2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Youth Combine Date and Location Change

NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity Combine

Charlotte, NC, – Rev Racing and NASCAR Multicultural Development have decided to host a separate combine for the 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity youth participants.

“Separating the youth participants from the late model and K&N drivers allows us a unique opportunity to spend more time and communicate with each driver. This can provide a learning opportunity for these young aspiring drivers regardless if they are selected for program,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “As it remains a goal of ours to focus on the growth and development of both our academy-style program and youth participants, we want to have complete focus when it comes to evaluation and performance measurement.”

Each year the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative and its competition arm, Rev Racing, seek to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. The deadline to be considered for the 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Combine is September 11, 2015. Youth combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills and past experience on November 2nd at Concord Motorsports Park, located in Charlotte, NC. The general NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine is accepting applications until September 4, 2015 and will take place October 19-21 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a female or member of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications:

– Black or of Black African descent, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, American Indian, Alaskan, of Native/Indigenous descent, two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino); or all persons who identify with more than one of these races

  • Be at least 8 years of age, but no older than 20 years of age as of October 15th of the present year
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States; drivers from foreign countries are welcome to apply. If the applicant is not already a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien, then the applicant must be legally capable of traveling to the designated location in the United States to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. Applicants must also be able to obtain necessary authorization to accept employment in the United States if selected to participate in the D4D program.

Potential youth drivers can access the participant application online at https://revracing.net/combine-application. If drivers have already registered to meet the original deadline, no further action is required at this time.

Youth drivers also have the ability to update their résumés multiple times before the combine submission deadline through an “Update Your Submission Link” located on the application page.  Additional information and criteria can be found on supplied link.

Support and technical assistance for the application process is available by emailing info@revracing.net.

 

On the road to VIR

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Concord, NC. (August 25, 2015) – This week the K&N Pro Series East drivers will head to VIRginia International Raceway to compete in the final road course of the 2015 season. Rev Racing drivers have shown improvement with each race, and continue to find successes that aren’t always defined by winning. Sometimes, it’s determined by improvement. It is this mindset that each of the Rev Racing teammates are carrying into the second road course competition of the season this weekend. Drivers will meet the challenge of this track Saturday, August 29 at 4:35 p.m. local time.

Kenzie Ruston piloting the (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) finds herself in the number 10 position in point standings. . After a very well-thought out race at Motordrome Speedway, Ruston will use continue to use experience and strategy to find the additional movement she needs to progress in point standings as the end of the season approaches.

Rookie Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) has also continued to improve on the track and in point standings with each race. Collin will head to VIR in 13th position.

“Collin has really made strides when it comes to performance and on-track communication. He is really getting comfortable with the car and can tell us what he needs to get the job done. He was fortunate to be able to get additional seat time in some Late Model races this season. This provided both an opportunity to gain experience and garner some confidence,” said Matt Bucher, Crew Chief of the No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota.

Devon Amos (No. 6 MSI Toyota) will approach the second road race of the season with excitement and commitment. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, Amos was unable to complete the required laps at Watkins Glenn, but got a taste of what it feels like to be behind the wheel on a road course. His crew will work hard to focus on driver/crew communication and handling as they prepare to take on VIR.

Sergio Peña (No. 42 Special Smiles Toyota), will join Rev Racing again for the second race this season in place of his teammate, Jay Beasley. The Winchester, VA native will be competing on a track that he’s grown familiar with over the years as VIR is located only a few hours from Peña’s hometown. Peña and crew were very satisfied with the finish they had at the Motordrome, despite some unfortunate tire issues. The team hopes that experience and familiarity with VIR will make him a definite contender for a top-5 finish.  

REV RACING TAKES ANOTHER TOP-10 AT MOTORDROME

CHARLOTTE, NC – The UPMC Health Plan 150 at Smithon, PA’s Motordrome Speedway brought red flags and restarts, and ended ultimately with two top-10s and a top-15 for Rev Racing.

Driver of the #4 L&M Consulting Toyota, Kenzie Ruston, was one of the Rev drivers that took tremendous strides throughout the race. With a p16 qualifying start, Ruston was able to break through the pack to land in her the top-10 by the end of the race. By lap 92, Ruston found a stronghold on the top-15 continuing to advance throughout the race. However, an hour and a half long red took all drivers by surprise and put a pause on the UPMC Health Plan 150 for track repair. In p11 on restart, Ruston quickly darted through the pack securing her place in top-10. With laps winding down, Ruston was still able to gain traction, and found herself in p6 at the checkered flag.

A familiar face to the Rev Racing team, Sergio Peña joined Rev again Saturday night to man the #42 Special Smiles Toyota. During the race, Peña found himself throughout the pack. Qualifying p10, Peña made a quick leap into p6 within the first ten laps, but a flat tire near lap 30 brought Peña in for a quick pit, having him return to the race at p20, 13 laps behind his original lead. Peña spent the next 120 laps regaining his top-10 spot as he steadily moved forward throughout the remainder of the race. Peña took the checkered at p10, a second top-10 for Rev that night.

Devon Amos, driver of the #66 Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota, also found himself within the top-10 for multiple laps during the race. Qualifying p11, Amos darted in and out of the top-10 and made it to p9 on lap 50. With on and off restarts, and the delay from the red, Amos lost his grip on the top-10, but remained vigilant and secured a top-15 spot at p13.

#2 Universal Technical Institute Toyota driver Collin Cabre ran a steady race, and found himself within the top-10 early on in p9 after qualifying p15. Car difficulties put Cabre into pit lane during the red, unfortunately causing a loss in momentum and placing him at the back of the pack. Cabre was able to regain position as much as he could on restart, and finished the race in p17.

Rev Racing heads back to the track on Saturday, August 29th for the Biscutville 150 at VIRginia International Speedway.

Focused On Motordrome

Concord, NC. (August 14, 2015) –Rev Racing has been busy preparing for this weekend’s race at the MotorDrome in Smithtown, PA for several weeks. As an added location to the K&N Pro Series East (KNPSE) season roster, the drivers are doing all they can to prepare for the track. From the iRacing simulators to the instruction of their crew chiefs, Rev Racing drivers are ready to take on this fast, rough track with a vengeance. Rev drivers will meet the challenge of the .4 mile asphalt, semi-banked tracked, this Saturday, August 15th at 9:00pm local.

Leading the point series for Rev Racing, the No. 42 Special Smiles vehicle will be piloted this week by Rev Racing Alumni, Sergio Peña. Due to health-related issues, driver Jay Beasley will look to his former teammate to keep the car in the running for a top-10 in points.

Sergio Peña (No. 42 Special Smiles Toyota) is a proven competitor in the KNPSE and a previous team member of Rev Racing. All four of Peña’s K&N wins have been under the direction of Rev Racing. This particular track will be right in Peña’s comfort zone, as he excels in a fast-paced, aggressive race.

“First and foremost, I am looking for Jay to have a quick and full recovery. My thoughts are with him and hope to see him in a car again very soon,” said Peña. “With that being said, I am excited for the opportunity to drive with Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program again. I can’t wait to get back to work with the team and show everyone what we can do!”

Kenzie Ruston (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) Ruston is currently sitting in 11th position in the point standings. Ruston and Crew Chief Mark Green have found the formula for consistency, with regard to Ruston’s car set-up. She is looking for a good finish at the MotorDrome on Saturday and upward movement in the standings.

Devon Amos (No. 6 MSI Toyota) and Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) will both be competing at the MotorDrome for the first time in their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East careers. Both drivers are continuing to gain confidence and experience on the track, making them definite contenders for this race.

Collin Cabre Adds First NKNPS East Top-10 to His Resume

CHARLOTTE, NC – Friday night’s Thanks Kenny 150 at Iowa Speedway was the second stop in Iowa this season for Rev Racing. The 150-lap race proved to be tough for many, but Rev Racing drivers Collin Cabre and Jay Beasley proved otherwise.

#2 Universal Technical Institute Toyota driver Collin Cabre found himself in the perfect position for a potential top-10 after qualifying in 12th position. Remaining in the top-15 throughout the race, Cabre took his opportunity with only ten laps to go, maneuvering into P10. A caution on lap 140 stalled his advancement momentarily, until a restart with three laps left allowed him to work his way to P9 and ultimately take the checkered flag in the top-10.

After collecting top-10 finishes in the Whelen All-American Series, this is Cabre’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East top-10. “I feel great about tonight’s top-10,” Cabre said while thanking his crew and team after the race, “…my Toyota was fast tonight.” The P9 finish was the highest finishing position for Rev Racing in the Thanks Kenny.

Teammate Jay Beasley, driver of the #42 Special Smiles Toyota, also made tremendous strides throughout the race. Qualifying P31, Beasley was able to garner an 11-position gain by lap 50, placing him P20. 100 laps later, Beasley took the checkered flag in the top-15 at P12, an incredible 19-position gain from his qualifying start.

Fellow Rev Racing drivers, Devon Amos and Kenzie Ruston faced technical difficulties late in the race, ultimately not allowing them to finish. Amos, driver of the #66 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota took P31 after car trouble removed him from the race with ten laps to go. Qualifying P18, Amos had been in the top-15 for the majority of the race and was P17 at the time of the incident.

An earlier lap 125 caution removed Ruston, driver of the #4 L&M Consulting Toyota, from the race with 25 laps to go, finishing P34 as a result. Ruston had also been in and out of the top-15 during the race, advancing from her P19 qualifying start.

The Thanks Kenny 150 airs tonight at 7pm EST and will re-air on Saturday, August 8th at 8pm EST on NBCSN. The team heads back to the track this Friday, August 7th for the Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen International.

Deadline Approaching for 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Combine

Charlotte, NC, – Aspiring drivers have one month left to apply for the 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Combine. Young drivers of ethnically diverse backgrounds and females must submit their online application by September 4th in order to be considered for the 12th Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine, Oct. 19-21 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA. A select number of applicants will have the opportunity to compete for a spot in the 2016 NASCAR D4D class in partnership with Rev Racing.

Each year the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative and its competition arm, Rev Racing, seek to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills and will also be tested on a series of strength and agility exercises at Hampton University.

“We are very excited to see the applicant pool this year,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “The talent level continues to increase every year. We have had great success with this program and we will continue to train and place as many drivers as possible into the national series.”

The NASCAR D4D Combine – being held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, for the fifth consecutive year – has been the proving ground for several current NASCAR national series drivers, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson, and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a female or member of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications:
    • Black or of Black African descent, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, American Indian, Alaskan, of Native/Indigenous descent, two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino); or all persons who identify with more than one of these races
  • Be at least 15 years of age, but no older than 26 years of age as of October 15th of the present year
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States; drivers from foreign countries are welcome to apply. If the applicant is not already a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien, then the applicant must be legally capable of traveling to the designated location in the United States to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. Applicants must also be able to obtain necessary authorization to accept employment in the United States if selected to participate in the D4D program.

The deadline to be considered for the 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine is September 4, 2015. Potential drivers can access the participant application online at https://revracing.net/combine-application.

Drivers can have the ability to update their résumés multiple times before the combine submission deadline through an “Update Your Submission Link” located on the application page. Additional information and criteria can be found on supplied link.

Support and technical assistance for the application process is available by emailing info@revracing.net.