Roller Coaster Weekend for Rev Racing at RIR

Concord, NC (April 28, 2014) – In a weekend comprised of Daniel Suarez’s NASCAR trifecta and NASCAR Nationwide debut, a rain delay, and a few mechanical errors, the Rev Racing team experienced the highs and lows of racing at Richmond International Raceway.

Going into Friday night, all eyes were on Rev Racing’s Daniel Suarez who was set to make his NASCAR Nationwide debut with Joe Gibbs Racing. In his first stent behind the wheel of the Silent Circle/Telcel Toyota Camry, Daniel qualified 12th for the rain delayed ToyotaCare 250. After taking the green flag, Suarez was able to crack the top-10 before a flat tire and a commitment line violation knocked him back to the 30th position. Despite the setback, Suarez was able to make up significant ground, securing the 19th position by race’s end.

The delayed ToyotaCare 250 pushed the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition to Saturday morning. Fresh off of his first NASCAR Nationwide race, Suarez, along with teammate Ryan Gifford, were set to lead the charge for Rev Racing. After two optimistic practices, qualifying for the Rev Racing drivers proved to be less than favorable. Mackena Bell and the No. 21 Special Smiles Toyota qualified 14th, the highest of the Rev Racing drivers. Beasley and Suarez, whom qualified 15th and 19th, were the only other Rev Racing drivers to qualify in the top-20.

After taking the green flag, the drivers spent the first few laps jockeying for position. However, 17 laps into the race Sergio Peña was unfortunately forced to pit due to a flat tire. Upon returning the track, Peña had fallen a couple laps down, a deficit he was ultimately unable to overcome. As the race continued, the 25th lap marked the commencement of a competition that was marred with a myriad of yellow flags as the race proved to be an aggressive and physical bout. By races end, damage from other drivers and mechanical issues kept all of the Rev Racing drivers out of the top-20 with the exception of Bell, who finished 15th.

At the conclusion of the NKNPSE race, Suarez immediately hopped on a plane to Mexico for the final stent of his NASCAR trifecta. Ultimately, Suarez was able to return to his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico and secure his third win in the Mexico Toyota Series and fifth NASCAR win on 2014.

As the Rev Racing teams prepare for Iowa, they will have the advantage of testing prior to the May 17 competition. Director of Competition Jefferson Hodges is confident that the additional seat time will allow Rev Racing to return to victory lane once again this season.

The Blue Ox 100 will be broadcast by FOX Sports 1 on Friday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Gifford, Rev Racing Teammates Eye Another Win at Richmond

ER8V3966Concord, NC (April 23, 2014) – It is said that history has a way of repeating itself. For Rev Racing, hopefully this notion holds true as the team heads into the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. Last year, Ryan Gifford and the #2 Toyota Camry led the charge for Rev Racing, as Gifford earned his first K&N Pro Series East victory at the .75-mile oval.

While Gifford is the only active Rev Racing driver with a victory at RIR, Daniel Suarez heads into this weekends race with the momentum of two wins and three top-5s behind him. Additionally, Suarez will enter Friday night’s NKNPSE race with the adrenaline from his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut pumping through his veins, as he will compete in back-to-back races.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) – The last time Gifford was behind the wheel of the #2 Toyota Camry, he had a stellar outing. After qualifying in the top-10 at Greenville, he went on to secure a 6th place finish and his first top-10 of the season. Having seemingly found the blueprint for Greenville Motor Speedway, Gifford heads into the weekend with the hope that his past experience will allow him to find the blueprint for RIR. Gifford is currently 23rd in the 2014 point standings.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) – After winning yet another race in the Mexico Toyota Series, Suarez returns to the NKNPSE at Richmond to continue his dominant 2014 NKNPSE season. In his last outing at Richmond International Raceway, Suarez made a valiant effort in overtaking 13 competitors during the course of the race. However, after a poor qualification his efforts weren’t enough to crack the top-20. Nonetheless, with the momentum of two NKNPSE victories and three top-5’s on his side, Suarez heads into Friday’s race looking to redeem last year’s run. Suarez is currently 2nd in the 2014 point standings.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) – Coming off of his first top-10 of the 2014 NKNPSE season, Peña heads into the Blue Ox 100 with experience on his side. Peña last competed at Richmond with Rev Racing in 2011. Despite his gap in years, he is looking to call upon the experience of his top-10 finish. Peña is currently 18th in the 2014 point standings.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Rev Racing Toyota) – Beasley will be making his first appearance at Richmond International Raceway. In his last outing, Beasley struggled in qualifications, creating a deficit he was unable to overcome. However, after starting in the back of the pack, Beasley passed six competitors to finish the race in the top-20. Beasley heads into this weekend’s race with the hope that better qualifying will allow him to garner his first top-10 of the season.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles Toyota) – Bell is another Rev Racing driver entering this weekend’s race with experience on her side. In Bell’s last stent at Richmond International Raceway, she secured a top-5 finish after a stellar 8th place qualification effort. Having seemingly found the blueprint for RIR, Bell is looking to build upon her past success and turn last years top-5 into another 2014 victory for Rev Racing.

Two-lap qualifying for the Blue Ox 100 will be Friday, April 25 at 2:05pm followed by an autograph session at 4:00pm in the amphitheater. The race is set to begin at 9:40pm. Follow @RevRacin on Twitter for live race updates.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Suarez Aims For Triple-Series Trifecta

Featured

danielConcord, NC (April 22, 2014) – Rev Racing’s Daniel Suarez began the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season by sweeping the first two races. The Monterrey, Mexico native managed to garner both victories within a matter of three days.

Since then, Suarez has accumulated an additional pair of victories in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, in which he also competes. He races in both series with the mindset that more seat time, no matter the car, will lead to a better understanding of the sport and contribute to his development as a driver. As a result, his work ethic has produced four victories in seven total races this season.

Suarez’s 2014 season has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with in the world of automobile racing. In February, Suarez’s accomplishments earned him the NASCAR Diverse Driver Award, an industry-wide recognition of his on-track success. His achievements have not only caught the attention of the NKNPSE competition, but have also landed him an invitation to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). This weekend at Richmond International Speedway, Suarez will attempt to outshine his back-to-back wins in Daytona by completing a trifecta. In addition to driving in the NKNPSE for Rev Racing, he will make his NNS debut with Joe Gibbs Racing, before flying to Mexico to compete in the NTS.

Suarez is fully aware of the daunting task ahead of him, but heads into the weekend with the same calm, optimistic and humble demeanor that has gotten him to this point:

“I am grateful to Joe Gibbs Racing for this opportunity and very thankful with Telcel, Silent Circle and Telmex for putting their confidence in me. This is one of the most important steps in my career. Also, I want to say thank you to NASCAR and Rev Racing for giving me the opportunity to race and learn about everything in this world.”

Suarez, 22, joined Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program in 2013. Suarez ran a full season in the NKNPSE, garnering a team-high six top 5, and nine top 10 finishes. The highlight of his 2013 season was his first ever NKNPSE victory at the Columbus Motor Speedway. Additionally, Suarez earned three 2nd place finishes in his final four races, propelling him to 3rd in the final 2013 season rankings. Suarez is currently 2nd in the 2014 NKNPSE standings.

“Daniel is Rev Racing’s fourth driver to participate in a National Series Event. He is very talented, and has shown continuous progress. We are proud to play a major role in Daniel’s development,” said team owner, Max Siegel.

While Suarez’s Nationwide Series debut is a testament to hard work and dedication, it is also a testament to the mission of Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity Program. Rev Racing houses an academy-style program that provides young minority drivers with the resources to succeed in the sport of NASCAR. On Friday, April 25, 2014, Suarez will be the next minority driver to utilize the resources that Rev Racing has provided and make it to the National Series.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.