Rev Racing Heads to the Madhouse

SONY DSCConcord, NC (May 28, 2014) – Rev Racing heads to Bowman Gray Stadium this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150. After placing two drivers in the top-10 during their last outing, the Rev Racing team is pushing for similar results at the quarter-mile flat asphalt oval in Winston-Salem, N.C. Known as a brutally difficult track to navigate, Saturday’s race will mark only the fourth time ever that the K&N Pro Series East has competed at Bowman Gray Stadium.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 UTI/NASCAR Tech Toyota) – Gifford, a Winston-Salem resident, is fresh off of his second NASCAR Nationwide appearance. After a flat-tire at the Casey’s General Store 150 put a damper on his come-from-behind top-10 effort, Gifford is looking to reclaim that missed opportunity this weekend. Gifford is one of five members of the current NASCAR Next class racing this weekend, and one of only two drivers to have competed in all four NKNPSE races at Bowman Gray Stadium. Gifford is currently 20th in the point standings with 144 points.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – Beasley will make his Bowman Gray debut with the momentum of his first NKNPSE top-5 finish behind him after placing fourth at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago.

“Coming off my first top-5 at Iowa is amazing,” Beasley said. “I enjoy racing on really small tracks, so this should be fun. The team has been working hard on the car to be ready for the race. Time to get my bucket list out and cross off Bowman Gray.”

Beasley is currently 18th in the point standings with 158 points.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Silent Circle/Telcel Toyota) – With two wins, three top fives, and four top tens this season with Rev Racing, Suarez heads to Bowman Grey looking to continue his impressive 2014 campaign. Despite spinning out and falling to 18th place half-way through his last race, Suarez still managed to improve 11 spots and finish seventh by race’s end. If Suarez and the No. 6 Toyota Camry can manage the same performance displayed at Iowa, without any setbacks, there’s a good chance Suarez, who finished 9th last year at Bowman Gray, can add another top-5 to his résumé. He is currently ranked fourth in the point standings with 202 points.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 L&M Ethanol Toyota) – Finishing one place shy of the top-10 at Iowa Speedway, Peña is looking to elevate his positioning. Unintimidated by the reputation of the Madhouse, Peña is confident that a solid qualifying effort will produce positive results.

“Bowman Gray is definitely one of the most difficult races of the year because so much is out of your hands,” said Peña. “Patience is so important in order to keep the car in one piece, so our goal is to get a top 5 qualifying spot and stay out front all night to avoid the chaos that goes on from the middle to the back of the pack.”

Peña is currently 19th in the point standings with 156 points.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles/Lung Force Toyota) – In her second season racing in the KNPSE, Bell returns to Bowman Gray, where she received her second career top-10 of the series. Bell is currently ranked 17th in the point standings and second for Rev Racing with 163 points.

Two-lap qualifying for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will be Saturday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. followed by an autograph session at 6:45 p.m. The race begins at 9:00 p.m. Follow @RevRacin on Twitter for live race updates.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will air June 7 on Fox Sports 1 at 10:30 a.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.

Bell & Suarez Race4Vets

Concord, NC (May 21, 2014) – Earlier this week, Daniel Suarez, Mackena Bell, and their Rev Racing teammates participated in the inaugural Racing4Vets Veteran Kart Challenge. Racing4Vets is an organization that helps service-disabled veterans get directly involved in motorsports careers and amateur competition by leveraging the power of the motorsports community. In addition to Bell & Suarez, notable participants included NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, and D4D graduate Darrell “Bubba” Wallace who currently races in the NASCAR Camping World Track Series.

Each of the two-dozen teams competing in the 2-hour endurance race were comprised of one professional driver and 3 race fans. Bell and Suarez were each designated as “crew chief” of their 4-person team. After the race fans were paired with a pro driver at random, Bell and Suarez spent the practice session discussing strategy and giving pointers to their teammates on how to best approach various aspects of the GoPro Motorplex’s 0.7-mile sprint track. Once the green flag dropped for the 2-hour endurance race, each member of the team split time behind the wheel, and needless to say, the race fans were eager to test their skill level against that of the pros. As the race took place, fans all of all ages watched from the bleachers and cheered on their favorite drivers. Unfortunately, neither Bell nor Suarez’s team was able to take the checkered flag in first place.

However, as rewarding as winning the race would have been, it would have only amounted to the icing on top of the cake. Rev Racing’s mission last night was to support those that have risked their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy everyday. And based upon the enjoyment of the troops and their support of the Rev Racing team, it’s safe to say that we successfully accomplished our goal.

“I had a blast at Racing4Vets. It was a great event with tons of people. It was an honor to be chosen to be a pro driver and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to be on my team!” said Bell.

Although the Racing4Vets Veteran Kart Challenge has past, there are other ways to become involved in the cause. For more information, please visit www.racing4vets.org

Beasley Secures First NKNPSE Top-5 to Honor Wendell Scott

SONY DSCConcord, NC (May 20, 2014) – In a race where the Rev Racing drivers spent the entire 150-lap sprint jockeying for position, two Rev Racing drivers, Jay Beasley & Daniel Suarez, were able to take the checkered flag in the top-10 last Saturday.

Beasley, who secured his first top-5 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, raced Super Late Models on the west coast last season. After accumulating seven wins in 11 starts in the previous season, expectations were high for Beasley as he brought his talents to the east coast. Rev Racing is optimistic that Beasley’s fourth place finish at Iowa is evidence that his transition period was short lived and Beasley is ready to add a few more top-5’s to his resume before season’s end.

In reference to his top-5, Beasley stated, “Getting a top-5 was a big relief. I feel I ran well because of how hard we worked as a team in the weeks leading up to the race. Every week we go to a different track, and every week we improve as a team. The more seat time I get, the better I will get.” Beasley attributes much of his success to his team both on and off the track, “My crew chief Eddie Dickerson, car chief Matt Booker, and I were able to figure out the formula for what adjustments were needed to make the car run better. Additionally, I would like to thank Aaron, Davin, Mark, John, Mike, Jimmy, Wolfe, Tanner, and Skip as well as Rev Racing, NASCAR, and the D4D program. This is a team effort and as a team we are making progress. Lastly, I would like to thank Sybil Scott for giving me her blessing to earn my first NKNPSE top-5 with a decal honoring the late Wendell Scott on my car.”

Not to be overlooked, Daniel Suarez also finished in the top-10 for the fourth time this season, taking the checkered flag in seventh. After taking the green flag in 14th, Suarez managed to crack the top-10 within the first 20 laps of the race. He remained in the top-10 for much of the race before spinning out and forcing a caution flag a approximately half way through the race; a mistake that would drop him to 18th place. Unfazed by his setback, and the benefactor of a crash later in the race, Suarez was able to ascend through the ranks and finish seventh. Peña and Gifford finished 11th and 19th, respectively. Bell was unable to finish the race due to a pile-up mid-way through the race.

Sybil Scott, daughter of the late Wendell Scott, was ecstatic about Rev Raving’s performance in Iowa and Beasley’s exciting victory in a vehicle honoring her father.

She went on to say, “Jay’s top-5 is awesome. He’s focused on what he’s doing and he took advantage of the opportunity. The Rev Racing program is moving minorities forward and Jay’s accomplishment is an undeniable example that the program is a success. The fact that Rev gives us a platform to raise awareness for my father is tremendous. My hope is that the decal on Jay’s car grabbed the attention of some of the fans in the stands and encouraged them to vote. I am humbled that Rev is raising awareness for my dad, and I think that it speaks volumes of Max, D4D, and Jay’s sponsors. My Dad would be humbled and proud.”

Rev Racing will hold their next racing event, The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150, on May 31, 2014 at the Bowmen Grey Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The race will be held exclusively for NASCAR Hall of Fame members in conjunction with NASCAR’s member appreciation month.

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.

Rev Racing and NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program Announce Driver Combine

CONCORD, NC  Each year NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative and its competition arm, Rev Racing, seek to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing the most diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers.  This selection process begins with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. This year’s application process will open May 15. The application process will close for submission on August 15, 2014.

Drivers who already participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program and are demonstrating progress, though a combination of consistent top finishes in their respective series and positive evaluations, may be offered the opportunity to continue in the program without participating in an additional Combine.

“I am very excited to see this year’s class. Each year, we have seen the applicant pool grow with experience and talented drivers. This class should be no different,” said Max Siegel, Rev Racing team owner.

Potential drivers can access the participant application at revracing.net/combine-application. Additional information and criteria can be found on supplied link.  Additional support and technical assistance for the application process can be found by emailing info@revracing.net.  Please allow for a 24-hour turn around response.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet the following requirements: Between the ages of 15 and 26 (as of October 15, 2014)

• A U.S. citizen or resident alien

• Legally allowed to work in the US

• A member of one of the following ethnic minorities classifications:

African-Americans: Having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa

Asian-Indian Americans: Having origins in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Asian-Pacific Americans: Origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the
Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas

Hispanics: Having Hispanic heritage from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions:  Mexico, Central America, and South America (including Brazil) and the Caribbean basin.

Native Americans: Persons who are American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the United States.

OR

A female of U.S citizenship (or resident alien)

• All drivers must demonstrate their skill and have experience in grassroots/local/regional racing

Rev Racing Prepared to Conquer Iowa Speedway

SONY DSCConcord, NC (May 14, 2014) – Rev Racing is ready to hit the track and will head into this weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway with the advantage of having two solid test sessions. After extensive testing last week at Bowman Gray and a few subsequent days to fine-tune cars, expectations are high for the Rev Racing team as it heads to Iowa for the Casey’s General Store 150.

Director of Competition Jefferson Hodges is confident that testing prior to the race will produce positive results at Iowa. “Anytime the drivers and their crews can work together, it’s for the benefit of the team. Even though we couldn’t test at Iowa, the opportunity to test at Bowman Grey was a chance for the drivers and their crews to continue to get acclimated to one another. Any extra time that our drivers can get on the track is a positive for us,” said Hodges.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 UTI/NASCAR Tech Toyota) – All eyes will be on Gifford this coming weekend, as he will be competing in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2013, Gifford’s two NKNPSE races at Iowa produced polar opposite resultd. In his first stent, Gifford qualified in the top-10, but finished outside of the top-20. However, his second stent at Iowa a few months later produced opposite results; Gifford took the green flag from the 20th position and took the checkered flag in 6th. Additionally, Gifford secured a top-10 finish in his NNS debut that same weekend. Heading into the Casey’s General Stores 150, Gifford and the No. 2 Toyota are looking to surpass last year’s top-10s and secure a top-5 in each series. Gifford is currently 21st in the NKNPSE point standings.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) – After tire and battery problems put a damper on his NASCAR Trifecta at Richmond in late April, Suarez returns to the track to reassure his fans that one weekend is not determinant of the entire season. Suarez finished his NASCAR Trifecta with a Mexico Toyota Series win in his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. Now, Suarez is looking to utilize that same driving prowess to collect another victory here in the United States for Rev Racing. With his current 4th place point standing, Suarez has his eye on the championship and is ready for a win at Iowa to put him one race closer to his goal.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 Toyota) – Peña’s last outing resulted in an accident at RIR. Peña is now looking to redeem himself, and return to the form that garnered him his first top-10 at Greenville. Historically, Iowa Speedway hasn’t been the easiest track for Peña. However, having had the opportunity to test the No. 4 Toyota Camry prior to the race and subsequently modify the vehicle to his liking, Peña enters this weekend’s race looking to rewrite history. Peña is currently 19th in the NKNPSE point standings.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles/Lung Force Toyota) – Iowa has historically been a middle-of-the-road track for Bell. In her last two outings at Iowa, Bell took the checkered flag in the mid-teens. However, with three weeks of preparation and few hours behind the wheel of the No. 21 Special Smiles/Lung Force Toyota, Bell and her crew are hoping to finally secure a top-10 at Iowa Speedway.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 RevRacing Toyota) – Newcomer Beasley will be competing at Iowa Speedway for the first time. Despite his inexperience at Iowa Speedway, testing has made Beasley optimistic about his chances of securing his first top-10 in the NKNPSE.

“Testing was great. I’m really looking forward to the race. The car is looking good. The car is going to be dialed. We’re excited,” said Beasley.

Two-lap qualifying for the Casey’s General Store 150 will be Saturday, May 17 at 4:35pm. An autograph session will be held prior to the race at 3:00pm. The race is set to begin at 8:00pm. 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.

Rev Racing’s Mackena Bell Joins Lung Force

Featured in PSA for National Movement in Fight Against Lung Cancer

Indianapolis, IN (May 13, 2014) – Rev Racing driver Mackena Bell, pilot of the Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry #21 Toyota Camry, is teaming up with the American Lung Association in the launch of LUNG FORCE.

LUNG FORCE is a national health education movement with a mission to unite women to stand together for lung health and against lung cancer. As part of her work with the Lung Association, Bell is featured in a new public service announcement (PSA) focused on this cause.

“Being one of the few woman racecar drivers, I feel a responsibility to call attention to important issues, like women’s lung health. Most women don’t consider lung cancer to be a serious health threat and are not aware of the alarming facts,” said Bell.

“Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women with one of the lowest five-year survival rates of all cancer types – approximately 16 percent. The rate of new lung cancer cases in women has doubled over the last 35 years. These are startling statistics, so I’m proud to join the Lung Association’s Lung Force to advance lung health, for innovations in research that will lead to earlier detection and more personalized treatments, so that everyone has a fighting chance,” she said.

Bell, 23, is competing in her fifth season with Rev Racing. In 2013, Bell made the transition from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In her first season racing in the K&N Pro Series, Bell accumulated two top 5 and four top 10 finishes in 14 starts. She also became the highest qualifying female in series history with her 4th place effort at Iowa Speedway.

The PSA will premier during the Indy 500 in Indianapolis on Sunday, May 25 and will air on local TV network affiliates across the country. Visit LungForce.org to view the PSA online.

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 revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

 

About the American Lung Association: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, and with your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.Lung.org.

Rev Racing Participates in Habitat for Humanity

 

In addition to developing our drivers’ abilities on the track, Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity program are equally devoted to developing our drivers’ character off of the track. Organized by Habitat for Humanity Charlotte, Rev Racing drivers and front office members recently participated in the rebuilding of a condominium in northern Charlotte for families in need.

Drive for Diversity is an academy-style initiative, housed by Rev Racing, devised to give minorities and women the tools and guidance to succeed in the otherwise expensive sport of automobile racing. The invitation to join the Rev Racing team provides each driver with an opportunity that many individuals only dream of. In return, Rev Racing holds its drivers to the highest standard and encourages them to be active members in our community.

For anyone in the Charlotte area looking to get involved with Habit for Humanity, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Beth Reichert at 704-716-7077 or breichert@habitatcharlotte.org

Rev Racing’s next volunteer initiative will be the Racing4Vets Veteran Kart Challenge at the Go Pro Motorplex (Mooresville, NC) on May 19, 2014. Racing4Vets leverages the power of the motorsports community for the benefit of disabled U.S. military veterans. Rev Racing drivers will be in attendance to compete and sign autographs. Please come out and support the Rev Racing drivers, as well as those who have bravely fought for the freedoms that we enjoy every day. For more information visit: http://www.racing4vets.org

 

Gifford Returns to Nationwide

GiffordConcord, NC (May 1, 2014) – Over the past five years, Ryan has leveraged the tools and guidance provided by NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing’s academy-style program to become a staple in the world of automobile racing. In 2010, he became the first African-American in K&N Pro Series East history to earn a pole when he accomplished the feat in the inaugural race at Martinsville. In 2013, Gifford captured his first NKNPSE victory at Richmond International Raceway. That same year he also made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Richard Childress Racing and secured a 9th place finish. And just last week the 24-year-old from Winchester, Tenn. Native was named a member of the NASCAR Next class for the second consecutive year; an honor reserved for individuals NASCAR deems the next superstars of the sport. Now, Rev Racing is proud to announce that Ryan Gifford will make his long awaited return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series with team, Biagi DenBeste Racing.

Biagi DenBeste Racing has committed to racing NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing driver Ryan Gifford in two NNS races in 2014. Gifford will make his NNS return at Iowa Speedway, the same track where he made his debut last year. Following Iowa, Gifford will compete at Kentucky Speedway. As a tribute to the historical diversity in NASCAR, Gifford vehicle will feature a logo dedicated to 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Wendell Scott.

“I am just really excited to have this opportunity to run in the Nationwide Series. I want to thank Rev Racing and the D4D program for the last five years and hope that growth and success remain in my future with the driving opportunities that come up this season,” said Gifford.

The Drive for Diversity participant currently competes fulltime for Rev Racing in the NKNPSE. NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative is the leading driver development program for multicultural and female drivers across the motorsports industry. Through the academy-style program, NASCAR and Rev Racing are committed to providing training, competition experience and mentoring to young, multicultural and female drivers who, without a doubt, demonstrate the potential to compete at the highest levels of our sport. Gifford is set to run Sunday, May 18th at Iowa Speedway.

Biagi-DenBeste Racing is a NASCAR Nationwide Series team. The team’s shop is located in Mooresville, North Carolina. The team currently fields the #98 Ford Mustang for David Ragan.

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.