Rev Racing drivers honored at the annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards Ceremony

WebFebruary 2, 2023

Concord, NC — In recognition of the individuals and organizations that have advanced diversity, equity and inclusion across the sport, NASCAR announced today the 2023 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards recipients during an awards ceremony at the BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, California. 

Executives, partners, drivers, crew members and other industry leaders were on hand for the 15th annual event. NASCAR recognized 10 recipients whose commitment to DE&I have contributed to a more diverse and inclusive sport. Two of the honorees were Rev Racing’s defending ARCA Menards Series champion, Nick Sanchez; and Nathan Lyons, who recently earned a year-long opportunity to participate in the team’s youth development program in 2023. 

Sanchez received the Developmental Series Driver Award. This award goes to a developmental driver who is a member of an underrepresented population and exemplifies outstanding performance both on and off the race track in encouraging awareness of NASCAR’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Sanchez, who is going into his sixth season with Rev, will be competing full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for the 2023 season with the support of Gainbridge and Chevrolet. Nick captured the 2022 ARCA Menards Series Championship with wins at Kansas Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Michigan International Raceway running the No. 2 Gainbridge Chevrolet. 

“It’s an honor to receive the NASCAR Diversity Developmental Series Driver Award,” said Sanchez. “The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program alongside Rev Racing has played a crucial role in my development as a driver so this award represents not only all the hard work I’ve put in but the work of all the individuals at Rev Racing as well as The NASCAR Diversity Program.” 

Lyons was the Youth Driver Award recipient. This award is presented to a young driver between the ages of 8 and 17 years who is a member of a minority population and has encouraged the awareness of DE&I efforts in motorsports all while competing. 

“I am so thankful to receive this award,’’ said Lyons. “I am excited for what there is to learn and achieve with Rev Racing and NASCAR Drive for Diversity. Rev has given me a great opportunity to improve as a driver and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”  

Lyons, age 13, will join the Rev Racing roster for the first time in 2023, piloting a U.S. Legends Car. After moving from Dallas, Texas, to Charlotte, North Carolina, Lyons began racing at the age of 12 in a Bandolero before joining the Rev Racing team. 


About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

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