NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Set For New Smyrna

Twelve Drivers To Compete For Opportunity To Drive For Rev Racing DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2017) –- A dozen drivers from across the United States and Mexico will converge on northeast Florida to vie for an opportunity to follow in the tracks of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson. The 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators will be held at Bethune-Cookman University and New Smyrna Speedway on Oct. 16-18, and will serve as a key element in the selection process for setting the driver lineup for Rev Racing in 2018. Both the combine and the team will feature an enhanced focus on seat time to increase competition at the combine and on the track next season. The drivers invited at the combine includes several record-setting rising stars and a trio of NASCAR Next drivers. They’ll be competing for four seats with Rev Racing. “We’ve taken an in-depth look at how the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and we’ve worked hard to continue to take the program to the next level,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We’ve had a number of successes – from the graduation of Suarez, Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. to the national series, to winning races and championships on the touring and weekly series level. As we continue to evolve the program, the format of the combine and the 2018 schedule will provide a greater emphasis on driver development on and off the race track.” Among the drivers invited are Brittany Zamora, from Kennewick, Washington, and Ryan Vargas from LaMirada, California. Zamora, 18, became the first female to win the championship in the Northwest Super Late Model Series this season, while Vargas, 16, is the youngest race winner at California’s Irwindale Speedway and finished 16th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings. They’ll be joined by current NASCAR Next driver Chase Cabre, as well as NASCAR Next alumni Collin Cabre and Ruben Garcia Jr. Garcia set the mark as the youngest champion in NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series history in 2015. Other invitees include Macy Causey, Madeline Crane, Ernie Frances Jr., McKenna Haase, Nicholas Sanchez, Fabian Welter and Armani Williams. Earlier this year, Causey became the first female to win a Division I Late Model feature at South Boston Speedway in Virginia; Welter has four wins and leads the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Challenge Series points; and Francis is a three-time Trans-Am Series presented by Pirelli champion and leads the series’ TA standings with three events remaining. Sanchez finished fifth in the Bojangles Summer Shootout in Charlotte, driving for Rev Racing’s Legends car program. “The roster of talent coming to the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine is one of the deepest we’ve ever had,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “We’ve seen the program really grow over the last 10 years and make a substantial impact in NASCAR. We are excited to continue to work within the sport to make significant inroads and provide an opportunity for truly talented race car drivers to advance.” The drivers will take part in media and physical assessments on Monday at Bethune-Cookman. They will undergo driving evaluations at New Smyrna on Tuesday in a Late Model Stock Car and Wednesday in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car. In addition to being sponsored by Honda Generators, the Combine received sponsorship support from partners Bethune-Cookman, AiM, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach, M2 Promotions and Sunoco. From the 12 combine participants, four will be selected for the 2018 season. Three of those drivers will race full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a Late Model – totalling more than 30 races next season. In addition, the fourth driver will compete full-time in the Late Model program and serve as an alternate for the K&N Pro Series program. In an expanded role for next year, Rev Racing will also select an additional four youth drivers at a future combine. Those drivers will participate in the organization’s expanded Legends and Bandelaros program next season. This past season, Rev Racing had two Legends cars in the Bojangles Summer Shootout. The team will also provide several driver development test sessions in its Late Model at Langley Speedway in Virginia and New Smyrna during the 2018 race season for prospective multicultural and female drivers. 2017 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Drivers: Chase Cabre Tampa, Fla. Collin Cabre Tampa, Fla. Macy Causey Seaford, Va. Madeline Crane Meansville, Ga. Ernie Francis Jr. Dania, Fla. Ruben Garcia Mexico City, Mexico McKenna Haase Carlisle, Iowa Nicholas Sanchez Homestead, Fla. Ryan Vargas La Mirada, Calif. Fabian Welter Mexico City, Mexico Armani Williams Grosse Pointe, Mich. Brittany Zamora Kennewick, Wash. 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 (Monster Energy NASCAR 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 IMSA WeatherTech 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 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’). About Rev Racing Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, 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. 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Rev Racing Heads to Watkins Glen International

Concord, NC (August 3, 2017) – The NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers are heading into the final stretch of the season with this weekend’s visit to Watkins Glen International for the Finger Lakes Wine Country 100. The team will race 41 laps on the 2.45-mile road course this Friday, August 4th. Rev Racing will join both the XFINITY Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend in the fourth companion race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedule. The Finger Lakes Wine Country 100 will mark the fifth race in a six-week stretch for the drivers. After participating in 4 paved-oval races, the drivers are eager to experience this weekend’s road course. Rubén García Jr. (No. 6 Sunoco Toyota): García, who is currently leading team Rev Racing in points, will head into the weekend fifth in the standings with one pole, two top-5s and eight top-10s among the 10 total races this season. He has already set new personal career highs for top-5s and top-10s. García has also collected four straight top-10 finishes leading up to this weekend at Watkins Glen. Driver of the No. 6 Toyota, García will race at Watkins Glen on Friday and immediately head to Mexico to compete in the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series on Sunday. Chase Cabre (No. 4 ATL Fuel Cells Toyota):  Chase Cabre, who is currently 6th in points, is coming off of a 5th place finish in Iowa. Cabre, with an impressive rookie start, has 4 top-5s, six top-10s and set 2 poles. Jay Beasley (No. 42 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota): Sitting 7th in point standings, Beasley is eager to face ‘The Glen’ with two top-5s and four top-10s. The driver of the No. 42 also has three Coca-Cola Move of the Race awards and three Bembo Brake Through Challenge awards. He finished just inside the top-10 with his last visit to The Glen in 2015. Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota): Cabre, who will round out 10th in point standings, is more than ready to hit the track and turn a top-5 finish. Cabre has four top-10s this season, and is ready for his luck to change with Friday’s road course race. Cabre has finished in the top-5 in the last three road courses in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Qualifying for the Finger Lakes Wine Country 100 begins at 3:30 pm on Friday, followed by the race start at 4:45 pm EST.

All Rev Racing Drivers Head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Top 10 in Point Standings

Concord, NC (July 12, 2017) – This weekend’s journey to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) will mark the second companion race of the K&N Pro Series East season. Despite the rigorous schedule in July, the drivers are looking to each race as an opportunity to improve their standings and finishes. Team Rev Racing just completed the Busch North Throwback 100 at Thompson Motor Speedway, sporting two throwback schemes of Tommy Houston and Rogelio Lopez. Although the drivers did not garner the finishes they were looking for, all four drivers remained in the Top 10 in point standings. With the United Site Services 70 only a few days away, the drivers are more than ready to get back on the track and take home some top finishes. Chase Cabre (No. 4 Lincoln Electric Toyota): Rookie driver, Chase Cabre, sitting in the top five in point standings, is looking forward to NHMS. Cabre currently has three top-5s and five top-10s. He and his team are focused on communication and a good qualifying position.  Rubén García Jr. (No. 6 Escudería Telmex/Max Siegel Inc.): García will head into this weekend sitting sixth in points. García currently has two top-5s and six top-10s. He and his team are focused on a top-finish to put them inside the top 5 in point standings. Jay Beasley (No. 42 Castle Products Toyota): Beasley heads into the ninth race of the season positioned eighth in points. Beasley currently has two top-5s and five top-10s, as well as leading the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Awards. Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota): Cabre is looking for a well-deserved finish after being involved in some unfortunate track activity. Cabre currently has three top-10s and is currently sitting 10th in point standings. Group qualifying for the United Site Services 70 will be on Friday, July 14 at 7:05 p.m. The autograph session will take place Saturday, July 15th at 1:00 p.m. in the FanFest area. The United Site Services 70 will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. 

NASCAR Drive for Diversity Drivers Pay a Visit to St Jude

Concord, NC (June 2, 2017) – This weekend, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers will head to Memphis International Raceway for the first time ever to participate in the K&N Pro Series East and visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Founded in 1962, St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases​. Rev Racing drivers and staff are extremely committed to learning more about the hospital and how they can help make an impact through education and awareness. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened to more than 80 percent today and families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. “We love partnering with organizations to help bring awareness to their specific cause. Our team and drivers are in a unique position to be seen and heard by a great number of people,” said Jefferson Hodges, Rev Racing Director of Competition.  “Rev Racing is an organization that strongly believes in providing inclusion and opportunities. Being able to put as many eyes as possible on these children and their families is exciting for us and hopefully beneficial to St. Jude.” Rev Racing drivers will visit the campus on Friday, June 2 before racing on Saturday. They will take a tour of the hospital and learn more about the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Series sponsor K&N has also provided tickets to over 50 St. Jude staff and families to attend the Memphis 125 race on Saturday at Memphis International Raceway. One family will also have the opportunity to spend time in the infield with the drivers, receive a hauler tour and meet NASCAR personnel. “It’s a privilege to engage St Jude in this way and to provide this opportunity to families and staff through our organization,” said Hodges. “It will be a special race. I hope we can continue to be an avenue for exposure and provide support to these amazing institutions.” The Memphis 125 race will begin 5:50 p.m. on June 3rd.  Questions can be directed to cgormal@maxsiegelinc.com. For more information about St Jude, please visit https://www.stjude.org/. 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 (Monster Energy NASCAR 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 IMSA WeatherTech 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 on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

CIAA, NASA and NASCAR teach area students about STEM fields

CHARLOTTE — Thousands of middle schoolers from Charlotte and the surrounding area packed the Charlotte Convention Center Wednesday for the CIAA’s seventh annual Education Day. This year’s theme was science, technology, engineering and math, better known as STEM. It looked more like a pep rally than a science seminar, but make no mistake, students were learning. “There is a shortage of future STEM professionals,” said Roger Hathaway, the director of education at NASA Langley’s Research Center. “And we want to encourage these students at this age level, make them aware of some of those opportunities.” NASA engineers teamed up with NASCAR officials to show students how science and technology play pivotal roles in their fields–from the food astronauts eat in space to driver’s helmets. “We get a whole lot of our technology from NASA,” said NASCAR driver Ryan Gifford. “When it comes to our fire suits, things to keep us safe whenever there’s a fire or hard impact or anything like that.” That technology went to good use just this past weekend during a big crash at Daytona. As one of the a few black drivers in NASCAR, Gifford hoped to teach the teens another important lesson. “I hope it does encourage more kids, especially more minorities, to join the sport because I think it will be a good thing for the sport and for everybody else,” he said. Dozens of colleges and exhibitors were also on hand. For seventh grader William Greier, Wednesday’s fair was an opportunity to explore the field he plans to go into one day. “My dad, he works for Siemens and it’s an engineering type thing,” he said. Michelle Starlaper, an eighth grader at West Rowan Middle School, also thought the fair was interesting even though she doesn’t want to make science a career. “You use technology in everyday life basically,” she said. “And technology is always improving and stuff like that and discovering new things.” It was a little food for thought as the students contemplate their future. Thursday, the CIAA will host the Food Lion Health and Wellness symposium at the Presbyterian Hospital Training Center from 11 a.m to 9 p.m.  
By: Adrianne Flores Read full article at News 14 Carolina

U.S. Army Racing Joins Forces with Revolution Racing(now rev Racing)

New racing partnership in support of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program FORT KNOX, Ky. (April 29, 2011) – The U.S. Army announced today a partnership with Revolution Racing and NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity (D4D) program for the 2011 season. During the upcoming racing campaign, the Army will serve as one of the primary sponsors for Revolution Racing in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series races and as an associate sponsor for the entire roster of Revolution Racing drivers in both the K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. “The Army is proud to join Revolution Racing and NASCAR in sharing with America’s youth the many opportunities available to them whether through education, in motorsports or through service to the Nation as an Army Strong Soldier,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commander of the U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Our Army offers many opportunities for young Americans to pursue an education and to become leaders both in uniform and back in their hometowns. Our shared values and commitment to America’s youth make this a great partnership.” As part of the new partnership, Revolution Racing leadership and drivers will join the Army’s efforts in reaching young Americans and their influencers about the many education and leadership opportunities available in the Army. The Army will be a part of NASCAR’s Fueling Your Dreams Tour presented by Revolution Racing, an interactive display area that visits NASCAR and K&N Pro Series races, local high schools and colleges, and other multicultural events across the country. The interactive assets and speaker panels provide young Americans an opportunity to learn more about the career options and leadership opportunities within both NASCAR and the Army. “We are very excited about our partnership with the U.S. Army,” said Max Siegel, chief executive officer, Revolution Racing. “Revolution Racing’s commitment to empowerment, education, opportunity and positive change is perfectly aligned with the values of the Army. The Army’s support of Revolution Racing clearly demonstrates their strong commitment to our nation’s youth and cultural diversity.” Revolution Racing joins the U.S. Army Racing family which consists of Tony Schumacher, driver of the U.S. Army NHRA Top Fuel dragster, and Antron Brown of Don Schumacher Racing, along with Ryan Newman, who pilots the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 39 U.S. Army Chevy, and Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing. The Army team of drivers represent more than one million brave Army Strong Soldiers, and give the men and women who serve this country a race team to be proud of. The motorsports program also provides opportunities for the Army to interact with prospects and influencers, and assists recruiters in building an all-volunteer force for our Nation. Revolution Racing, owned by former Dale Earnhardt, Inc. executives Max Siegel and John Story, exists to provide opportunities in NASCAR for minorities and females, fielding four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, six teams in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, multiple youth racing teams and a NASCAR pit crew development program. It brings together championship caliber executives, competition staff and equipment in a unique, academy-style environment. 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. Each team is part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, now in its eighth season. The 2011 season has started on a winning note for Revolution Racing with driver Darrell Wallace Jr. capturing a victory in the U.S. Army-sponsored car in Thursday night’s K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond International Raceway. “NASCAR is proud of the long standing bond between our sport and the U.S. Army,” said Marcus Jadotte, vice president, NASCAR Public Affairs and Multicultural Development. “The Army’s sponsorship of Revolution Racing speaks to our organizations’ shared values.” The Drive for Diversity program has been successful in creating meaningful opportunities for minority and female competitors. The program helps to further diversify NASCAR’s participant and audience base. The program has seen continuous growth since its inception in 2004. About U.S. Army Accessions Command The U.S. Army Accessions Command (USAAC), a subordinate command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets the human resource needs of the Army by transforming volunteers into officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldiers. In providing the force, the 18,391 men and women of Accessions Command prepare these future Soldiers and leaders for their initial military training. Commanded by Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, USAAC is located at Fort Knox, Ky.

Toyota Joins Revolution Racing

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 26, 2011) – Revolution Racing, the second-year NASCAR development program, will campaign Toyota Camrys in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series beginning with this weekend’s NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.). Revolution Racing, founded and owned by former Dale Earnhardt Inc. executives Max Siegel and John Story, exists to provide opportunities in NASCAR for minorities and females and fields four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, six teams in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, multiple youth racing teams and a NASCAR pit crew development program. Each team is part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity (D4D) program, now entering its eighth season. “Revolution Racing is providing a tremendous service to the NASCAR industry and the individuals it touches,” said Ed Laukes, corporate motorsports marketing manager for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. (TMS). “Toyota’s commitment to diversity is built into every aspect of our business. We are proud to support the diversity efforts of NASCAR and Revolution Racing both on and off the track.” The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams are operated under the direction of four-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series champion Andy Santerre, and the six NASCAR Whelen All‐American Series teams are led by former Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway track champion Blair Addis. “Toyota and TRD have made a significant contribution to Revolution Racing, the NASCAR D4D program and diversity in general,” said Siegel and Story in a joint statement. “Toyota has made significant contributions to NASCAR and has proven itself to be a great corporate partner to the entire sport, and we are fortunate to have Toyota as a partner at Revolution Racing.” This year’s D4D class represents drivers from across North America. Six drivers will return from 2010 and will be joined by four new drivers. Last year’s on-track success was the most significant in the history of the D4D program with 11 drivers combining for five wins, 75 top-10 finishes and 41 top-five finishes. African-American driver Darrell Wallace Jr., who will return for his second season, earned Rookie of the Year honors as a 17-year-old, the youngest to ever win the award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Hispanic driver Sergio Pena took the world by surprise when he won the pole for the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif., as he beat out 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Joey Logano. Pena finished the race second to Logano. Among the historic accomplishments of Revolution Racing drivers in 2010 include:
  • March 27, 2010 Revolution Racing driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. became the youngest and first African-American to win in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history;·On June 5, 2010 Revolution Racing driver Ryan Gifford became the first African-American driver in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history to qualify on the pole;
  • On June 11, 2010 Revolution Racing driver Michael Cherry became the first African-American to win at Tri-County Speedway (Hudson, N.C.);
  • On July 2, 2010 Revolution Racing driver Megan Reitenour became the first female driver to win at Tri-County Speedway (Hudson, N.C.).
  • On July 30, 2010 Darrell Wallace Jr. won his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway.
  • On Sept. 24, 2010 Darrell Wallace Jr. become the youngest and first African-American to capture Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors finishing third in season points.
  • Over 200 minority and female drivers applied to be part of the 2011 Drive for Diversity class. Thirty-six of those applicants were invited to tryout at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco last October at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. Drivers were selected by Revolution Racing and NASCAR officials based on their on-track performance and off-track interviews.
  • The following 10 drivers were selected by Revolution Racing and NASCAR to compete in the program in 2011:
  • Jorge Arteaga of Aguascalientes, Mex., will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Made three starts in the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series including a 10th place finish in his debut at Lee USA Speedway on July 30th. Won the 2010 NASCAR Mexico Series Most Popular Driver award.
  • Mackena Bell of Carson City, Nev., returns to the Drive for Diversity Program for a second season, and will race in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. In 2010, three of her five starts in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were top-five, while her best finish came on Aug. 20 where she picked up an impressive second-place finish.
  • Jessica Brunelli of Hayward, Calif., will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Her 2010 season included six top‐five finishes and 10 top‐10 finishes. She returns to the Drive for Diversity program for a second season.
  • Michael Cherry of Valrico, Fla., returns to the Drive for Diversity Program for a third season and will race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Last year he competed in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, and became the first African American to win a late model race at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C. The win was also his first career late model stock car victory.
  • Trey Gibson of Easley, S.C., will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. In 2010, Gibson ran a full schedule of late model stock cars at Greenville‐Pickens Speedway where he had two pole positions, 11 top‐five finishes, 20 top 10‐finishes and two wins. He made history by becoming the youngest driver to win a late model race at the historic Greenville‐ Pickens Speedway.
  • Ryan Gifford of Winchester, Tenn., returns to the Drive for Diversity Program for a second season racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Last year Gifford became the first African‐American in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history to win a pole position on June 6, 2010. Ran 10 races for Revolution Racing in 2010 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, recording four top five finishes, one pole and a 10th‐place finish in season points.
  • Tayla Orleans of Randleman, N.C., will race in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. From age 7, in her first 120 races she recorded 31 wins and 92 top-fives. Since that time, she has won numerous karting championships and honors that include becoming the youngest stock car winner in the history of Waterford (Connecticut) Speedbowl history.
  • Bryan Ortiz of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. In 2010 Ortiz drove for Sterling Marlin Racing in the Sunoco National Tour, recording four top‐three finishes in seven race and one pole position. He won Rookie of the Year honors after capturing Rookie of the Race awards in all seven starts.
  • Sergio Pena of Winchester, Va., returns to the Drive for Diversity Program for a second season, and will race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He entered his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at the Toyota All‐Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif., won the pole, and finished second to 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Joey Logano.
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. of Mobile, Ala., will race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, and returns to the Drive for Diversity Program for a second season. Wallace Jr. won Rookie of the Year honors in the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, as well as capturing two victories in the series, which were the most wins for any Drive for Diversity driver last year.

VIBE Announces Partnership with Revolution Racing/NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program

NEW YORK, N.Y. — VIBE Magazine today announced its entr’e into motorsports with the launch of a partnership project with Revolution Racing in support of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program. The program kicks off at the 2011 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, the sport’s premier short-track racing showcase at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale (Calif.) on Jan. 28-29 and further represents NASCAR’s efforts to reach the urban demographic. The multiplatform partnership will include VIBE branded signage on the car to be driven by racing sensation Darrell Wallace Jr., a strong brand presence at the track as well as extensive editorial coverage in VIBE and on www.vibe.com. Revolution Racing fields 10 race teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, as well as a youth racing development program. Revolution Racing’s drivers are chosen from hundreds of applicants in a combine-style tryout camp in an effort to find the next female or minority racing sensation. Darrell Wallace, Jr, was the first race winner of the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East campaign and earned the NASCAR K&N Series East Rookie of the Year in his first season as a 16-year-old. Wallace will look to become just the second driver to win the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown following his rookie season. With driver Sergio Pena behind the wheel, Revolution Racing qualified on the pole for the 2010 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in its debut race as a team. Pena finished a close second to NASCAR Sprint Cup star Joey Logano after 225 hard-fought laps. ‘Vibe is proud to support Revolution Racing’s initiatives in providing platform for minority drivers to further their aspirations.’ Said Brett Wright, Chief Operating Officer of Vibe Lifestyle Group, the parent company of VIBE Magazine. ‘Vibe Magazine’s involvement as a sponsor speaks volumes to growing presence of minorities in racing, not only as participants, but as fans,’ said Max Siegel, Revolution Racing’s Chief Executive Officer. Both nights of racing will air live on SPEED.

Playseat to Sponsor Michael Cherry and the No. 8 Team at Monster Mile

Mooresville, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2010) – Playseat, the premier manufacturer of gaming furniture worldwide, has signed on as a primary sponsor of Revolution Racing’s No. 8 car driven by Michael Cherry in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco 150 at Dover International Speedway. Cherry, from Valrico, Fla., will be making his third start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.  In his previous two starts he recorded a fourth-place finish in his series debut at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., on Aug. 28 and an eighth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 17.  Cherry made the transition from Revolution Racing’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series team last month where earlier in the season he become the first African-American driver to win a race at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C. Playseat’s relationship with Revolution Racing began earlier this year as they joined forces to bring the Revolution Racing Technology and Training Lab to life.  In addition to driver development and training, the Revolution Racing Training and Technology Lab offers opportunities for educational and youth groups to get an inside look at the world of motorsports.  Revolution Racing exclusively uses the Playseat Evolution racing chassis.  Additional technology partners include Doghouse Systems, iRacing.com and Logitech, who are currently finalizing the details for the official Revolution Racing Sim Training Rig.

DogHouse Systems, Playseat Bring Technology Deck to Life

Revolution Racing continues to evolve its driver development curriculum by combining technology with hands-on training in its academy-style development program. A partnership with iRacing formed earlier this year, along with contributions from Logitech, allowed Revolution drivers to get behind the virtual wheel to prepare for the 2010 season. Recently, new partnerships with DogHouse Systems and Playseat America have brought the Revolution Racing Technology Deck to life. The Revolution Racing Technology Deck provides a unique training environment for the team’s development drivers, with 10 individual racing simulators complete with force-feedback steering wheels and surround sound. Through iRacing simulation software, drivers can test Legends Cars, open-wheel cars and full-bodied stock cars on a variety of race tracks from across the United States, Canada and Europe. “This is one more tool we are able to use for driver development,” said John Story, President of Revolution Racing. “Through our partnerships with iRacing, DogHouse Systems and Playseat America, along with our collaboration with Logitech, our drivers are able to climb into a simulator at their leisure and test at a different track without leaving the race shop.” In addition to driver development and training, the Revolution Racing Technology Deck offers opportunities for educational and youth groups to get an inside look at the world of motorsports. Through the Revolution Racing simulators, students can apply principles of science, technology, engineering and math to their own virtual race cars. “Science, technology, engineering and math are vital components of any young person’s school curriculum,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Revolution Racing. “Through the Revolution Racing Technology Deck, we can make these topics more relevant and accessible to students and drivers of any age.” The Revolution Racing simulators are built using components from DogHouse Systems, iRacing, Logitech and Playseat America. iRacing provides the simulation software, which allows drivers to race, practice or qualify in a wide variety of cars and tracks,  and is used by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Brad Keselowski and a number of other drivers from all forms of motorsports. The simulation software from iRacing is run on a DogHouse Systems Elite Gaming Machine, a customized version of the DogHouse Armor VS. “To say we are excited to be teaming up with Revolution Racing would be an understatement,” said John Pryor of DogHouse Systems. “Many of us at DogHouse Systems are NASCAR fans and when we learned about the Drive for Diversity program and the Revolution Racing Technology Deck, we knew it was a program we would be proud to be affiliated with.” The simulator chassis are provided by Playseat America. Revolution Racing exclusively uses the Playseat Evolution racing chassis. The simulators come to life with Logitech G27 Racing Wheels, along with Logitech Z-2300 speakers and G-35 headsets which add authentic sound to complete the racing experience. Additional networking components needed to complete the Revolution Racing Technology Deck were provided by Best Buy Store #1133 in Mooresville, N.C. For more information about Revolution Racing’s simulation technology partners, please visit www.revracing.net About Revolution Racing Headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., Revolution Racing, owned by Max Siegel and John Story, brings together championship caliber executives, competition staff and equipment in a unique academy-style environment. Revolution currently operates four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams, under the direction of four-time K&N Pro Series champion Andy Santerre, and six NASCAR Whelen All‐American Series teams, led by former Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway track champion Blair Addis. In addition, Revolution 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. About DogHouse Systems Established in 2008, DogHouse Systems™ produces elite desktop computers for the most discriminating PC gamer. The DogHouse Systems™ machines offer the best performance value available on the market today. The company was founded by computer hardware professionals who love gaming and want to offer a product that is specifically built and tested to get the most performance out of a single machine without loading it with costly extras that provide little or no benefit. The engineers at DogHouse Systems™ tested scores of hardware configurations to find the perfect combination of quality components that, together, would create synergistic performance unmatched by competitors and backed by statistical benchmarks. These machines are not tweaked, juiced or over-clocked. They are the result of matching pure raw power with iron-clad stability. If these machines were athletes, they would have 100% muscle and 0% body fat. DogHouse Systems     proudly introduces – the Armor Series. DogHouse Systems™ offers four distinct levels of gaming desktop machines called the Armor Line. The entry-level VS, the ES series, the TL series and the flagship SS. DogHouse also offers an elite gaming laptop called Mobius. Each machine is built with the most balanced configuration so you don’t have to worry about a confusing deluge of options that have no real-world performance gain and do nothing but eat into your wallet. Each Doghouse Systems™ machine demonstrates astounding capability that will give you years of dominant gaming. About iRacing.com iRacing was founded in 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including NASCAR Racing: 2003 Season and Grand Prix Legends. Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Group – the co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing – as well as an avid simracer. iRacing has developed numerous corporate relationships in the motorsport industry, including agreements to develop track simulations with International Speedway Corporation, Speedway Motorsports and Panoz Motor Sports Group.  iRacing is the official simulation partner of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Sports Car Club of America, Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, Star Mazda Championship, Skip Barber Racing School and Australia’s V8 Super School. The iRacing service is open to racers and fans of all skill levels from top-level pros to complete beginners. To join in the fun, go to www.iRacing.com. About Playseat Playseat is the premier manufacturer of gaming furniture worldwide, a well-known brand in gaming, and an international registered trademark®. What started out as a simple garage concept created out of a leftover car seat and rusty scrap metal single handedly re-defined in-home gaming and revolutionized an industry. Corporately based in Holland/Netherlands, Playseat was officially founded  in 2000 by current president and ’97 Dutch Enduro 125cc Champion Dr. Fernando Smit. Inspired by his racing career, Dr. Smit wanted to find a w ay to bring the experience home, and felt the quickly advancing technology of the video game industry bridged that gap of realism, all that was missing was a realistic interface to round out the experience. Thus, the first Playseat was born, which has since evolved into a multitude of products that encompass all facets of gaming, truly making Playseat the Ultimate Gaming Experience. Founded in 2002, Playseat America handles all North and South America sales, marketing and distribution of Playeat products.

Goodyear Tire Dealers to Sponsor Revolution Racing

Four Iowa-area independent Goodyear tire dealers are sponsoring the Revolution Racing entries of Mackena Bell, Ryan Gifford, Sergio Pena and Darrell Wallace, Jr., in the Goodyear Tire Dealers of Iowa 200 on May 23. Duck Creek Tire (Bettendorf, Iowa), Freedom Tire (Altoona, Iowa), Graham Tire (Des Moines, Iowa) and McAtee Tire (Marshalltown, Iowa) will sponsor the four Revolution Racing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East entries this weekend. The Goodyear Tire Dealers of Iowa 200 brings together competitors from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West for an annual combination event at Iowa Speedway (Newton, Iowa). Representing Revolution Racing and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Bell will drive the No. 8 Freedom Tire Chevrolet, Gifford will pilot the No. 2 Graham Tire Chevrolet, Pena will drive the No. 4 McAtee Tire Chevrolet and Wallace will drive the No. 76 Duck Creek Tire Chevrolet. The Goodyear Tire Dealers of Iowa 200 can be seen on SPEED Thursday, May 27 at 6 p.m. ET.

AirTight Mechanical Joins Revolution

AirTight Mechanical, Inc., a critical site HVAC service contractor in Charlotte, N.C., has joined Revolution Racing as an official partner for the 2010 season. Revolution Racing, owned by Max Siegel and John Story, is the premier team operator for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative, fielding six cars in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division and four cars in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The No. 5 AirTight Late Model, driven by Becca Kasten, will debut this weekend at Tri-County Motor Speedway (Hudson, N.C.) and Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. “We are very proud to have formed this partnership with Revolution Racing,” said Greg Crumpton, President of AirTight. “It speaks to the core of what AirTight was founded upon. Supporting young people in the pursuit of their passions, that is what Revolution Racing and AirTight are all about.” “AirTight has shown a commitment to Revolution Racing and our goal of developing young talent in NASCAR,” said Story, President of Revolution Racing.  “We are proud to partner with AirTight this weekend and throughout the 2010 season.” AirTight Mechanical will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 5 AirTight Late Model driven by Kasten for six races. Katie Hagar will pilot the No. 4 AirTight Late Model for five events this season. About AirTight Mechanical AirTight is a high-quality, mission-critical focused HVAC service provider that prides themselves on utilizing highly trained technicians and state of the art technology to reduce your costs.  Routine practices include providing up to the minute status updates on your account as well as accurate, timely invoices.  AirTight employees are good people that you can trust in secure environments where trust isn’t a luxury, it’s essential. For more information visit: www.myairtight.com

MBC Group Joins Revolution Racing

MBC Group, Digital Printing Division has joined Revolution Racing as an official partner for the 2010 season. MBC Group, Digital Printing Division, an Indianapolis-based, minority/veteran-owned firm that specializes in large scale, digital, point of purchase, retail, corporate and tradeshow graphics and signage solutions, has partnered with Revolution Racing in support of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative. Revolution Racing is the premier team operator for the Drive for Diversity initiative, fielding six cars in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and four cars in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. “MBC Group strives to provide the best value for our clients while satisfying their diversity needs,” said Eric Holloway, President of MBC Group. “We’re confident that Revolution Racing’s diversity initiatives reflect our mission and we are proud to support their effort to develop female and minority drivers and crew members.” “MBC Group has made a great commitment to Revolution Racing and the Drive for Diversity initiative,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Revolution Racing. “It is extremely promising to have a minority-owned business partnering with Revolution Racing, and we hope this will open the door for more of the minority business community to get involved with NASCAR.” The No. 6 MBC Group Late Model, driven by Michael Cherry, will debut this weekend at Tri-County Motor Speedway (Hudson, N.C.) and Caraway Speedway (Asheboro, N.C.). MBC Group will serve as primary sponsor for five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division events with Revolution Racing this season. About MBC Group, Digital Printing Division MBC Group, Digital Printing Division is a minority/veteran-owned small business that focuses on large-scale, digital, point of purchase, retail, corporate, and tradeshow graphics and signage solutions for industry and government. Our President is a 20-year Veteran whose background includes missile systems maintenance, warehouse and logistics systems, and defense contracting. MBC Group strives to provide the best value for our customers while satisfying their needs for diversity involvement. We have strategically partnered with, and are backed by other diversity companies who share our goals and ethics, thus forming an unbeatable team with flexibility and depth. MBC Group possesses unique abilities in the printing world by employing one of the largest single-pass digital printers in the world (one of four in the United States).

Revolution Racing Embraces Technology, Hands-On Training

Revolution Racing continues to evolve its driver development curriculum by combining technology with hands-on training in its academy-style development program. Strategic partnerships with iRacing and VisionRacer, along with contributions from Logitech, allow Revolution drivers to get behind the virtual wheel to prepare for the 2010 season. In addition to weekly, traditional on-track test sessions, Revolution Racing, which operates four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams and six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model teams, is embracing simulator technology as a way for its young, up-and-coming drivers to gain additional seat time. “This is one more tool we are able to use for driver development,” said John Story, President of Revolution Racing. “Through our partnerships with iRacing and VisionRacer, and collaboration with Logitech, our drivers are able to climb into a simulator at their leisure and test at a different track without leaving the race shop.” iRacing provides the simulation software, Logitech is providing G27 Racing Wheels and VisionRacer supplies sleek, high performance motorsports chassis for the Revolution Racing simulators. iRacing’s software, which allows drivers to race, practice or qualify in a wide variety of cars and tracks,  is used by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Brad Kesolowski and a number of other drivers from all forms of motorsports. iRacing currently includes four of the nine tracks on the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule, as well as Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, the site of the annual Toyota All-Star Showdown. “It’s amazing how authentic the experience is with the chassis and the wheel’s  force feedback,” said Andy Santerre, Revolution’s Director of Competition, K&N Pro Series of the VisionRacer chassis and the Logitech G27 dual motor Racing Wheel. “iRacing has done a tremendous job with the tracks and cars in their simulation software and the G27 wheel and VisionRacer chassis complete the package. Our simulators will be a great learning tool for our drivers, especially on tracks like Martinsville where NASCAR policy prohibits us from testing.” Revolution Racing is installing multiple simulators at its Mooresville, N.C. headquarters, allowing all 10 of the team’s drivers to test at the same time, as well as compete against one another in head-to-head races. The 10 Revolution Racing drivers, each participating in the Drive for Diversity program, work in the Revolution Racing shop and have entered an academy-style training program with the team. In addition to simulator testing, their curriculum includes weekly on-track testing and hands-on shop work, as well as marketing and media training. About iRacing.com iRacing was founded in 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including NASCAR Racing: 2003 Season and Grand Prix Legends. Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Group – the co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing – as well as an avid simracer. iRacing has developed numerous corporate relationships in the motorsport industry, including agreements to develop track simulations with International Speedway Corporation, Speedway Motorsports and Panoz Motor Sports Group.  iRacing is the official simulation partner of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Sports Car Club of America, Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, Star Mazda Championship, Skip Barber Racing School and Australia’s V8 Super School. The iRacing service is open to racers and fans of all skill levels from top-level pros to complete beginners. To join in the fun, go to www.iRacing.com. About VisionRacer VisionRacer combines design accolades with superior performance, creating an unmatched virtually real racing experience. A stainless steel chassis, authentic race seat, “h pattern and paddle” gear shifter with full force feedback makes the experience immersive. Recently described by WIRED magazine as “a racing fanatic’s dream rig,” the VisionRacer works with selected consoles and PC systems.  The VR3 model is available from a basic chassis to add existing equipment to through to complete “Ready to Drive” packages. An affordable alternative and compliment to racing or training programs, VisionRacer delivers a virtually real racing experience. For further information go to www.visionracer.com

Freightliner Joins Revolution Racing for 2010 Season

freightliner-run-smartMOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 30, 2009) – Freightliner Trucks, the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America, has teamed up with Revolution Racing as an official partner for the 2010 season. Revolution Racing, owned by Max Siegel and John Story, operates four NASCAR Camping World Series East teams and six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model teams in an academy-style development program for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative. Freightliner will debut with Revolution Racing at the Toyota Showdown at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif., on January 29, 2010 and will serve as an associate sponsor of all 10 Revolution Racing teams throughout the 2010 season. “Freightliner is proud to team up with Revolution Racing and the Drive for Diversity program,” said Melissa Clausen, Director of Product Marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “Their core values open doors for these young talented drivers. The partnership with D4D furthers solidifies Freightliner’s commitment to diversity, both within the company and to all our customers. We look forward to an exciting year.” “Freightliner has made a huge commitment to Revolution Racing and to our goal of developing young talent in NASCAR,” said Story, President of Revolution Racing. “We look forward to having Freightliner as a partner for our debut appearance at the Toyota Showdown and throughout the season on both our Camping World Series East and Whelen All-American Series teams.” Revolution Racing’s driver line-up will be announced in early 2010. The driver selection process will be prominently featured in the upcoming television show “Changing Lanes,” scheduled to air on BET in 2010.

Drive for Diversity Adapts Academy-Style Training

Competitors to Work Together Under One Ownership Umbrella Based In Charlotte

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (September 16, 2009) – The evolution of the Drive for Diversity, NASCAR’s leading on track diversity initiative, will continue in 2010 as competitors relocate to Charlotte and enter “academy-style” development under a single team ownership structure.  The 909 Group, which took over operational responsibilities for Drive for Diversity in 2009, will own and operate 10 teams fielding Drive for Diversity competitors.  Under the Revolution Racing banner, these minority and female drivers will compete on four NASCAR Camping World Series teams and six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams. In addition, Revolution will also create a youth racing initiative that will identify aspiring drivers who may eventually enter Drive for Diversity in late model stock cars. “Drive for Diversity, under the day to day management of The 909 Group, will continue to provide strong opportunities for minority and female competitors,” said Marcus Jadotte, Managing Director of Public Affairs for NASCAR, who oversees the sanctioning body’s diversity initiatives.  “This new structure for developing young drivers and crew members is an evolution of an initiative that has seen 31 drivers compete, winning 33 races.  D4D drivers will be located in the nerve center of NASCAR with greater access to industry resources, technology, training, testing, and shop experience.” Drive for Diversity is one of the most aggressive competition-based diversity programs in all of sports.  In 2009, 12 Drive for Diversity drivers have combined for six wins, 51 top fives and 125 top-10 finishes. The 909 Group, a sports and entertainment agency, will continue to provide marketing support to NASCAR’s diversity initiatives.  John Story will serve as President of Revolution Racing managing day-to-day operations of the company.  Max Siegel will maintain his role as Chief Executive Officer of both Revolution and The 909 Group. “We’ve spent most of 2009 thinking about ways to expand opportunities available to the drivers and crew members involved in Drive for Diversity,” Siegel said.  “All of the teams involved in the initiative since its inception in 2004 have provided meaningful support for the program.  To better assess and develop talent, we are putting the drivers under one roof and in identical cars.  This new standardized structure will also create more meaningful sponsorship opportunities that will in turn provide resources necessary to compete at the highest level with the goal of getting drivers to NASCAR’s premier series.” Andy Santerre, a four-time NASCAR Camping World Series champion as a driver and team owner, will join Revolution Racing to oversee its Camping World Series operations.  Blair Addis, a current Drive for Diversity team owner, will oversee Revolution Racing’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. Current and former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will serve as coaches and mentors to the drivers, who will be given additional seat time and be allowed to compete in more than one series as they develop. The coaches will share information with the drivers in the shop and during their intense on-track testing program which will begin in early November and continue throughout the 2010 season. In addition to drivers, Revolution, along with corporate partner Sprint, will continue to build on developing over-the-wall athletes led by long-time NASCAR pit crew coach Phil Horton, who has trained a significant number of current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew members. Revolution’s drivers for the 2010 season will be determined following the Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco Oct. 16-19.  Those drivers will be featured in a television series, “Changing Lanes,” developed in collaboration with the NASCAR Media Group and set to air in early 2010 on BET. The 10-part series will showcase the development of young Drive for Diversity competitors trying to make it in the big-time world of NASCAR racing.