CONCORD, NC. (March 12, 2013) – Rev Racing had a stellar 2012 season, winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (KNPS) East Championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year Honors with driver Kyle Larson, and they’re carrying that momentum with them into the KNPS East season opener at Bristol Motor Speedway this Saturday.
The team has another strong KNPS East driver lineup with Drive for Diversity drivers Bryan Ortiz, Daniel Suarez, Mackena Bell and Ryan Gifford, and they’re prepared for another record-breaking year.
Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Nike Toyota) – Ortiz, a Bayamon, Puerto Rico native returns for his third season with Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity program, and second full season racing in the NKNPS East. Ortiz had a successful rookie season, finishing fifth overall in the series standings and second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. He also finished third in the non-points race at Daytona International Speedway’s short track in February.
Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) – Suarez, a Monterrey, Mexico native will be making his debut with Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity Program. He has six top 10s in 16 career NKNPS East races with a best result of fifth, twice. He also has two wins, six poles, and 22 top 10s in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series.
Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – This season will be Bell’s fourth season with Rev Racing, but her first full season racing the in NKNPS East. Bell will be one of two females competing in the DRIVE4COPD 125, and will be racing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2013.
Ryan Gifford (No. 2 NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota) – Gifford, who is returning for his fourth season with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, is the highest returning finisher from this event a year ago where he placed third. He finished the 2012 season 11th in the NKNPS East standings and is the first African American to capture a pole in a NASCAR touring series.
With the championship win last year, Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing, became the first African American team owner in history to win a NASCAR touring series title. The success of Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program doesn’t end there. In the past three years the team has developed two Sunoco Rookie of the Year drivers and last season all four KNPS East drivers finished in the top 15 in the series standings. Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kyle Larson, both graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, are racing full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series respectively this season.
Qualifying for the DRIVE4COPD 125 will be on Thursday, March 14th at 5 p.m. ET and the race will be Saturday, March 16th at 4:45 p.m. ET. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for live race updates.
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