DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A life-changing opportunity could one day evolve into a sport-shaping career for 24 young men and women come the middle of next week.

Contested from Oct. 18-20, the eighth consecutive Drive for Diversity Combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., where drivers will vie for spots in one of NASCAR’s most successful initiatives.

Aspiring drivers of diverse backgrounds ranging from ages 16 to 24, and representing 10 U.S. states, Mexico and Puerto Rico, are prepared to showcase their skills in the hopes of securing a ride with Rev Racing in 2012. Rev Racing will enter its third year fielding teams for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative, in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

[callout_left]Grandstands at Langley will be open to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, Oct. 19-20 during on-track testing. [/callout_left]

The past two seasons of the D4D initiative have enjoyed unparalleled success. In 2010, Darrell Wallace Jr. became the youngest winner and first African-American winner in series history en route to winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year. This year’s Revolution Racing team eclipsed that success by placing three drivers in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East top 10 (Wallace had three victories and finished second in points; Sergio Pena also won three races and finished fifth; and Ryan Gifford finished 10th).  Overall in 2011, Revolution Racing(now Rev Racing) had six wins, 12 top fives and 22 top 10s in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

The drivers attending the Drive for Diversity Combine will be evaluated by a select committee on multiple fronts including on-track performance, marketing and media aptitude, physical fitness and personality.


Driver Age Hometown Twitter
Ryan Gifford 22 Winchester, Tenn. @ryangifford2
Angelique Bell 17 Roseville, Calif.
Jessica Brunelli 18 Hayward, Calif. @brunelliracing
Sergio Pena 18 Catharpin, Va. @thesspena
Mackena Bell 19 Carson City, Nev. @mackenabell
Michael Cherry 20 Valrico, Fla. @fastcherry
Jorge Arteaga 23 Agualcalientas, Mexico @jorgearteaga46
Jack Madrid 16 San Clemente, Calif.
Kyle Larson 19 Elk Grove, Calif. @kylelarsonracin
Frank Young 19 Fontana, Calif.
Dylan Smith 17 Randolph, Vt.
Devon Amos 18 Rio Rancho, N.M. @devonamos
Annabeth Barnes 20 Hiddenite, N.C. @annabethh
Bryan Ortiz 21 Bayamon, P.R. @bryanoracing
Amber Colvin 18 Tallahassee, Fla. @ambercolvin01
Ruben Garcia 16 Mexico City, Mexico @rubengarcia4
Lindsey Holman 23 Abingdon, Va. @LJHolman75
Ryan Reed 17 Bakersfield, Calif. @ryanreed04
Trey Gibson 18 Easley, S.C. @ tgibsonracing
Dallas Montes 17 Bakersfield, Calif. @racinshoe17
Juan Carlos Blum 16 Guadalajara, Mexico @jcblum13
Enrique Contreras 18 Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico @contreraskike
Tayla Orleans 17 Randleman, N.C. @taylaorleans93
Alexis Wilson 16 Hamburg, N.Y.

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