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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.

Deadline Approaching for 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Combine

Charlotte, NC, – Aspiring drivers have one month left to apply for the 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Combine. Young drivers of ethnically diverse backgrounds and females must submit their online application by September 4th in order to be considered for the 12th Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine, Oct. 19-21 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA. A select number of applicants will have the opportunity to compete for a spot in the 2016 NASCAR D4D class in partnership with Rev Racing.

Each year the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative and its competition arm, Rev Racing, seek to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills and will also be tested on a series of strength and agility exercises at Hampton University.

“We are very excited to see the applicant pool this year,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “The talent level continues to increase every year. We have had great success with this program and we will continue to train and place as many drivers as possible into the national series.”

The NASCAR D4D Combine – being held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, for the fifth consecutive year – has been the proving ground for several current NASCAR national series drivers, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson, and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a female or member of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications:
    • Black or of Black African descent, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, American Indian, Alaskan, of Native/Indigenous descent, two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino); or all persons who identify with more than one of these races
  • Be at least 15 years of age, but no older than 26 years of age as of October 15th of the present year
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States; drivers from foreign countries are welcome to apply. If the applicant is not already a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien, then the applicant must be legally capable of traveling to the designated location in the United States to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. Applicants must also be able to obtain necessary authorization to accept employment in the United States if selected to participate in the D4D program.

The deadline to be considered for the 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine is September 4, 2015. Potential drivers can access the participant application online at http://revracing.net/combine-application.

Drivers can have the ability to update their résumés multiple times before the combine submission deadline through an “Update Your Submission Link” located on the application page. Additional information and criteria can be found on supplied link.

Support and technical assistance for the application process is available by emailing info@revracing.net.

Sitting Down with Austin Geer

20150707_213837This year, Austin Geer returned to Rev Racing for his second season. After joining the team last summer, Geer earned 30 top-5s out of his 40 races. He’s continuing to prove himself this season as well, as he is currently third in the points in this year’s Bojangles Summer Shootout. The Rev Racing Team recently sat down with Geer and his father Charles, to talk about the season.

How do you think your season has gone so far?

AG It’s been pretty good…I’m third in the points now and got four top-5s.

How have you improved from last year?

AG Probably just having a consistent line. Really working on that and working on simulators- really practicing a lot more.

CG His passing is some of the best I’ve ever seen. He can really get by kids. He avoids crashes better than anyone I’ve ever seen. I mean, I can miss something in front of him.

What do you think you need to improve on the most?

AG I just need to work on staying consistent, just not messing up a lot.

Do you have a specific routine before racing?

AG I just go out there, pray, and hope for the best.

Do you have a favorite track to race on?

AG I really like Charlotte, and I also like Atlanta.

Your dad is usually always with you at the track. How big of an influence does he have on you, as far as racing is concerned?

AG He’s a pretty big influence; he got me into racing. He used to race cup cars on road course, but looked into oval ones and it was a great idea for me.

Where do you see yourself going in this sport?

AG My ultimate dream is to race in the Sprint Cup Series. That’s my main goal. If that doesn’t work out, I’m thinking of becoming a mechanical engineer or working at a shop.

CG We want him to go to college as parents. If he keeps doing well, he’ll progress. Even if he doesn’t go to a place where he’ll be on a campus., we’ll have him taking online classes. He’s going to get his degree. That’s what we do in our family.

Top-10 for Cabre

IMG_0849Concord, NC (July 29th, 2015) – It was a hot and fiery Saturday in Hampton, Virginia this past weekend. Rev Racing took to the track for 200 laps in the Hampton Heat.

Collin Cabre came to the track with all intentions of a top-10 and that’s exactly what he did. His focus and determination moved him nine spots from his 16th place qualifying position. Cabre raced steady at his qualifying position for the first 100 laps. After a few adjustments at the break before the next 100 laps, Cabre went right back out there and made major gains for track position. After a caution at lap 138, he found himself just inside the top-10 in 9th position. However, that wasn’t enough. Sixty-two laps later at the checkered flag, Cabre found himself in a seventh place position.

Cabre’s teammate, Natalie Decker, didn’t finish the race due to an accident involving her and the number 90 car at lap 48. Decker was definitely making big moves on the track before the crash, moving six positions from her 21st qualifying point.

Rev Racing returns to the track this Friday, July 31st in the NASCAR K & N Pro Series 150 at Iowa Speedway.

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 Moving Forward to Iowa

Concord, NC. (July 22nd, 2015) – It was a quiet race weekend at the United Service 70 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Rev drivers made major strides throughout the race, but car trouble left most of our drivers out of top positions.

Kenzie Ruston moved up five positions from her original qualifying spot. Starting 21st she ended up just outside of the top-15, at 16th. Teammate Devon Amos managed to maintain his 18th place qualifying position from start to finish.

Due to technical difficulties on the track, Collin Cabre and Jay Beasley  didn’t end the race the way they would have liked. Beasley experienced some slight car trouble taking him to pit road several times. Cabre ran a pretty smooth race until his car battery died on him, making him finish two positions behind where he qualified.

Rev Racing returns to the track Friday, July 31st in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series 150 at Iowa Speedway.

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

NASCAR, Max Siegel Inc., Rev Racing and Indianapolis Urban League Host Pit Crew Challenge and Community Expo

On Saturday, July 25, NASCAR Diversity, Max Siegel Inc., and Rev Racing, in conjunction with the Indianapolis Urban League, will be coming to Indianapolis on their nationwide 2015 Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Challenge Tour and Expo.

The Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Challenge Tour is an initiative of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program, a comprehensive training program for aspiring minority and female pit crew members. The program focuses on instilling the fundamentals, discipline and confidence required to be a top athlete on a NASCAR pit crew, and includes weekly hands-on, over-the-wall position training and coaching for tire changers, tire carriers, fuelers and jackmen, as well as weight training, agility and footwork programs. The Pit Crew Challenge Tour seeks diverse male and female athletes from across the nation who may not be progressing on into the world of professional sports or students that have an overall passion for racing.

The tour will allow eligible minority and female participants to showcase their athleticism, speed and agility in a variety of combine challenges. Top participants at each stop will be invited to compete against other participants in the NASCAR D4D Showdown, located at the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway, on October 9, 2015. Selected candidates will also receive an opportunity to continue training as a part of the NASCAR Crew Member Development Program, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Interested athletes can register at revracing.net/d4d/apply.

The July 25 stop in Indianapolis will also include an invitation-only breakfast for select community influencers to learn more about the Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program and what NASCAR has to offer the youth of the Indianapolis community. Notable attendees will be Max Siegel, one of the driving forces behind the Pit Crew Development Program, Anthony Mason, the president of the Indianapolis Urban League, and multiple other NASCAR executives.

The tour stop’s accompanying community expo is free to the public, and will offer entertainment, access to a 2015 Generation 6 Race Car, giveaways, driver autographs, driving simulators, photo opportunities with celebrity judges and drivers, and much more. Additional information for applicants or general attendees please visit revracing.net/pitcrew or email cgormal@maxsiegelinc.com.

The Indianapolis Urban League, founded in 1965, is a non-profit, non-partisan, interracial community-based social service/civil rights organization, whose mission is to assist African Americans, other minorities, and disadvantaged individuals to achieve social and economic equality. Their programs and initiatives promote education and youth empowerment, economic empowerment, health and quality of life empowerment, civic engagement and leadership empowerment, and civil rights and racial justice empowerment, and continue to make them a progressive force in Indianapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.indplsul.org/

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A Top-5 for Cabre

CJsF4cIUMAAoBJMConcord, NC. (July 14th, 2015) - It was a rainy, dreary day in Hampton, Virginia this past weekend. However, that didn’t stop Collin Cabre from finishing with a top-5 at Langley Speedway.

Despite the various rain delays, Cabre stayed focused and ran a smooth race all the way through. His determination and focus moved him four spots up from his 12th place qualifying position in the first race. Finishing with a top-10 just wasn’t enough. Starting at 8th place in the second race, Cabre found himself fighting between seventh and eighth. After a caution flag around the 50th lap, Cabre advanced to sixth position, and held on to it strongly. At lap 63, only two laps before the checkered flag, Cabre passed the number 90 car for the fifth place spot.

Cabre’s teammate, Natalie Decker, also finished higher than her starting point in the first race. Decker finished 13th in the first race after starting in the 14th position. Decker held the 13th position for most of the second race. Decker spun out from a bump to the rear of her car, causing the first and only caution of the race. Even with the minor set back she didn’t relinquish her 13th place spot, finishing inside the top-15 for both races.

Rev Racing returns to the track this Friday, July 17th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in the United Site Services 70 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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

Another Top-5 for Beasley

11220805_10153173784903649_8077460893540780451_nConcord, NC. (July 7th, 2015) - Rev Racing brought the fireworks to Columbus Motor Speedway with two top-10 finishes this past weekend. Jay Beasley finished with his third top-5 of the season, and teammate Kenzie Ruston wasn’t far behind with a top-10 finish.

Beasley ran a smooth race even through multiple caution flags. He stayed focused and continued driving up through the ranks from his 15th place qualifying position. Not quite as easy as he would’ve hoped, Beasley found himself fighting between the 10th and 11th spot for most of the race, as cars were racing around each turn. Eventually Beasley found himself in 4th position just in time for the checkered flag.

Ruston was the first to qualify with her best lap at 14.553 seconds, starting her off in 18th place. Ruston managed to move up eight spots for a 10th place finish in the 150-lap race.

Collin Cabre and Devon Amos both finished higher than their qualifiying positions. Cabre finished 13th after starting in the 16th position, while Amos finished 12th, after starting in 14th place. Amos caused the first caution of the race after spinning out from a hit to the rear of his car. However, he picked up the pace and finished with Cabre inside the top-15.

Your favorite drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East return to the track on July 17th in the Granite State 70 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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 Looks for Fireworks in Columbus

SONY DSCConcord, NC (June 29, 2015) – Rev Racing returns to the track in Columbus this Fourth of July, with a whole different kind of fireworks. Crew Chief John Wolf returned with a victory in Columbus last year with former Rev Racing driver Sergio Peña. His exceptional knowledge of the track from last year definitely gives his driver, Devon Amos, along with the rest of the Rev Racing team some edge over the competition.

All eyes will be on Jay Beasley after an impressive top-5 finish at Bowman Gray and again last week at Langley.

“I’m excited,” Beasley said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. I feel that if we can qualify in the top-5 we’ll be right there going for the win, or at the very least a top-3 finish. “

Beasley’s Crew Chief, Skip Eyler, won in Columbus two years ago, and also feels confident in keeping the victories going.

“I’m very excited going back to Columbus. Rev has a very good track record there,” Eyler said. “The most important thing to do is to capitalize on the momentum of the 42 car. We just have to go up there with a positive outlook and try to bring home another victory for Rev.”

Kenzie Ruston (No. 4 Toyota) – This won’t be Ruston’s first time at the Columbus Motor Speedway. Last year, she participated in the JEGS 150 in Columbus. Unfortunately, a late-in-the-race misfortune at the end of a lead lap just before the final restart, took Ruston’s chance at a checkered flag. However, having ran the track before, Ruston and Rev a definite advantage for the race.

Devon Amos (No. 6 Toyota) Amos held the 14th spot last week at Langley. After finishing the Hall of Fame 150 in 6th, he hopes to bring some of that momentum into the NAPA 150. This is the first time Amos takes on the Columbus track. He hopes to brings home a strong finish for Rev.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 Toyota) – Cabre also hopes to ignite some fireworks of his own with a higher finish in the NAPA 150. Cabre races his Late Model car at Hickory this weekend, aiding him in his preparation for Columbus on the Fourth. This will be his first race at Columbus Motor Speedway.

Two-lap qualifying begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the driver autograph session at 8:00 p.m. The NAPA 150 race begins at 8:45 pm EST.

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.

Back To Back Top-5s for Beasley

1891293_10153141703023649_5083546798670490632_nJay Beasley’s Top-5 performance this past weekend didn’t come as a surprise to the Rev Racing veteran, nor his crew. Prior to the Bowman Gray race, Beasley and his crew chief decided to change his car set-up to one that had proven successful at Bowman Gray, Langley, and Columbus in past years. Therefore, with proven set-up, all Beasley would have to do is use his driving acumen to deliver a top-5 worthy performance; and he did just that.

Beasley’s time at Langley Speedway was a little up and down. With the opportunity to test the day prior to the race, he and his crew chief decided to experiment a little with the hopes of gaining a few tenths. As a result, Beasley spent nearly the entire five-hour practice in the seat, with both positive and negative results.

Unfortunately, the positive results didn’t immediately translate come race day. During first practice Beasley barely secured the 15th fastest time. However, with a little more tinkering Beasley was able to reel off the sixth fastest time by the conclusion of second practice. Shortly afterwards, Beasley qualified 12th for the race. His qualifying effort wasn’t as favorable as he would have like, however the Las Vegas native remained unfazed. Ultimately verified during the race, Beasley’s qualifying effort was not a foreshowing of the race, yet a mere sign that it was going to take more than 2 laps for him to find his groove.

Sure enough, after Beasley took the green flag he slowly but surely made his way through the pack over the course of the 175-lap race. He listened to his spotter, utilized straight-aways, and capitalized on opponent’s mistakes until he improved enough to take the checkered in fifth.

One of the most daunting aspects of the race was not a single performance, but the effects of the field going nearly 70-80 laps without a caution. At one point during the race, it was nearly impossible to determine placing as only 10 out of 24 cars competing were on the lead lap. Finally a caution with 30 or so laps to go allowed everyone to regroup. But the laps leading up to that were definitely a spectacle rarely seen in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Beasley’s teammates had a solid night as well as they all managed to finish inside of the top-15. Kenzie Ruston, Devon Amos, and Collin Cabre finished the Visit Hampton VA 175 in 12th, 14th and 15th, respectively.

Rev Racing Looking to Continue Momentum at Langley Speedway

IMG_9865Concord, NC (June 17, 2015) – Fresh off the Madhouse, Rev Racing returns to the track this Saturday, June 20 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. For Competition Director Jefferson Hodges, Langley Speedway is a homecoming. Therefore, his knowledge of the track should give the Rev Racing drivers a slight advantage over the competition. Leading the way for Rev Racing will be newcomer Collin Cabre.

Cabre was able to gain some seat time at the Langley track this past weekend, as he competed in his Late Model. After finishing 10th in the first round and 9th in the second, he feels good about heading back this coming weekend for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

“It should go well. It always helps racing somewhere for the second time. When you go back you feel more comfortable there.” Cabre said.  “I like Langley, it’s one of my better tracks that I race at.”

Teammate Jay Beasley had an impressive race last season at Langley and feels like he can bring home some impressive results for the team this weekend.

“I ran really well there last year, so that gives me more confidence to do better this year,” Beasley said. “We have a good chance of getting another top 5. I heard the track has changed a little bit, so that will put everyone on the same playing field as to figuring it out.“

Kenzie Ruston and Devon Amos both finished inside of the top-10 last race which called for a solid race for Rev. Two-lap qualifying begins at 4:30 pm, followed by the on-track autograph session at 5:30 p.m. The race begins at 9:00 pm EST.

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.