Second Win of the Season For Rev Racing Rookie Kyle Larson

CONCORD, NC (September 22, 2012) Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 6 Rev Racing and L&M Ethanol Maintenance & Contracting, Inc. Toyota Camry, won a drag race to the finish line for his second race win of the season in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

After starting the race in third, Larson proved that his No. 6 Camry was strong and would be a factor as he remained inside the top-five at the 1.058-mile oval for the first half of the race. Battling an ill handling car, Larson began to lose ground on the race leaders prior to the midway break on lap 50.

Jumping into action, the No. 6 team was able to make the necessary adjustments to put Larson back into contention for the race win. With 35 laps remaining, Larson was able to make his move around points leader, Brett Moffitt, for second and closed in on race leader, Corey LaJoie.

As the laps ticked down in the G-Oil 100, Larson pushed his way to the race lead with only 14 laps remaining. Though he began to drive away from the field, Larson would be forced into a shootout with Lajoie for the finish after the red flag was thrown following a multi-car accident on the backstretch on lap 90 of this 100 lap race. With the wave of the green flag, on lap 95, Larson was able to hold off a hard charging LaJoie for the win of this exciting race, which now puts him just three points outside of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points lead.

“It was a lot of fun racing Corey to the checker today. It took five or six laps for the tires to really come in so I could roll around the bottom (of the corners) better,” said Larson. Luckily, we had enough for the win and made up some more points on Brett (Moffitt). I am lucky to have a great team and sponsors, including Toyota and L&M Ethanol Maintenance & Contracting, Inc., who make wins like this possible.”

Starting this weekend with a new sponsor, the Puerto Rico Board of Tourism, Rookie of the Year contender and Larson’s teammate, Bryan Ortiz, also had a memorable day at the Magic Mile. After a rough start to his weekend, which lead to an accident in qualifying, Ortiz was forced to start this race in the 36th position.

Having one of the best cars in the field, Ortiz battled his way into the top-10 by the midpoint of this race. Working hard to keep their driver in contention, the No. 4 team made the necessary adjustments to put Ortiz in the top-five with only 25 laps to go. However, after a caution on lap 88, Ortiz was forced back to the seventh position. Fighting back, though, Ortiz was able to put his No. 4 Puerto Rico Does It Better Toyota into sixth by the wave of the checkered flag.

“ What an amazing race! We had the best car,” said Ortiz. “To start this race in dead last and finish sixth, I am one lucky driver to have the crew, sponsors and quality race team to compete.”

Larson and Ortiz, along with their teammates Ryan Gifford and Jorge Arteaga, will return to action at Dover International Speedway, in the American Real TV 150, next Friday, September 28.

D4D Combine Candidates Selected – 17 Drivers To Compete For Spot On Next Year’s Roster

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 20, 2012) As the NASCAR season hits the home stretch, preparations for 2013 are already underway. That process will begin in earnest for select drivers Oct. 16-18 with the 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

NASCAR and Rev Racing today announced 17 candidates invited to take part in the three-day evaluation.

“We are excited to see the continued interest in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program as evidenced by the increased breadth and depth of applicants for the evaluation,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “The NASCAR Drive for Diversity program provides opportunities for female and minority drivers and crew members, and we are proud to be working with Rev Racing to foster great talent that will continue to enrich our sport.”

The NASCAR D4D program created in 2004 is now executed by Rev Racing and the team is competing in their third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Currently the top two rookies in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Kyle Larson and Bryan Ortiz are in the 2012 D4D class, while Larson and Rev Racing graduate Darrell Wallace Jr. made their national series debuts this year. Larson has top 10s in both starts in the NASCAR Camping World Series and Wallace has a top 10 in all three of his NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

The 2012 Combine will be a three day driver evaluation of on-track performance, marketing and media aptitude, and physical fitness. Langley, a .4-mile asphalt oval, is the NASCAR sanctioned track hosting the event for the second consecutive year.

“Langley truly challenges those who take part in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine,” said Derik Crotts, general manager of Rev Racing, the executing partner for the program. “Participants will have several on track sessions to present their racing abilities. This will include some unique challenges that we will throw at them to make sure that they are on their game.”

The 2013 Rev Racing team will be selected from among the 2012 Rev Racing drivers and the Combine participants.

The 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine participants include:

DRIVER HOMETOWN AGE
Devon Amos Rio Ranch, N.M. 21
Dustin Ash Las Vegas 24
Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, N.C. 17
Collin Cabre Thonotosassa, Fla. 18
Kayla Cazares Goffstown, N.H. 16
Amber Colvin Mooresville, N.C. 17
Jessica Dana Olympia, Wash. 17
Paige Decker Eagle River, Wis. 19
Cassie Gannis Phoenix, Ariz. 21
Lindsay Katz Kalamazoo, Mich. 21
Jack Madrid San Clemente, Calif. 17
Kate McCall Port Orange, Fla. 16
Dallas Montes Bakersfield, Calif. 18
Hannah Newhouse Twin Falls, Idaho 15
Dylan Smith Randolph, Vt. 20
Daniel Suarez Monterrey, Mexico 20
Erica Thiering Sherwood Park, Alberta 22

“Puerto Rico Does It Better” with Rev Racing and NASCAR

Concord, NC (September 19, 2012) Rev Racing is excited to announce the new partnership between its driver Bryan Ortiz and the Puerto Rico Board of Tourism. Ortiz, a native of Puerto Rico, and driver of the No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota, will be displaying this new sponsor during the upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway.

Puerto Rico Board of Tourism is the official source of information for all those traveling to the island destination. “Puerto Rico Does It Better” will be displayed on the hood of Ortiz’s car for this weekend’s G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“I am happy and proud to have the support of the Puerto Rico Board of Tourism on my car for the upcoming K&N races,” said Ortiz. “It will be the first time that they have been involved with NASCAR and I’m hoping for a good run in both of the upcoming races with them on board. Hopefully we can continue this partnership for years to come.”
“Through its athletes, Puerto Rico has gained a place of honor in the global sports panorama, with Bryan Ortiz being an outstanding example of the quality of our sportsmen and women. At the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, we fully support him and believe his participation in NASCAR will provide Puerto Rico with an opportunity to show car racing fans that Puerto Rico Does It Better”, said Luis Rivera-Marin, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

For more information on Ortiz’s new sponsor visit www.seepuertorico.com and continue to follow Bryan Ortiz at Bryan Ortiz Racing on Facebook or Twitter @BryanORacing.

Rev Racing Celebrates Continued Partnership with DogHouse Systems

Concord, North Carolina (September 18, 2012) Rev Racing would like to thank DogHouse Systems for their continued support over the past three years. Jorge Arteaga, driver of the No. 8 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR K&N series, will be sporting the DogHouse Systems wrap on his car for this weekend’s G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the following race at Dover International Speedway.

“DogHouse Systems has been a great partner in our driver simulator program for the past three years,” said Derik Crotts, General Manager, Rev Racing. “They have provided computers and monitors for our in-house simulators as well as our mobile simulator used with the Fueling Your Dreams tour. Their continued support enhances our outreach and development efforts, while at the same time bring awareness to the NASCAR Drive For Diversity Program within the gaming community.”

DogHouse Systems, established in 2008, produces elite desktop computers for the most discriminating PC gamers. The company’s love for gaming and Rev Racing’s unique outreach program have combined to create a realistic and interactive simulator that allows participants to virtually experience what it is like to be in a race car and on the track.

“We have NASCAR fans here at DogHouse SystemsTM and when we learned about Rev Racing, we knew we wanted to be a part of their outreach program. They are doing such great things for the activity and we applaud them for their efforts,” said John Pryor, President, DogHouse Systems.

For more information on DogHouse Systems check out their website at doghousesystems.com and continue to follow @RevRacin on Twitter for updates on this weekend’s NASCAR K&N race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Pair Of Top-Five Finishes For Rev Racing On Championship Night at Hickory Motor Speedway

CONCORD, NC (September 17, 2012) Rev Racing’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers, Mackena Bell and Trey Gibson, proved that they were championship contenders on Saturday night with two top-five finishes in the 100-lap championship race for the Bojangles Late Model Series at Hickory Motor Speedway. Although not competing in the entire 2012 season, Bell’s top-three finish earned her an eighth place finish in Late Model point standings at Hickory Motor Speedway while Gibson ended the season in sixth, 150 points ahead of his teammate.

Starting this race in fifth, Bell quickly fell back to 12th after being spun on the first lap, causing right front damage to her No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Camry. Not letting this stop her from a top finish, Bell quickly maneuvered her way through the field, cracking the top-five with 40 laps remaining. Nearing the end of this championship race, Bell proved no one would stop her from ending the 2012 season on a high note when she made her way up to third place in the 15 car field with 10 laps remaining, which is where she would cross the finish.

Also bringing his 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American season to a successful end, Gibson started this race in seventh and quickly made his way into the top three within the first two laps. Continuing to keep his No. 2 Lithium Pros Toyota Camry in the top-five, Gibson was forced to make a late race pit stop, for a track bar adjustment. Starting in eighth with only 24 laps remaining, Gibson found that this was just the handling adjustment that he needed to stay competitive. Making his way through the field, Gibson was able to put the No. 2 Lithium Pros Toyota Camry back in the top-five with 10 laps remaining and crossed the finish in fifth.

“It was an honor to finish in the top-three considering the competition I had tonight,” said Bell. “It was unfortunate to have gotten caught up in a wreck on the first lap, but we made a great recovery. This team has made a lot of improvements from the beginning of the season and I would like to thank Mike Bartlett, Josh Berdnt, Keith Young and Jefferson Hodges for all their hard work and support as well as my amazing sponsors, Toyota and Toyota Racing Development for making this dream possible.”

“This weekend was better than the past couple of weeks and I am thankful to have a strong fifth place finish,” said Gibson. “The No. 2 Lithium Pros Toyota Camry was really good the first 70 laps, but after making a track bar adjustment the car seemed to handle even better. Due to this late pit stop we weren’t able to get the finished we had hoped for, but am still happy for this strong finish. I would like to thank my sponsors Lithium Pros and Toyota as well as my hard working team Mardy Lindley, Ryan Salomon, Dylan Smith and Steve Mann for their dedication this season.”

Bell and Gibson will also have an opportunity to compete in one of Hickory Motor Speedway’s largest racing events of the year – the Fall Brawl 200 lap Late Model race, on Saturday, September 29th.

Chicago State University Hosts The Fueling Your Dreams Tour

The Fueling Your Dreams tour spent two days in Chicago on the campus of Chicago State University. Our efforts in this market allowed us to engage enthusiastic new fans who were previously unaware of the excitement NASCAR can create, as well as the wealth of academic and career opportunities currently present in the sport.

We set up our Fueling Your Dreams assets in the courtyard of the Cordell Reed Student Union building. Activation visitors were attracted to the Show Car, as most had never actually viewed a race car before. Another popular attraction was the iRacing simulator which remains a crowd favorite. Rev Racing driver, Bryan Ortiz, mingled with the crowd and gave tips on getting around the track on the simulator.

The following day, we conducted a Career Panel which focused on the programs being run by NASCAR Diversity and Rev Racing. Students at Chicago State University learned of the scholarship, internship and mentoring opportunities they can apply for, as well as future career paths through entities like Rev Racing and others in the larger NASCAR community.

Top-Five Finish for Mackena Bell at Hickory Motor Speedway

CONCORD, NC (September 10, 2012) Rev Racing’s Mackena Bell comes home with a top-five finish in the 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature race this weekend, moving her into the top-10 in Late Model point standings at Hickory Motor Speedway.

After spending most of Saturday at this legendary short track, Bell and her teammate, Trey Gibson, had to await their chance to race against the competitive Late Model field until Sunday due to dangerous storms in the area.

In a race that was slowed by only one caution, Bell as able to battle back from an 11th place starting position into the top seven by the mid-point of this event. Bell continued to hold this position before laying the hammer down and moving her No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Camry into the top-five with just four laps to go, resulting in her second top-five finish of the 2012 season.

Hoping to compete with his teammate, Gibson wasn’t as fortunate. Starting this race in the top-five, Gibson’s No. 2 Lithium Pros Toyota Camry looked like the car to compete with before experiencing engine problems on lap 43. Unable to return to the race track, Gibson was forced to settle with a last place finish.

“This was a great race weekend,” said Bell. “Although our qualifying effort wasn’t what I was hoping, the changes that we made for the race as well as saving our tires until the end of this race paid off. A special thanks goes out to my team for their hard work as well as my sponsors, Toyota and Toyota Racing Development, for giving me the opportunity to have a great car.”

“Sometimes you lose more than you win in this sport, but I am really happy for my teammate today,” said Gibson. “We had a good run going for the 100 lap feature before experiencing motor problems, which forced me to end the day early. Fortunately, we have two more races to go to get another win this season and this is definitely possible with this hard working team.”

Both drivers will return to the track for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship Night this Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway, followed by the Fall Brawl 200 lap Late Model race on Saturday, September 29th.

Bell and Gibson Score Top Ten Finishes At Hickory

By: Mike Petteway, Triad Sports Coverage.com
Hickory, NC (September 2, 2012) Rev Racing’s Mackena Bell and Trey Gibson maintained their poise throughout the 150 lap Bobby Isaac Memorial Late Model race Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway and crossed the finish line in sixth and tenth place respectively.

“Everybody preached all day about being smooth and straight off the corner and let the other drivers wear their stuff out,” said Mackena. Bell drove a great race and patiently waited for her opportunity to move up. It was apparent in the final 30 laps that the #4 Toyota Camry had plenty left for the competition.

“We fell back to about 20th at one point, but is was impressive to run with so many good drivers and come out with a sixth place finish,” Bell said. Mackena also did a great job to avoid several late race wrecks. “Those late race cautions were crazy, I could see things about to happen and I guess the “female instinct” took over and I was able to back down and get around the crashes,” said Bell.

Gibson salvaged a tenth place finish after some late race incidents, not of his making. Trey ran in the top 8 and was destined for an even better finish, but racing luck wasn’t riding in his #2 Camry. “On a restart I was put in behind some lapped cars and got hung out on the top lane, I dropped from eighth the thirteenth before I was able to find my way back to the bottom,” Gibson said.

Trey had a great Toyota under him, and like Mackena, he just rode around and conserved his equipment for the first 100 or so laps. As he made his way to the front he suffered a right front flat after contact with another car coming out of turn two and his hopes of a top five were dashed. He made his way down pit road with just 15 laps to go and quickly returned to the action and fought his way from the rear of the field to a solid tenth place finish.

“It was really unfortunate that we didn’t get the finish that we should have, but we’ll come back and go at it next time,” Trey said. “My crew and the guys back at the shop gave me a great hot rod tonight,” added Gibson.

Bell and Gibson are scheduled to return to Hickory Motor Speedway next Saturday night, September 8th for the 100 lap Late Model race.