at Dover International Speedway in what is expected to be the culmination of his career with Rev Racing and the beginning to his career with Joe Gibbs Racing.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing, visit revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Gifford Scores Top-10 at VIR

14965018152_a67c071516_zPatience, patience, patience. Mark Green, crew chief of the No. 2 NTI/UTI Toyota, repeatedly stressed the sentiment to Ryan Gifford over the course of the 55-lap race at Virginia International Raceway this past weekend. Gifford, who struggled a bit in qualifying, took the green flag in 18th. However, keeping a steady pace and not overdriving the car allowed Gifford to take the checkered in ninth.

“Be patient and stick to your lines”, Green continually repeated to Gifford over the radio. The incessant reminder to Gifford that he would be in for a long race kept the Winchester, Tennessee driver at bay from trying to force his way through the pack.

Unlike Watkins Glen, the track at Virginia International Speedway has sharper turns and much more variation. Consequently, those who overdrove their vehicles paid the price. In a race where 24 cars took the green flag, only 13 were able to take the checkered. There were seven caution flags (two of which were red) that kept the race under caution for 16 laps.

As the field began to diminish lap after lap, Gifford slowly but surely began to improve his position until he found himself in 12th with three laps to go. It was then that Gifford made a push, and as the beneficiary of an accident by teammate Sergio Peña, Gifford was able to crack the top-10. After retaining position through the subsequent green-white-checkered restart, Gifford was able to coast to a 9th place finish, cementing his fourth top-10 of the 2014 season.

Peña, Ortiz, Bell, and Beasley were unfortunately unable to take the checkered and finish 13th, 19th 21st and 23rd respectively.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing, visit revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Get to Know Devon Amos

ER8V3940Concord, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2014) — Devon Amos starts every day by writing down ten things he’s thankful for. One of those is his opportunity to drive for Rev Racing. He traveled more than 1,400 miles from his Rio Rancho, New Mexico home to drive for the team.

Amos became interested in racing at 9-years-old after watching a cartoon called, “NASCAR Racers.” The show had an ethnically diverse cast as well as both male and female drivers.

“The cars were going upside down in these circles, and they had these rocket boosters. They were flying, and I said I was going to do that someday.” His stepfather later introduced him to the real world of NASCAR, and he was automatically hooked.

Amos began racing quarter-midgets at 12-years-old and then moved on to race a 4-cylinder Volkswagen Beetle.

His mother and stepfather, Christi and Michael Feery, raised the young Italian and African-American driver along with his older sister, SaRae. The 23-year-old learned the importance of work ethic and responsibility at a young age. His parents only allowed him to race if he made good grades.

“My parents did a great job guiding me and my sister as kids,” Amos said. “They brought me up to work hard. They taught me that I needed to work for the things that I wanted.”

At 15-years-old, Amos stopped racing altogether, but after graduating from Independence High School in 2009, he knew he wanted to race professionally.

He worked at Home Depot and in 6 months, Amos saved $6,000 to buy a racecar to pursue his dream of becoming a NASCAR driver.

“I bought my car, but I didn’t really think everything through. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. I just knew I was going to do it.”

He bought his car from Wim Dons who was heavily involved in racing. Dons allowed Amos to travel with his family to compete in races and let Amos keep his car in his garage. Even with a three-year absence from the sport, Amos excelled with help from the Dons, which Amos refers to as his second family.

He first applied for the Drive for Diversity Program in 2010 but needed more racing experience, so he went to racing school in Hickory, N.C. He did well and was invited to the 2011 combine, but was not selected to the team.

“I was really frustrated, but it just pushed me more. Each time pushed me to be better and make it to the next level,” he said. “I was devastated, but then I was like, ‘I’m going to go to the combine next year and not give them a choice but to pick me.’”

And he did just that. Amos persevered and was selected to the 2013 Rev Racing team.

He now balances full-time racing and working 25 hours per week. When he’s not at work or racing, he helps out as a mechanic on teammate Daniel Suárez’s crew to learn as much as he can about all aspects of the sport.

As a driver, Amos believes that his ability to work on the outside of the car will help him develop better communication, as well as a stronger chemistry with his own crew, which is vital to team success.

“I have a high standard for myself. I want to do everything that I can to just go fast,” he said. He started racing in the Legend Series his first year, and despite a significant transition from mini-sprints, he secured four top-5 and seven top-10 finishes. Amos advanced to the Whelen All-American Series for the 2014 season.

With a competitive drive to succeed, Amos says he always strives for greatness and optimism. Despite his many accolades in racing throughout the years, Amos, just like every athlete and every person, is sometimes frustrated with his performance, but he refuses to let negativity interfere with his potential and success.

“I give myself positive affirmations. One thing I do is look at my trophies in my apartment. I remind myself that I’ve succeeded before and tell myself that I have to focus on what I want to get to,” he explained. “Then I understand that I just have to continue to have faith in God and move forward.”

Because his passion for racing requires much of his time, Amos is unable to visit his family and often misses his Southwest home. He says his mother is his biggest supporter, and they talk often. She sends him inspirational books that he reads almost every night.

Though most of his support system resides in New Mexico, he is still able to rely on his girlfriend, Christine, who moved to Charlotte with him when he was selected to the team.

One of the main things he misses about home is looking at the stars. Unlike Charlotte’s busy metropolitan area, Amos lived on the outskirts of Rio Rancho, where he could see the stars for miles.

“I remember spending just about every night sitting on the back wall, looking at the stars. I would just connect with everything and be one with life,” he said. “It just felt so good. I would think a lot about being successful and where I wanted my career to go.”

To Amos, racing is more than a sport. He believes racing is his purpose.

“I look at racing, and it can help people in many ways, especially with what we’re doing with the Drive for Diversity. There are so many people that can be pulled from different places to achieve goals they never thought they could and make a difference in the community.”

He hopes NASCAR’s diversity continues to grow on and off the track. Amos was happy when he learned that Wendell Scott, the first African-American to win a NASCAR race, would be inducted into the 2015 Hall of Fame.

“I think it’s great. I hope there’s more to come,” he said. “He paved the way for what we’re working on now. I couldn’t imagine what Wendell Scott went through back then. He’s a true inspiration.”

While he admires Scott’s legacy, Amos’s favorite NASCAR driver is Jeff Gordon. He hopes to race for Hendrick Motorsports someday, just like Gordon.

Amos loves watching the Miami Heat and enjoys giving back to the community. He participated in Habitat for Humanity’s effort to build homes earlier this year. And with his experience on both dirt and asphalt tracks, he also mentors Rev Racing’s bandolero drivers.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

American Lung Association and NASCAR Driver Mackena Bell Team Up at Virginia International Raceway

LungForce_lockup_041514-01ALTON, VA (Aug. 13, 2014) – On August 16, NASCAR driver Mackena Bell will be at Virginia International Raceway, racing for the checkered flag and to help stop the clock on lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women in the United States.

A K&N Pro Series East driver, Bell pilots the Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toyota Camry 21*. She has joined the American Lung Association and national presenting sponsor, CVS Caremark, as an honorary spokesperson for LUNG FORCE, a new effort to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.

Bell’s personal connection to lung cancer results from having lost her grandfather – the man who inspired and encouraged her love for racing – to the disease.

“My papa was always my biggest fan and came to nearly all my races. When he was diagnosed with lung cancer, we were devastated,” Bell said. “Just six weeks later, heaven gained an angel. In honor of my papa’s memory, I have joined LUNG FORCE to fight the #1 cancer killer in the U.S.”

By adding her voice to LUNG FORCE, Bell is working to educate women nationwide to help increase the likelihood they will make healthy decisions about their own lung health and influence the decisions made by the men, women and children they love.

According to the Lung Association’s first Women’s Lung Health Barometer, a survey of more than 1,000 American women, current awareness about the impact of lung cancer in women is extremely low. Even though lung cancer has long been the top cancer killer of women, the Barometer revealed that only 1 percent of women named the disease as a cancer that is top-of-mind for them. Furthermore, statistics show that, on average, fewer than half of all women with lung cancer will be alive one year after diagnosis. And anyone can get lung cancer – two-thirds of lung cancer cases are in those who have never smoked or have successfully quit smoking.

“Mackena Bell is giving us a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about lung cancer in women,” said Dennis Alexander, “By speaking out about lung cancer as she travels the country racing, Mackena is helping change people’s thinking about the disease and how it impacts families, bringing much-needed attention to the lung cancer risk factors everyone needs to know about.”

Locally and across the nation, LUNG FORCE will educate and empower patients and healthcare providers, focus public policy on addressing the disease and its causes, and raise critical funds for research into better detection and targeted treatments for lung cancer.

The American Lung Association of Virginia offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit Facing Lung Cancer (www.mylungcancersupport.org), powered by the American Lung Association, our comprehensive education and support website developed specifically for patients and caregivers.  Assistance is also available through the Lung Association’s Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA, which connects callers to information, resources and support services.

About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lung.org.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Rev Racing Looking for Redemption at VIR

SONY DSCConcord, NC (Aug. 14, 2014) - Watkins Glen International is a difficult track to conquer. Drivers who are conditioned to turning left are all of a sudden faced with the task of turning right. And while this task may seem trivial and second nature to the average driver, imagine completing such a task at 120 mph. Even the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who took to the track two days later had enough difficulty at Watkins Glen International that there were a couple major wrecks, resulting in red flags and significant time under caution.

When merely crossing the finish line is arduous task, success isn’t always determined by winning. Sometimes, it’s determined by improvement. It is this mindset that each of the Rev Racing teammates are carrying into the second road course competition of the season this weekend. Leading the pack for Rev Racing will be none other than Sergio Peña who will be competing on a course he is very familiar with.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 L&M Ethanol Toyota) — The Winchester, VA native will be competing on a track that he’s grown familiar with over the years as VIR is located only a few hours from Peña’s hometown. Although, Peña and crew did not leave Watkins Glen International with the results that they had hoped for, they are banking that experience and familiarity with VIR will be the difference and allow him to garner another top-5 to add to his résumé.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 UTI/NASCAR Tech Toyota) — After tire issued sidelined Gifford early in last weekend’s competition, the NASCAR Next driver will be looking to redeem himself. A top-10 at VIR would greatly contribute to his campaign to end the season on a strong note.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota Racing Development Toyota) — Ortiz will be making his season debut with Rev Racing at Virginia International Raceway. The Biscuitville 125 is the first of two races that Ortiz has signed on for with the team. Filling in for Daniel Suarez who will be competing for a title in the Mexico Toyota Series, Ortiz will look to make a statement that he is still a force to be reckoned with in the NKNPSE.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Rev Racing Toyota Racing Development Toyota) — Beasley was one of two Rev Racing drivers who were able to successfully finish the race at Watkins Glen International. And while his 13th place finish was admirable, Beasley is convinced that he could have finished within the top-10. With a bit more turnaround time leading in VIR than the previous two races, Beasley and crew have been working around the clock to get the #42 to the exact specification for Beasley to add another top-5 to his resume.

“Going into Watkins Glen we didn’t have the car to the specifications we would have liked. We took a car that was meant to turn left to a road course with all right turns. With the extra time, we’ll be able to get the car into better shape,” said Beasley. “We were able to set the transmission off and make sure the car handles better as a road course car and not an oval car.”

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles/Lung Force Toyota) — Perseverance. Bell has battled all season long, and battled her heart out for a 13th place finish at Watkins Glen International in a race where not everyone was lucky enough to finish. VIR will be no different and Bell will continue her goal of finishing the season on a strong note. Furthermore, with the added experience of a road course under her belt, Bell is looking to build upon last weekend and finish with a top-10 or better.

The Bully Hill Vineyards 125 will be broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will resume with the Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. on Saturday, Aug. 16th.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

First Road Course for Rev Racing

Concord, NC (Aug. 7, 2014) - The Bully Hill Vineyards 125 has been circled on each of our driver’s calendar since the beginning of the season. While the Rev Racing drivers enjoy racing on oval tracks, they also enjoy the thrill of being able to turn right. That being said, Watkins Glen International is the first road course that Rev Racing will compete on this season. Tomorrow’s race marks the first time that the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has competed at Watkins Glen International since 2009 and leading the way for Rev Racing is none other than Sergio Peña.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 L&M Ethanol Toyota) —With 4 races left in the NKNPSE season, Peña has seemed to find his groove. His last two races have resulted in two top-5’s, including a hard-fought win at Columbus Motor Speedway. With the momentum of two solid performances behind him, Peña could not be more confident going into tomorrow’s competition. The Winchester, VA native grew up racing and testing on road courses and feel that his experience provides an advantage. Even though his last two performances were on ovals, Peña is confident that he will be able to secure his third top-5 in a row at the Bully Hill Vineyards 125. Peña is currently 14th in the point standings.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 UTI/NASCAR Tech Toyota) —Gifford comes into this weekend’s race with an optimistic, but cautious mindset. The Winchester, Tenn. native had his best performance of the season at Columbus Motor Speedway, followed by his worst performance of the season at Iowa after a blown tire sidelined him after barely a dozen laps into the race. The Rev Racing veteran is looking to return to the same form that earned him his first top-5 of the season at Columbus Motor Speedway, and finish the season strong. Gifford is currently 17th in the point standings.

Daniel Suárez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) — Suarez heads into this weekend’s race with a bit of a chip on his shoulders. After a less than favorable performance at Iowa Speedway that surprisingly resulted in the Monterrey, Mexico native falling one spot short of a top-10, Suarez looks at the Bully Hill Vineyards 125 as a chance to earn back the top-10 he missed out on. And with his competitive edge, it’s difficult to bet against him. Suarez is currently 16th in the point standings.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Rev Racing Toyota) — Like Peña, Beasley grew up racing and testing on road courses. However, this weekend’s race will mark the first time that the Rev Racing newcomer will compete on a road course in a K&N car. Beasley had a less than favorable outing at Iowa Speedway after suffering tire issues. However he is looking to return to the same form that earned him three top-10’s in four races. Beasley is currently 12th in the point standings.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles/Lung Force Toyota) — Bell has shown signs of greatness this season. However, she’s been plagued with bad luck as of late. The Rev Racing veteran is looking to turn her bad luck around and finish the season strong, starting with a solid performance at Watkins Glen, so that she can have some momentum going into next season. Bell is currently 16th in the point standings.

The autograph session will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8th with the two-lap qualifying beginning at 3:40 p.m.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Peña Scores Top-5 in Return to Iowa

SONY DSCConcord, NC (Aug. 5, 2014) -  Mistakes can be costly. However, being on the opposite side of a mistake can prove beneficial. In this past weekend’s Autolite Iridium XP 150, other’s mistakes going into the halfway break became the defining moment of the race for the Rev Racing team.

Leading Rev Racing heading into the break was Sergio Peña, who was P5 after fighting his way up from his P21 qualifying position. Battling back from an unfavorable qualifying effort at Iowa Speedway is all too familiar for the Rev Racing returnee. In his first stint at Iowa Speedway this season, Peña impressively improved 18 spots over the course of the race before finishing P11. And although he had hopes of qualifying better this time around, he was forced to battle back again.

A few laps before the halfway break, Peña’s campaign to crack the top-3 was cut short by a caution flag that was issued after a Rev Racing competitor hit the wall in turn two. Significant damage from the crash was enough to keep the race under caution until the halfway mark.

As cars continued their go-around under the caution, the leading four cars deviated from the pack and drove down pit road, prior to officials giving the signal that pit road was open. As a result, each of those drivers was penalized and sent to the back of the 43-car field, allowing Peña to automatically jump to P1.

Unfortunately, Peña was unable to hold his first place position for the remaining 75 laps. However, it was his ability to recognize the mistake of his competitors and their pit road mistake to put him in position to secure his second top-5 in a row.

“I was able to move up early in the race by running high because nobody else was running up there. Then at the end of the race everyone else decided to go high. However, by that time the car was a little too loose and I couldn’t hang on. We’re still happy with our top-5,” Peña said.

Daniel Suarez also had an admirable run for Rev Racing. The Monterrey, Mexico native had the best qualifying position for Rev Racing and took the green flag in P14. After a roller coaster race that saw Suarez move up as high as P5 and fall as low as P18, the Rev Racing veteran ultimately fell one spot short of the top-10, taking the checkered in P11.

Bell, Beasley, and Gifford finished the race P23, P29, and P40 respectively.

The Autolite Iridium XP 150 will air on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, Aug. 8 at 11am.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will resume action with the Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen International in New York on Friday, Aug. 8.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Rev Racing looks for more success in the Midwest

1900162_10152142332613649_158787121_nCONCORD, N.C. (July 31, 2014) — Coming off a win and a top five in the last NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, Rev Racing will return to Iowa Speedway for the second time this season on Friday, Aug. 1. With three Rev Racing drivers advancing in the point standings, the team is looking forward to competing in the Autolite Iridium 150, which will be the second K&N East-West combination race of the season.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 L&M Ethanol Toyota) — Peña heads to Newton, Iowa with his first win of the season after holding off Cameron Hayley in the JEGS 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway during the last NKNPSE outing. Peña has one win, one top five, and four top 10s this season moving him up to 15th in the point standings. With five years of experience in the K&N Pro Series, he will strive to keep his momentum going as he competes in the 36-car starting field.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 UTI/NASCAR Tech Toyota) Gifford earned his first top five of the season in Columbus putting him at 17th place in the point standings. After some difficulties and obstacles throughout the season, the veteran was able to persevere to secure his fifth place finish at Columbus Motor Speedway and plans to continue his success with the five remaining races. He is one of nine members of the 2014-2015 NASCAR Next class competing on Friday.

Daniel Suárez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) — Suárez returns to the NKNPSE after taking a race off to compete in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series where he currently leads in points. Though he’s had some time off from the series, he is coming back with a good track record at Iowa Speedway. In his last two outings at the track, he finished with a top five and a top 10. This season, Suárez has captured two wins, four top fives and six top 10s, and he is currently ranked 14th in the point standings. After Friday’s event, Suárez will travel to Mexico to compete in the Queretana 200 on Sunday.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Rev Racing Toyota) — With a 13th place finish in Columbus, Beasley is eager to go back to the track where he received his first career NKNPSE top five. Beasley has racked up two top fives and four top 10s in 11 starts this season, placing him 11th in the point standings.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles/Lung Force Toyota) — Bell was able to get extra seat time racing her late model in the Hampton Heat 200 last weekend at Langley Speedway. She’s hoping the extra opportunity will help her have a successful weekend in Iowa, specifically because she was unable to finish in her last outing at the speedway due to an accident. Bell is ranked 17th in the standings.

There will be an autograph session at 3:15 p.m. with the two-lap qualifier to follow at 5 p.m.

The Autolite Iridium XP 150 will air Friday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1. ­­

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Get To Know Jay Beasley

Rev Racing has some of the most loyal fans in NASCAR, who support our drivers day in and day out. The support and encouragement that our drivers receive is unparalleled. Thus, in an effort to connect with our fan base on a more personal level, Rev Racing is distributing a Get To Know Your Driver series. Each of our drivers has worked hard to reach this point in their career. And while a career in NASCAR is their dream job, it does not define who they are. For each of our drivers, there is a story behind the helmet, behind the fire suit, and behind the car. We want to share that story with you…

 

ER8V3902Concord, N.C. (July 25, 2014) —For Jay Beasley, it all started at 7-years-old with a Go-Ped. His father, Rod Ronnow, was asked to fix two Go-Peds for a friend, but instead, he was told to keep the two-wheeled motorized scooters. Ronnow had a knack for repairing motors and loved to race motocross, street bikes, and drag boats, and Beasley shared that same passion.

“When I was really young, I always said that I was going to be a NASCAR driver,” he said. “It was weird because I was racing everything with two wheels, but I kept saying I was going to be a NASCAR driver.”

As a child, Beasley played other sports, including football and lacrosse, but nothing could quite measure up to racing.

“Football was fun…I loved lacrosse, but I just wanted to go fast,” he said.

The Las Vegas native became such a talented rider that he was sponsored by Go-Ped in 2002 and went on to become a five-time Go-Ped Scooter Cross champion.

After racing Go-Peds, he transitioned to Supermoto, but only for about a year. During a race, his back tire failed to make it over a jump. The bike sent Beasley flying, landing on his chest and breaking his collarbone.

He then contemplated racing street bikes because he loved racing on asphalt, but his dad wasn’t in favor of any more two-wheelers for the young racer. Instead, he wanted something more stable that his stepson would be contained in, so Beasley began racing Legend cars.

“I miss two wheels, but I’m enjoying NASCAR and four wheels. Plus, it’s safer,” he said.

Every day Beasley exercised to stay in shape for racing. He also practiced riding his Go-Ped and dirt bike around the neighborhood and worked on his racecar after school.

“I would spend so many hours on the track. In the winter time, when it was 20 degrees outside, we’d wear leather jackets and just go on the track and mess around,” he said.

His mother, Evelyn Beasley, supported him throughout his childhood and career, and he credits his father for much of his work ethic and success.

“He taught me how hard to work for it at such a young age, so, now it’s not hard work. It’s every day life,” he said. “It was really frustrating at some points, but I’m really grateful he did that.”

At the beginning of his career, one of Beasley’s biggest setbacks came his senior year of high school in 2009. He was at a friend’s house talking outside with classmates when two SUVs pulled up to the crowd of people.

“A whole bunch of people got out, and they were all wearing black. Then I saw these girls beginning to run up the street,” he said. “Right when I turned around I saw someone standing next to me wearing all black. Then everyone started running in a panic.”

The gang in black began shooting at the crowd, and the person standing next to Beasley aimed a gun at his head and fired.

“I barely missed it. I heard the bullet zoom right by me.”

He continued to run from the gang but couldn’t find anywhere to hide, and a few of the members caught up to him.

“One of the guys pointed the gun right at my face, but his buddy ended up telling him not to shoot me, and then they left,” he said. “It was crazy.”

Beasley left the incident with a gunshot wound to the leg that shattered his fibula. Fears of paralysis and death continued to cross his mind.

At the time, Beasley had also been training to become a firefighter as a back-up plan if racing didn’t work out, but the incident solidified how much he wanted to succeed in racing. It also became one of the reasons why he tries not to take anything for granted.

“I’m glad it happened because it made me focus more on my career,” he said. “It also made me a better person, and now, I don’t let little things bother me.”

Though he was forced to keep the bullet in his leg to prevent an extended recovery time, he refused to let that stop him. After four months of physical therapy, he continued to race in the INEX Legend Series accumulating two wins and 17 top-5s in 2010.

In 2011, he began racing super late models where he achieved much success early on, but in 2012, he suffered a severe concussion after crashing head-on into a wall during practice, destroying the racecar and causing Beasley to miss the rest of the season.

Despite the delay in his career, he came back ready to conquer the 2013 season, but he did more than that. Beasley made history and became the first African-American to win a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after capturing the Super Late Model title. He also won the prestigious Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and later joined the 2014 Rev Racing team.

“Accepting the Wendell Scott Award was a big deal and meant a lot. It was a blessing,” said. “To be able to be a trailblazer just like him this past year was amazing. It was such an honor.”

Off the track, Beasley enjoys the outdoors, fitness training, watching movies, and traveling, especially when he gets to visit different racetracks. He also loves listening to hip-hop and rock music.

“I love anything that gets me to swaying!”

While Beasley loves to have fun, he also enjoys giving back to the community. His traumatic experience has motivated him to support individuals who have been confined to a wheelchair due to a permanent injury. To help support this cause, please make a donation to The Carolina TarWheels.

The Carolina TarWheels is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. By promoting health and fitness through sports, recreation, and social activities, the organization allows individuals to maintain an active lifestyle while offering a program that is enjoyable and meaningful to its participants.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Bring on the Heat

SONY DSCCONCORD, N.C. (July 24, 2014) — Rev Racing’s Devon Amos and Paige Decker are headed to Hampton, Va. to race for the fourth time at Langley Speedway. The duo will compete in the Hampton Heat 200, the longest and most anticipated race of the season.

Paige Decker (No. 2 Rev Racing Toyota) — During her month long break from the Whelen All-American Series, Decker was able to get extra seat time with her family-owned racing team to prepare for Saturday’s 79.6-mile event.

Last week, Decker raced her super late model in the Slinger Nationals in her home state of Wisconsin where she became the first female to win a major super late model race in 2013 and subsequently the first woman named Rookie of the Year.

“Any extra seat time helps a driver. Being in a different car and the ability to adapt will help me when jumping back in the late model,” she said. “I want to be a flexible driver.”

After finishing one place shy of gaining her third top 10 of the season in her last outing with Rev Racing at Motor Mile Speedway, she is anxious to get back on the asphalt to showcase her skills at Langley Speedway, one of her favorite tracks.

Devon Amos (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) — In his last race, Amos was unable to finish due to suspension damage resulting from a 13-car accident, but he’s not letting the unfavorable finish put a damper on his motivation to have a successful race.

“Our pace has been consistently improving, and I’m looking forward to seeing some good results this weekend,” Amos said. “Hopefully we can avoid trouble and finish the 200 laps close to the front.”

He has been training harder for the 200-lap event and is excited to compete this weekend because it will be new milestone for him. While the Hampton Heat 200 will be the longest race the season, it will also be the longest event of Amos’s racing career.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Lung Force/B&C Seafood Toyota) — With a weekend off from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Bell will have the opportunity to race her late model this weekend along with her two Whelen All-American Series teammates.

“I want to thank Lung Force and the American Lung Association for being on the car this weekend,” Bell said. “It’s a pleasure to create awareness for such an important cause, and I’m extremely grateful to get extra seat time.”

Qualifying will start at 4:35 p.m. and racing will begin at 7 p.m.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.