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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.

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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.

Rev Racing to Tests Their Skills at Stafford

Concord, NC (June 16, 2016) – Last race, Rev Racing took to Dominion Raceway for the ComServe Wireless 150. While Rev was ready for two top-5 finishes, an accident and track debris generated a different outcome.

Collin Cabre, who qualified 8th, worked his way to second place toward the end of the race and had his sights set on a top-5 finish, or even a victory. Following a wreck on lap 137, some debris remained on the track, causing challenges for Cabre. He experienced a flat on the restart around lap 147 and ultimately finished p18. He currently sits 10th place in point standings.

Teammate Ruben Garcia Jr. also experienced some track frustration at Dominion. Behind Cabre as Cabre’s tire went out, Garcia was forced to checkup and ended the race in 6th place. Ruben is 12th in points and aims to improve his positioning at Stafford.

J.A. Junior Avila started 6th and finished 12th, while Ali Kern started 22nd and moved several spots to finish 15th.

“We are showing great potential this year,” said Director of Competition, Jefferson Hodges. “We just have not gotten the finishes we deserve. It is a matter of time before our luck turns around and we start bringing home some wins. As a team, we are excited about traveling to Stafford for the first time. The track has a lot of history and we are ready for the challenge.”

Rev Racing will hit the track on Friday, June 17th at 9:15 p.m., for the Stafford 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway. Two-lap qualifying begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Driver Autograph Session following at 7:30 p.m.

Enrique Baca and Maddie Crane Back in Action This Weekend at South Boston

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Concord, NC (June 3, 2016) – Rev Racing and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series are back in action this weekend at South Boston Speedway for the Late Model Twins 75. For both Rev Racing drivers, “SoBo” is a familiar track where the objective is to improve last race’s results.

Enrique Baca gained seat time at South Boston Speedway three weeks ago when the Late Models visited the 4/10 mile oval for the Bojangles 100. The Monterrey, Mexico native finished 11th, falling just short of a top-10 finish.

“I am really excited about returning to South Boston. We come back knowing where we need to improve from our last race there and that is definitely an advantage,” Baca said. “Hopefully we have good speed in the car and we are able to top our 11th place finish from three weeks ago.”

Teammate Maddie Crane, driver of the Team Indiana Volleyball Toyota Camry, had a solid performance there last month and feels she can improve the results for the team this weekend.

“I definitely feel like we learned a lot from our last race at South Boston. We can improve a lot going into this weekend. Hopefully we can be better than we were before,” Crane said. “One of my goals is a top ten – that would be great. We’ll see how it goes.”

Two-lap qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twins 75 will be Saturday at 5 p.m. followed by two 75-lap races at 7 p.m. Follow @RevRacin on Twitter for live race updates.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity to Host First National Pit Crew Combine

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 27, 2016) – Following a national talent search, 18 multicultural and female athletes earned invitations to compete in the first-ever national NASCAR Drive For Diversity® (D4D) Crew Member Development Combine today in Concord, North Carolina.

Former college football, basketball, softball and track and field athletes will be evaluated based on a series of fitness, agility and pit crew drills at the NASCAR Research & Development Center.

The 10 top-performing participants will be invited to join the NASCAR D4D Crew Member Development Program, operated by Rev Racing, and receive expert training as tire changers, carriers and jackmen, with the goal of gaining fulltime employment with NASCAR national series race teams.

“As NASCAR Drive for Diversity continues to grow and benefit from national exposure, we’re seeing more and more athletes want to be involved,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “This is a great way to introduce top competitors to NASCAR and provide the opportunity to one day shine in our sport’s biggest events.”

Earlier this year, NASCAR and Rev Racing hosted tryouts at six universities spanning coast to coast – from Norfolk State University to San Diego State University – as part of a revamped crew member scouting process.

Twelve men and six women hailing from 12 states and one U.S. territory are now one step closer to a career in NASCAR and will look to impress during today’s four-hour skills competition.

“We are extremely excited about the continued growth and evolution of the Crew Member Development Program,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “Our expanded college recruitment and outreach efforts have attracted some of the most talented and promising athletes our program has seen yet.”

Most D4D participants begin with no motorsports background and learn to apply athletic prowess from their primary sport to the skills required on NASCAR’s pit road. Joshua Tate, an All-American football player at Clark Atlanta University, recently tried out for the Chicago Bears and is now hoping to go professional in motorsports.

Former Norfolk State point guard Brehanna Daniels could follow in the footsteps of Emily Cox, a D4D alum who now pits regularly in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Jeremy Kimbrough, a former Washington Redskins linebacker, will attempt to join fellow NFL veteran Andre Neblett in the D4D crew member program, which has a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. Neblett played for the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots and was accepted to D4D as part of the program’s ongoing open enrollment.

There are 35 current and former D4D crew members working in NASCAR, including 23 graduates in the sport’s top series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In November, Roush Fenway Racing team members Mike Russell and Raphael Diaz became the first D4D graduates to win a national series championship when No. 60 driver Chris Buescher clinched the NASCAR XFINITY Series title.

NASCAR D4D pit crew member combine participants include:

 

First Last Hometown University Primary Sport
Robert Clay Nashville, Tenn. Alcorn State University Football
Kasuela Cooper Charleston, Mo. Virginia State University Basketball
Paris Cotman Richmond, Va. Virginia State University Track & Field
Brehanna Daniels Norfolk, Va. Norfolk State University Basketball
Mykael Dixon Baltimore, Md. Virginia State University Track & Field
Branden Dozier Topeka, Kan. UNC Charlotte Football
Kapil Fletcher Fort Lauderdale, Fla. University of Kansas Football
Quinta Funderburk Chesapeake, Va. Norfolk State University Football
Jemond Hazely Corona, Calif. San Diego State University Football
Tedarian Johnson Jackson, Miss. University of Kansas Football
Jeremy Kimbrough Decatur, Ga. Appalachian State University Football
Corey King Boca Raton, Fla. University of Kansas Football
Toto’a Leilua Leloaloa, AS Alcorn State University Football
Lamar Neal Virginia Beach, Va. Norfolk State University Football
Breanna O’Leary Amarillo, Texas Alcorn State University Softball
Jorden Paige Buffalo, N.Y. Clark Atlanta University Football
Diedra Smith Aurora, Colo. San Diego State University Basketball
Joshua Tate Memphis, Tenn. Clark Atlanta University Football

 

Following today’s event, the D4D combine participants will attend the Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 28 (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

NASCAR D4D also offers a driver development program, operated by Rev Racing, and each year fields six drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Successful graduates now competing in a national series include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suárez.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 29 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Additional live coverage can be found on NASCAR.com.

 

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.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

 

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Rev Racing to Compete in First of Three Road Course Races This Season

IMG_0866Concord, NC (April 29, 2016– Rev Racing K&N drivers will gain experience turning both left and right this weekend, as they compete at the first of three road courses in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE)  schedule this season. The team is headed to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for Saturday’s Biscuitville 125. The drivers will compete 55 laps on the 2.25-mile North Course of the track, and will be doing live pit stops for the first time this season.

Rev Racing strives to duplicate its 2015 VIR victory finish, where last year’s driver of the #42 Toyota Sergio Peña garnered a first place finish for Rev.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) – Collin Cabre will head into this weekend ranked 8th in the points. Cabre is the only Rev Racing driver to have competed previously at VIR, where he earned his first top-5 of his KNPSE career. Cabre and team will aim for another top-5, after an impressive 8th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway.

J.A. Junior Avila (No. 42 Brialle Battery  Toyota) – Avila, currently 15th in points, hopes to also lock in a top finish at this weekend’s Biscuitville 125. Avila, who comes with past road course experience, is excited to see what he and his team are capable of. After mechanical troubles in Bristol Motor Speedway, they are focused on a solid finish.

Ali Kern (No. 4  Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota) – Kern, driver of the Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota is hoping to bounce back after a tough race at Bristol Motor Speedway. A several car accident forced Kern to exit the race after only completing 9 laps.  Kern hopes to improve her point standings this weekend with a strong finish. To prepare herself for her first road course experience, Kern took further instruction with Bondurant Racing in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this year.

Ruben Garcia (No. 6 Special Smiles Toyota) – Garcia, who also has a bit of road course experience driving in the NASCAR Mexico Series, hopes to secure a strong run this weekend. Garcia and team are currently sitting 18th in points.

Group qualifying for the Bisquitville 125 will be on Saturday, April 30th at 12:00pm, followed by the 55-lap race at 3:45 pm. Follow @RevRacin on Twitter for live race updates.

Rev Racing Heads to Bristol Motor Speedway

ER8V8530Concord, NC (April 15, 2016) – Rev Racing returns to action on Saturday, April 16, for the PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. In what will be the first companion race of the season, Rev Racing will make their way to the track in hopes of taming the world’s fastest ½ mile. With a good start to the season, drivers will look to capitalize on the experiences and seat time they have had in the 2016 season start and look for top–finishes in race number four. This weekend will also showcase Rev Racing alumni, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series.

 

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) – Collin Cabre will head into this weekend ranked 10th in the points. Cabre had an 11th place finish at Greenville, after qualifying 8th. Cabre continues to work closely with his crew to improve his on-track performance, with a determined focus of a top-5 finish.

 

Jairo Avila (No. 42 Brialle Battery/Autism Society of East TN Toyota) – Avila, finishing 12th in Greenville, hopes to lock in a top finish at this weekend’s PittLite 125. With solid qualifying results, Avila has shown that he is a contender in this series. This week, Avila and teammates, will be partnering with the Autism Society of East TN in honor of autism awareness month. The Autism Society of East TN will bring a group of 25 staff members, children and parents to meet and greet Rev Racing drivers.

 

Ali Kern (No. 4  Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota) – Kern, driver of the Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota finished 18th in Greenville. A first-timer to Bristol, Kern will lean on her crew and teammates for advice and support. Kern is also hoping her experience at Winchester Speedway and Salem Speedway will help with the high banking and speed of this track.

 

Ruben Garcia (No. 6 Special Smiles Toyota) – In 2014, Garcia made his debut at Bristol in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Although he did not garner the finish he was looking for, this track time will be instrumental in taming the challenges this oval has to offer. Garcia and crew are aiming to bounce back after a 19th place finish at Greenville.Group qualifying for the PittLite 125 will be on Friday April 15th at 7:30pm and the race will be on Saturday, April 16th at 4:30 pm. Follow @RevRacin on Twitter for live race updates.

Rev Racing and the Autism Society of East TN team up at Bristol Motor Speedway

JAIROAVILAConcord, NC (Apr. 7, 2016) – Rev Racing will partner with the Autism Society of East TN in honor of Autism Awareness month. With the organization’s presence at the next race, Rev Racing hopes to bring further awareness to this important subject.

NASCAR has been a long-time supporter of Autism Speaks, the national organization for the cause. Rev Racing is more than excited to continue to carry out this mission.

A group from Autism Society of East TN, including staff, parents and children, will join Rev Drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 16th. Children will meet with Rev Drivers, sign autographs, be up close and personal with the race cars and have opportunities for photographs. Rev Racing will also be presenting a rear bumper cover to the organization, signed by the drivers and crew members. The Speedway will also offer a full schedule of events for fans, including a Kid and Fan Zone, a cornhole tournament, concerts and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East autograph session beginning at 11 am.

“We love partnering with organizations to help bring about awareness and education. The Autism Society of East TN is a very active group that provides incredible support and service to the autistic community in TN,” said Christy Gormal, Rev Racing’s Chief Marketing Officer.” Rev Racing is an organization that strongly believes in providing opportunities for everyone. Being able to expose these children and their families to opportunities in the racing industry is exciting for us and hopefully inspiring to them.”

Driver of the #42 Braille Battery Toyota, Jairo Avila, Jr. (J.A.) is especially excited about this opportunity. As an advocate, J.A. makes an effort to inspire kids to be anything they want if they put their heart and minds to it.

“Rev Racing has added a platform for me to better reach and work with kids of different backgrounds,” said Avila. “I can’t wait to have this organization join us and hopefully inspire families to achieve their goals – no matter what they might be.”

Both groups welcome these partnerships, as exposure and education assist in advancements for causes everyday. “The timing for this event could not be more perfect as we just launched our new East TN Autism Social Scene,” said Melissa Keeler, Board Member of Autism Society of East TN. “This group is dedicated to building a community that empowers those affected by autism through educational, social and supportive services. We are extremely excited for the opportunity to work with Rev Racing and believe this is an awesome platform to bring awareness to the community.”

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. It is part of a group of pervasive developmental disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) that significantly affect how a person perceives the world, interacts with others, and communicates. It is estimated that as many as 1 out of every 68 children born today will be diagnosed with some form of ASD.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of Autism Awareness Month in this way and to provide this opportunity to families and children through Rev Racing,” said Gormal. “It will be a special race. I hope we can continue to be an avenue for exposure to racing and young people who are fulfilling their goals, like our drivers.”

The 125-lap PittLite 125 will begin 4:30pm on April 16th. Questions can be directed to Christy Gormal, cgormal@maxsiegelinc.com.

Rev Racing Returns to Greenville

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Hoping for clearer skies than those in Mobile, Rev Racing heads south to Greenville, SC to compete in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 this weekend.

 This is the 15th time the series will travel to Greenville Pickens Speedway and a familiar visit for Rev Racing. Rev alum Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr. is the only driver to ever have two wins at Greenville. The 2016-2017 Rev Racing driver class is looking to add another victory to its roster.

 After a 15th place finish at Greenville last year, Collin Cabre returns determined on a strong finish. After starting P9 and sitting in 2nd for majority of the last series race, a late-in-the-race blowout of his front tire caused Cabre to veer off the track and unable to continue. The #2 UTI/NTI Toyota driver ultimately finished 22nd in Mobile. Currently 12th in points this season, Cabre is hoping to bounce back and secure a top-10 this weekend.

 Driver of the #4 Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota, Ali Kern, sat in the top-10 toward the end of the race at Mobile after starting P21. Through a solid race of multiple cautions and restarts, Kern lost position on a late restart and took the checkered in 13th position. After closing in on her first top-10 win of the season in Mobile, Kern aims to complete the feat in Greenville. She is currently 14th in points.

 After starting P17, Jairo Avila Jr. advanced throughout the race in Mobile eventually finishing P15. Avila Jr. is currently 17th in points. Continuing to finish higher each race, the #42 Rev Racing Toyota driver will head to Greenville with what proves to be a promising effort.

 #6 Special Smiles Toyota driver Ruben Garcia Jr. also heads back ready to advance after a P18 finish last race. In and out of the top-15 at Mobile, Garcia Jr. continues to make strides on the track. Building on improved communication with his crew chief, the team looks forward to Greenville. Garcia Jr. is 19th in the standings.

 The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 will begin 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Rev Racing Makes Way to Mobile

CckSGpKXIAEdNzIRev Racing returns to the track for the second race of the season this Saturday, March 12 for the Mobile 150. After testing there last weekend, the 1/2 mile oval welcomes back Rev’s K&N Drivers, Collin Cabre, Ali Kern, Ruben Garcia and Jairo Avila, Jr.

Continuing from last season in the #2 UTI/NTI Toyota, Cabre finished p11 in New Smyrna. After holding a top-10 position for the majority in the season debut, Cabre aims for a top finish this weekend.

Finishing p20, 21, and p23 respectively, Ali Kern, Ruben Garcia and Jairo Avila Jr. are looking to make strides this weekend in their second race with Rev. Driver of the #4 MSI Toyota, Ali Kern gained position throughout the last race, finishing 5 positions above her qualifying effort. Manning the #6 NTI/Special Smiles Toyota, Garcia followed shortly behind after a consistent effort. Qualifying in the top 10 in New Smryna, Avila hopes to again start high and finish strong in the #42 Brialle Battery Toyota.

The Mobile 150 starts 2PM CST on Saturday.

New Driver Added to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity 2016 Roster

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Madeline Crane, an 18-year-old Meansville, Georgia native, has joined this season’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity roster. Crane will drive for Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Crane was named the first alternate after her performance in the October combine. She will make her debut with Rev Racing in place of Juan Garcia, who will pursue opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

Crane started racing Bandoleros at 10-years-old in the Thursday Night Thunder Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. She finished her first season strong with two consecutive wins. She quickly moved into Legend cars, and by the time she was 14 she had already garnered 59 top-5 finishes in just 82 starts, and finished the year as the Pro Division Winter Flurry Champion.

At the age of 15, she again moved up and started racing Crate Late Models at Dixie Speedway. After another strong year, Crane finished her first season second in points. From there, she focused on driving Super Late Models.

“We are excited to have Maddie join our program,” said Max Siegel, Rev Racing team owner. “Crane has continued to show growth year-after-year during her combine evaluation. We are ready to get her in the car and prepared for the season ahead.”

Crane, along with her teammate Enrique Baca, will hit the track on Saturday, March 19th at Hickory Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener for Rev Racing.

Gettin’ Loose, A blog series from Rev Racing Crew Members, Drivers & Leadership

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SHOP TALK BY MATT BUCHER

Big news on the Rev Racing home front! No, my proposal for Fridays being strictly for golf and beers hasn’t passed. And no, no new sponsors were signed – which is unfortunate. Someone should really consider becoming a 2016 sponsor, so I can shamelessly plug you and your business.

On a high note, after a brief meeting and consultation, a handshake agreement was made between upper management and a new driver. The driver of an older model, yet shiny Roach Coach (food truck for those of you not familiar with the term). Since we really enjoy our snacks around here, this is very big news. Let’s just say that shop morale really picks up around 10:15 am every morning.

Other than that bombshell, it’s been all business in the shop. Each of our drivers did a very good job at bringing their respective cars home in one piece from New Smyrna. That is a very big deal for Rev Racing and owner, Max Siegel. We can actually focus our efforts on fine tuning and making our cars better, rather than fixing and rebuilding everything.

This past weekend we traveled to Mobile, AL for some pre-race testing. This is a great opportunity to further prepare the cars and the drivers for the race. We will head back to Mobile, this Thursday, for the NASCAR K&N Series Mobile 150. The race is set for March 12th at 2:00 pm. Here we come, Mobile!

POST BY THE NO. 2 CAR CREW CHIEF, MATT BUCHER

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