Rev Racing Announces 2017 Youth Legend Drivers

Concord, NC (June 6, 2017):  Each year Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing also manages a youth racing initiative for kids 8-14 who want to compete in the INEX Legend cars.

Through a several week evaluation process, youth drivers were chosen by recommendation, historical success, and overall driving performance.  “As it remains a goal of ours to focus on the growth and development of both our academy-style program and youth participants, we want to connect with these drivers as early as possible,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “The sooner we can start providing the proper guidance to these individuals, the more prepared they are to grow into a different series.”

This year, Rev Racing will offer a Legend car ride to two new-comers, Isabella Robusto and Nicholas Sanchez. Isabella, from Fort Mill, South Carolina, began racing the go-karts in club races at Carolina Motorsports Park. Isabella had immediate success, with several podium finishes. As She gained experience she began racing go-karts at other local tracks and eventually in numerous national series’ like USPKS, WKA, Florida Winter Tour and the F-Series. At the age of eight, and while still racing go-karts, Isabella climbed into a Bandolero and began racing at Concord Motor Speedway and competed in her first of many Summer Shootout’s at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a Beginner Bandit. Within a year Isabella moved up to the Bandit division and raced the Winter Nationals in Orlando, Florida. With other INEX sanctioned races in Charlotte, Atlanta and Virginia, Isabella’s points scored her the 2016 South Carolina Young Lions championship.  While Isabella maintains a full karting competition schedule, she is very excited to get back on track in her Legend Car for Summer Shootout 2017.

Nicholas, from Miami, Florida, had a love of car racing from the age of 5 when he went to his first NASCAR truck race at Homestead Miami Speedway.  By the age of twelve, he began kart racing in his hometown of Miami.  Over the last 3.5 years, he has raced on multiple national circuits including, Rok Cup USA and The Florida Winter Tour.  Nicholas has raced throughout the State of Florida at various racetracks competing in over 45 races.  He has fourteen top-10 and eleven top-5 finishes in karting classes ranging from Junior, Senior and Shifter.  Nicholas one day wants to see his name among notable alumni Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Both drivers will compete in the 2017 Summer Shootout, located in Charlotte, NC. The Shootout will begin 6.12.17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Rev Racing Announces 2016 Youth Legend Drivers

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Concord, NC (Feb. 16, 2016) Each year Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing also manages a youth racing initiative for kids 8-14 who want to compete in the INEX Bandolero and INEX Legend cars.

Youth applicants are evaluated by submission and invited to participate in a driver combine. Due to inclement weather, the 2016 drivers were unable to be assessed using the traditional method. Through a several week evaluation process, youth drivers were chosen by recommendation, historical success, and overall driving performance.  “As it remains a goal of ours to focus on the growth and development of both our academy-style program and youth participants, we want to connect with these drivers as early as possible,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “The sooner we can start providing the proper guidance to these individuals, the more prepared they are to grow into different series.”

This year, Rev Racing will offer a Legend Car ride to returning youth driver Austin Geer and new-comer Hailie Deegan. Geer returns for his third season as the youngest member of the Rev Racing team. Geer was the recipient of the NASCAR Young Racer Award in 2014. During the 2015 season he scored two Top 3s and five Top 5s for the Rev Racing team. Austin spent his 13th birthday testing a Legend Car preparing for his move up to the bigger, faster cars. In his first Legends race in December at the Charlotte 5th mile, Austin scored a Top-10 finish. During the Winter break Austin has been training on racing simulators to help prepare him as he has his eyes set on Rookie of the Year honors in the Legends series. Geer one day wants to see his name among notable alumni Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Hailie Deegan, daughter of famed X Games and off road phenomenon racer Brian Deegan, has been racing since she was eight years old – and has found success from the start. At just 13 years old, Deegan competed on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in the Modified Kart class. She was the first female to the podium, taking first place at Glen Helen Raceway. A few short weeks later, Deegan again found her way to the podium, this time scoring a third place finish at Lake Elsinore. In 2015, Deegan collected a series Regional Championship, seven Regional podium finishes and five Mod Class National series podium finishes. Deegan has since found her way to other racing series, committing to each opportunity and aggressively looking for the next chance to take the track.

Both drivers will compete in the 2016 Summer Shootout, located in Charlotte NC.

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Combine Participants Announced

Monday, October 19th: 

Charlotte, NC, – The participants have been selected for 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Combine. Youth combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills and past experience on November 2nd at Concord Motorsports Park, located in Charlotte, NC.

Each year, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative and its competition arm, Rev Racing, seek to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. “This year the talent continues to improve,” said Jefferson Hodges, Rev Racing Director of Competition.  “We love working with drivers at this period in their career. We have the ability to help build their foundation and influence their maturity into the next series.”

Drivers, from the across the nation, applied to the program in early September. 13 drivers were selected to participate in this year’s 2015 Combine. Selected drivers will compete in the 2016 Summer Shootout, located in Charlotte NC. Rev Racing will support four drivers in both the Legend and Bandolero Series.

Below are invitees to the 12th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine:

 

Name Series Age City State/Country
Austin Geer Legend 13 Johns Creek GA
Hailie Deegan Legend 14 Temecula CA
Taylor Jorgensen Legend 19 Stockbridge GA
Kendra Adams Legend 16 Canada
Enrique Limon Legend 17 Mexico
Ryo Ogata Legend 16 Troutman NC

 

 

Name Series Age City State/Country
Alberto Limon Bandolero 12 Mexico
Liz Montgomery Bandolero 13 Charlotte NC
Elysia Potter Bandolero 13 Newport News VA
Jaiden Reyna Bandolero 9 Newport News VA
Hayden Swank Bandolero 14 Woodstock AL
Violet Townsend Bandolero 9 Ravenna MI
Gracie Trotter Bandolero 14 Denver   NC

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

Sitting Down with Austin Geer

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

How do you think your season has gone so far?

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

How have you improved from last year?

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

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

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

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

Do you have a specific routine before racing?

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

Do you have a favorite track to race on?

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

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

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

Where do you see yourself going in this sport?

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

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

Young Drivers Race at Summer Shootout

Charlotte, NC (June 10th, 2014) – Based on their performance at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, Walter Thomas III and Enrique “Henry” Limon have been selected by Rev Racing to run in the Legend Car Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway this summer. Both Thomas and Limon participate in the youth component of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program, which helps promising young drivers develop and succeed.

Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series on Tuesday nights through June and July. The series has a full program of Legends Car and Bandolero racing. Special attractions such as school bus race nights and firework shows will also be included to add to the excitement.

An Indiana native, Thomas started racing at the age of four. Now 16, he has already received three titles; and was selected NASCAR Diversities “Young Driver of the year” in 2012. Thomas believes Rev Racing is going to offer him ample opportunities to grow. “Being selected to be part of the Rev Racing team is the opportunity of a lifetime,” he said. “I felt that joining Rev Racing was the best route to go in order to continue my career.”

Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Limon has been racing for 8 years. He is currently on his 2nd year racing in the US and recently won the National Championships for Karting in 2013. Limon is enthusiastic about growing his career through Rev Racing, “[I am] very excited because I knew that I would be doing a great job with a very good team. I really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the Rev Racing team,” said Limon.

The Summer Shootout Series will be located on the quarter-mile oval on the speedway’s front straightaway. Adult admission is $7, with children under 13 admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Ryleigh Lemonds wins her first Arena Race of the 2013 Season

CONCORD, NC (February 6, 2013) Rev Racing’s youngest developmental driver, Ryleigh Lemonds of Yorktown, Virginia, won her first indoor arena race of the season at Richmond Coliseum on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Lemonds took the lead on lap 4 and held on to win the 30 lap event, which ended a four race winning streak of one of her fellow competitors. Several cautions were displayed throughout the race for various incidents on track but Lemonds set sail creating a 1.162 second lead over her other competitors.

“I am so excited to win my first arena race” said Lemonds in a tweet after her event.

Lemonds is one of two drivers participating in a stand-alone developmental program and youth racing initiative by Rev Racing. She is set to compete again this weekend at the Richmond Coliseum.

Please follow her at @ryleighlemonds for updates on all of her races throughout the 2013 season.

Top-10 Finish For Dylan Smith In 2012 Summer Shootout Series Finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway

CONCORD, NC (August 24, 2012) Rev Racing’s Dylan Smith capped off his first season in the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with a top-10 finish in the NOS Energy Legend Car Semi-Pro feature as well as a top-10 finish in the overall point standings on Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After receiving damage to the left front side of his legendary No. 34 during the opening heat race, Smith was forced to start the 20-lap feature race at the back of the field.

Proving that the Max Siegel, Inc., Toyota and Langley Speedway No. 34 was one of the strongest in the 18 car field, Smith was able to move into the top-10 by the midpoint of this race.

Continuing to push his way through the field, Smith was running in the top five before receiving a tap, causing the No. 34 to fall back to 10th with only eight laps remaining. Not letting this stop him, Smith drove back into the top-10 where he finished his final race of the season in ninth, leading to a top-10 finish in the Semi-Pro Division point standings.

“We had a great car tonight,” said Smith. “We had some of the fastest practice times of the season on Monday night and this car just continued to improve thanks to my hard working crew chief, Ryan Salomon. I hope to compete with the same hard working team again next season.”

Endurance Pays Off for Rev Racing’s Dylan Smith In Summer Shootout Series

CONCORD, NC (August 1, 2012) Enduring every challenge in his way, Rev Racing’s Dylan Smith brought home a sixth place finish in the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, NOS Energy Legend Car Semi-Pro feature, on Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After losing control of his legendary No. 34 in the heat race, Smith lined up for the feature race in the 19th position. Enduring the next challenge of the night, Smith was involved in a five car pile up on lap six of this 13 lap race. Returning to the track in the 20th position, Smith continued to weave his way through the 24 car field before being spun again on lap 11.

Proving that he had one of the best cars in the field, Smith continued to persevere and broke into the top-10 with just one lap remaining in this caution filled race. With the wave of the final green flag, Smith was able to drive his Max Siegel, Inc.,Toyota and Langley Speedway legendary No. 34 into the 6th position where he would cross the finishing stripe.

“This team worked hard on this No.34 and I knew that it would be good. In fact, it was great!” exclaimed Smith. “I think my team proved it after this challenging race.”

Smith will return to the track next Tuesday night for Round 8 of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Top 10 Finish for Rev Racing’s Dylan Smith In Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway

CONCORD, NC (June 28, 2012) Coming back from a difficult start to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Rev Racing’s Dylan Smith experienced his first top-10 finish of the season in Tuesday night’s NOS Energy Legend Car Semi-Pro feature.

Starting 20th in what was supposed to be a 25-lap feature race, Smith quickly jumped into the 14th position after avoiding a multi car crash on lap two. After the restart, Smith continued to push the legendary No. 34, into the top-10 within three laps.

After the second caution flag of the night flew on lap seven, Smith, who felt like he had one of the strongest cars in the 30 car field, was holding steady in eighth. After falling back two positions on the restart, Smith avoided a second multi car crash in turn four.

Due to excessive and extended caution periods, track officials ended this race after the final restart on lap 10, where Smith was able to push his way back to ninth when the checkered flag was waved.

Although happy with this top-10 finish, Smith said that he was hoping that this race would go its full distance.

“It seems like there was a caution every other lap and I was dodging a lot of wrecks, but we had a top-5 car and I would have liked to have had the opportunity to prove it,” said Smith. “Fortunately, my Rev Racing team has given me a strong car that not only did well tonight, but will be ready for next week’s 3rd Annual Legends Big Money 100.”

Smith will feature his legendary Max Siegel, Inc.,Toyota and Langley Speedway No. 34 in next Tuesday’s Big Money Legend Car Semi-Pro feature, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.