Concord, NC (May 1, 2014) – Over the past five years, Ryan has leveraged the tools and guidance provided by NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing’s academy-style program to become a staple in the world of automobile racing. In 2010, he became the first African-American in K&N Pro Series East history to earn a pole when he accomplished the feat in the inaugural race at Martinsville. In 2013, Gifford captured his first NKNPSE victory at Richmond International Raceway. That same year he also made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Richard Childress Racing and secured a 9th place finish. And just last week the 24-year-old from Winchester, Tenn. Native was named a member of the NASCAR Next class for the second consecutive year; an honor reserved for individuals NASCAR deems the next superstars of the sport. Now, Rev Racing is proud to announce that Ryan Gifford will make his long awaited return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series with team, Biagi DenBeste Racing.
Biagi DenBeste Racing has committed to racing NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing driver Ryan Gifford in two NNS races in 2014. Gifford will make his NNS return at Iowa Speedway, the same track where he made his debut last year. Following Iowa, Gifford will compete at Kentucky Speedway. As a tribute to the historical diversity in NASCAR, Gifford vehicle will feature a logo dedicated to 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Wendell Scott.
“I am just really excited to have this opportunity to run in the Nationwide Series. I want to thank Rev Racing and the D4D program for the last five years and hope that growth and success remain in my future with the driving opportunities that come up this season,” said Gifford.
The Drive for Diversity participant currently competes fulltime for Rev Racing in the NKNPSE. NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative is the leading driver development program for multicultural and female drivers across the motorsports industry. Through the academy-style program, NASCAR and Rev Racing are committed to providing training, competition experience and mentoring to young, multicultural and female drivers who, without a doubt, demonstrate the potential to compete at the highest levels of our sport. Gifford is set to run Sunday, May 18th at Iowa Speedway.
Biagi-DenBeste Racing is a NASCAR Nationwide Series team. The team’s shop is located in Mooresville, North Carolina. The team currently fields the #98 Ford Mustang for David Ragan.
ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, 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. For more information about Rev Racing visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.
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