GIFFORD CAPTURES FIRST NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST WIN AT RICHMOND

DSC_0466CONCORD, N.C. (April 29, 2013) – Ryan Gifford scored his first victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East last Thursday night at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), in the Blue Ox 100. Gifford became the fourth different driver to win for Rev Racing since the organization began to field cars for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in 2010, and this became win 11 out of 44 starts in the series for the team.

When Gifford hit the pavement on Thursday at RIR he was positive that this race would have a different outcome than it did a year ago, where he was one of two race leaders but a spin on the final restart cost him the win. He struggled during both practice sessions, and was disappointed with his 11th place qualifying effort, but his patience paid off. Gifford was able to take the lead on lap 78 and stay up front through two restarts, to bring home the win.
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“This is something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life,” said Gifford. “To come up short so many times and be able to go out and do this is just awesome. I feel like there’s a thousand pounds lifted off my shoulders.”

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell has had a stellar rookie season, and she proved once again on Thursday that she shouldn’t be overlooked, earning a career-best fifth place finish. She’s moved up to tenth in the series points’ standings, and is in contention to win Rookie of the Year honors.
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Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Nike Toyota Camry) – Ortiz had a rough night, getting involved in a multi-car wreck, but managed to drive his way through the pack to finish 15th after qualifying 23rd. Ortiz is currently 12th in the series points’ standings.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota Camry) – Suarez didn’t have the day he had hoped for at RIR. He spent both practice sessions making adjustments to his Toyota Camry, and qualified 34th. Suarez was moving up through the field when he was spun out, he managed to recover and finish 21st.

The next stop for Rev Racing in the NKNPS East will be on Saturday, June 1, at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem, N.C. for the Hall of Fame 150.

REV RACING HEADS TO RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Concord, N.C. (April 23, 2013) – Rev Racing is set to race at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) on Thursday, April 25, after a weekend of career highs for both Mackena Bell and Bryan Ortiz the last time out at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. The Blue Ox 100 at RIR will be the fourth stop on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East schedule.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota) – Gifford had a chance to capture his first win at RIR last season, where he was one of only two race leaders. He’s raced twice at the track, where he has ninth and fifth-place qualifying efforts. Gifford is currently tied for sixth in the series’ points standings.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Nike Toyota) – Ortiz hopes to carry momentum with him from Pensacola, where he managed a career-high qualifying effort of fifth, to Richmond this weekend. Ortiz raced at RIR last season where he qualified 16th and maneuvered his way through the pack to finish seventh.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) – Suarez is doing double duty this season, racing in both the NKNPS East and the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico. He’s coming back from a strong race weekend in Queretaro, Mexico where he earned the pole and finished fourth. This will be Suarez’s third start at RIR.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – Bell is also coming off a career-high weekend at Five Flags Speedway where she finished 11th. She was the fastest car during the first practice session at Pensacola and, although this will be her first time racing at RIR, she’s continued to show improvement at each race this season.

All four drivers will be participating in Education Day presented by RIR on Thursday, April 25, and will be making an appearance at the Toyota Pit Pass display on Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m. ET.

There will be a pre-race autograph session at 3 p.m., followed by qualifying at 4:30 p.m. and the green flag at 7 p.m. ET. The race will be aired on SPEED on May 16 at 3 p.m. ET. For updates throughout the weekend, follow @RevRacin on twitter.

REV RACING EARNS TWO TOP-TEN FINISHES IN THE INAUGURAL NAPA 150

Concord, N.C. (April 15, 2013) – The inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. proved to be a success for Rev Racing. Twenty-six cars hit the pavement for the NAPA 150 on Saturday night, and Rev Racing came home with two top-ten finishes. Bryan Ortiz led the team with a sixth place finish in his No. 4 Impact Toyota Camry and Ryan Gifford came home ninth. Mackena Bell and Daniel Suarez finished 11th and 13th respectively.

The field ran under green for most of the 150-lap race, with only four cautions and a mandatory 10 minute break with 75 laps to go.

“I’m really proud of my entire team for their efforts this weekend. We had a competitive car and our sixth place finish shows how much we’ve improved since the season opener at Bristol. I have no doubt that we’ll continue showing improved results and we’ll come home with a win soon.” said Ortiz, the Bayamon Puerto Rico native.

This was the first time any of the Rev Racing drivers had competed at Five Flags Speedway, and they spent time learning their way around the track with a test on Friday and two practice sessions on Saturday.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Impact Toyota Camry) – Ortiz started the weekend with a fifth place qualifying effort, his highest starting spot ever in the series. He was competitive throughout the race, running as high as third, and came home with a sixth place finish. He moved up in the series point’s standings and is currently sitting in 13th place.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry) – Patience has been the theme for Suarez this season, which he demonstrated once again on Saturday. He qualified 12th and ran consistently in the top-15 all night, finishing 13th. Suarez moved up two spots in the series point’s standings and is currently in 11th place.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell led the field with the fastest lap speed during the first practice session. She qualified 16th but she was patient throughout the race, searching for the right opportunity to pass her competitors, and came home with an 11th place finish. This was her highest finish in the NKNPS East.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford had a fast car during the first practice session, finishing eighth quickest. He qualified 19th but worked his way up the field to score a top-ten finish, coming home ninth. Gifford is currently seventh in the series point’s standings.

The NAPA 150 will air on SPEED on Thursday, May 2nd, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The next stop for Rev Racing in the NKNPS East will be the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, April 25th, at 7:00 p.m. ET. All four NKNPS East drivers will be making an appearance at the Toyota Pit Pass display at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday, April 26th. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the weekend.

REV RACING TO COMPETE IN INAUGURAL K&N PRO SERIES EAST RACE AT FIVE FLAGS SPEEDWAY

CONCORD, N.C. (April 11, 2013) – Rev Racing is headed to the beach for the Napa 150 at Five Flags Speedway this Saturday, April 13 in Pensacola, Fla. This will be the inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race at the .5-mile asphalt oval which is home to the Snowball Derby, an annual open-competition Super Late Model race.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford is off to a strong start this season with a fourth place finish in the non-points race at Daytona’s short track followed by a third place finish in the season opener at Bristol. He came home 13th from Greenville last weekend and is currently sixth in the series point’s standings.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Impact Toyota Camry) – Ortiz has nine top 10s in 16 NKNPS East races, with a best finish of third at Bowman Gray Stadium. He also started this season with a third place finish in the non-points event at Daytona’s short track in February. He has an average finish of 13th in nine career starts at intermediate short tracks, with a best finish of fifth at CNB Bank Raceway Park in 2012.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry) – Suarez scored two top-ten finishes last weekend where he came home seventh in the NKNPS East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway and sixth in the Toyota Series race in Mexico City, Mexico. He has an average finish of 13th in nine career starts at intermediate short tracks with a best finish of fifth twice at Columbus.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell had her best qualifying run in the series last weekend at Greenville Pickens Speedway where she started seventh. She’s one of two females racing full time in the NKNPS East this season and is running for Rookie of the Year honors.

There will be an autograph session at 5:30 p.m. ET and the green flag will drop at 7 p.m. ET. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the weekend.

DANIEL SUAREZ SCORES A TOP-10 FINISH AT GREENVILLE

CONCORD, N.C. (April 8, 2013) – Rev Racing scored a top-10 finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race this past weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (GPS) with Daniel Suarez and the No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry. Suarez had a competitive car all day and after qualifying eighth was able to keep the car in the top-10 throughout the race and finished seventh. Ryan Gifford finished 13th, Mackena Bell finished 18th, and Bryan Ortiz finished 24th.

“I’m really proud of the entire team for all of their hard work. We’ve learned a lot at the past two races and we’ll keep working to improve the car each weekend. I have no doubt that we’ll be competitive this season and hopefully come home with a win or two” said Suarez.

All four Rev Racing cars were fast during both practice sessions, improving their lap speed as the day went on. Ortiz, Suarez, Bell, and Gifford finished the final practice session seventh, eighth, ninth, and 12th quickest respectively.
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Bell was the highest starter for Rev Racing, she qualified seventh in her No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry. Suarez qualified his No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota right behind her, he started eighth. Gifford and Ortiz qualified 16th and 22nd respectively.

The next race for Rev Racing in the NKNPS East will be this Saturday, April 13th, at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, F.L. There will be a pre-race autograph session at 5:30 p.m. ET followed by the race at 7:00 p.m. ET. Follow the team twitter account @RevRacin for updates throughout the weekend.

REV RACING HEADED TO GREENVILLE AFTER A RAIN DELAYED RACE

(CONCORD, NC) April 4th, 2013- Rev Racing will make another attempt at competing for the top spot at Greenville Pickens Speedway (GPS) this Saturday, April 6th, after a rainy day which delayed racing two weeks ago. The team will be competing in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 presented by G-Clean, the second NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race of the season.

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 Mexico City, 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 Sunoco/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 in the season opener at Bristol. 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.

BILT BY AGASSI AND REYES PARTNERS WITH REV RACING TO PROVIDE DRIVER AND PIT CREW FITNESS EQUIPMENT

CONCORD, NC (April 2, 2013) – BILT fitness equipment will become the primary exercise machines used by Rev Racing drivers and pit crew athletes at its training and development facility in Concord, NC.

BILT is a revolutionary arsenal of fitness equipment featuring innovative technologies such as the world’s only COD (Change Of Direction) Machine that allows a user to move laterally with weight. BILT’s exclusive line of 12 game-changing exercise machines has been the secret weapon of Andre Agassi and Gil Reyes for years

“We are excited to be partnering with Rev Racing,” said Steve Miller, CEO of BILT by Agassi & Reyes. “We feel our equipment will only improve upon the championship level training and development being provided to the next generation of NASCAR drivers and pit crew athletes.”
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Rev Racing operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew athletes. In 2012 Rev Racing captured the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship and Rookie of the Year honors. Additionally, its drivers finished as Rookie of the Year runner-up and won the Wendell Scott Trail Blazer Award.

“I am impressed with the uniqueness and safety aspects of the BILT machines,” said Max Siegel, Owner/CEO Rev Racing. “We are constantly looking for ways to take our training and development to the next level. I am confident the BILT equipment will do just that.”