CONCORD, NC. (March 22nd, 2013) – Daniel Suarez has a busy schedule this weekend as he attempts to race in two countries in two days. On Saturday he’ll hit the pavement at Greenville Pickens Speedway (GPS) with Rev Racing for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race, and on Sunday he’ll head to San Luis Potosí, Mexico, for the NASCAR Toyota Series race. This fast-paced lifestyle is nothing new for Suarez, who spent time trekking across countries last season to race in both the U.S. and Mexico. The Monterrey, Mexico, native has built an impressive resume in the NASCAR Toyota Series, where he was named Rookie of the Year in 2010, and finished ninth in the series standings in 2011, and third in 2012. Suarez was selected last fall to be a part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, and he hopes to use this opportunity to gain valuable experience. The 21-year-old has already shown an incredible amount of promise, and was selected to represent the future of the sport as a member of the 2011 class of the NASCAR “Next 9”. “It’s an honor to be a part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and to race for Rev Racing this season.” said Suarez “Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. both came through the program, and are now racing full-time at the top levels of the sport. I hope to follow in their footsteps.” Suarez raced at GPS for the first time last season, where he qualified fifth and finished 10th. He’s looking forward to returning this weekend, and improving on last year’s efforts. Follow Daniel @dnlsuarez and Rev Racing @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
CONCORD, NC (March 22, 2013) – Rev Racing is proud to announce that Impact will be returning as a team sponsor for the 2013 race season. Impact will also be the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Impact Toyota driven by Bryan Ortiz at Greenville Pickens Speedway this Saturday, March 23rd. “I’m very excited that Impact is joining us again this season, and I’m proud to be representing them on the track this weekend” said Ortiz. “I know that I can rely on the quality of products that they produce to keep me safe when I’m behind the wheel.” Impact is the leading provider of safety apparel and equipment for athletes and crew members in the racing industry. Impact has built a legacy through the development of safety products custom tailored to meet the racer’s need; whether it is dirt or asphalt. Rev Racing is coming off a record-setting season, where they won both the K&N Pro Series East Championship and Rookie of the Year honors with driver Kyle Larson. The team has been working hard in preparation for 2013 and is ready for the second points race of the season this weekend in Greenville.
CONCORD, NC. (March 21st, 2013) – Rev Racing is headed to Greenville Pickens Speedway (GPS) this weekend for the second NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race of the season. Ryan Gifford had a strong showing at Bristol last Saturday, where he finished third, and the rest of the team is eager to carry that momentum with them to Greenville. Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Impact Toyota) – Ortiz had an unfortunate first points race of the season at Bristol where he ran in the top-five all day but blew a right front with two laps to go, ending his day in the 21st position. He’s looking forward to returning to GPS where he had 11th and sixth place finishes with Rev Racing last season. Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Acapulco Toyota) – Suarez had an impressive race at GPS last season, his first time racing there, where he qualified fifth and finished 10th. Suarez will be racing in two countries in two days this weekend. After racing at GPS on Saturday he’ll head to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, for the NASCAR Toyota Series race. Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – This will be Bell’s second race at GPS, where she ran in 2010 with Rev Racing and finished 19th. This is her first full season racing in the NKNPS East and she is competing for Rookie of the Year honors. Ryan Gifford (No. 2 NASCAR Technical Institute/UTI Toyota) – Gifford is off to a strong start this season with a fourth place finish in the Battle at the Beach, a non-points race at Daytona International Speedway, and a third place finish at Bristol last weekend. He finished 13th and 12th at GPS last season, and is looking to improve on those results Saturday. There will be an autograph session prior to the race at 7 p.m. ET and the race will start at 8 p.m. ET. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
CONCORD, N.C. (March 18, 2013) – Ryan Gifford, once again, had a strong finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East season opener at Bristol Motor Speedway, bringing home a third-place finish for Rev Racing in his No. 2 NASCAR Technical Institute/UTI Toyota. Bryan Ortiz was competitive all day in the DRIVE4COPD 125, but finished 21st. Daniel Suarez and Mackena Bell finished 26th and 29th, respectively. Gifford – the highest returning finisher from this race last year – started eighth on the grid and finished third. It’s the second straight year that he kicked off the season with a third-place effort at Bristol. “This is a good start to the year,” said Gifford. “This kind of race shows us that what we did over the winter was going in the right direction. I think we’ll be able to contend all year.” Ortiz – Rookie of the Year runner up in 2012 – had a strong showing in his No. 4 Nike Toyota. He qualified seventh, and ran in the Top 5 most of the day. He was running in fourth place with one lap to go when he got a flat tire coming out of Turn 2, ending his day with a 21st place finish. Suarez had a strong No. 6 Acapulco Toyota. He started in 24th position and was able to pass competitors and move up 13 spots, running as high as 11th. He had a good handle on the car and felt confident he could score a Top-10 finish. With 18 laps to go, he was forced to pit due to mechanical issues and didn’t have enough time in the race to make up missed ground; he finished 26th. This was Bell’s first race at Bristol Motor Speedway. She spent both practices getting a feel for the track and her No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota. Her lap times improved during both practice sessions and she qualified 25th. Once the race started she was able to run as high as 21st, but an incident on Lap 55 forced her to pit so the team could evaluate the damage. She was able to finish the race, and came home 29th. The Rev Racing NKNPS East drivers head to Greenville Pickens Speedway (S.C.) this Saturday, March 23, for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 125. Ortiz, Suarez and Gifford had top-15 finishes there last year, and are looking to improve on those results this weekend.
CONCORD, NC. (March 12, 2013) – Rev Racing had a stellar 2012 season, winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (KNPS) East Championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year Honors with driver Kyle Larson, and they’re carrying that momentum with them into the KNPS East season opener at Bristol Motor Speedway this Saturday. The team has another strong KNPS East driver lineup with Drive for Diversity drivers Bryan Ortiz, Daniel Suarez, Mackena Bell and Ryan Gifford, and they’re prepared for another record-breaking year. Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Nike Toyota) – Ortiz, a Bayamon, Puerto Rico native returns for his third season with Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity program, and second full season racing in the NKNPS East. Ortiz had a successful rookie season, finishing fifth overall in the series standings and second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. He also finished third in the non-points race at Daytona International Speedway’s short track in February. Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) – Suarez, a Monterrey, Mexico native will be making his debut with Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity Program. He has six top 10s in 16 career NKNPS East races with a best result of fifth, twice. He also has two wins, six poles, and 22 top 10s in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series. Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – This season will be Bell’s fourth season with Rev Racing, but her first full season racing the in NKNPS East. Bell will be one of two females competing in the DRIVE4COPD 125, and will be racing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. Ryan Gifford (No. 2 NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota) – Gifford, who is returning for his fourth season with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, is the highest returning finisher from this event a year ago where he placed third. He finished the 2012 season 11th in the NKNPS East standings and is the first African American to capture a pole in a NASCAR touring series. With the championship win last year, Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing, became the first African American team owner in history to win a NASCAR touring series title. The success of Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program doesn’t end there. In the past three years the team has developed two Sunoco Rookie of the Year drivers and last season all four KNPS East drivers finished in the top 15 in the series standings. Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kyle Larson, both graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, are racing full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series respectively this season. Qualifying for the DRIVE4COPD 125 will be on Thursday, March 14th at 5 p.m. ET and the race will be Saturday, March 16th at 4:45 p.m. ET. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for live race updates.
(CONCORD, NC) – Annabeth Barnes and Jack Madrid made their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) debut on Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in the 100 lap ZLOOP Challenge. After a promising start to the day, Rev Racing went in with high hopes for the event. Early on in the race, Madrid experienced mechanical issues on his No. 4 Toyota Camry, effectively ending his night in the 22nd position. Barnes had a good handling No. 21 Toyota Camry, and was able to advance her position, moving up as high as 11th within the first 10 laps. She was caught in a multiple car accident early on and sustained too much damage to continue, finishing in the 21st position. Rev Racing had two strong practice sessions; where both drivers spent time getting accustomed to the track, and their new cars. The field was stacked with 22 competitors and Madrid and Barnes qualified 17th and 18th respectively. Both drivers qualified early and the track cooled down significantly as the session progressed, resulting in increased lap times from the later qualifying cars. Barnes will be in action again on March 16th at Hickory, and both Rev Racing drivers will be competing in the NWAAS at Hickory on April 6th.
(CONCORD, NC) – Rev Racing drivers Annabeth Barnes and Jack Madrid will make their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series debut this Saturday, March 9th, at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Spring Classic Season Opener. While Barnes is no rookie at Hickory Motor Speedway, where she ran her first full stock car season competing in the Limited Late Model Division, it will be her first time competing in a Late Model car. “This is going to be a big year for me, moving into late models. It will be a good opportunity to learn and grow as a driver, and I’m really excited to compete for Rev Racing and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Drive for Diversity program.” said Barnes. Madrid, originally from San Clemente, Calif., spent last season racing in the Super Late Model Division on the West Coast, where he finished top-10 in all four races in which he competed. “The biggest difference for me this season will be the level of talent at the track, it’s really going to help me develop as a driver. I feel like we have a really great Toyota Camry that will be competitive, and my goal is to learn as much as I can each weekend.” said Madrid. Barnes and Madrid both join the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program this season after being selected in the combine to compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and racing will begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information about Rev Racing visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.