NASCAR Drive for Diversity Announces 2019 Driver Class
Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Four Returning Drivers Among Six Selected to Compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2018) – Six drivers with hopes of reaching the highest levels of NASCAR® will compete for Rev Racing next season in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity® Driver Development Program, NASCAR announced today on its digital and social media platforms.
The 2019 class includes returning NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Rubén García Jr., who is fresh off his second NASCAR Peak Mexico SeriesChampionship and finished third in points in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series in 2018.
Ernie Francis Jr., who recently won his fifth–consecutive Trans-Am Series Championship, will join Chase Cabre and Nick Sanchez as the development program’s other returning drivers.
Gracie Trotter and Brooke Storer will each make their NASCAR Drive for Diversity debuts for Rev Racing in 2019.
“This year’s class features six highly–talented drivers who each possess an impressive blend of skill and experience,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR senior manager of racing operations and event management. “We’re thrilled to see these drivers develop throughout the 2019 season and enjoy success both on and off the race track.”
The six drivers were selected from among 12national and international drivers invited to participate in the two-day NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine at New Smyrna Speedway and Bethune-Cookman University in October.
Beginning in February, the drivers will compete forRev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Eastand NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for one full season with mentoring and equipment provided by the race team.
“We are energized by the opportunity to work with the members of this year’s class and foresee a very impactful year for Rev Racing,” said Max Siegel, CEO and Owner of Rev Racing. “NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing are proud of the impact that we have had in the sport and we look forward to graduating the next generation of athletes to the national series.”
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them achieve career successes, and thus improving their goal of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series.
Since it began fielding cars for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program in 2010, Rev Racing has been one of the most consistent teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, registering 19 wins, 88 top-five and 199 top-10 finishes with drivers finishing top-10 in points each season.
This year’s class will look to follow in the footsteps of program graduates and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Bubba Wallace.
NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program Class of 2019
For more information on the NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver and crew member development programs, visit NASCARDiversity.com. For continuing coverage of this year’s class, visit NASCAR.com or NASCAR’s social media platforms.
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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. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter.
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