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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.

D4D Combine Success Attributed to Strong Partnerships

DriveForDiversity_922x520.jpg.main.pngThe 2014-15 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine will take place in Hampton, VA for the 4th consecutive year. While the Drive for Diversity Combine is a NASCAR-sanctioned initiative, the success of the Drive for Diversity combine is largely contributed to the support of its partners and year-round sponsors.

Langley Speedway will host the combine, drivers and officials on October 13th – October 15th. Langley Speedway is a NASCAR-sanctioned track that hosts more than fifty percent of Rev Racing’s Whelen All-American Series races throughout the year. The track currently hosts 11 divisions which alternate running during their Saturday night program: Late Models, Grand Stock, Modifieds, K&N Pro Series East, Legend cars, Super Street, UCAR, Pro Six, Super Trucks, HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Bandoleros, Enduros, and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

“Langley Speedway is pleased to continue their relationship with NASACR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing for the fourth consecutive year. We again welcome the opportunity to partner with the City of Hampton and Hampton University to showcase these stars of tomorrow,” said Bill Mullis, owner of Langley Speedway.

In addition to the on-track performance evaluations that will take place at Langley Speedway, the participants will be evaluated on physical fitness conducted by pit crew coach Phil Horton at nearby Hampton University. Hampton will host and offer the usage of their athletic facilities for Coach Horton and staff to test both the endurance and strength of the athletes hoping to secure a spot on our 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pitcrew roster. The combine will engage and test Hampton student athletes and trainers.

Rev Racing’s partnership with Hampton University has extended outside merely the use of their facilities. Management at Rev Racing has worked year-round with students in the sports management program as well as the business school. Students and faculty have worked together on research projects surrounding strategies and distribution tactics of the teams’ social media platform. “Being able to directly work with the marketing staff and drivers of Rev Racing has been invaluable to my students. The experiences have truly developed their skill sets in research, analysis, virtual collaboration and new media,” said Professor Ralph Charlton. The combine participants and Hampton students will also go through an afternoon media and PR training session before hitting the track that will take place at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication.

Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity Program continue to look for opportunities to improve the combine and driver experience, as well as, engaging other institutes that hold the same diversity initiatives.

“We are extremely proud of the relationships that we have fostered with our various partners. We look forward to continuing these relationships and look for areas of growth for many years to come,” said Rev Racing owner, Max Siegel.

Another destination for the Drive for Diversity Combine is the Virginia Air & Space Center. Every year the combine has taken place in Hampton, the Air & Space Center has provided NASCAR & Rev Racing with an inaugural catered dinner as an official welcome to the combine and to the city of Hampton, Virginia.

In addition to Langley Speedway, Hampton University, and the Air & Space Center we would also like to thank NASCAR, Sunoco, Toyota, and Goodyear for their continued support during the combine and the entire NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. It is through the positive relationships with our partners and sponsors that Rev Racing is able to experience success year-in and year-out.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christy Gormal at cgormal@maxsiegelinc.com.

Two Top-10s in Season Finale

SONY DSCRev Racing capped off the 2014 season in excellent fashion, with two drivers finishing in the top-10 at Dover International, otherwise known as the Monster Mile. Leading the way for Rev Racing were teammates Sergio Peña and Ryan Gifford. Both drivers qualified no better than 20th but were able to use their veteran acumen to impressively improve their standing over the course of the 150-lap race.

Due to rain, the teams weren’t able to accomplish much the day prior to the race and left the track early as first practice was ultimately cancelled. This left only one practice on the day of the race for each team to become acclimated to what would be the fastest track they’ve competed on all season (the average speed was 154 mph).

The lack of practice arguably contributed to both Peña and Gifford having less than favorable qualifying efforts. However, much like the past few races, Gifford did not let his qualifying effort distract him from his game plan during the actual race; and Peña followed suit. Both Pena and Gifford, who took the green flag 23rd and 20th, took their time over the course of the race. Neither driver forced the issue and waited until the right opportunities presented themselves to advance through the pack. Both drivers were assisted by a few competitors going down with flat tires, however it was ultimately their patience and ability to take advantage of restarts that allowed each of the drivers to have successful races. Peña ultimate took the checkered flag in 6th while Gifford finished in 9th.

Daniel Suarez, who competed in his final race for Rev Racing did not have the race that he had hoped for, taking the checkered in 22nd but is grateful for the time he spent with his teammates and remains optimistic about his future in the NASCAR Nationwide series.

Remaining Rev Racing drivers, Beasley & Bell finished the race 16th and 17th 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, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit www.revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Young, Multicultural And Female Drivers Compete For Spot In NASCAR

Rev Racing, NASCAR Scout Drivers At 11th Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine

DriveForDiversity_922x520.jpg.main.pngDAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Sept. 30, 2014) – Twenty multicultural and female race car drivers from the United States, Canada and Latin America will participate in the 11th Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine Oct. 13-15 with hopes of earning a spot in the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class in partnership with Rev Racing.

The NASCAR D4D Combine – being held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virgina, for the fourth consecutive year – has been the proving ground for several current NASCAR national series drivers, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Kyle Larson, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series three-time race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. and NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series driver Daniel Suarez, who recently announced a full-year NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015.

“The NASCAR Drive for Diversity program has seen significant success in recent years with several standout drivers who have consistently exceled and put on their best performance on the race track,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR vice president of racing operations.It is important for us to provide development opportunities for young female and diverse drivers who have the talent, but may lack the resources or guidance to find an entry point in our sport.”

Under the leadership of Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing and CEO of U.S. Track & Field, NASCAR D4D has evolved to an academy-style development program which will compete under one umbrella in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE) and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS). Rev Racing provides drivers with equipment, mentoring and competition experience throughout the season.

“This year’s Combine applicant pool was among the strongest the program has seen, and we continue to see that year over year,” said Siegel. “The program’s visibility and reputation for developing young, female and diverse drivers with talent and growth potential has increased across the board, and we are seeing steady recognition and support from key stakeholders across the motorsports industry.”

Suarez, a rising star in the U.S. and Mexico, is the third and most recent NASCAR D4D driver to transition into one of NASCAR’s three national series after competing in full seasons in Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series and the NKPSE. Several drivers are attempting to follow in his footsteps, including 18-year-old Ruben Garcia Jr., a member of the NASCAR Next class.

Also returning to defend their spot in the program are current NWAAS drivers Devon Amos and Paige Decker. Current Rev Racing drivers in the NASCAR K&N East Sergio Peña and Jay Beasley also are under consideration to return to the team in 2015, but will not compete at the Combine.

The drivers will be individually evaluated on at-track performance, including their instinctive positioning at different places on the track, proficiency and comfort level in providing in-car feedback to the crew chief, overall speed and the ability to shift during assessments.

Visit FansChoice.TV for the live streaming schedule of the Combine.

Below are invitees to the 11th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine:

First Name Last Name Age City State / Country
Devon Amos 23 Rio Rancho New Mexico
Jairo Avila 19 Alhambra California
Amber Balcaen 22 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Nicole Behar 16 Otis Orchards Washington
Collin Cabre 20 Thonotosassa Florida
Abraham Calderon 25 Monterrey Mexico
Madeline Crane 16 Meansville Georgia
Claire Decker 19 Eagle River Wisconsin
Paige Decker 21 Eagle River Wisconsin
Natalie Decker 16 Eagle River Wisconsin
Juan Esteban García Duarte 17 Bogotá Colombia
Rubén Garcia, Jr 18 Naulcalpán Mexico
Ryan Glenski 21 Mooresville North Carolina
Ali Kern 21 Fremont Ohio
Katlynn Leer 15 Moulton Iowa
Michael Lira 17 Port Orange Florida
Hannah Newhouse 17 Twin Falls Idaho
Emily Packard 17 East Montpelier Vermont
Kenzie Ruston 22 Mooresville North Carolina
Dylan Smith 22 Concord Vermont

 

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 Nationwide 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 TUDOR United 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 www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

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.

Contacts:

Jacklyne Ramos
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
jramos@nascar.com
(386) 631-6866

Cameron Baker
Rev Racing
cbaker@revracing.net
(704) 455-7551

Rev Prepares for Season Finale at Dover

SONY DSCFriday’s competition at Dover International Speedway will mark the culmination of the 2014 K&N Pro Series East season. Although competitor Ben Rhodes has already secured this year’s championship, each of the Rev Racing teams are working harder than ever to cap off the season with a trip to victory lane. Leading the way for Rev Racing will be newcomer Jay Beasley.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Rev Racing Toyota Racing Development Toyota) — Though Beasley has never competed at Dover International Speedway, the newcomer is 13th in the point standings to lead all Rev Racing drivers. After a breakout stent midway through the season where Beasley accumulated two top-5’s and four top-10’s in 5 races, the Las Vegas native catapulted up the point standings. In his first season competing in the NKNPSE, Beasley has exceeded expectation and will be looking to add a third top-5 and a fifth top-10 to his resume and continue his momentum into next season.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Honda Generators Toyota) — In the past two races, Gifford has used his wisdom and experience to secure back-to-back top-10 finishes. Furthermore, he garnered his last top-10 after missing all of practice with mechanical issues. Gifford and crew chief Mark Green have found a formula that has allowed the Winchester, Tennessee native to compete at an extremely high level no matter the obstacles in his way. With five top-5’s under his belt already this season, Gifford heads into the Drive Sober 150 16th in the point standings, looking to add a sixth top-10 to his résumé.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 UTI/NTI Toyota) — Although the season is coming to a close, Peña’s has recently began to ramp up his work ethic. After unfavorable finishes in his past two races, the Winchester Virginia native has begun training harder and spending more time working on his vehicle. Though Peña, who is in 14th place in the point standings, cannot win the championship, he’s holding a win at Dover with the equal regard and preparing as such. With a win and five top-10’s already under his belt this season, Peña is focused on using this final race to bolster his already impressive resume.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Sunoco Toyota) – Suarez will be competing in his final race for Rev Racing after inking a NASCAR Nationwide deal with Joe Gibbs Racing last month. Suarez, who has captured national attention after his breakout season, will look to add a third win to his season résumé. After finishing sixth a Dover last year, it shouldn’t be difficult for the Monterrey Mexico native to remind his competitors why he’ll be racing in a national series next year.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 KBG Kick Butts Generators/Lung Force Toyota) – Bell has been searching for a statement victory all season. What better time than the present to remind her competition why she’s one of the few females tough enough to compete in the NKNPSE!

Qualifying begins at 12:30pm, followed by the autograph session at 2:00pm and the Drive Sober 150 at 5:00pm 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, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit www.revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Getting To Know Mackena Bell

ER8V4291CONCORD, N.C. (Sep. 19, 2014) — Mackena Bell lives by one word: Believe. So much so, that she has a tattoo on her right wrist that reads “Belleve” which combines her last name and her old car number 11.

Throughout her 13 years of racing, Bell has remained mentally tough overcoming many challenges to pursue her racing dreams.

Though Bell, 24, has been racing for over a decade, during her childhood, she played soccer with a traveling team, which required plenty of invested time. Eventually, the time had come when she was forced to make a decision between the two sports.

“Once I started getting more into racing, I realized that it was lifestyle and not just a hobby,” Bell said. “The racetrack is the happiest place I can be. When I get in that racecar, I don’t think about anything. It’s just me and the racecar.”

Without looking back, she chose the sport she had been around her entire life, and she and her younger sister, Kellcy, raced for her family’s team in her hometown of Carson City, Nevada.

After much success on the west coast with her father, Kelly, as her crew chief and her mother, Shannon, as one of her biggest supporters, she moved to North Carolina in 2010 and became Rev Racing’s first female driver. However the move wasn’t easy.

“I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was. It was 3,000 miles away from anything I had ever known,” she said. “I packed my car full of everything that I could, and I didn’t have a bed, so I slept on the floor.”

She was initially selected to drive in the K&N Pro Series.

“I destroyed every single car I had been in. I caught on fire,” she said. “My confidence was terrible. I was miserable.”

She was so discouraged that she contemplated giving up, but after speaking with Rev Racing’s owner, Max Siegel, she decided that she wanted to keep pursing her dream. In order to progress, she took a step back and raced late models in the Whelen All-American Series for three years before moving back up to K&N.

In addition to overcoming the distance between her and her family, Bell also struggled with her weight throughout her racing career, but she didn’t let that stop her. She began eating healthy and exercised daily; a regiment that included running 3.5 miles every day.

“To overcome all that, I really felt like I could overcome anything at this point,” she said. “I have a better grasp on racecars and NASCAR in general and what it takes.”

In 2013, she became the second female driver to finish in the top-5 of a K&N Pro Series race. During her career with Rev Racing, she’s accumulated seven top-fives and 31 top-10 finishes.

Though she doesn’t like to play the “girl card,” Bell understands the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated sport, which is why she generally has a serious demeanor and tone at the racetrack. She expects to be taken seriously as a competitor.

As a driver, she tries her best to set a good example for younger drivers and also mentors one of Rev Racing’s Bandolero drivers, 11-year-old Ryleigh Lemonds.

“I want to be a good role model,” Bell said. “Little girls like Ryleigh motivate me. They make me want to be better and work hard.”

Along with her desire to be a positive influence for young girls, she enjoys giving back to the community.

In 2013, Bell partnered with the American Lung Association to speak out in the fight against lung disease. She lost her great-grandfather to lung cancer.

“That was really hard on me because he was really big in my racing. He always supported me. I never had a racecar that didn’t have his name on it because he sponsored me,” she said.

Aside from racing, Bell grew up wake boarding and jet skiing at Lake Tahoe, just 20 minutes away from her house and still enjoys simply relaxing on the lake when she can.

When she’s not racing or in the shop working on her car, Bell works Monday thru Friday as a waitress in Huntersville, where she’s acquired new fans who support her at races both near and far.

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.

Getting To Know Paige Decker

ER8V4063CONCORD, N.C. (Sep. 12, 2014) — Asphalt and dirt were foreign elements to Paige Decker when she first began racing at three-years-old on her snowmobile.

In her hometown of Eagle River, Wisconsin, she raced for her family-owned team called Decker Racing, which began with her father and uncle, Allen and Chuck Decker. Both raced snowmobiles, and the family tradition continued with their daughters.

Paige’s teammates were her younger sister, Claire, and cousin, Natalie. Growing up, they both looked up to her.

“I’ve always been there for them, and every time they race at home, they call and update me, and that’s how I want it to be,” she said. “I just want to be a role model for them and do everything I can so they can succeed.”

After racing snowmobiles, Paige transitioned to go-karts, and eventually began to race limited late models and super late models. In 2013, Paige became the first female and rookie to win a race in the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series after taking the checkered at Golden Sands Speedway. She later became the first woman to receive the Rookie of the Year award after a successful season in the series.

Alongside racing, Paige had an active childhood. She danced and competed in water skiing, but as racing grew more prominent, the other extracurricular activities dwindled, and so did her social life.

“It was tough trying to balance the racing and all the other activities even from a young age. I had very few friends because a lot of them just didn’t understand how seriously I took the racing,” she said. “In order for me to do something 100 percent, I wanted to focus on one thing.”

Her hard work and focus paid off. After her second attempt at NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity combine, she was selected to the 2014 Rev Racing Team and now races her late model in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Though Paige constantly raced and has garnered much success, it wasn’t all fun and games for the young female driver growing up. Her father made her and her sister work at the two hotels he still owns. In the hotels, the Decker girls literally worked their way from the ground up.

“My dad used to make us pick up cigarette buds in the driveway of the hotel, and he wouldn’t pay us. It was horrible,” she laughed. “I think he just wanted to keep us grounded, so he told us we had to work.”

That’s not all Allen made his daughters do to earn their racing privileges. Paige and Claire were also responsible for getting their own sponsors throughout their racing careers.

After graduating from high school in 2011, Paige attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout for two years. But, balancing college-level coursework and full time racing proved to be a difficult task. Like most young drivers pursuing an education and racing career, she struggled to convince her professors how serious racing was to her, and she occasionally missed classes, which eventually caused her academics to suffer.

“It was really tough to focus on both academics and racing. I left home to come down here and follow my dream,” she said. “I never thought that I would have dropped out of school to come down here and race, but I have a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I’m trying to make the best of it.”

In college, Paige was a member of the university’s dance team and studied early childhood education because she has a passion for children. She discovered her love for kids when she volunteered as a teacher’s assistant in high school, and though she dreams of becoming the first woman to win a Sprint Cup race, she also hopes to teach kindergarten in the future.

Paige enjoys volunteering with special education students and participated in pen pal projects writing letters to elementary students in Wisconsin.

The Mexican-food lover also works as a hostess at On The Border when she’s not revving it up on the track or playing with her cat, Chase.

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.

Second Go-Around at Greenville Pickens

SONY DSCAfter a two-week absence following back-to-back road course races, Rev Racing will return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville Pickens Speedway for the Greenville 140. This weekend’s race will mark the second go-around for Rev Racing at Greenville Pickens Speedway this season. After scoring three top-10’s in the first outing, expectations are sky-high and leading the way for Rev Racing this weekend will be Ryan Gifford and Sergio Peña.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 UTI/NASCAR Tech Toyota) — Gifford heads into the Greenville 140 following one of his best performances of the season. The Biscuitville 125 at VIR was a race defined by strategy, and the Rev Racing veteran relied on his experience to come away with a top-10 in a race where barely half of the competitors were able to finish. Gifford will be looking to relay on experience once again at Greenville, where a top-10 qualifying effort landed him a sixth place finish last time out.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 L&M Ethanol Toyota) — Peña has historically been fast at Greenville Pickens Speedway. In his last outing at the track, Peña garnered his first top-10 of the 2014 season. However, despite his admirable finish, Peña was forced to fight tooth and nail over the course of the 150-lap race to crack the top-10. The goal for Peña this time around is to qualify in the top-10 with the notion that if he can perform half as well as he did in his last outing, he’ll be in prime position to come away with a win.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota Racing Development Toyota) — Ortiz will be making his second appearance for Rev Racing at this weekend’s Greenville 140. Ortiz, who will be piloting the #6 in place of Daniel Suarez, will have some big shoes to fill as Suarez’s top-5 finish was the highest finish for Rev Racing during the team’s last outing at Greenville. However, make no mistake, the Rev Racing alum is more than ready for the challenge and is looking to conclude his tenure with the team on a high note.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Rev Racing Toyota Racing Development Toyota) — Beasley may be the most eager to return to the track after engine troubles sidelined the Las Vegas, Nevada native only four laps into his outing at VIR. Additionally, Beasley didn’t have the performance that he had hoped for in his first outing at Greenville Pickens Speedway. However, the race was early in the year and the Rev Racing newcomer was still getting adjusted to the NKNPSE. Since then, Beasley has garnered a pair of top-5’s and four top-10’s. Needless to say, expectations for Beasley have changed, and he’ll be going into this weekend’s race looking to add another top-10 to his resume.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles/Lung Force Toyota) — Bell is another Rev Racing driver eager to return to the track after suffering from mechanical issues at VIR. The leading lady for Rev Racing knows how important it is to carry some momentum into the next season and is looking to utilize the final two races of the 2014 season to do so. Qualifying begins at 6pm, followed by the autograph session at 7pm and the Greenville 140 at 8pm.

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.

Getting to Know Sergio Peña

ER8V4316CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) — Sergio Peña has been racing since he was 4 years old, but he didn’t start with stock cars. Instead, he started on a dirt bike with training wheels.

His father, Jairo, raced go-karts and motocross in his native Colombia, so it was easy for the younger Peña to follow in his footsteps.

In his eight-year professional career, Peña has raced motocross, go-karts, formula and late models before competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and his father was with him every step of the way.

“He’s never missed a race in my entire life. He’s definitely been my biggest supporter throughout my entire career,” Peña said. “We’re more like brothers than father and son. I don’t think we would have the same super close relationship if it weren’t for racing.”

Though he was doing what he loved at the track almost every weekend, one of Peña’s biggest challenges during his youth was dealing with his parents’ divorce.

“Trying to keep both of them happy was difficult,” he said. “I was so close to my dad with all the racing stuff, that I felt like it may take away from the relationship with my mom. But, fortunately, it never did.”

He maintained a close bond with his mother, Tracey, as well as his younger sister, Gabriela, who now attends West Virginia University.

Since childhood, he has always kept racing at the forefront, but Peña didn’t let the sport keep him from living the life of an average kid.He still found time to play basketball, football, and soccer throughout middle school and high school in his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, even with racing almost year-round.

“I honestly don’t even know how we had the time,” he laughed. “I always tried to be involved in a bunch of sports.”

The 6-foot-3 driver still plays basketball almost every Tuesday night at a local church, and with a full-time racing schedule, he continues to remain just as active as he did when he was a child. When he isn’t racing, Peña enjoys mountain biking, swimming and running, specifically in charity events. This year, the 21-year-old participated in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 5K and the Gallopond Gallop 5K, where he came in second in his age group. He also loves jogging along Lake Norman, located in the Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville areas.

”I like anything outdoors and adventurous. I just love being active and getting my adrenaline flowing,” he said. “I’m always looking to push myself to my limit.”

He found himself striving to push his limit by joining the inaugural Rev Racing Team in 2010 at age 16. He grew up road course racing, so driving on the oval was a new obstacle for him. The young, aggressive driver welcomed the challenge and made his K&N debut at the All-Star Toyota Showdown where he stole the spotlight after capturing the pole and finishing second behind Joey Lagano. In his second year with the team, he tied for most wins in the NKNPSE with three victories as well as four top-5sand seven top-10s.

After graduating from James Wood High School in 2011, Peña attended Radford University for two years where he studied mechanical engineering and communications to enhance his racing career. He aimed to learn more about the car’s mechanical structure and how to properly conduct himself with the media.

While in college, Peña was a member of the NASCAR Next program, and it was then he discovered that it was nearly impossible to be a full-time racer and a full-time student. He decided to leave school to chase his dream.

“I really want to finish and get my degree, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I have to pursue right now,” he said.

Though Peña no longer physically attends to school, he continues his education in a different way. He has made it a habit to consistently practice Spanish. Growing up with his mother, who is a Spanish teacher, and his Colombian father, he could always understand the language but couldn’t speak it very well.

“I have no idea why I didn’t practice Spanish with them. I learned it just from hearing it all the time,” he said. “At a lot of the go-kart races, there were a lot of kids from Colombia racing with us, so since I heard it so much, I was able to catch on.”

Almost fluent in the language now, he’s been able to participate in interviews with Spanish-speaking networks this year. His Mexican teammate Daniel Suárez also continues to help him learn the language.

Aside from racing, he often takes a breather from his life in the fast lane to express his artistic side. Though he his known for his charisma and outgoing personality during interviews, he enjoys life behind the scenes and takes time to work on his photography and filming.

“I always took pictures when I was little. I just started to like it more and more as I grew up,” Peña said.

He shares his passion for photography with his friend and former Rev Racing teammate, Darrell Wallace, Jr. The two can often be found taking pictures in downtown Charlotte.

Peña also likes to play the piano and guitar in his spare time.

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.

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.