Caruth and Sanchez Team Up at Iowa Speedway in ARCA Combination Race
July 22, 2021
Concord, NC – Rev Racing NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Drivers Nick Sanchez, driver of the No. 2 Max Siegel Incorporated Chevrolet, and Rajah Caruth, driver of the No. 6 NTI/UTI Chevrolet, will both head to Iowa Speedway for the first ARCA Menards Series/ARCA Menards Series East combination event of the season. This will also serve as a Sioux Chief Showdown points race as well for Sanchez.
Caruth, who is a full-time driver in the ARCA Menards Series East, and Sanchez, who drives full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, have never driven together in the same race. However, the duo’s chemistry off the track, in conjunction with direction for Rev Racing’s Director of Driver Development, has allowed them to prepare as teammates to race competitively together.
“It’s going to be really cool having Rajah as my teammate at Iowa! Even though I’ve been racing in ARCA a little longer than him, I’m always asking him questions and picking his brain a little bit just to prepare. Plus, having 2 cars on the track is great for Rev as a whole because we’ll be able to try new things, and see what works for both Raj and me at the same time. Overall, I am extremely excited!”
Caruth echoes the same feeling.
“I think our chemistry off the track will be helpful in the car because we both know each other’s driving styles, and know how to race around each other. It should be fun.”
Sanchez and Caruth are both enjoying solid rookie seasons in their respective series. Sanchez has only finished outside the top-five twice since his breakout race at Talladega in April, and in the last ARCA short track race at Toledo, Sanchez tied his career-best finish of third. Just 79-points behind points leader Corey Heim, Sanchez has turned into one of four ARCA Menards Series championship contenders.
Caruth currently has 2 Top-5’s and 3 Top-10’s on the season, and is only 47 points behind the points leader for the ARCA Menards Series East championship. Since finishing 11th at New Smyrna, Caruth has been showing major improvement with every race this season. He is looking to build on his last race, in which he scored a career-best finish of P3 at Southern National Motorsports Park.
As for the track itself, both are eager to take on the fast-paced 0.875-mile paved oval located in Newton, Iowa.
“My prep for Iowa has been similar to the prep I’ve done for the other ARCA races I’ve had this year,” says Caruth. “I’ve reached out to various drivers across the world of NASCAR for notes and tips and pointers about Iowa, and tried the best that I can to internalize all of that information. In addition, I’ve done a little bit of sim racing at home, but not too much.”
Sanchez shares the same sentiment.
“Yes [Raj] same with me, I’ve prepped for Iowa the same as I have every other race this year: studying film, asking my team questions and listening to their guidance, and practicing on iRacing a little bit. I’m excited to see what we can do together.”
On July 24th, Rajah Caruth, Nick Sanchez, and Rev Racing will head to America’s heartland to race at Iowa Speedway in the Shore Lunch 150. Qualifying will begin at 6 p.m. CT with the series first autograph session of the season at 6:45 p.m. CT. The race will air on MAVTV with a live stream available on TrackPass beginning at 8 p.m. CT.
About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and a youth racing initiative.
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