REV RACING GRADUATES FIND SUCCESS IN NATIONAL NASCAR SERIES

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CONCORD, N.C. (November 5, 2013) – 2013 has been a historical year for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (#NASCARD4D) program. This season saw four past and current program participants make starts at the national level of the sport, with Paulie Harraka in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Kyle Larson and Ryan Gifford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Darrell Wallace Jr. in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

In October, Wallace became the first African-American driver to win in a NASCAR national series in nearly 50 years with a victory in the Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series race, a victory that was monumental for both the sport and the program. The success doesn’t stop there, Wallace and Larson are currently leading the Rookie of the Year race in their respective series with two races to go.

“We want to continue to give women and minorities the best training possible in order to be successful as they move up in the sport.” said Max Siegel, Owner of Rev Racing. “I think the success that both Darrell and Kyle have had this season proves that our model is working.”

Since opening its doors in 2010, Rev Racing has had 12 wins, 48 top-five, and 85 top-10 finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, with drivers finishing in the top-three in points every season. Last year, Kyle Larson won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship, making Siegel the first African-American owner in the history of the sport to win a championship.
Siegel is proud of the success the program has had, but realizes that there is still plenty of work to be done.

“We want to see more of our drivers graduate from the program and move up through the ranks.” said Siegel, “Our goal is for the field of drivers to represent the demographics of this country, which means having more minorities competing at every level of the sport.”

This past season two Rev Racing drivers earned their first win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Gifford, and Suarez finished third in the series points standings.

“Both of these drivers have what it takes to be competitive at the next level, and it’s our hope that they get that opportunity.” said Siegel.

The team just wrapped up the annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity combine after screening a record 90 applicants. 20 drivers were selected to compete for a spot on the 2014 Rev Racing roster, and the increased talent pool at the combine this year means the future is bright for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program.

HCA VIRGINIA PROMOTES LUNG HEALTH WITH REV RACING, AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION

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RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 17, 2013) – HCA Virginia’s Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital has teamed up with Rev Racing and the American Lung Association to present “Rev Up for Lung Health,” an educational event to raise awareness about lung health.
The program will feature remarks by Mackena Bell, professional NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver for Rev Racing, and Pablo Gonzalez, M.D., medical oncologist with Virginia Cancer Institute, who will discuss lung health, lung cancer and preventable risk factors. In addition, an outdoor photo opportunity with Bell and her NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race car will follow.

The free event will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital, Johnston-Willis Hospital, 1401 Johnston-Willis Drive, Richmond. The presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the photo session with Bell and her race car from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“I feel so honored to be partnering with the American Lung Association and HCA Virginia for this great event,” said Bell. “As an athlete and the granddaughter of a lung cancer victim, spreading awareness of lung health and smoking cessation is a cause that’s very near to me.”

“The most important issue dealing with lung health relates to the need to encourage smoking cessation or more importantly, to never start,” said Gonzalez. “We are excited to partner with Rev Racing and the American Lung Association in this unique opportunity to raise awareness about lung disease prevention.”

Seating is limited for the seminar. Seminar attendees will receive a speed pass through the photo session, which also is open to the public. For more information, visit HCAVIRGINIA.COM, or call 804-320-DOCS (3627).

REV RACING HEADED TO ATLANTA FOR THE NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST SEASON FINALE

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The Rev Racing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers will take to the track for the final time this year at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA on Friday, Oct. 18.  This will also mark the final race on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East schedule. It has been a season to remember for Rev Racing, with Daniel Suarez and Ryan Gifford both earning their first career win, and all four Rev Racing drivers heading into the final race inside the top-15 in points.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) – Ortiz is looking forward to competing at Road Atlanta due to his experience racing road courses. He finished second at Virginia International Raceway earlier this season, the first of two road courses on the schedule, and is looking to capture his first career win this weekend.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota) – Suarez, who’s moved up to third in points after a string of top-five finishes, has found success at road courses. The Mexico native led over half the race at Virginia International Raceway before engine failure, but is confident he can come out ahead this time at Road Atlanta.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – The race at Virginia International Raceway was Bell’s first time racing on a road course since 2010. She earned a 17th place and gained valuable seat time. She’s looking forward to racing at Road Atlanta with her first road course of the season behind her, and valuable experience to rely on.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NASCAR Technical Institute/UTI Toyota) – Gifford had a great showing at Virginia International Raceway, where he led a lap and ran consistently in the top five. Unfortunately engine failure late in the race ended his day with a 21st place finish. Gifford is tied for 10th in points and is looking to gain a few spots this weekend.

There will be two practice sessions on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. followed by qualifying at 4 p.m. The Road Atlanta 115 will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. It will air on Fox Sports 2, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. ET.

DRIVE FOR DIVERSITY COMBINE ROSTER UNVEILED

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 3, 2013) — As the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (#NASCARD4D) program approaches its 10-year anniversary, NASCAR and Rev Racing have selected the participants for the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. The drivers will participate in a rigorous on- and off-track evaluation process for the opportunity to join the NASCAR D4D program and compete for Rev Racing during the 2014 season. The combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., from Oct. 21-23.

The annual Combine is the first step in identifying and developing the future stars of the sport. Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. are among the drivers who have graduated from the NASCAR D4D program after attending the annual combine and driving for Rev Racing. Ryan Gifford, who currently drives for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut driving for Richard Childress Racing on Aug. 3.

“The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program has contributed to the success of some of the most promising young drivers and crew members in our sport,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president, public affairs and multicultural development. “The drivers announced today will have an opportunity to compete at the 2013 D4D Combine and earn a place on the 2014 NASCAR Drive for Diversity/Rev Racing roster.”

NASCAR officials and Rev Racing representatives chose the 20 up-and-coming drivers from 95 applicants representing the United States, Canada and Latin America.

“We are excited about this year’s group of Combine participants,” said Max Siegel, owner/CEO of Rev Racing. “They represent a great cross-section of talent and experience, and any one of them would make a great addition to the 2014 Drive for Diversity team.”

The 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine participants include:

  • Devon Amos, 22  Rio Rancho, N.M.
  • Annabeth Barnes, 18  Mooresville, N.C.
  • George Beasley, 21  Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Nicole Behar, 15  Otis Orchards, Wash.
  • Ryan Bernal, 19  Hollister, Calif.
  • Collin Cabre, 19  Thonotosassa, Fla.
  • Meagan Creech, 20  Ashland, Va.
  • Claire Decker, 18  Eagle River, Wis.
  • Paige Decker, 20  Eagle River, Wis.
  • Natalie Decker, 16  Eagle River, Wis.
  • Ruben Garcia, Jr., 17  Mexico City, Mexico
  • Blake Kisner, 18  Chanute, Kan.
  • Katlynn Leer, 14  St. Moulton, Iowa
  • Jack Madrid, 18  San Clemente, Calif.
  • Hannah Newhouse, 16  Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Sergio Pena, 20  Catharpin, Va.
  • Dylan Smith, 21  Randolph, Vt.
  • Kenny Stewart II, 16  Carson, Calif.
  • Cody Thompson, 20  Fremont, Calif.
  • Sam Wright, 18  Vancouver, Wash.

An additional eight young drivers will join these 20 drivers on Oct. 23 and compete for the opportunity to drive for Rev Racing during the 2014 Summer Shootout Series in INEX Legends and Bandoleros.

  • Jairo Avila, 17  Alhambra, Calif.
  • Austin Geer, 11  Johns Creek, Ga.
  • Kylin Hammer, 11  Meadowview, Va.
  • Ryleigh Lemonds, 10  Yorktown, Va.
  • Enrique Limon, 15  Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jaiden Reyna, 7  Newport News, Va.
  • Ashley Rogero, 15  Naples, Fla.
  • Walter Thomas, 15  Indianapolis, Ind.

All of the drivers attending the Combine will be mentored and coached by the Rev Racing staff, along with the team’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Mackena Bell, Ryan Gifford, Bryan Ortiz and Daniel Suarez.

The Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau and Langley Speedway have partnered with Rev Racing and NASCAR to support the 2013 NASCAR D4D Combine. Langley Speedway will host the Combine for the third consecutive year. The paved 0.395-mile short track is one of the flattest tracks in the region with six-degree banked corners and four degrees of banking on the straightaway. Langley Speedway is an ideal track to test the abilities of NASCAR’s up-and-coming talent.

REV RACING LOOKING TO TAME THE MONSTER MILE

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Rev Racing heads to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for the Drive Sober 150 on Friday, Sept. 27, race 13 out of 14 on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East schedule. The team is looking to tame the track historically known as “The Monster Mile”, and Daniel Suarez could be the driver to do it. Suarez has finished on the podium in five of the last six races, and is eager to capture his second win of the season after coming up short at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the last time out.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco Racing Fuel Toyota) –Gifford currently ranks eighth in points with six top 10s in 12 outings, highlighted by his first career win at Richmond. Has an average finish of 11th and a best result of second (2009) in four career starts at Dover. He Led 32 laps there in 2009 and 43 in 2011.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) – Ortiz has one top-five and five top-10 finishes this season. He has one previous start at Dover where he qualified sixth and finished ninth. His season is highlighted by a second place finish at Virginia International Raceway.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota) – Suarez currently Ranks fifth in points with seven top 10s in 12 outings, highlighted by his first career victory at Columbus Motor Speedway. He’s finished on the podium in five of the last six races, and this will be his first Dover race.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – Bell is currently 12th in points with two top-five and four top-10 finishes this season. Her season is highlighted by top-five finishes at Richmond and Greenville, and a fourth place qualifying effort at Iowa.

Qualifying for the Drive Sober 150 will be at 10am followed by the race at 4:45pm on Friday, Sept. 27.

TWO TOP-10 FINISHES FOR REV RACING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

It was an eventful weekend in Loudon, NH for Rev Racing as they competed in the North American Power 100, race 12 of 14 on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East this season.

Daniel Suarez and Mackena Bell both scored top-five qualifying spots, starting third and fifth respectively. Suarez made his way to the front and took over the lead on lap 47. He battled up front but wasn’t able to pass the race leader on a green-white-checkered finish and came home second. This was his fifth top three finish in his last six races. Bell was the highest qualifying female of the race, and put on an impressive show, running in the top-three for much of the race and coming home ninth. This was her fourth top-10 finish of the season.

It was an unfortunate day for both Ryan Gifford and Bryan Ortiz. Gifford had to start at the rear of the pack after changing an engine that blew during his qualifying lap. He was making his way up the field when he was caught up in a multi-car wreck, ending his day early and finishing 23rd. Ortiz started 22nd but was penalized a lap for jumping the start. He was working on gaining positions when he was caught up in the same wreck as Gifford, ending his night early and coming home 28th.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 NASCAR Technical Institute/UTI Toyota) – Gifford has one win, four top-five and six top-10 finishes this season. He’s currently eighth in points. His season is highlighted by his first career victory at Richmond International Raceway earlier this year.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) – The Bayamon, Puerto Rico native has one top-five and five top-10 finishes this season. His best finish this season was a second place result at Virginia International Raceway.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota) – Suarez has one win, five top-five, and seven top-10 finishes this season. He’s moved up to fifth in points and has had five top-three finishes in his last six races. He’s in contention to capture a Championship in both the NASCAR Toyota Series Mexico and the NKNPS East.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – Bell, competing in her rookie season in the NKNPS East, has four top-10 and two top-five finishes this season. She captured the best qualifying effort by a female in series history at Iowa Speedway earlier this year with a fourth place qualifying effort.

The North American Power 100 will air on Fox Sports 1 on Friday, Oct. 4

The next race for the drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be the Drive Sober 150 at Dover international Speedway this Friday, Sept. 27.

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REV RACING LOOKING TO RETURN TO VICTORY LANE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

Rev Racing is headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) to compete in the North American Power 100 on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET, where Kyle Larson took the team to victory lane last season.

Bell and Suarez are ready to race after both earning top-five finishes the last time out at Greenville Pickens Speedway. The second place finish marked the fourth podium finish in the last five races for Suarez, and the fifth place finish by bell matched her best finish to date, previously at Richmond International Raceway.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Universal Technical Institute/NTI Toyota) – Gifford who’s currently fifth in points has six top 10s in 11 starts. His season is highlighted by his first career win at Richmond. He has an average finish of 13th and a best result of fourth in six career starts at NHMS.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) – Ortiz is anxious to return to NHMS where he finished sixth last season. The Bayamon, Puerto Rico native has one top-five and five top-10 finishes this season with a best finish of second at Virginia International Raceway.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota) – Suarez ranks sixth in points with six top 10s finishes in 11 races. He captured his first career victory at Columbus Motor Speedway and has finished on the podium in four of the last five races. He has a best result of seventh in three starts at NHMS.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota)Bell finished fifth the last time out at Greenville Pickens Speedway, matching her best effort to date, a fifth place finish at Richmond earlier this season. The rookie driver has two top-five, and three top-10 finishes this season.

Our thoughts this week are with all those affected by the Tropical Storm Manuel which hit Acapulco, Mexico, as well as the victims of the Navy Yard shooting and floods in Colorado.

Practice is from 8:30-10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 followed by qualifying at 2 p.m. The North American Power 100 will air on Fox Sports 1, Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. The drivers will return to the track next Friday, Sept. 27 for the Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway.8632300100_565df971d2_c

 

BELL AND SUAREZ SCORE TOP-FIVE FINISHES AT GREENVILLE

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Rev Racing had high expectations for The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville Pickens Speedway, after all four teammates qualified in the top-10 for the first time this season. Daniel Suarez (@DnlSuarez) qualified second, Bryan Ortiz (@BryanORacing) sixth, Ryan Gifford (@RyanGifford2) eighth, and Mackena Bell (@MackenaBell) 10th, putting them in a great position to finish ahead.

Suarez, who led a race-high 64 laps, took over the lead on lap 3. He surrendered the lead to preserve his tires before making a late-race effort for the win. He didn’t have enough time to catch up to the race leader but was able to drive his No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota to a second place finish, his fourth top-five finish of the season.

Bell had an outstanding performance all day, qualifying 10th and racing in the top-five throughout the race. The rookie driver scored her second fifth place finish of the season, matching her best effort to date, a top five finish at Richmond earlier this year. She was the highest qualifying and highest finishing female of the day.

Gifford and Ortiz had fast cars at the start of the race but chose to drop towards the back in order to preserve tires. Unfortunately their strategy didn’t pan out as there was only one caution during the race and not enough time for either driver to rally back to the front. They finished the night 19th and 13th respectively.

The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 will air on FS1 on Sunday, Sept. 22 at noon. The next race for Rev Racing will be the North American Power 100 this Saturday, Sept. 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

REV RACING READY FOR ROUND TWO AT GREENVILLE

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CONCORD, NC (August 30, 2013) – Rev Racing returns to action this Monday, Sept. 2, for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway (GPS). This is the second of two NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East races at the track on the 2013 schedule, and the team is looking forward to improving on their results from the last visit there.

Mackena Bell (@MackenaBell) was the highest qualifier for the team, with a seventh place qualifying effort, and Daniel Suarez (@DnlSuarez) was the high finisher for the team, coming home eighth. Bryan Ortiz (@BryanORacing) is looking to carry momentum from his career best finish of second at VIR last weekend, with him to GPS. Ryan Gifford (@RyanGifford2) who is currently fifth in points, is looking to capture his second win of the season.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 NASCAR Technical Institute/UTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford is currently fifth in series points with one win, four top-five, and six top-10 finishes. He scored his first series career victory at Richmond International Raceway earlier this season.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota Camry) – Ortiz had his career best finish of second the last time out at VIR. He has one top-five and five top-10 finishes this season, and is looking to capture his first career win.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry) – Suarez is currently eighth in points with one win, three top-five, and five top-10 finishes this season. The Monterrey, Mexico native is also in contention to capture the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series Championship this season.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell who is competing for Rookie of the Year honors has one top-five and two top-10 finishes this season. Her career best finish was at Richmond International Raceway earlier this season where she came home fifth.

Qualifying will begin at 4 p.m. followed by an autograph session at 4:45 p.m. and the green flag at 6 p.m. ET.

The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 from Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway will air on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 12 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for live updates throughout the day.

The Rev Racing Late Model Program Has a Busy Weekend Ahead

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CONCORD, NC (August 30, 2013) – The Rev Racing Late Model program is gearing up for a weekend full of racing. On Friday night, August 30, the team will be competing in the Twin 125s at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA. Jack Madrid will be piloting the No. 4 Toyota, Devon Amos will be in the No. 6 Toyota, and Annabeth Barnes will be in the No. 21. This will be the second NASCAR Whelen All-America Series (NWAAS) for Amos this season, and his first time racing at Motor Mile Speedway. Barnes and Madrid both competed in twin 125s at Motor Mile Speedway in August, and are looking forward to returning. Qualifying is set to begin at 5pm and racing will start at 8pm.

After competing at Motor Mile Speedway the team will head south to Hickory Motor Speedway where Barnes and Madrid will compete in the NWAAS race on Saturday, August 31. Barnes has one top-five and two top-10 finishes at HMS this season, and Madrid has on top-five and two top-10s. Qualifying will begin at 5pm and racing is set to start at 7pm.

The next race for Barnes and Madrid will be on Saturday, September 7, at Hickory Motor Speedway. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for live updates.