The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Recruitment Tour Kicks Off at Alcorn State

Concord, NC (March, 23 2017) – Today, the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Recruitment Tour will kick off at Alcorn State University, located in Lorman, Mississippi.

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program is a comprehensive training program for aspiring minority and female pit crew members. The program is designed to identify, coach, train and develop minority athletes who possess the skill, ability and attitude to be a successful pit crew member in one of the three NASCAR national series.

The recruitment tour will make six stops at universities across the nation to identify minority and female student athletes that have an interest in motorsports and a post-college professional sports career. This program offers any minority athlete the chance to become a pit crew member with a NASCAR race team; if that individual has the necessary talent to reach the highest level (The Monster Energy NASCAR CUP Series) of the sport.

“We seek student athletes with a general interest in motorsports, extreme sports, the auto industry, etc. and individuals who possess a strong sense of character and work ethic,” said Coach Phil Horton, Director of Performance for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program. “We understand how athletes are built, and what athletes are capable of when it comes to teamwork, dedication and focus.”

The original participant selection process is based on athletes who are recommended by coaches and athletic directors. During the tour, participants will be challenged with drills that showcase their flexibility, agility and strength. Top participants at each of these tour stops could receive an invitation to compete against other competitors for a spot on the 2017 development team.

“We are excited to kick off the 8th year of the NASCAR Diversity Pit Crew Program with our combine here at Alcorn State University,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR Racing Operations and Event Management. “This is the second year of the program under this current format and we have already seen great success from those student athletes who made it to the national combine last year. We’re committed to increasing diversity in the sport in all aspects, and we are already seeing great gains up and down pit road in participation from minority and female athletes.”

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Program emphasizes education and training, while redirecting the talents that are already present in these individuals. Exposure to a career in NASCAR could be the next step in a professional journey for these athletes.

Over 75 individuals have participated in the program since its inception. The program bodes a 100% placement rate for those who complete the training program. Currently 25 of those individuals have succeeded in reaching the highest level of the sport and have went on to win numerous races and championships in the national series. It takes approximately three years to reach the highest level of the sport at which time the annual salary is between $80 – $100,000 from that point forward. For those who have reached the top level with five or more years of experience, it is not uncommon to receive salaries of upwards of $150 – $175,000 annually.

“Alcorn State University is excited to extend our relationship with NASCAR,” said Jason Cable Assistant Vice President for Athletic Compliance and Academic Services. “This partnership will inevitably provide multifaceted opportunities within the sports industry for our student athletes. Exposure to a corporation like NASCAR is priceless for our student-athletes and will positively impact their post student- athlete career.”

The participant registration will begin today (March 23) at 11:00 am, with the assessment following at 12:00 pm. All events will take place at the Davey L Whitney Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex, on the Alcorn State campus.

About NASCAR

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

Rev Racing Heads to South Boston for Season Opener

Concord, NC (March, 23 2017) – When the NASCAR Whelen All-American drivers take the green flag at South Boston Speedway for the inaugural race of the 2017 season, it will mark a new era for Rev Racing. Macy Causey joined NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program, under Rev Racing management, as the youngest participant in the history of its Late Model or NASCAR K&N Pro Series East roster. Causey will join teammate Madeline Crane, the returnee from last year’s NWAAS team. The female powerhouse will travel to the Speedway for a day of testing, on Friday, before going to battle in the Twin 100s this Saturday.

Although both women have had a sizable amount of experience driving in this series, they will join all other race participants as the first drivers to run on South Boston’s newly paved track in the Speedway’s season opener. The track’s .4-mile oval will pose a competitive angle of speed, narrow straightaways and host post National Series champions such as Matt Bowling, Lee Pulliam, Phillip Morris and Peyton Sellers.

“This will be my third trip to South Boston,” said Macy Causey, driver of the No. 33 Five Star RaceCar Body Toyota. “The track was already fast before, and I could not be more excited about the additional speed the paving will provide us during the Twins. The bar is set high with the participating competition and I am ready to get focused and run as hard and smart as I can from the green flag to the checkered.”

Macy Causey (driver of the No. 33 Five Star RaceCar Body Toyota): Causey was honored with the NASCAR Young Racer Award in 2016. The year prior, she won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Virginia State Rookie of the Year Award and earned top rookie honors at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, where in 1978 her grandmother became the first woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race.

Teammate Crane, having a year of experience under her belt, is looking to capitalize on her driver/crew experience and momentum built in the previous year. “It takes the uncertainty out of my performance,” said Madeline Crane, driver of the No. 78 Honda Generators Toyota. “My crew chief knows what I am capable of and we can focus on getting the car where it needs to instead of ironing out our communication strategies and go-to-track plan.”

Madeline Crane (No. 78 Honda Generators Toyota): The Georgia native began her career racing Bandoleros at Atlanta Motor Speedway at age 10. Crane, 19, moved into Legend cars, and by the time she was 14 had garnered 59 top-5 finishes in 82 starts. Returning for a second season with NASCAR Drive for Diversity, she will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series following two top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes in 2016.
Grandstand gates open at 12:30 p.m. with qualifying set to start at 1 p.m. The green flag flies on the Danville Toyota Twin 100s, featuring five races in four divisions, at 2 p.m.

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

Brothers and Florida Natives to Race Alongside One Another in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Concord, NC (Feb. 15, 2017) – For the first time in its history, NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity team, Rev Racing, will host siblings in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE). Brothers and Florida natives, Collin and Chase Cabre, were both selected to compete with Rev Racing for the 2017 NKNPSE season. This Sunday will mark the first time the brothers will drive against each other as teammates, and as competitors.

Rev Racing, NASCAR Drive for Diversity’s competition arm, hosts four drivers in the K&N Pro Series East, and two in the Whelen All-American Series each season. Through a competitive application process, minority and female drivers are invited to partake in a rigorous combine event, testing their physical and mental racing abilities. Only six drivers are selected from the combine to take a seat in one of the major NASCAR series as part of Rev Racing. The brothers were selected after the combine held last October at New Smyrna Speedway.

Collin and Chase began racing in Motocross at the age of four. By the ages of 10 and seven, they were both competing competitively in go-karts at Dirt Devil Speedway in Land O Lakes, FL. The brothers continued to race at different levels and in different series throughout the course of their careers.

Collin Cabre recently finished an impressive second season in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, garnering four top-5 and six top-10 finishes as part of Rev Racing. Collin was also a part of the elite 2016-2017 NASCAR Next Class in 2015. In 2016, in his rookie K&N Pro Series East season, he won the season finale at Dover International Speedway and finished 6th in overall point standings.

“I believe racing against Chase will be the same as if it was with anyone else,” said Collin Cabre. “We are all going for one goal and that is to win. Beginning my third year [in the NKNPSE], I will mentor him on the driving side of things as much as I can. We have raced against each other in some small Sprint Car races years ago, but it has definitely been a minute. I am excited to see what this season will bring.”

Chase Cabre will join his brother on the Rev Racing roster this year after an impressive on-track career, marking the first time siblings will run alongside each other in the K&N Pro Series. Between 2011 and 2013, Chase Cabre earned 12 race wins in 21 starts in a 600 Mini Sprint Car. He was also a two-time Fall Brawl Champion at the Ocala Bullring. In 2016, at Hickory Motor Speedway, he averaged a 4th place finish, as well as setting two poles throughout the season.

“Just being able to race in the NKNPSE is an honor in itself, let alone to be a part of such an amazing organization like Rev Racing” said Chase Cabre. “As far as racing against Collin, it’s like just playing Xbox as kids, except it’s more glorified so the stakes are much, much higher.

From the Drive for Diversity Program’s start, Rev Racing has had 17 wins, 65 top-5, and 124 top-10 finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, with drivers finishing in the top-10 in points in every season. The Cabres are ready to add to those rankings and have their sights set on the National Series.

Rev Racing’s season opener will take place on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at New Smyrna Speedway. Qualifying will begin at 5:05 pm, followed by the autograph session at 6:30 pm and the Jet Tools 150 at 7:30 pm EST.

Rev Racing Heads to New Smyrna Speedway for Season Opener

Concord, NC (Feb. 19, 2017) – This Sunday, NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity (D4D) class will return to New Smyrna Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East season opener.

D4D drivers were selected after a competitive combine held last October at New Smyrna Speedway, and will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The 2017 class is led by three returning drivers, Collin Cabre, Jay Beasley, and Rubén García Jr. Collin’s younger brother, Chase Cabre, joins as this year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity K&N East newcomer.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota): During an impressive second year in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, Cabre garnered four top-5 and six top-10 finishes, and was a member of the elite 2016-2017 NASCAR Next class. In 2015, he won the season finale at Dover International Speedway and finished 6th in overall point standings in 2016. The 23-year-old from Tampa, Florida, will now return to compete in his third season with Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Rubén García Jr. (No. 6 NTI/MSI): Returning for his second season with Rev Racing, Rubén García Jr. brings his talents back to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. During his 2016 – 2017 season, García balanced racing in the NKNPSE with succeeding in the Super Copa TELCEL. At age 20, the Mexico City native won four races in the NASCAR Mexico Series en route to his first NASCAR championship. This victory marked him as the youngest NMS driver to win the series championship.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation Toyota): In his first season with Rev Racing in 2013, Jay Beasley earned two top-5s and five top-10s. Beasley remained with the program in 2015 and finished the year with three top-5s and five top-10s. He will return this year to the Drive for Diversity Program for his third season.

Chase Cabre (No. 4 Braille Battery Toyota):
 Chase Cabre will join the Rev Racing roster this year and run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Cabre started racing at the age of four in motocross and has found success on the track ever since. Cabre and his brother, Collin, will be the first sibling teammates to run together in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program.

Under Rev Racing owner and CEO Max Siegel’s leadership, NASCAR D4D aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping drivers achieve career successes. “We are excited to get the season started at New Smyrna Speedway,” said Siegel. “This year’s class brings both experienced and rookie drivers. Our ultimate goal with every class and experience level is to prepare them for success at the K&N level and eventually the national series. Every year presents new opportunities for growth and we look forward to finding what we are capable of this season.”

From the Drive for Diversity Program’s start, Rev Racing has had 17 wins, 65 top-5, and 124 top-10 finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, with drivers finishing in the top-10 in points in every season.

Rev Racing will get back to the track on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at New Smyrna Speedway. Qualifying will begin at 5:05 pm, followed by the autograph session at 6:30 pm and the Jet Tools 150 at 7:30 pm EST.

Drive For Diversity Announces Driver Class

Press release imageDrive For Diversity Announces Driver Class

Six Drivers Selected to Join Rev Racing For 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a season of milestones for NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduates competing across NASCAR national series, the industry’s flagship development program for multicultural and female drivers has announced that six drivers will join its 2017 class. The drivers were selected after a competitive combine held last October at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The 2017 class features a former NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion, the granddaughter of one of the sport’s female pioneers, and NASCAR Drive for Diversity’s first sibling teammates. The drivers will follow in the footsteps of program graduates and current national series drivers Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr., and 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suárez.

“Now more than ever, we’re seeing the impact of NASCAR’s development program in producing drivers who excel at the highest echelons of our sport,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “There’s a great deal of talent and potential in this year’s class. With the strong foundation that NASCAR Drive for Diversity provides, these drivers will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to elevate their racing careers.”

The 2017 class is led by four returning drivers, Collin Cabre, Jay Beasley, Madeline Crane and Rubén García Jr.. Garcia first competed in stock car racing in his native Mexico. Collin’s younger brother, Chase Cabre, joins 16-year-old Macy Causey as this year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity newcomers. Causey’s grandmother, Diane Teel, was the first woman to compete in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race in 1982.

Rev Racing, the operational arm of NASCAR Drive for Diversity, will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity roster features:

Collin Cabre: An impressive second year in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program was highlighted by four top-five and six top-10 finishes and a sixth-place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings. After winning the 2015 season finale at Dover International Speedway, Cabre was named to the 2016-2017 NASCAR Next class. The 23-year-old from Tampa, Florida, will compete in his third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Rev Racing.

Chase Cabre: Cabre, 20, registered 12 race wins in 21 starts in a 600 Mini Sprint Car and is a two-time Fall Brawl Champion at Florida’s Ocala Bullring. In 2016, he averaged a fourth-place finish in races at Hickory Motor Speedway and set two poles during the season. Chase will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in his rookie season with Rev Racing.

Rubén García Jr.: At age 20, the Mexico City native became the youngest NASCAR PEAK Mexico driver to win the series championship in 2015. García was also part of the NASCAR Next program in both 2015 and 2016. He returns to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after finishing 10th in the series last season.

Jay Beasley: Beasley, 24, made history in 2013 by becoming the first African-American driver to win a Super Late Model race at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In his first season with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in 2014, he earned two top-five and five top-10 finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He returns to the series for his third season with Rev Racing.

Macy Causey: Causey was honored with the NASCAR Young Racer Award in 2016. The year prior, she won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Virginia State Rookie of the Year Award and earned top rookie honors at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, where in 1978 her grandmother became the first woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race at the track. Causey will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series.

Madeline Crane: The Georgia native began her career racing Bandoleros at Atlanta Motor Speedway at age 10. Crane, 19, moved into Legend cars, and by the time she was 14 had garnered 59 top-five finishes in 82 starts. Returning for a second season with NASCAR Drive for Diversity, she will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series following two top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 2016.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them achieve career successes, and thus improving their goal of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series.

Since it began fielding NASCAR Drive for Diversity cars in 2010, Rev Racing has been one of the most consistent teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, registering 17 wins, 65 top-five and 124 top-10 finishes with drivers finishing in the top-10 in points each season.

“Each year the applicant pool and talent level rises and our program continues to evolve and create more opportunities for advancement,” said Max Siegel, CEO and owner of Rev Racing. “NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing are proud of the impact that we have had in the sport and we look forward to graduating the next generation of athletes to the national series.”

The 2016 NASCAR season was a historic year for NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni. Larson, who is Asian-American, became the first program graduate to win a race and reach the playoffs in the sport’s premier series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

With his NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Michigan International Speedway, Suárez was the first Mexican-born driver to win a national series race, and last November he became the first foreign-born driver to win a national series championship. Suárez will make his debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017.

The 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener will take place on Feb. 19 at New Smyrna Speedway, where Rev Racing scored a win with Suárez in 2014.

For more information on NASCAR Drive for Diversity, visit NASCARDiversity.com.

About NASCAR

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

Multicultural and Female Drivers to Compete for a Spot in NASCAR Drive for Diversity Developmental Program

Seventeen Drivers Invited to 13th Drive for Diversity Combine at New Smyrna Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

“This year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine will feature some incredible talent and we’re excited to watch these young drivers compete,” said Dawn Harris, NASCAR director, multicultural development. “NASCAR’s first-class development program has produced the likes of Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr., so it will be fun to see who rises to the top at New Smyrna.”

In partnership with Rev Racing, NASCAR Drive for Diversity offers racing opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for one full season, providing drivers with equipment, mentoring, and competition experience.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for these up-and-coming drivers; something I am very proud to be a part of for the sixth-consecutive year,” said Jefferson Hodges, Rev Racing director of competition. “To see past Drive for Diversity participants compete across all three NASCAR national series speaks volumes for the solid foundation Rev Racing provides these drivers in their budding careers.”

This year, there are 13 female drivers competing for spots with Rev Racing. Returning this fall is Macy Causey, who at 14 years old was the youngest combine participant in NASCAR Drive for Diversity history in 2015. Also participating is Hailie Deegan, daughter of Brian Deegan, the most decorated athlete in freestyle motocross history, and Hope Hornish, the niece of 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner and current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Sam Hornish Jr.

Drivers under consideration to return to the team in 2017, but who will not compete at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, include current NASCAR K&N East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers: Jairo Avila, Enrique Baca, Collin Cabre, Madeline Crane, Ruben Garcia Jr, and Ali Kern. Collin’s brother, Chase Cabre, is also among the drivers selected to compete in this year’s combine.

Driver combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills and take part in a physical fitness assessment and receive additional training at Bethune-Cookman University.

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine has proven successful in identifying and developing future stars of the sport. Current NASCAR Driver for Diversity members have garnered four Top-5’s and 13 Top-10’s combined in the NASCAR K&N East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this season and are looking to repeat last year’s season ending victory at Dover International Speedway.

Program graduate, Kyle Larson, earned his first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year at Michigan International Speedway. Fellow graduate and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Suárez this year became the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race. Suárez and fellow NASCAR XFINITY driver Darrell Wallace Jr., another NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumnus, are currently competing in the first NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase.

Fans can follow the Combine live on Twitter at @NASCARDiversity and @RevRacing.

Below are the invitees to the 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine:

First Last Age City State/Country
Ali Kern* 23 Fremont Ohio
Amber Balcaen 24 Winnipeg Canada
Ariel Biggs 22 Castaic California
Armani Williams 16 Grosse Point Michigan
Chase Cabre 19 Tampa Florida
Collin Cabre* 23 Tampa Florida
Enrique Baca* 25 Monterrey Mexico
Hailie Deegan 15 Temecula California
Hannah Newhouse 19 Twin Falls Idaho
Hope Hornish 19 Defiance Ohio
Jairo Avila* 21 Alhambra California
Jay Beasley 24 Las Vegas Nevada
Kayli Barker 19 Las Vegas Nevada
Luis Rodriguez 22 Miami Florida
Macy Causey 15 Yorktown Virginia
Madeline Crane* 18 Meansville Georgia
McKenna Haase 19 Carlisle Iowa
Nicole Behar 18 Otis Orchards Washington
Reegan May 22 De Pere Wisconsin
Ruben Garcia Jr.* 20 Mexico City Mexico
Santiago Tovar 23 Mexico City Mexico
Taylor Jorgensen 20 Stockbridge Georgia
Walter Thomas III 18 Indianapolis Indiana

* Current NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers eligible for 2017 program; will attend but not compete in combine

About NASCAR

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

Looking for the Same Outcome at “The Monster Mile”

Concord, NC (September 28, 2016) – After thirteen races and eleven states, Rev Racing will find their way to the final race of the K&N Pro Series East Season at Dover International Speedway, better known as “The Monster Mile.” This monster, “Miles”, built of a concrete one-mile oval with banking of nine degrees on the straightaways and 24 degrees in the turns, has historically presented some of the best moments in NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) history. With multiple wins, pole settings and numerous top-5 and top-10 finishes, D4D present and past drivers have proved themselves at this track. Most recently, Collin Cabre, a rookie driver in the 2015 season, won the season closer at Dover with next to no track time (weather related) or experience at the Speedway. Needless to say, Rev drivers and crew are ready to take on Miles to finish out the season with the same momentum and success.

This weekend, the K&N Pro Series East will close with the Dover 125, on Friday, September 30. This will mark the eighth time since 2004 that Dover International Speedway hosts the final race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) – Cabre, who is currently sitting 6th in points, has steadily been improving in standings each race. With four top-5s and six top-10s this season, Cabre is hungry for the same result he found in 2015. The No. 2 UTI/NTI driver has earned four top-5 finishes in his last six races.

“We are approaching this race the same as last year,” said Cabre. “The car is in a really good spot set-up wise and we are all just eager to hit the track. It looks like rain again this year, so I am fine with just racing if it earns us the same outcome. We experienced some unlucky moments in the beginning of the year, but feel good overall about the growth we have had in the car. I am appreciative to my team and the program for the opportunity. Let’s hope we can bring home the win.”

Ruben Garcia (No. 6 Sunoco Toyota) – Ruben Garcia, sitting 11th in points, approaches this weekend ready to break into the top-10 in standings. Garcia has earned five top-10’s this rookie season. Garcia will drive the No. 6 Sunoco Toyota this weekend and hopes to be part of the historically success the past D4D drivers have found at this track.

Ali Kern (No. 4 Honda Generators Toyota) – Kern, who is currently 13th in points, will drive this year’s 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity’s Combine sponsor, Honda Generators, branding on her car this weekend. Kern hopes to add a top finish to her resume as her rookie season will come to a close.

Enrique Baca (No. 42 Rev Racing Toyota) – As Baca and team prepare for Dover, communication will be at the forefront of their track strategy. Baca, entering the No. 42 just two races ago, is challenged with a new track experience, series and crew. This Monterrey, Mexico native is eager to prove himself and garner a solid finish with his team.

Two-lap qualifying for the DOVER 125 will be on Friday, September 30th at 12:35 p.m., followed by the race at 5:00 p.m. Follow @RevRacin on Twitter for live race updates.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Combine Moves to New Smyrna Speedway

The 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Driver Combine, sponsored by Honda Generator, will take place October 10-12 at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, Rev Racing announced today.

NASCAR and Rev Racing competition directors and staff will host the multi-day tryout to evaluate multicultural and female drivers from around the globe, and identify which drivers will have the opportunity to compete as part of the 2017 D4D driver class.

This is the first year New Smyrna Speedway will host a D4D combine. The high-banked half-mile has seen visits from several Rev Racing drivers during the season-opening NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race each February, including a win by current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Suarez in 2014.

New Smyrna Speedway is a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and hosts the annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing each February. The track will also host the Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation Super Late Model 100 on October 29.

Each year, D4D host tracks and sponsors have contributed greatly to the success of the combine event.

“We have watched the diversity program for years and are excited to the host the combine this year,” said Kim Brown, general manager of New Smyrna Speedway. “I believe it will bring a lot of exposure to the track as well as the city of New Smyrna Beach.”

Honda Generators will also come on board this year as the primary sponsor of the 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. Honda Generators has been a long-standing season sponsor of Rev Racing through a product exchange program with the race team since 2014. Honda’s series of portable generators will be part of the track-side action – providing the crew and drivers durable and dependable power throughout the entire combine.

In addition to the on-track performance evaluations that will take place at New Smyrna Speedway, the combine participants will be evaluated on physical fitness by pit crew coach Phil Horton at nearby Bethune-Cookman University.

Bethune-Cookman will make its athletic facilities available for Coach Horton and staff to test both the endurance and strength of athletes hoping to secure a spot on the 2017 NASCAR D4D driver roster.

Additionally, Rev Racing and NASCAR staff will work with Bethune-Cookman mass communications students for a hands-on learning exercise engaging combine participants. The students will conduct mock media interviews with the athletes and also take part in social media activities and broadcast opportunities from New Smyrna Speedway during the combine.

Rev Racing continues to look for opportunities to improve the D4D combine and driver experience, as well as engage other institutes that hold the same values and diversity initiatives.

“We are extremely proud of the relationships that we have fostered with our various partners,” said Rev Racing owner, Max Siegel. “We look forward to continuing these relationships and look for areas of growth for many years to come. The new 2016 combine partners will not only benefit the participants, but offer a new experience to repeat participant drivers.”

This year’s 2016 combine sponsors will include, Honda Generators, New Smyrna Speedway, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Bethune-Cookman and host hotel Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort. Rev Racing also thanks Drive for Diversity partners NASCAR, Sunoco and Goodyear for the continued support during the combine and the entire 2016 season. It is through the positive relationships with 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

 

About Honda Generators

Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications, outboard marine engines and general purpose engines. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.

About New Smyrna Speedway 

New Smyrna Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned asphalt track that is 0.48 of a mile in length, located near New Smyrna BeachFlorida in Samsula. New Smyrna Speedway races various divisions from Super Late Models to Bombers every Saturday night from March to November and hosts the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing every February and the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 every November. New Smyrna Speedway strives to be fun for the entire family.

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit http://www.cookman.edu/.

A New Track Experience for Rev Racing

Concord, NC (September 14, 2016) – This weekend, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) in Millville, New Jersey, for the first time in series history. This race will also mark the third road course event on the race schedule this season. Although this new location poses a new challenge, Rev Racing drivers might have the experience needed for some top finishes in the JUSTDRIVE.com 125.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) – Cabre, who is currently sitting 7th in points with three top-5s and five top-10s this season, hopes to have the same outcome as the last road course race at Watkins Glen International. Cabre finished fifth at The Glen for his best career road course finish. With just one more race on the schedule, after NJMP, Team No. 2 is focused on high finishes to improve the end of year point standing placement.

Ruben Garcia (No. 6 Sunoco Toyota) – Ruben Garcia, sitting right outside the top-10 in points, approaches this weekend ready to put his experience to the test. Garcia, who has a tremendous amount of road course experience from driving in Mexico, feels a sense of comfort, even though he has never raced this course.

“I plan to take all of the experience I have gained this year in the K&N car and combine that with my road course background to achieve the finish we want,” said Garcia. “The car is in a really good spot and I think this is the best opportunity we have had all season for the win.”

Garica will drive the No. 6 Sunoco car this weekend and at the season ender at Dover International Speedway.

Ali Kern (No. 4  Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota) – Driver Ali Kern is the only Rev Racing driver who has had previous experience with the road course at NJMP. Earlier this year, Kern spent some time in a road course driving school, located at NJMP. Kern, who is currently 13th in points, hopes to break into the top-10 by the season’s end.

Enrique Baca (No. 42 L&M Ethanol Toyota) – Baca and team are looking for redemption after a difficult K&N debut at Greenville Pickens Speedway. After an aggressive start between drivers, Baca was involved in a crash that left him unable to proceed with the race. Baca, who also comes with great experience in road course racing from his time spent on the track in Mexico, is eager to put his road course knowledge to the test.

Drivers will join other East Series competitors for a day of optional track testing on Friday September 16th. Qualifying (NASCAR Road Race Style)* for the JUSTDRIVE.com 125 will be on Saturday, September 17th at 3p.m., followed by the race at 5:15 p.m.Follow @RevRacin on Twitter for live race updates.

 

* Fastest 22 cars earn starting positions 1st through 22nd

Top College Athletes Join NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Program


D4D Pit Crew Combine

 

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2016) – NASCAR and Rev Racing today announced nine former college student-athletes selected to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Crew Member Development Program. The new class of participants received invitations to train with Rev Racing following standout performances at the first national D4D pit crew combine in May.

Multicultural athletes starring in football, basketball and softball at the college level will receive expert training as tire changers, carriers and jackmen, with the goal of gaining fulltime employment with NASCAR national series race teams.

“We’ve assembled a very talented group of athletes that we believe has what it takes to excel on pit road in NASCAR,” said Jim Cassidy, senior vice president of racing operations. “Each D4D participant will benefit from Rev Racing’s best-in-class training program, and we look forward to watching them grow and develop over the next 12 months.”

This year NASCAR and Rev Racing revamped the crew member scouting process, hosting tryouts at six universities across the country. Eighteen men and women from 12 states and one U.S. territory were selected to compete in the national combine in Concord, N.C. Half earned invitations to join the D4D pit crew program.

“We are very excited for the arrival of the new 2016 Drive for Diversity pit crew recruits,” said Max Siegel, owner and CEO of Rev Racing. “With the national combine and recruitment effort this past year, we were able to select the top level of athletic talent. We look forward to training these individuals and placing them along pit road in the national series. Our academy-style approach to training continues to show success year after year; this class will not fall short.”
Among the new D4D participants are three former football players from the University of Kansas, one of the schools to host tryouts. Appalachian State’s Jeremy Kimbrough, who spent time with the Washington Redskins, and Joshua Tate, an All-American at Clark Atlanta University, are also looking to transition from the gridiron to NASCAR.

A pair of female athletes in former Norfolk State basketball player Brehanna Daniels and former Alcorn State University softball player Breanna O’Leary will train as tire changers under the tutelage of Phil Horton, Rev Racing’s director of human performance.

There are 35 graduates of the D4D Crew Member Development Program currently working in NASCAR. Three alums – Raphael Diaz, Kevin Richardson and Richie Williams – celebrated in Victory Lane as members of Chris Buescher’s pit crew after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver won his first premier series race at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 1.

Last November, Diaz and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Mike Russell became the first D4D graduates to win a national series championship when Buescher clinched the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, under the leadership of Rev Racing, supports both crew member and driver development opportunities. Driver graduates include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson, and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr.

For more information on NASCAR Drive for Diversity, visit www.NASCARDiversity.com.