Birthday: March 10, 1989
Hometown: Winchester, Tennessee
Series: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East; Car No. 2
Personal Website: www.ryangifford.com
Ryan Gifford, 24, is competing in his fifth season with Rev Racing under NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program. Gifford’s 2013 season consisted of 14 starts, earning four top 5 and six top 10 finishes; one of which was his first K&N Pro Series East win at Richmond International Raceway. 2013 also proved to be a milestone year for Gifford as he was invited to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In his Nationwide Series debut, Gifford started 23rd and finished ninth. He finished the 2013 season 11th in the rankings.
The Tennessee native knew he wanted to make racing a career even before he made the transition from karts to dirt late-models at the young age of 15. He found success early and often, earning three poles and four top 5 finishes in his debut season racing late models. He continued racing dirt late models until 2006 when he caught the attention of Mike Dillon who, at the time, served as Richard Childress Racing’s (RCR) Vice President of Competition. Gifford subsequently began racing for RCR until he joined NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program in 2009.
- Captured first K&N Series victory at Richmond International Raceway, Apr. 25, 2013
- Ranked 11th in points with three top 10s across the 14-race schedule in 2012
- 2012 Best finish was 3rd in the opener at Bristol Motor Speedway
- Led 11 laps at Richmond International Raceway in 2012
- Finished 10th in the standings with four top 10s in 12 events in 2011
- Recorded four top 5s in his first full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season in 2010
- In 2010, he became the first African-American in series history to earn a pole when he accomplished the feat in the inaugural race at Martinsville
- Debuted in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with four starts in 2009
- Competed in 12 K&N Pro Series East races collecting two Top 5’s and four Top 10’s enroute to a 10th place points finish in 2011.