Rev Racing Now Accepting Applications For The 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine

CONCORD, NC. (APRIL 20, 2012) – Applications for the 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine are now being accepted. Promising young drivers may now submit their applications for consideration to participate in the Combine. Drivers who are selected for the Combine and then accepted into the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, will join Rev Racing for the 2013 season, competing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series or NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The application submission period will close on August 1, 2012. Applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements: • At least 15 years of age but no older than 26 years of age as of October 15, 2012; and • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; or non-permanent resident who is legally allowed to work in the U.S.; and • A female or recognized as a member of a classified ethnic minority For more details about the program and to apply visit the Rev Racing website at https://revracing.net/.

Bristol Widow Wax 125 Race Report For Nascar Drive For Diversity and Rev Racing

BRISTOL, TN. (MARCH 18, 2012) – The 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season started in a familiar fashion for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and the Rev Racing team of drivers with two finishing inside the top-ten here, at the world’s fastest half mile, last night. Ryan Gifford piloted his No. 2 Universal Technical Institute/Toyota Camry to a third place finish and his teammate, Kyle Larson, fought a loose condition but managed to secure a ninth place finish for his No. 6 Toyota Camry in his first career K&N start. “We had a really good UTI/Toyota Camry all week,” said Gifford. “It was a great start to the season and I’m excited about what’s in store for the rest of the year. My crew chief (Dennis Conner) did a super job giving me a very fast car. I didn’t get it to the top this time, but we’ve got the team in place to make that happen soon enough” The night started with a few challenges for the Rev Racing program as Gifford’s teammate, Bryan Ortiz, a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, had a track bar bracket break during the qualifying attempt in his No. 4 Toyota Camry and had to start at the rear of the 35 car field. Larson qualified sixth, Gifford seventh and teammate Jorge Arteaga, a native of Aguascalientes, Mexico, one of three Rookie-of-the-Year contenders from Rev Racing, started the night in the twenty-third starting position. Arteaga brought out the second caution of the night on lap 30 when he made contact with the front stretch retaining wall while trying to avoid a sliding car off of turn four. While the damage was repaired, Arteaga went several laps down and finished the night in thirtieth position. At the caution Larson was in third position, Gifford in fifth and Ortiz had already moved up eleven spots to twenty-fourth. They continued to battle for top positions until the halfway break at lap 69. At the break Gifford was still in fifth, Larson had dropped to ninth and Ortiz had moved up to nineteenth. After the break, Gifford, Larson and Ortiz continued to display their talent and at the night’s last caution on lap 119, all three found themselves inside the top-fifteen. If a rookie debut at Thunder Valley, and the first ever K&N Pro Series East race at the venue, wasn’t enough excitement then a Green, White, Checkered finish no doubt had the hearts pounding for the young NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers. “After the start we had, I was just happy to be in the race and to be in a good position at the end,” said Ortiz. Ortiz moved up twenty positions to fiftieth before the final restart and ended the night in fourteenth position, earning him the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award. “All of the drivers did a very good job at one of NASCAR’s most challenging tracks,” said Jefferson Hodges, Rev Racing’s Director of Competition. “A top-three; a top-ten; making up twenty-one positions on this track, as a rookie driver, and in your debut race and for another rookie driver to remain competitive after a wreck on lap 30; what more can I say? I’m extremely proud of this entire team. This is going to be an exciting year for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program.”

NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program Revved up at Hickory Motor Speedway

HICKORY, NC. (MARCH 10, 2012) – The NASCAR’s Drive For Diversity Program and Rev Racing saw its first action here on Saturday night.  Drivers Trey Gibson and Mackena Bell saw action at the famed venue. Bell drove her Toyota Camry to a fifth place finish and established herself as a driver to be watched this season. “The car was great tonight,” said Bell. “It felt good to come away with a Top 5 in the season opener” Bell credits her sponsors, team members and Rev Racing Director of Competition, Jefferson Hodges, who also served as her spotter, for the good results.   “The guys had worked hard to get the car right,” added Bell. “With the help of my spotter Jefferson, I was able to run the right line and I tried to save my tires knowing it was a 100 lap race. But, we got spun and went back to last and then fought our way back toward the front for a fifth.” “I want to thank Jefferson Hodges, and all the crew guys on the 4 car as well as my sponsors NASCAR, Toyota, Goodyear, TRD, and JRI,” said Bell. “ I look forward to this season and getting the #4 Toyota Camry in the winners circle at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.”   While Gibson did not have the same results, his night was just as impressive until a mechanical issue brought it to an end. “We didn’t have a great qualifying effort and I had to start in 18th position,” said Gibson. “But, we moved all the up to thirdand I had car capable of winning and was in a position to win until I had a tie-rod break. Unfortunately, those things happen in racing.” “My crew chief Danny Johnson, and all the guys at the shop, did a great job getting this car ready to race,” added Gibson.  “We’re going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.”   About Rev Racing Headquartered in Concord, N.C., Rev Racing is a division of Max Siegel, Inc (MSI) and brings together championship caliber executives, competition staff and equipment in a unique academy-style environment. Rev Racing competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All‐American Series. In addition, Rev Racing manages a youth racing initiative that allows kids ages 8-14 to compete in the INEX Bandolero and INEX Legend cars. The team also trains aspiring female and minority pit crew athletes through the Drive for Diversity Crew Member Development program presented by Sprint.

NASCAR Starts New Program for Minorities

CONCORD, N.C. — Minorities and NASCAR aren’t two names usually associated with each other, but NASCAR is looking to change that. They’ve started new outreach programs that are getting Latino drivers and companies involved. “For me racing, it was my dream,” said Jorge Arteaga. He gets to drive race cars in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East. After driving for four years in NASCAR’s Mexico Series, he earned a spot with NASCAR’s “Drivers for Diversity” program for minorities, including women, looking to make it in racing. “It’s kind of like a school, or scholarship program,” said Arteaga. Rev Racing, located by the speedway, manages the team. It’s like the minor leagues in baseball where drivers start in a lower level and can move up after four years in the program. “It’s awesome, I feel really grateful, really lucky, because it’s probably the one shot I’ll have in my life. It’s the only opportunity I’ll have to make it in this sport,” said Arteaga. The program is just one way NASCAR is reaching out to the Hispanic community. Estefania Acosta-Rubio was hired by NASCAR to market and communicate with the Latino community and says they’re starting to see interest from the Hispanic community like from Raul Alatorre. Alatorre is with Mission Foods, the largest tortilla manufacturer in the country. They aren’t a current sponsor right now, but are looking for opportunities. “We’re very interested in penetrating the general market in the region and I think NASCAR is a great vehicle to do that,” said Alatorre. And for Arteaga, this program is his vehicle to go from the minor leagues to the majors. “My dream is to become one of those drivers, to be in Daytona 500 race or at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” added Arteaga. The Drivers for Diversity program accepts 35 drivers each year from across the world and of every minority. They learn about working with the crew, mechanics of the car, and get to drive in 14 races each season. by AMY COWMAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff Read full article at wcnc

#D4DC11: Scenes from the NASCAR Diversity Combine

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a rainy first day, it was all sunshine and fast cars at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., Thursday as the 2011 Drive for Diversity Combine concluded with 26 talented drivers participating in the on-track testing. The drivers are competing for spots on the 2012 Rev Racing team as part of Drive for Diversity, one of NASCAR’s most successful initiatives. “Every year it’s great to see the quality of talent is improving and the word’s getting out,” said Max Siegel, CEO and owner of Revolution Racing. “We had some really talented young drivers here today and we’re just excited to get them on the track. “It’s going to be tough to fill the spots on the team because we had so many talented drivers here.” Rev Racing is in its third year as a partner with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative. In 2011, Revolution Racing (now Rev Racing) drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Sergio Pena accounted for six wins in the 12-race NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. “It’s exciting to see the evolution in the program,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “The success on track in 2011 certainly attracted additional talent to the Combine, and based on what we saw today, there are a couple of new standout drivers who are ready to follow in Wallace’s and Pena’s path.” The drivers who participated in the Combine ranged from ages 16 to 24, and represented 10 U.S. states, Mexico and Puerto Rico. It attracted drivers from various racing disciplines, from open-wheel sprint cars to Legends cars and Bandoleros. The drivers with limited stock car experience impressed with how quickly they adapted to the heavier cars, while the returning participants continued to show improvement. After waiting out the showers that cancelled Wednesday’s on-track testing, the drivers were looking forward to the chance to get behind the wheel – and they weren’t disappointed. “We had a really great Combine run; we did really well, I’m proud of my run,” said Jessica Brunelli, 18, from Hayward, Calif., who was trying out for the third time after being part of Rev Racing for the previous two seasons. “It’s a great opportunity and a great program, and I’m really lucky I get to drive with all these amazing people.” “Today was really cool, the car was awesome and the people were really great to work with. The car was really good. When the track was really cold it took a while to get the tires heated up, but it was awesome and I hope they were good results,” said Julian Albarracin, from Bogota, Colombia, who then provided a recap of his day in Spanish. “El carro estuvo muy bien, la gente trabajo muy bien, nunca habia visto gente trabajando asi. Nunca habia provado un carro tan bueno como un late model que prove hoy. La pista estaba muy fria, tomo mucho tiempo para calentar las llantas y calentar el motor pero salio muy bien, me senti muy bien y espero buenos resultados.” “It’s been a great day so far,” said newcomer Ryan Reed, a 17-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif. “I logged some really good laps, I’m really happy with myself, and we’ll see what that has in store for us when they announce the driver lineup for next year.” 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.

24 drivers to compete for spots with Revolution Racing(now Rev Racing)

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. 2012 DRIVER FOR DIVERSITY COMBINE: INVITE LIST
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.

Sergio Peña Captures First NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Victory

_MG_3848 Win Marks Third D4D Victory in Last 12 Series Races   SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (April 17, 2011) – Just more than a year after exploding onto the NASCAR scene with a second-place finish in his NASCAR K&N Series debut in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale, Sergio Peña grabbed his first series victory in the South Boston 150. Peña, driving the Freightliner Toyota as part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, won the second race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. It marked the third victory in 12 NASCAR K&N Series races for Revolution Racing over the last two seasons.   Teammates Ryan Gifford, driving the TRD Toyota Camry, and Darrell Wallace Jr., driving the U.S. Army entry, took home fifth- and sixth-place finishes respectively, giving Revolution Racing three of the top-six positions in the tightly contested race. Michael Cherry, driving the Revolution Racing Fueling Your Dreams Toyota Camry, was involved in several accidents including one with then-race-leader Brett Moffitt with nine laps remaining, giving Peña the lead on the race’s final restart with four laps remaining. Cherry spun alone in turn four and Moffitt could not stop collecting Cherry’s Toyota. Peña held off Matt DiBenedetto, Max Gresham and Coleman Pressley for the win. Peña took over the lead in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points standing by one point over Coleman Pressley. Wallace is fourth (21 points behind Peña), Gifford is seventh (minus 52) and Cherry is 17th (125 points down).   Wallace Jr, last year’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series rookie of the year, puwon the pole with Peña qualifying third, Cherry sixth and Gifford 12th. “This is a great feeling,” Peña said. “I don’t know what happened to Brett Moffitt there, but unfortunately for him he wasn’t able to finish the race, but he was definitely the car to beat. Luckily I was there to pounce on it and take away the win.”   The South Boston 150 can be seen on Speed TV Thursday at 6 p.m. (ET).

Sergio Pena, 17, has the drive to improve NASCAR’s diversity

“If you were going to create NASCAR’s ideal driver, how would you begin?” the commercial starts. “Would English be their first language? O su segundo?” driver Sergio Pena asks. Pena, a 17-year-old senior at James Wood High School in Winchester, is a top prospect in Drive for Diversity, a NASCAR initiative designed to create opportunities for minorities and women in a sport that’s been almost exclusively white and male since its humble beginnings in the deep South in the 1950s. Read the rest on the Washington Post

Drive for Diversity Combine Set for Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway

Mooresville, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2010) – Thirty-Five drivers from 18 states, Mexico and Puerto Rico are prepared to showcase their skills at the seventh annual Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco Sunday through Tuesday at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. The drivers, ranging in age from 16 to 26, hope to earn a spot on the Revolution Racing team that will again field teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Drivers on the 2010 Revolution Racing team enjoyed the best on-track season in the history of the Drive for Diversity program, earning four victories, 42 top-five finishes and 80 top 10s in 141 starts.  Included in that number were impressive results in the highly competitive NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.  Ryan Gifford, Sergio Pena and Darrell Wallace Jr. each competed in all 10 Series races, while Mackena Bell (six races), Michael Cherry (three races) and Mark Davis (one race) each took turns driving the fourth Revolution Racing car.  These four teams scored two wins, 10 top fives and 15 top 10s. The drivers attending the Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco will be evaluated on multiple fronts during the Combine including on-track performance, marketing and media aptitude, physical fitness, personality and more. Following the three-day assessment, the results will be evaluated by a committee that will select participants for the 2011 season. Grandstands at Motor Mile Speedway will be open to the public Monday and Tuesday with on-track testing scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. [frame_toggle title=”Participating Drivers”]
  • Jorge Arteaga – Agualcalientes, Mexico, Age 24
  • Kelsey Bauer – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, 21
  • Mackena Bell – Carson City, Nevada, 20
  • Juan Carlos Blum – Miami, Florida, 16
  • Brandy Bower – Marysville, Ohio, 23
  • Jessica Brunelli – Haywood, California, 17
  • Katrina Canney – Charlotte, North Carolina, 20
  • Cole Carbrera – Exeter, California, 16
  • Michael Cherry – Valrico, Florida, 21
  • Enrique Contreras – Mexico, 18
  • Heather DesRochers – Granby, Massachusetts, 21
  • Brittany Finley – Ardmore, Alabama, 24
  • Cassie Gannis – Phoenix, Arizona, 19
  • Trey Gibson – Easley, South Carolina, 18
  • Ryan Gifford – Winchester, Tennessee, 21
  • Katie Hagar – Damariscotta, Maine, 24
  • Sloan Henderson – Franklin, Ohio, 17
  • Rebecca Kasten – Mequon, Wisconsin, 20
  • Ali Kern – Fremont, Ohio, 17
  • Julia Landauer – New York, New York, 18
  • Amanda Lynch – Greenville, South Carolina, 21
  • Clinton Mills – Indian Trail, North Carolina, 23
  • Dallas Montes – Bakersfield, California, 16
  • Jeff Oleen – Bethesda, Maryland, 20
  • Tayla Orleans – Randleman, North Carolina, 17
  • Bryan Ortiz – Bayamon, Puerto Rico, 21
  • Sergio Pena – Winchester, Virginia, 17
  • Matthew Piercy – Conover, North Carolina, 16
  • Troy Rave – Westby, Wisconsin, 21
  • Ryan Reed – Bakersfield, California, 16
  • Jason Romero – Cameron Park, California, 26
  • Dylan Smith – Randolph, Vermont, 17
  • Lacey Tuttle – Elmwood, Nebraska, 21
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. – Concord, N.C., 17
  • Kristen Wallace – Jasper, Georgia, 17[/frame_toggle]
[frame_toggle title=”ABOUT DRIVE FOR DIVERSITY”]Drive for Diversity is the industry’s leading development program for minority and female drivers and crew members.  The Drive for Diversity program currently supports drivers in two of NASCAR’s development series – the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Drive for Diversity also supports crew member candidate through a year-long pit crew training program.  Crew members have gone on to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Diversity is NASCAR’s top corporate initiative.  The Drive for Diversity program has been successful in creating meaningful opportunities for minority and female competitors.  The program helps to further diversity NASCAR’s participant and audience base.  The program has seen continuous growth since its inception in 2004.[/frame_toggle]