D4D Combine Success Attributed to Strong Partnerships

76carFor its 5th consecutive year, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine will take place in Hampton. A NASCAR-sanctioned initiative, the success of the Drive for Diversity Combine is largely contributed to the support of its partners and year-round sponsors.

D4D partner, Langley Speedway, will host the combine, drivers and officials on October 19th – October 21st. Langley Speedway is a NASCAR-sanctioned track that hosts more than fifty percent of Rev Racing’s Whelen All-American Series races throughout the year. The track currently hosts 11 divisions which alternate running during their Saturday night program:  Late Models, Grand Stock, Modifieds, K&N Pro Series East, Legend Cars, Super Street, UCAR, Pro Six, Super Trucks, HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Bandoleros, Enduros, and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

In addition to the on-track performance evaluations that will take place at Langley Speedway, the participants will be evaluated on physical fitness conducted by pit crew coach Phil Horton at Hampton University.

“Langley Speedway is pleased to continue their relationship with NASACR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing for the fifth consecutive year,” said Bill Mullis, owner of Langley Speedway. “We again welcome the opportunity to partner with the City of Hampton and Hampton University to showcase these stars of tomorrow,”

Rev Racing’s partnership with Hampton University has extended outside just the use of their facilities. Management at Rev Racing has worked year-round with students in the sports management program as well as the school of business at Hampton. Students and faculty have worked jointly with Rev Racing on research projects, strategies and distribution tactics of the team’s social media platform.

Before hitting the track, combine participants and Hampton students will  go through an afternoon media and PR training session at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication.

Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity Program continue to look for opportunities to improve the combine and driver experiences, as well as, engage other institutions that hold similar diversity initiatives.

“We are extremely proud of the relationships that we have fostered with our various partners,” said Rev Racing owner, Max Siegel. “We look forward to continuing these relationships and look for areas of growth for many years to come.”

Another destination for the Drive for Diversity Combine is the Boo Williams Sportsplex. This year, the City of Hampton and Bill Mullis will provide NASCAR & Rev Racing with an inaugural catered dinner as an official welcome to the combine and to the city of Hampton, Virginia.

In addition to Langley Speedway, Hampton University, and the Boo Williams Sportsplex Rev Racing and Drive for Diversity would also like to thank NASCAR, Sunoco, Honda Generators, Courtyard Marriot by Hampton, Five Star Bodies, iRacing, Mobil1, Mechanix Wear, Driven Steering, Castle, Racing Radios, 3M, UTI, Max Siegel Inc., Heintz Performance, Fluidyne, L&M Ethanol and Goodyear for their continued support during the combine and the entire NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. It is through the positive relationships with partners and sponsors that Rev Racing is able to experience success year-in and year-out.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christy Gormal at cgormal@maxsiegelinc.com.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Combine Participants Announced

Monday, October 19th: 

Charlotte, NC, – The participants have been selected for 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Combine. Youth combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills and past experience on November 2nd at Concord Motorsports Park, located in Charlotte, NC.

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. “This year the talent continues to improve,” said Jefferson Hodges, Rev Racing Director of Competition.  “We love working with drivers at this period in their career. We have the ability to help build their foundation and influence their maturity into the next series.”

Drivers, from the across the nation, applied to the program in early September. 13 drivers were selected to participate in this year’s 2015 Combine. Selected drivers will compete in the 2016 Summer Shootout, located in Charlotte NC. Rev Racing will support four drivers in both the Legend and Bandolero Series.

Below are invitees to the 12th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine:

 

Name Series Age City State/Country
Austin Geer Legend 13 Johns Creek GA
Hailie Deegan Legend 14 Temecula CA
Taylor Jorgensen Legend 19 Stockbridge GA
Kendra Adams Legend 16 Canada
Enrique Limon Legend 17 Mexico
Ryo Ogata Legend 16 Troutman NC

 

 

Name Series Age City State/Country
Alberto Limon Bandolero 12 Mexico
Liz Montgomery Bandolero 13 Charlotte NC
Elysia Potter Bandolero 13 Newport News VA
Jaiden Reyna Bandolero 9 Newport News VA
Hayden Swank Bandolero 14 Woodstock AL
Violet Townsend Bandolero 9 Ravenna MI
Gracie Trotter Bandolero 14 Denver   NC

Fans can follow the Combine live on Twitter at @NASCARDiversity and @RevRacin.

Engines Revved For 2015 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine

NASCAR, Rev Racing Assess Top Multicultural and Female Drivers for Class of 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 7, 2015) – Twenty-two drivers have three days to compete for a spot in the motorsport industry’s top driver development program, NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), set to commence at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., Oct. 19-21, 2015.

Now in its 12th year, the annual Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers, ages 14 to 26, from across North America to test their skills over a three-day period in order to identify the newest members of the NASCAR D4D Class of 2016.

“Finding and developing diverse athletes who will represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization’s mission,” said NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Jim Cassidy. “Every year, the bar is raised with talented applicants who have the potential and determination to succeed. We’re proud to watch our graduates in the national series and develop more diverse talent to join them in the years to come.”

In partnership with Rev Racing, the Max Siegel-owned race team, D4D offers racing opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE) and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) for one full season, providing drivers with equipment, mentoring, and competition experience.

“We could not be more excited about this year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine to select the 2016 Class of Rev Racing drivers,” said team CEO Max Siegel. “Coming off of our 6th consecutive multiple race winning season, we are focused on continuing to make our program and approach world-class, as we prepare these young drivers to advance into the national series.”

The NASCAR D4D Combine has proven successful in identifying and developing future stars of the sport. Current D4D member Collin Cabre secured Rev Racing’s second win of 2015 with a victory at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season finale at Dover International Speedway in October. In addition, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suárez, leaders in the series’ Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, are among the graduates of the program.

This year’s athletes include 13 women, notably the youngest combine participant ever at 14 years old, Macy Causey. Also participating are four stars from the NASCAR Mexico Series: Abraham Calderón, Enrique Contreras, Rubén García Jr. and Santiago Tovar.

Returning to defend their spots in the program are current NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers Dylan Smith and Natalie Decker.

Driver 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.

Fans can follow the Combine live on Twitter at @NASCARDiversity and @RevRacing.

Below are invitees to the 12th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine:

First Name Last Name Age City State/Country
Hannah Adair 21 Tulsa Okla.
Jairo Avila 20 Alhambra Calif.
Kayli Barker 18 Las Vegas Nev.
Nicole Behar 17 Otis Orchards Wash.
Abraham Calderon 26 Monterrey Mexico
Macy Causey 14 Yorktown Va.
Enrique Contreras 22 San Antonio Texas
Madeline Crane 17 Meansville Ga.
Claire Decker 20 Eagle River Wis.
Natalie Decker 18 Eagle River Wis.
Juan Garcia 17 Bogota Colombia
Ruben Garcia Jr. 19 Mexico City Mexico
Ali Kern 22 Fremont Ohio
Enrique Limon 17 Mexico City Mexico
Mariah McGriff 20 Vail Ariz.
Becca Monopoli 26 Lakeland Fla.
Erika Newcome 20 Pickerington Ohio
Hannah Newhouse 18 Twin Falls Idaho
Vanessa Robinson 25 Las Cruces N.M.
Dylan Smith 23 Concord N.C.
Walter Thomas 16 Indianapolis Ind.
Santiago Tovar 22 Mexico City Mexico

 

In addition to drivers, NASCAR Drive for Diversity has successfully identified and developed pit crew members to find employment opportunities within the sport. The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Challenge Tour will host its final Combine of the year at the NASCAR Research and Development Center on October 9, 2015 in Concord, North Carolina.

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.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association® (IMSA®) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

 

Contacts:

Pete Stuart, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 348-9261

pstuart@nascar.com

 

Christy Gormal, Max Siegel Inc.

(317) 920-9500

cgormal@maxsiegelinc.com

 

REV RACING Driver, Collin Cabre, wins the Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Drive Sober 125CHARLOTTE, NC – After rain postponed Friday’s Drive Sober 125 race at the Monster Mile, Rev Racing drivers were uncertain with their ability to run in the final competition of the season. The team found themselves back at the track Saturday morning in the middle of additional rain, NASCAR Sprint Cup practice and the NASCAR Xfinity race.

Rev Racing drivers finally hit the track at 12:30 p.m., without qualifications or practice. The delay and lack of track time, however, didn’t slow down Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Collin Cabre. The 21-year-old from Tampa, Florida, scored his first K&N Pro series East career victory.

Cabre became the sixth driver from the NASCAR Drive For Diversity Program to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and gave Rev Racing, which has fielded the competition team for the program since 2010, its 17th win.

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect having had no opportunity to practice or feel out the track,” said Cabre. “The car just felt great and my crew guided me into a comfort zone. I realized we not only had an opportunity to be competitive, but to actually win this thing. I put everything I had into it and we won.”

Cabre started the race in 12th position, as the starting lineup was set according to the rulebook. Cabre’s No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota crossed the finish line 6.454 seconds in front of series veteran Eddie MacDonald. Cabre will finish his rookie season 10th in overall point standings.

“I think the best thing about working with Collin this season was his willingness to listen and take in as much information as we could throw at him,” stated Crew Chief Matt Bucher. “Every situation we’ve run into this year, he has never doubted what we have done or asked of him. This goes a long way with our confidence in him and his confidence in us as a crew. The more he races, the better he gets and I’m sure Dover won’t be his last trip to victory lane.”

Kenzie Ruston, driver of the No. 4 Sunoco Toyota, started in 11th position and finished the race in 13th position. Ruston had her best ever Dover finish, as historically this track has posed a challenge. Ruston will finish the season 11th in overall point standings.

Devon Amos, driver of the No. 6 Honda Generator Toyota, started in 15th position and finished the race in 12th position. Amos fluctuated back and forth several spots throughout the race, battling for position as the checkered approached. Amos will finish the season 14th in overall point standings.

Jay Beasley, driver of the No. 4 Special Smiles Toyota, started in 10th position and finished the race in 21st position. As the green flag waved, Beasley quickly moved up several spots to P7. Approaching lap 15 Beasley had a left front tire blow, which forced him to the garage for timely repairs. His crew got him back on the track to finish the Drive Sober 125 for his return to the K&N Pro Series. Beasley will finish the season 16th in overall point standings after missing three races this 2015 season.

Rev Racing drivers will focus on the 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, as it is set to take place October 19th -21st at Langley Speedway. Other participants competing for the 2016 class will be announced this week.

Rev Racing Heads to the Monster Mile for Last Race of the Season

#42-1CHARLOTTE, NC – Rev Racing rounds out the K&N Pro Series East season this Friday at Dover International Speedway for the Drive Sober 125. Known as the “Monster Mile,” Dover’s one-mile track will serve as the host for the 14th and final race of the season.

Rev drivers are eager to get back behind the wheel after a rained-out race in Richmond. Dover is a track Rev Racing is all too familiar with and a common stop in previous K&N seasons. Rev alumni Darrell Wallace Jr. is even the only multi-time polesitter at Dover. With final standings on everyone’s mind, Rev’s four K&N drivers hope to finish the season off strong.

Currently P10 in points standings, driver Kenzie Ruston will head to Dover in the #4 Sunoco Toyota. After a consistent track record of season successes, Ruston saw her last top-5 at Motordrome Speedway in mid-August. Historically, Dover has been a challenge for Ruston both in qualifying and finishing. She and her team are more than prepared to change the end of the season outcome.

#2 Universal Technical Institute Toyota driver Collin Cabre heads into Friday’s race after a rookie season of consistent improvement. Cabre added his first K&N top-10 to his resume in July at Iowa Speedway and continues to qualify within the top-10. He hopes to finish the season strong and return in 2016. Cabre is currently P11 in points standings.

Devon Amos will finish his rookie K&N season this Friday. Currently in P14 in points standings, Amos is prepared to do whatever it takes to close the season out on a high note.

Jay Beasley will make his return with Rev Racing on Friday, manning the #42 Special Smiles Toyota. Beasley was cleared by NASCAR to race and is focused on finishing out the season in the No. 42. After missing 3 races, Beasley is still sitting at P16.