HCA VIRGINIA PROMOTES LUNG HEALTH WITH REV RACING, AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION

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RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 17, 2013) – HCA Virginia’s Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital has teamed up with Rev Racing and the American Lung Association to present “Rev Up for Lung Health,” an educational event to raise awareness about lung health.
The program will feature remarks by Mackena Bell, professional NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver for Rev Racing, and Pablo Gonzalez, M.D., medical oncologist with Virginia Cancer Institute, who will discuss lung health, lung cancer and preventable risk factors. In addition, an outdoor photo opportunity with Bell and her NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race car will follow.

The free event will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital, Johnston-Willis Hospital, 1401 Johnston-Willis Drive, Richmond. The presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the photo session with Bell and her race car from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“I feel so honored to be partnering with the American Lung Association and HCA Virginia for this great event,” said Bell. “As an athlete and the granddaughter of a lung cancer victim, spreading awareness of lung health and smoking cessation is a cause that’s very near to me.”

“The most important issue dealing with lung health relates to the need to encourage smoking cessation or more importantly, to never start,” said Gonzalez. “We are excited to partner with Rev Racing and the American Lung Association in this unique opportunity to raise awareness about lung disease prevention.”

Seating is limited for the seminar. Seminar attendees will receive a speed pass through the photo session, which also is open to the public. For more information, visit HCAVIRGINIA.COM, or call 804-320-DOCS (3627).

REV RACING HEADED TO ATLANTA FOR THE NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST SEASON FINALE

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The Rev Racing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers will take to the track for the final time this year at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA on Friday, Oct. 18.  This will also mark the final race on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East schedule. It has been a season to remember for Rev Racing, with Daniel Suarez and Ryan Gifford both earning their first career win, and all four Rev Racing drivers heading into the final race inside the top-15 in points.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) – Ortiz is looking forward to competing at Road Atlanta due to his experience racing road courses. He finished second at Virginia International Raceway earlier this season, the first of two road courses on the schedule, and is looking to capture his first career win this weekend.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota) – Suarez, who’s moved up to third in points after a string of top-five finishes, has found success at road courses. The Mexico native led over half the race at Virginia International Raceway before engine failure, but is confident he can come out ahead this time at Road Atlanta.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – The race at Virginia International Raceway was Bell’s first time racing on a road course since 2010. She earned a 17th place and gained valuable seat time. She’s looking forward to racing at Road Atlanta with her first road course of the season behind her, and valuable experience to rely on.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NASCAR Technical Institute/UTI Toyota) – Gifford had a great showing at Virginia International Raceway, where he led a lap and ran consistently in the top five. Unfortunately engine failure late in the race ended his day with a 21st place finish. Gifford is tied for 10th in points and is looking to gain a few spots this weekend.

There will be two practice sessions on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. followed by qualifying at 4 p.m. The Road Atlanta 115 will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. It will air on Fox Sports 2, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. ET.

DRIVE FOR DIVERSITY COMBINE ROSTER UNVEILED

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 3, 2013) — As the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (#NASCARD4D) program approaches its 10-year anniversary, NASCAR and Rev Racing have selected the participants for the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. The drivers will participate in a rigorous on- and off-track evaluation process for the opportunity to join the NASCAR D4D program and compete for Rev Racing during the 2014 season. The combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., from Oct. 21-23.

The annual Combine is the first step in identifying and developing the future stars of the sport. Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. are among the drivers who have graduated from the NASCAR D4D program after attending the annual combine and driving for Rev Racing. Ryan Gifford, who currently drives for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut driving for Richard Childress Racing on Aug. 3.

“The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program has contributed to the success of some of the most promising young drivers and crew members in our sport,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president, public affairs and multicultural development. “The drivers announced today will have an opportunity to compete at the 2013 D4D Combine and earn a place on the 2014 NASCAR Drive for Diversity/Rev Racing roster.”

NASCAR officials and Rev Racing representatives chose the 20 up-and-coming drivers from 95 applicants representing the United States, Canada and Latin America.

“We are excited about this year’s group of Combine participants,” said Max Siegel, owner/CEO of Rev Racing. “They represent a great cross-section of talent and experience, and any one of them would make a great addition to the 2014 Drive for Diversity team.”

The 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine participants include:

  • Devon Amos, 22  Rio Rancho, N.M.
  • Annabeth Barnes, 18  Mooresville, N.C.
  • George Beasley, 21  Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Nicole Behar, 15  Otis Orchards, Wash.
  • Ryan Bernal, 19  Hollister, Calif.
  • Collin Cabre, 19  Thonotosassa, Fla.
  • Meagan Creech, 20  Ashland, Va.
  • Claire Decker, 18  Eagle River, Wis.
  • Paige Decker, 20  Eagle River, Wis.
  • Natalie Decker, 16  Eagle River, Wis.
  • Ruben Garcia, Jr., 17  Mexico City, Mexico
  • Blake Kisner, 18  Chanute, Kan.
  • Katlynn Leer, 14  St. Moulton, Iowa
  • Jack Madrid, 18  San Clemente, Calif.
  • Hannah Newhouse, 16  Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Sergio Pena, 20  Catharpin, Va.
  • Dylan Smith, 21  Randolph, Vt.
  • Kenny Stewart II, 16  Carson, Calif.
  • Cody Thompson, 20  Fremont, Calif.
  • Sam Wright, 18  Vancouver, Wash.

An additional eight young drivers will join these 20 drivers on Oct. 23 and compete for the opportunity to drive for Rev Racing during the 2014 Summer Shootout Series in INEX Legends and Bandoleros.

  • Jairo Avila, 17  Alhambra, Calif.
  • Austin Geer, 11  Johns Creek, Ga.
  • Kylin Hammer, 11  Meadowview, Va.
  • Ryleigh Lemonds, 10  Yorktown, Va.
  • Enrique Limon, 15  Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jaiden Reyna, 7  Newport News, Va.
  • Ashley Rogero, 15  Naples, Fla.
  • Walter Thomas, 15  Indianapolis, Ind.

All of the drivers attending the Combine will be mentored and coached by the Rev Racing staff, along with the team’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Mackena Bell, Ryan Gifford, Bryan Ortiz and Daniel Suarez.

The Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau and Langley Speedway have partnered with Rev Racing and NASCAR to support the 2013 NASCAR D4D Combine. Langley Speedway will host the Combine for the third consecutive year. The paved 0.395-mile short track is one of the flattest tracks in the region with six-degree banked corners and four degrees of banking on the straightaway. Langley Speedway is an ideal track to test the abilities of NASCAR’s up-and-coming talent.