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Suarez Aims For Triple-Series Trifecta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Impressive Weekend for Rev Racing at Greenville

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unsung Hero of the Week

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

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

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

2015 Nascar K&N Pro Series East Schedule

DATE RACE/VENUE WINNER/POLE VIEW
Feb 15 The Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150
New Smyrna Speedway
Austin Hill
Austin Hill
Race Results
Race Review
Apr 4 Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150
Greenville Pickens Speedway
Apr 18 PittLite 125
Bristol Motor Speedway
May 16 Casey's General Store 150
Iowa Speedway
May 30 NASCAR Hall of Fame 150
Bowman Gray Stadium
Jun 20 K&N 150
Langley Speedway
Jul 4 NAPA 150
Columbus Motor Speedway
Jul 17 Granite State 70
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Jul 31 NKNPS East Iowa 7/31/15
Iowa Speedway
Aug 7 NKNPS East Watkins Glen 8/7/15
Watkins Glen International
Aug 15 NKNPS East Motordome 8/15/15
Motordrome Speedway
Aug 29 Biscutville 125
Virginia International Raceway
Sep 10 NKNPS East Richmond 9/10/15
Richmond International Raceway
Oct 2 Drive Sober 150
Dover International Speedway

Ruston Scores Top-10 in Rev Racing Debut

10996676_10152867872128649_410858394336387223_nConcord, NC (Feb. 19, 2015) – Kenzie Ruston is a proven commodity in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The El Reno, Oklahoma native has consistently performed well in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for the past two seasons. The only question surrounding Ruston’s Rev Racing debut was how should would adapt to a new car and a new crew. By the end of the night, both questions were answered. And if Sunday’s top-10 finish is any inclination of the year to come, Ruston is in for a championship caliber season.

Although Ruston had an excellent end to her night, there was still an adjustment period early on. The 22-year-old experienced some obstacles and struggled to post a time better than 14th throughout practice. Her struggles continued through qualifying and Ruston ultimately began the race outside of the top-20.

However, despite her early struggles, the veteran driver remained poised and optimistic. With dozens of races already under her belt, it was going to take more than a few early struggles to deter Ruston.

After taking the Green flag, Ruston wasted little time cracking the top-20. Eventually after increasing her standing to 19th, her teammates, Jay Beasley and Collin Cabre, trailed in the following two positions. The three of them would go on to race a decent portion of the race in this tandem, moving through the pack in a synchronize effort. By lap 93, Ruston began to distance herself from her teammates and was threatening to crack the top-10. After a few subsequent cautions, Ruston was finally able to crack the top-10 with just under 25 laps to go. Over the final few laps of the race, a couple more cautions allowed a few competitors to impose on Ruston’s position every time she managed to create some separation. However, Ruston ultimately fought off all challengers and was able to hold on to her 10th place position through the checkered flag.

Additionally, Ruston’s teammate Cabre was able to battle to a 15th place finish in his Rev Racing debut after spinning out mid-way through the race and damaging the tail end of his vehicle. Unfortunately, remaining teammates Beasley and Amos were unable to finish the race.

Rev Racing will return to the track on April 4, 2015 for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens 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, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit www.revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Rev Racing to Begin New Era at New Smyrna

SONY DSCConcord, NC (Feb. 11, 2015) – When the K&N drivers take the green flag at New Smyrna for the inaugural race of the 2015 season, it will mark a new era for Rev Racing. With three fresh faces competing in the NKNPSE for Rev Racing this season, our team will welcome new beginnings while looking to build upon the legacy established by previous drivers who have come through the program. Leading the charge for Rev Racing will be Jay Beasley, the lone returnee from last year’s NKNPSE roster.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Special Smiles Toyota) – The Las Vegas, Nevada native had a stellar 2014 season, finishing 13th in the overall point standings and 6th in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year voting. For Beasley, last year was defined by progression. At first, Beasley experienced some struggles as it took some time for him to acclimate to the NKNPSE. However, by seasons end, Beasley was driving with the acumen and prowess of a veteran. Now that Beasley has gained the knowledge and experience to win, he wants to show that he can consistently perform at a championship level. And what better place to begin than New Smyrna where he watched former teammate Daniel Suarez dominate in a season which led to Suarez’s Xfinity Series deal.

Kenzie Ruston (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) – Although she is a new racer to the Rev Racing roster, Kenzie Ruston is far from a rookie in the NKNPSE. Ruston is a proven driver within the series. For the El Reno, Oklahoma native, the only unanswered question is how will she adjust to a new car and new crew. However, considering the 22-year-old finished 9th in the 2014 overall point standing, it is doubtful she will waste time and will quickly establish herself as one of the top performers in the series.

Devon Amos (No. 6 MSI Toyota) – The Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150 will not only mark Amos’ first time competing at New Smyrna, but it will mark the first time the Rio Rancho, New Mexico native has competed in the NKNPSE. Respectively, Amos is a product of the Rev Racing system. Starting in Legends and working his way up to the NKNPSE, Competition Director Jefferson Hodges has coached Amos to success in every series he has competed in. Furthermore, despite Amos’ status as a rookie in the series, under the leadership and tutelage of Hodges, it is expected that Amos will once again rise to the occasion and become a force in the NKNPSE.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) – Cabre is a fresh face to both Rev Racing and the NKNPSE. Similar to teammate Amos, the series, as well as New Smyrna Speedway, will be new territory for the Tampa, Florida native. How well Collin will fair in the series is yet to be determined. However, Cabre impressed enough NASCAR officials at the Drive for Diversity Combine to earn a spot on our 2015 roster. If he can replicate the same driving competence moving forward, the 21-year-old should have a solid season.

Qualifying begins at 5:00pm, followed by the autograph session at 6:30pm and the Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150 at 7:30pm 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.

Fresh Faces Fill 2015 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Roster

15_9217_RevRacing_Web_banners_UPDATEDCONCORD, N.C. — – NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), the leading development platform for female and multicultural drivers and pit crew members, announced its 2015 class today. The program welcomes four talented program newcomers to the six-driver roster striving to transition into the sport’s national series spotlight. Rev Racing, the program’s competition arm, has played a key role in the development of 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.

“Taking steps to find and develop young female and multicultural athletes who could represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization’s mission,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We were impressed by the talent displayed at the Combine [in October of 2014], and are eager to help this group find their own strengths on and off the track.”

Rev Racing will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2015 class is led by returning members Devon Amos, who after an impressive 2014 performance in the Whelen All-American Series earned a spot in the K&N Series and K&N Pro Series driver Jay Beasley

The 2015 roster includes:

Devon Amos: Returning to the team, the 23-year-old Rio Rancho, New Mexico, native will make the jump to the K&N Pro Series East after two full seasons in the Whelen All-American Series.

Jay Beasley: Finishing 13th overall and sixth in a loaded Sunoco Rookie of the Year field in the K&N Pro Series East last season, the 23-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada will return for a second season with Rev Racing, aiming to best his rookie season.

Collin Cabre: After an impressive D4D Combine performance, the 21-year-old Thonotosassa, Florida, native will compete in the K&N Pro Series East in his first year with Rev Racing. Cabre has spent the past five years racing asphalt and dirt sprint cars.

Natalie Decker: A 17-year-old newcomer to the Rev Racing roster from Eagle River, Wisconsin, Decker collected feature wins in limited late models and super late models, as well as earning Rookie and Sportsman of the Year honors in SCAG Midwest Truck Tour. She will compete in the Whelen All-American Series in 2015.

Kenzie Ruston: Entering her third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and first with Rev Racing, the 22-year-old El Reno, Oklahoma, native is also a member of NASCAR Next, an industry initiative to identify tomorrow’s stars of the sport. Ruston broke her own record in 2014 as the highest finishing female driver in the K&N Pro Series East with a runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway on her way to finishing ninth in points.

Dylan Smith: The 22-year-old Randolph, Vermont, native earned a spot with Rev Racing in the Whelen All-American Series after competing in his own late model last year. The Stewart-Haas Racing employee ran 15 races and finished 38th in the Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings.

Under Rev Racing owner and CEO Max Siegel’s leadership, the development program aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping D4D drivers achieve career successes; thus, improving their chances of reaching one of NASCAR’s three national series.

“NASCAR Drive for Diversity goes much deeper than putting drivers behind the wheel of race cars,” Siegel said. “The program is all-encompassing, providing competition, athletic training and professional development opportunities for drivers who have the determination and talent to reach NASCAR’s top levels.”

“We’ve seen this with Larson, Suarez and Wallace Jr., and are excited about the potential of this talented group of drivers.”

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

Bell to Make Nationwide Debut at Phoenix

Mackena BellRev Racing history will be made once again at the NASCAR Nationwide Series DAV200 “Honoring America’s Veterans” race at Phoenix International Raceway this Saturday, November 8th.  Fresh off of her second consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, Mackena Bell will be making her debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Rick Ware Racing. The only female graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program will pilot the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro.

While Saturday’s race is not a means to an end, Bell has worked her entire life for the opportunity to display her skills in a nation series race. The magnitude of this opportunity is not lost on the young driver, and Bell is as humble as she is determined.

“It’s a step and it may be a step I never get to take again. Rides are hard to come by in this sport without significant backing, wealthy families or big name connections, so it’s awesome to be able to say I will have a NASCAR Nationwide start under my belt,” said Bell.

The 24 year old Carson City, Nevada native puts a tremendous amount of pressure on herself. It’s no secret that she’s one of very few women participating at one of the higher levels in the sport of NASCAR and Bell constantly feels overshadowed by the notion that she’s a female amongst men. So much so, that she takes it upon herself every race to not just compete, but also make a statement that she’s not a female driver but just another competitor. Over the years the pressure she’s put on herself has increased and she’s admittedly lost the child-like passion for racing that she grew up with.

Living one’s dream isn’t always easy as the line between pleasure and business can easily be blurred.  In a sponsor-dominated sport such as NASCAR, the business side sadly wins out more times than not and after years of experiencing both the ups and downs of the sport, Bell forgot how much fun this sport can be.  However, securing this NASCAR Nationwide ride has seemed to reignite the passion inside of her.

“I’m just going to enjoy every minute of it.  For so long, I’ve put so much pressure on myself to do something, to prove something, that I’ve not always enjoyed the ride. This race will be different. I’m going to enjoy this opportunity and learn as much as possible. This series is very competitive and there are a lot of teams with huge sponsors and great backing. Running for a little team gives you the chance to just take it all in, experience the differences and not feel the pressure, or expectation of setting the world on fire. I’m really looking forward to it.”

This ride has given her the reassurance that she needed. The reassurance that she was born to be a racecar driver. The reassurance that all of the hard work she’s put in over the last 13 years has not been in vein. Bell enters this Saturday’s race with nothing to prove, and everything to gain. It’s an experience she plans to relish in and she is hopeful it may open doors to the next stages of her career.

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.

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.