Perry Patino will join the Rev Racing roster for his first season, running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Prior to joining the Rev Racing roster, Patino has been running a Limited Late Model schedule.
He began racing when he was eleven years old and has been at the race track since he was a baby as his Dad was a stock car driver as well. Perry loved being at the track, and followed in his Dad’s footsteps by becoming a driver himself. His Rev debut was due to start in March but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This week we finish our Spotlight series with our newest member.
Q: Coming into your first season at Rev what do you think your biggest adjustment will be?
PP: I think my biggest adjustment will be the feel of the late model stock car. I am used to a pro late model which drives very differently. The late models are heavier and move a little slower.
Q: What has been your biggest racing accomplishment to date?
PP: My biggest accomplish so far in my career so far is my 2018 limited late model championship at Montgomery Motor Speedway. All the hard work put in paid off and that’s what made it special.
Q: What are other activities outside of iRacing have you participated in during this break?
PP: I do a lot of wakeboarding, hunting, and dirt biking to help pass time til we’re back at the track.
In his first full season in the ARCA Menards Series East, Nick Sanchez has proved he is more than prepared to compete. With a 3rd place finish at the season opener at New Smyrna and a 6th place finish at Phoenix, Sanchez has showed how his steady driving ability can quickly turn into quick results. Due to Covid-19, Sanchez like many other drivers has been adjusting to life in its current state and staying ready to race. This week we caught up with Nick to see how he has been spending his time away.
Q: Coming from a karting background what do you think your biggest adjustment to stock cars has been?
NS: My biggest adjustment has been managing the lengths of the races and remembering that I have to be patient even when I make a mistake.
Q: What notable guys did you compete against in Karting before you transitioned to stock car racing?
NS: Rubens Barrichello who raced in Formula one and Indycar along with former NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet Jr were just a few of my competitors.
Q: What are other activities outside of iRacing have you participated in during this break?
NS: I have been involved in daily workouts, mountain biking, and other preparation of returning back to racing.
Rajah Caruth was preparing to officially begin his 2020 season in a legends car for Rev Racing at the quarter-mile oval inside Atlanta Motor Speedway. He, along with Blake Lothian made the trip south to compete, but the event along with the rest of the sporting world came to a halt due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This past week we caught up with Rajah and discussed what has been happening in his life during the time away from the track.
Q: How are you spending your time away from racing?
RC: I’ve spent my time away from the racetrack primarily on iRacing where I have recently joined Richmond Raceway’s eSports team, along with doing schoolwork and finding things productive to do around the house.
RC: My favorite TV show is the Office because I see a lot of similarities between the social shenanigans at Dundler Mifflin and the high school I currently attend.
Q:Favorite restaurant and food from the restaurant?
RC:My favorite restaurant is anywhere that has quality chicken tenders because you can’t ever go wrong with chicken tenders.
Q:If you could be any animal what would you be?
RC: If I could be any animal, I’d be a tiger because of the strength and power that a tiger represents, but not because of the Tiger King Netflix documentary.
Q:Have you participated in any of the stay at home social media challenges? If so which one(s)?
RC:Not yet, but I will likely soon. Have been trying to focus on being the best me during all this free time so far.
Q:How are you preparing for the upcoming late model season?
RC:In prep for our late model season, I’ve been working on improving my fitness, diet, and overall health along with using iRacing as a tool to improve my skills while we have all of this extra time that usually is not available. Q:Special talent/skill that not many people know you have?
RC:Not many people know that I’m pretty good at basketball, and can draw as well. Those are some activities that I do in my spare time.
Q:What do you miss most about racing? What do you miss most about being at the track?
RC: Just being able to race and do what I love is what I miss the most about being at the racetrack.I also miss the competition the most along with the people I was used to seeing constantly, but I know that we’ll be back at the track at some point doing what we love.
Rev Racing’s Nick Sanchez wins Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award
CARA COOPERNASCAR.COMNOVEMBER 18, 2019
Nick Sanchez finished his race season about a month ago feeling good about what he had learned in his rookie late model season.
He recently received more accolades to make his first year racing in Division I of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series even more special.
Sanchez is the 2019 recipient of the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award, an annual award given to an outstanding minority or female driver in the Whelen All-American Series. The award recipient is selected by a committee as nominated by drivers, crew members, and track operators based not only on the driver’s final standings in the top 500 of the national standings, but also based on exceptional on-track performance, sportsmanship, and community service.
The award is named for Wendell Scott, a Virginian who on December 1, 1963 became the first, and to date only, African-American driver to win a race in NASCAR’s top national series.
Scott was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015.
Sanchez said he got a call from a NASCAR official about a week ago out of the blue to learn he won the award. He will officially receive the award Saturday on stage at the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the NASCAR Awards.
“Honestly it was a total surprise because I really hadn’t thought much of it and I was so focused on just trying to win and the unreal idea of trying to go for a national championship and I totally forgot about that award,” Sanchez said. “And when someone told me about it I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ That’s an awesome accomplishment as well.”
Sanchez drives for Rev Racing, the competition arm of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program that serves as the NASCAR-supported racing team that develops female and minority drivers and pit crew members in development series for future competition at NASCAR’s highest levels.
The 18-year-old Miami, Florida, driver got his start with Rev Racing running in its Legends Car program before moving up to Late Models this year. He credited his team with helping him win the Wendell Scott award.
“It feels pretty good and especially how it’s a performance-based award, it really shows that my Rev guys brought a good late model the whole year,” he said. “I’m pretty excited for it. It’s a nice accomplishment.”
Sanchez finished 23rd in the Whelen All-American Series Division I final points standings. He had one national points win and 15 top-5 finishes in 20 late model starts this season.
Sanchez also ran three races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year, and had a pole start at South Boston Speedway on May 4.
In the late model, Sanchez and his Rev Racing team traveled to five different tracks this season: Motor Mile, South Boston, and Langley Speedways in Virginia, Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina, and Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. He also raced at Loudon Speedway in New Hampshire in a K&N Pro East race on September 21. Getting the chance to see his fair share of different sized tracks with character gave him the opportunity to really dive in and get his feet wet in his first season.
“I couldn’t imagine racing at one track with the same people, just the same routine,” Sanchez said. “I love getting different challenges thrown at me, whether it be different tracks, different drivers, different races, twins or long races. I can attribute all that to my success I guess you could say this year.
“Definitely stepping into the K&N car, especially that last race at New Hampshire I definitely got a ton of big track experience and definitely got my feet wet there which I’m pretty stoked about.”
Sanchez finished his season with a win at Langley Speedway, helping finish the year on a high note. After feeling like he missed out on victories early in the year, he was glad to see he had gotten past early “rookie mistakes.”
“Honestly, by the end of the year I felt like I progressed more as a driver than I ever had,” Sanchez said. “I was a lot more patient at the end of the year because at the beginning of the year, I’m not going to lie, I gave up many, many, many wins just on not knowing any better. By the end of the year I kind of learned my lesson and revamped my racing mindset, I guess you could say.”
Sanchez said he hopes to be able to release his plans for the 2020 soon, and he’s “very stoked” about it.
For now, he has many reasons to be proud of his rookie season.
“That makes it a lot more special just knowing people voted for me based on performance and everything else,” Sanchez said. “It’s a pretty nice accomplishment. I’m pretty proud.”
CABRE AND GARCIA JR. CONTINUE THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP PUSH AT THE MAGIC MILE
Concord, NC (Jul. 19, 2019) This Saturday, Rev Racing drivers will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) 7th race of the year.
Both Development Drivers are looking to improve on their finishes at the “Magic”. Rev Racing drivers Ruben Garcia Jr. and Chase Cabre are both looking to prepare themselves for a championship push beginning this weekend.
Rubén García Jr. (No. 6 UTI/MSI Toyota): Garcia looks to turn around a season that’s been riddled with misfortune. With a 12th place average finish in two starts at New Hampshire Garcia will hope to gain momentum in his NKNPSE season along with better luck at NHMS.
“I am very excited that the LONG break is finally over,” says Garcia Jr. “It’s time to go back on the K&N series schedule. My team has worked so hard during the break to make my #6 Universal Technical Institute/ Max Siegel Inc. Camry faster so we can take it back to Victory lane.”
Chase Cabre (No. 4 Honda Generators/E3 Toyota): 22-year-old, Chase Cabre, will return to NHMS for the third year and 4th start at the track. Cabre has two top-10 finishes in New Hampshire. In 2018, Cabre raced to 2 8th place finishes at the track. At New Hampshire Cabre holds an average of 10th in his NHMS starts. Cabre currently has 4 top-10 finishes in the NKNPSE season including a win at Memphis last month.
“New Hampshire has not been a great track for us in the past,” says Cabre. “Hopefully with the good momentum from Memphis we can capitalize and keep the Honda Generators/E3 #4 Toyota Camry out front to stay in the close championship battle that we’re in.”
Both drivers are maintaining top 10 points standing positions in the NKNPSE. Chase is currently 3rd in points and Ruben is currently 9th. The duo will begin track activities begin Friday with group qualifying at 7:05 p.m., followed by the autograph session at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series United Services 70 at 6:45 p.m.
For 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 [email protected]
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:
Fans can follow the Combine live on Twitter at @NASCARDiversity and @RevRacin.
NASCAR, Rev Racing Assess Top Multicultural and Female Drivers for Class of 2016DAYTONA 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:
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.
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This year, Austin Geer returned to Rev Racing for his second season. After joining the team last summer, Geer earned 30 top-5s out of his 40 races. He’s continuing to prove himself this season as well, as he is currently third in the points in this year’s Bojangles Summer Shootout. The Rev Racing Team recently sat down with Geer and his father Charles, to talk about the season.
How do you think your season has gone so far?
AG It’s been pretty good…I’m third in the points now and got four top-5s.
How have you improved from last year?
AG Probably just having a consistent line. Really working on that and working on simulators- really practicing a lot more.
CG His passing is some of the best I’ve ever seen. He can really get by kids. He avoids crashes better than anyone I’ve ever seen. I mean, I can miss something in front of him.
What do you think you need to improve on the most?
AG I just need to work on staying consistent, just not messing up a lot.
Do you have a specific routine before racing?
AG I just go out there, pray, and hope for the best.
Do you have a favorite track to race on?
AG I really like Charlotte, and I also like Atlanta.
Your dad is usually always with you at the track. How big of an influence does he have on you, as far as racing is concerned?
AG He’s a pretty big influence; he got me into racing. He used to race cup cars on road course, but looked into oval ones and it was a great idea for me.
Where do you see yourself going in this sport?
AG My ultimate dream is to race in the Sprint Cup Series. That’s my main goal. If that doesn’t work out, I’m thinking of becoming a mechanical engineer or working at a shop.
CG We want him to go to college as parents. If he keeps doing well, he’ll progress. Even if he doesn’t go to a place where he’ll be on a campus., we’ll have him taking online classes. He’s going to get his degree. That’s what we do in our family.
CONCORD, NC – Each year NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative and its competition arm, Rev Racing, seek to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing the most diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. This selection process begins with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. This year’s application process will open May 15. The application process will close for submission on August 15, 2014.
Drivers who already participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program and are demonstrating progress, though a combination of consistent top finishes in their respective series and positive evaluations, may be offered the opportunity to continue in the program without participating in an additional Combine.
“I am very excited to see this year’s class. Each year, we have seen the applicant pool grow with experience and talented drivers. This class should be no different,” said Max Siegel, Rev Racing team owner.
Potential drivers can access the participant application at revracing.net/combine-application. Additional information and criteria can be found on supplied link. Additional support and technical assistance for the application process can be found by emailing [email protected]. Please allow for a 24-hour turn around response.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet the following requirements: Between the ages of 15 and 26 (as of October 15, 2014)
• A U.S. citizen or resident alien
• Legally allowed to work in the US
• A member of one of the following ethnic minorities classifications:
African-Americans: Having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa
Asian-Indian Americans: Having origins in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
Asian-Pacific Americans: Origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the
Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas
Hispanics: Having Hispanic heritage from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, and South America (including Brazil) and the Caribbean basin.
Native Americans: Persons who are American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the United States.
ORA female of U.S citizenship (or resident alien)
• All drivers must demonstrate their skill and have experience in grassroots/local/regional racing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 3, 2013) — As the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (#NASCARD4D) program approaches its 10-year anniversary, NASCAR and Rev Racing have selected the participants for the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. The drivers will participate in a rigorous on- and off-track evaluation process for the opportunity to join the NASCAR D4D program and compete for Rev Racing during the 2014 season. The combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., from Oct. 21-23.
The annual Combine is the first step in identifying and developing the future stars of the sport. Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. are among the drivers who have graduated from the NASCAR D4D program after attending the annual combine and driving for Rev Racing. Ryan Gifford, who currently drives for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut driving for Richard Childress Racing on Aug. 3.
“The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program has contributed to the success of some of the most promising young drivers and crew members in our sport,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president, public affairs and multicultural development. “The drivers announced today will have an opportunity to compete at the 2013 D4D Combine and earn a place on the 2014 NASCAR Drive for Diversity/Rev Racing roster.”
NASCAR officials and Rev Racing representatives chose the 20 up-and-coming drivers from 95 applicants representing the United States, Canada and Latin America.
“We are excited about this year’s group of Combine participants,” said Max Siegel, owner/CEO of Rev Racing. “They represent a great cross-section of talent and experience, and any one of them would make a great addition to the 2014 Drive for Diversity team.”
The 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine participants include:
Devon Amos, 22 Rio Rancho, N.M.
Annabeth Barnes, 18 Mooresville, N.C.
George Beasley, 21 Las Vegas, Nev.
Nicole Behar, 15 Otis Orchards, Wash.
Ryan Bernal, 19 Hollister, Calif.
Collin Cabre, 19 Thonotosassa, Fla.
Meagan Creech, 20 Ashland, Va.
Claire Decker, 18 Eagle River, Wis.
Paige Decker, 20 Eagle River, Wis.
Natalie Decker, 16 Eagle River, Wis.
Ruben Garcia, Jr., 17 Mexico City, Mexico
Blake Kisner, 18 Chanute, Kan.
Katlynn Leer, 14 St. Moulton, Iowa
Jack Madrid, 18 San Clemente, Calif.
Hannah Newhouse, 16 Twin Falls, Idaho
Sergio Pena, 20 Catharpin, Va.
Dylan Smith, 21 Randolph, Vt.
Kenny Stewart II, 16 Carson, Calif.
Cody Thompson, 20 Fremont, Calif.
Sam Wright, 18 Vancouver, Wash.
An additional eight young drivers will join these 20 drivers on Oct. 23 and compete for the opportunity to drive for Rev Racing during the 2014 Summer Shootout Series in INEX Legends and Bandoleros.
Jairo Avila, 17 Alhambra, Calif.
Austin Geer, 11 Johns Creek, Ga.
Kylin Hammer, 11 Meadowview, Va.
Ryleigh Lemonds, 10 Yorktown, Va.
Enrique Limon, 15 Mexico City, Mexico
Jaiden Reyna, 7 Newport News, Va.
Ashley Rogero, 15 Naples, Fla.
Walter Thomas, 15 Indianapolis, Ind.
All of the drivers attending the Combine will be mentored and coached by the Rev Racing staff, along with the team’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Mackena Bell, Ryan Gifford, Bryan Ortiz and Daniel Suarez.
The Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau and Langley Speedway have partnered with Rev Racing and NASCAR to support the 2013 NASCAR D4D Combine. Langley Speedway will host the Combine for the third consecutive year. The paved 0.395-mile short track is one of the flattest tracks in the region with six-degree banked corners and four degrees of banking on the straightaway. Langley Speedway is an ideal track to test the abilities of NASCAR’s up-and-coming talent.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 4, 2013) – Rising stars Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. capitalized on their opportunity under the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) banner, and now enjoy regular success in NASCAR’s national series. Soon, the next generation of talent will be welcomed – and that process starts now.
Applications are being accepted online for the NASCAR D4D Combine until Aug. 26. To access the application, please visit https://revracing.net/combine-application. Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) and Wallace (@BubbaWallace), both competing in their rookie seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series respectively, participated in the program after being selected at the annual NASCAR D4D Combine.
“Through our partnership with Rev Racing, the NASCAR D4D initiative has shown increasing success in developing minority and female drivers who are ready to compete at the highest levels of our sport,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “The academy format that we have developed offers skilled drivers the training they need to move up to the next level of their racing careers.”
The application for the annual Combine is the first phase of the selection process for the NASCAR D4D program. The Combine evaluation process consists of five elements: physical fitness, driver resume, media aptitude, driver communications/knowledge and driving skills on and off track.
“We are proud of the successes we’ve had to date, and are looking forward to welcoming a new group of participants in the fall,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “The talent level continues to rise each year, and the Combine process is the first step in developing the next generation of drivers for the sport.”
Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 26 as of Oct. 15, and must be a member of an ethnic minority classification or a female of U.S. citizenship. Those who are legally allowed to work in the U.S. can apply to participate in the Combine as well. All drivers must demonstrate their skill and have experience in grassroots, local or regional racing. Drivers selected to participate in the Combine will be notified in the fall after the application process has closed. To learn more about NASCAR, the NASCAR D4D program and other diverse initiatives, log on to: www.nascardiversity.com
CONCORD, NC (April 2, 2013) – BILT fitness equipment will become the primary exercise machines used by Rev Racing drivers and pit crew athletes at its training and development facility in Concord, NC.
BILT is a revolutionary arsenal of fitness equipment featuring innovative technologies such as the world’s only COD (Change Of Direction) Machine that allows a user to move laterally with weight. BILT’s exclusive line of 12 game-changing exercise machines has been the secret weapon of Andre Agassi and Gil Reyes for years
“We are excited to be partnering with Rev Racing,” said Steve Miller, CEO of BILT by Agassi & Reyes. “We feel our equipment will only improve upon the championship level training and development being provided to the next generation of NASCAR drivers and pit crew athletes.”
Rev Racing operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew athletes. In 2012 Rev Racing captured the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship and Rookie of the Year honors. Additionally, its drivers finished as Rookie of the Year runner-up and won the Wendell Scott Trail Blazer Award.
“I am impressed with the uniqueness and safety aspects of the BILT machines,” said Max Siegel, Owner/CEO Rev Racing. “We are constantly looking for ways to take our training and development to the next level. I am confident the BILT equipment will do just that.”
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, 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.”
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.
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
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.