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  • NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Welcomes 2015 Class: Twenty of the best and brightest college students from across the country will descend on Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend as the sport introduces the 2015 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) class at NASCAR Sprint All-Star Weekend. The interns come to NASCAR from as far north as the University of Minnesota and as far south as the University of Puerto Rico, and will take part in the 10-week, paid program, created to expose multicultural college students to employment opportunities within America's number one motorsport. As the NDIP grows in popularity, so has the number of internship roles at NASCAR and other companies within the industry, in the areas of engineering, finance, marketing, licensing and public relations. Hendrick Motorsports, Rev Racing, Pocono Raceway and Switch, a marketing agency, are among the companies participating in 2015.
    "Since 2000, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has grown to become one of the premier internships in sports," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "For NASCAR, the program is an important part of our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace."
    Nearly 300 interns have participated in the NDIP since its inception, and many secured full-time jobs in motorsports following their internships. Recent graduates have found roles at NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation, Octagon and Toyota, among other companies tied to the industry. "The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has proven to be an effective pipeline for hiring top talent across the industry," said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. "We have several former interns who now have key roles in helping to grow our sport."
    Pedro Mojica, a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, completed his NDIP internship in 2014 and now works full-time as an engineer for Toyota Racing Development. "As an intern, I had the opportunity to become immersed in the world of NASCAR - a sport I was passionate about," said Mojica, who also participated in the NASCAR Mentorship Program. "The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program provided me with a platform to launch my career in motorsports."
    Several former interns are now employed at NASCAR within multiple business units, including: Brandon Thompson, director, racing operations; Marvin Aylor Jr., manager, marketing; Lauren Houston, senior account executive, multicultural development; Kathryn Lee, senior coordinator, events; Jusan Hamilton, account executive, industry services; Ade Herbert, coordinator, communications; Jason Simmons, licensing assistant; and Cameron McCarty, pit road technician.
    This weekend, the 2015 class will experience NASCAR 101 and receive guided tours of the NASCAR Research & Development Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway before taking in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
    The class includes the following students from colleges and universities across the country:
    Intern, Internship Assignment, College or University, Hometown
    Kent Booze, NASCAR Brand and Consumer Marketing, Dartmouth College, Spiro, Okla.
    Karl Bostick, Octagon Marketing, Elon University, Englewood, N.J.
    Adrienne Bright, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications, Central Michigan University, Flint, Mich.
    Nichole Dominguez, NASCAR Weekly and Touring, University of Central Florida, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Sydnei Fryson, Rev Racing PR/Marketing, Hampton University, Charleston, W.V.
    James Harris, Hendricks Marketing/Business Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Apex, N.C.
    Zubin Jhambani, NASCAR Marketing Research, Syracuse University, Udaipur (Rajasthan), India
    Giridhar Kathiresan, NASCAR Digital Media, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Chennai (Tami Nadu), India
    Victoria Kim, Pocono Raceway Marketing, Penn State University, Horsham, Pa.
    Jordan Leatherman, Switch Marketing, Oklahoma State University, Muskogee, Okla.
    Yuyi Li, NASCAR Industry Services, Duke University, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    Bice Lizza, NASCAR Human Resources, Penn State University, Montville, N.J.
    Jade McCrary, NASCAR Member Services, Florida A&M University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Cole McGinnis, NASCAR Licensing, University of Iowa, Davenport, Ia.
    Jasmine Neely, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Charlotte, N.C.
    Hakeem Onafowokan, NASCAR Legal, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
    Alexandre Pendegrass, NASCAR Multicultural Development, Howard University, Dallas, Texas
    Keyzza Plaza, NASCAR Production Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
    Tonya Vanderpool, NASCAR Finance, University of Central Florida, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
    Ashleigh Young, NASCAR Productions, Oklahoma State University, Santa Ana, Calif.
    (NASCAR)(5-15-2015)

  • Wauters adds Vinnie Miller to development program: Wauters Motorsports announced today that Vinnie Miller will join Wauters Motorsports driver development program. Miller, a Brandon High School senior, will drive for Wauters in select Southern Super Late Model Series in 2015. Miller, a Metamora, MI native began racing at age five competing in the quarter midgets at tracks in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. He then moved to the pure stocks and sportsman series before moving to the pro late model series at age 16. The young driver in 2013 received the "On the Edge of Your Seat" award voted by the Owosso Speedway staff and by the fans, an award that had never been given before. In 2014 Miller was the pro late model rookie of the year and second in points out of 32 drivers at Owosso Speedway. Wauters Motorsports will focus on bringing Miller up through the Super Late Model racing series, ARCA Racing Series and then into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Miller is expected to make his first start in June running in the Southern Super Late Model Series. Miller will be back at his home track this weekend for the Vance Weedon Memorial Pro Late Model race at Owosso Speedway in Ovid, MI Saturday June 16, 2015. The first annual event is being held to honor his grandfather and mentor in racing, Vance Weedon, who passed away in January.(Wauters Motorsports)(5-15-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Next class announced: Five of the six NASCAR K&N Pro Series race winners in 2015 are 21 years old or younger. The championship points leaders in both the East and West are 17 and 16, respectively. And a 17-year-old just became the highest-finishing female in the 61-year history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
    It is fitting that as fans celebrate Jeff Gordon's final year of competition, the ranks of NASCAR are filled with young drivers battling to one day fill that void. And on Tuesday, in a building that honors the sport's history, NASCAR introduced some of those potential future stars of the sport.
    During a ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, 12 drivers were formally announced as the newest NASCAR Next class, a group of up-and-coming talent that joins the industry program aimed at spotlighting NASCAR's emerging stars.
    "The NASCAR Next initiative spotlights the future of NASCAR, a collection of promising young talent who have shown the potential to one day reach the highest level of our sport," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president for Industry Services. "Alumni - and current members - of the NASCAR Next program are achieving success at the national series level, and we are confident that this class will build upon that foundation of excellence for many seasons to come."
    Now in its fifth season, the career résumé of NASCAR Next alumni is impressive, highlighted by Chase Elliott's 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, Kyle Larson's 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, and Cole Custer's September 2014 win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, making him the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history.
    Of the 28 drivers previously selected for the program, 21 have raced in one of NASCAR's three national series (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), and 11 are competing full-time there in 2015.
    The team was selected through an evaluation process that included input from industry executives and veteran racers. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and demonstrate the potential to realize that goal.
    Each driver in NASCAR Next must be actively competing in a NASCAR touring or weekly series - NASCAR K&N Pro Series East or West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series or NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors also are eligible provided they are not slated to run a full season in their respective series.
    The NASCAR Next members for 2015-16 are:
    Rico Abreu (23, Rutherford, Calif., Twitter: @Rico_Abreu)
    A 2014 USAC national champion and winner of the 2015 Chili Bowl, he has two top-10 finishes in three K&N Pro Series East starts, his first season racing in stock cars.
    Nicole Behar (17, Otis Orchards, Wash., @NicoleBehar33)
    Tied the series record for highest finish by a female driver in just her fifth K&N West start with her second place mark at Irwindale Event Center, and has top-10 finishes in four of six West starts.
    Kyle Benjamin (17, Easley, S.C., @kylebenjamin71)
    This Roush Fenway Racing developmental driver earned his first K&N Pro Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway, and is the youngest race winner in ARCA history.
    James Bickford (17, Napa, Calif., @Bickford_James)
    The 2014 K&N West Sunoco Rookie of the Year earned his first win at State Line Speedway last season and finished fifth in the season championship.
    William Byron (17, Charlotte, N.C., @WilliamByron)
    With a win at Greenville Pickens Speedway and three top 10 finishes, he sits atop the K&N Pro East season championship standings.
    Cole Custer (17, Ladera Ranch, Calif., @colecuster00)
    He holds the records for youngest pole award and race winner in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR's touring series, and led late in the Truck race at Martinsville Speedway earlier this season.
    Ruben Garcia Jr. (19, Mexico City, Mex., @rubengarcia4)
    The runner up in last season's NASCAR Mexico Series season championship, he had one win and 10 top-10 finishes there while also competing in three NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    Austin Hill (21, Winston, Ga., @_AustinHill)
    Had three consecutive K&N East wins, in the final two races in 2014 and the 2015 season opener at New Smyrna Speedway where he captured his first pole award and led every lap.
    Jesse Little (18, Sherrill's Ford, N.C., @jesselittle97)
    Had a win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 2014 to finish fourth in the season standings. Won the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway in his 2015 K&N East debut.
    Dylan Lupton (21, Wilton, Calif., @LuptonDylan)
    Was the 2014 K&N West championship runner up with a win at Kern County Speedway and registered 14 top-10 finishes; made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway in March.
    John Hunter Nemechek (17, Mooresville, N.C., @JHNemechek)
    Earned six top-10 finishes in 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2014, and won the prestigious Snowball Derby Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in December.
    Dalton Sargeant (17, Boca Raton, Fla., @DaltonSargeant)
    Has a win at Kern County Raceway Park in the West this season, and four top-five finishes in five combined East and West races.(NASCAR)(5-5-2015)

  • Seven driver Kulwicki Driver Development Program class of 2015 announced: The seven drivers who will represent the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) for 2015 were announced on Speed51.com, the official media partner of the organization. Those seven competitors will compete for the inaugural "Kulwicki Cup" during this year's racing season. The 2015 KDDP inaugural class of drivers includes (in alphabetical order):
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    STEVE APEL, 26, West Bend, Wisconsin
    Following in the line of great Slinger Speedway racers like Alan Kulwicki, Conrad Morgan, Lowell Bennett, and Al Schill, Steve Apel has mastered the "World's Fastest Quarter-Mile," winning track championships in 2013 and 2014. A CNC milling machine salesman, Steve is widely respected for his sportsmanship, work ethic and his willingness to promote the track and his fellow competitors whenever possible. In 2015, Steve will again chase the track championship at Slinger and hopes to venture out to other tracks in the area.
    * * *
    JUSTIN CRIDER, 18, Statesville, North Carolina
    A freshman engineering student at North Carolina State University, Justin plans on competing in the CARS Late Model Stock Series and selected NASCAR Whelen All American Series races in 2015. Chasing the points championship at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2013 and 2014, Justin earned numerous top-five finishes while racing against some of the best funded teams in the Southeast. Throughout his career, from go-karts to late models, Justin has driven a black and orange #7 to honor his hero, Alan Kulwicki.
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    DAVE FARRINGTON, JR., 23, Jay, Maine
    The 2014 NASCAR Whelen All American Maine State Champion, Dave Farrington, Jr. won the track Pro Series championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway without winning a race, but with no DNFs. He won three races at Beech Ridge during the 2013 season. At age 15, he had become one of the winningest go-kart racers in New England with 276 feature victories. Dave works as an engineer for General Dynamics at the Bath Iron Works. He earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Maine in 2013, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration.
    * * *
    TY MAJESKI, 20, Seymour, Wisconsin
    Since jumping into the seat of a super late model in 2012, Ty Majeski has won five races and finished in the top-five 23 times in only 37 races. In 2014, Ty became the youngest champion in the history of the ARCA Midwest Tour, clinching the title at LaCrosse (WI) Speedway's Oktoberfest in a borrowed car after destroying his primary car in a preliminary race. Ty is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Ranked #1 among 80,000 drivers on iRacing, an online racing simulator, Ty will again race for the ARCA Midwest Tour title in 2015.
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    REAGAN MAY, 21, DePere, Wisconsin
    Committed. Relentless. Conscientious. These are three words frequently used to describe Reagan May, the 2014 TUNDRA Series Rookie of the Year. Reagan won three super late model features last season, and finished fifth in the TUNDRA Series points. Reagan has interned at Coleman Racing Products in Menominee, Mich., developing and testing prototype parts and learning how to operate CNC machines. A Mechanical Engineering major at Michigan Tech University, Reagan plans to expand her racing schedule in 2015, competing full time with the TUNDRA series and visiting several new tracks as her budget allows.
    * * *
    BRYCE NAPIER, 15, Scotts Valley, California
    Wise beyond his years and hungry to learn everything about his race car, 15-year-old Bryce Napier has earned the respect of competitors and fans for his work ethic and dedication to success. Working alone after finishing his homework, Bryce will clean the car from top to bottom, scale the car himself and consult over the phone with his crew chief about gear and sway bar changes. The car is always ready to go when he hits the track. The 2014 Stockton 99 Speedway Rookie of the Year, Bryce works closely with military families through his sponsor, the Support Military Foundation. He looks to build on an already impressive foundation during the 2015 season.
    * * *
    COLE WILLIAMS, 18, Sellersburg, Indiana
    When there is no local short track available nearby, a racer will go to great lengths to compete. In 2014, Cole Williams traveled three hours each way to the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and won the track championship. It's a cherished honor shared by NASCAR legends Darrell Waltrip and Sterling Marlin. A year earlier, Cole won the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Missouri State Championship and track championship at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Mo., some six hours from home. A Journalism major at Indiana University- Southeast, Cole will race his family's car at Nashville again in 2015, while also running several Late Model Stock races in Virginia and North Carolina.
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    "This is the day we have been anticipating since Thelma Kulwicki announced the formation of the program last May," said KDDP executive director Tom Roberts. "We now know the seven promising young drivers who will be carrying our colors and vying for the inaugural Kulwicki Cup this season. "The great diversity we have within this group certainly adds to the intrigue of our program," said Roberts. "There is coast to coast representation. They hail from Maine to California and range in age from 15 to 26. In the group are three drivers from Alan Kulwicki's home state of Wisconsin, including the defending track champion at his beloved Slinger Super Speedway. "I am so excited as we move forward with the program this year," added Roberts. "Having Bob Dillner and his incredible staff at Speed51.com involved has already been so invaluable. They are the absolute best when it comes to promotion and their site has become the preeminent media outlet for short-track racing. Bob has mentioned some great ideas that will spark additional interest and fun for the Kulwicki Cup competition and we can't wait to see them implemented."
    The KDDP was established last spring by the family of late NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki to help worthy drivers along the way in reaching their dream, while at the same time keeping Alan's memory and legacy alive. Drivers from all across the U.S. and Canada submitted applications. The seven-member KDDP advisory board reviewed all the applications and narrowed the field down to 15 finalists. Those drivers were interviewed individually and the board then had the difficult task of choosing the roster of seven drivers for the 2015 season. "We had so many great candidates who applied to be part of our inaugural class and we are sincerely thankful to them all," Roberts said. "I don't have a vote, but just as I have indicated over the last couple of weeks, I feel confident that any seven of our finalists would have made terrific representatives for our organization."
    The seven selected drivers will each receive a one-time stipend of $7,777 to cover operational expenses. The organization will work to provide the drivers assistance in important aspects such as publicity, marketing, sponsorship development and industry networking during the season as they compete for the "grand prize." The Kulwicki Cup winner will pick up an additional check worth seven times the initial award ($7,777 x 7 = $54,439) and a special trophy.
    A hybrid points system that takes into account on-track results, off-track engagement with fans and social media, and community involvement will be unveiled shortly. Much like the old system used to determine the NASCAR Rookie of the Year, KDDP drivers will earn points for their best 15 finishes, plus additional bonus points for victories.
    "Connecting with the fans at the track, working with news reporters and broadcasters and being active on social media is something all our drivers are passionate about," said Roberts. "Beyond that, we know the seven drivers will share far and wide the mission of the program and Alan's legacy. Giving back to the community is an important part of the KDDP, too, and we look forward to seeing how our drivers do this throughout the season. Our board will be particularly interested in this aspect of the program." The official competition will go from April 15 until October 15 during the 2015 racing season. The inaugural Kulwicki Cup winner will be announced in November and will be honored at an event in December.(KDDP)(3-12-2015)

  • Cunningham Teams With Roush Fenway: Cunningham Motorsports' co-owner Kerry Scherer announced that his organization has reached an agreement with Roush Fenway Racing to become a driver development team for them in the ARCA Racing Series. Their primary driver will be 17-year old Kyle Weatherman, who will join the Cunningham team for the next ARCA race at Mobile Int'l Speedway in Irvington, Ala., on Saturday, March 14. Weatherman has made 13 ARCA Series starts, earning five top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes, while leading 91 laps in three races. He had back-to-back runner up finishes in 2013 at Iowa Speedway and Salem Speedway, when he was just 16 years old. In addition, he garnered a pair of fourth place finishes at Winchester Speedway and Salem Speedway, both in Indiana. During Weatherman's eight ARCA starts last season he grabbed another fourth at Berlin Raceway. His career-best qualifying effort came in 2013 when he won the outside pole at Iowa Speedway.
    In seven years of racing Weatherman has built an impressive racing resume, which includes over 190 victories and four national championships in the USLCI Legend Car Series. The high school junior commented, "I'm ready to get the 2015 season started with a great group of guys. I've already been over at the shop, working with the guys and they are all hard workers. I believe we can put together some top-five finishes and a few wins this season, if we work hard and keep working together as a team. I am really excited to be with Cunningham Motorsports."
    Weatherman's schedule of races has not been completed at this time, but Cunningham and Roush Fenway expect he will be racing as often as his age and his development schedule will allow. In making the announcement Scherer commented, "We are excited to partner with such a tradition-rich organization as Roush Fenway Racing. We look forward to working with Kyle, a truly gifted driver, to help him reach his goals with Roush Fenway."(NSSN)(2-26-2015)

  • Kulwicki Driver Development Finalists: The finalists for the 2015 Kulwicki Driver Development Program roster certainly comprise a diverse and talented group. However, there is one huge common denominator between them all: the aspiration to be among the seven-driver inaugural KDDP class. "It's an impressive group for sure," said KDDP executive director Tom Roberts. "We have drivers hailing from Florida to Maine, Maine to California and many areas in between. We have both male and female drivers with many short tracks and racing series represented. Their ages range from 15 to 26 and their backgrounds and levels of experience vary greatly. I have personally interviewed each of the drivers and I am inspired by all of their stories. All the drivers in the group would make tremendous representatives for our organization. Our advisory board members definitely have a monumental task in narrowing it down to the seven drivers who will carry our colors this season."
    The KDDP was established last year by family members of 1992 NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki as a means to offer assistance to worthy drivers while keeping the late champion's legacy and memory alive. The organization's seven-member advisory board has already reviewed an enormous amount of impressive applications generated with the assistance of official media partner Speed51.com. They have narrowed it down to the drivers listed below and will now tackle the job of naming their seven KDDP drivers.
    Those seven drivers will be competing for the inaugural "Kulwicki Cup" during the 2015 season. They will each receive a one-time stipend of $7,777 to cover operational expenses. The organization will work to provide the drivers assistance in important aspects such as publicity, marketing, sponsorship development and industry networking during the season. The Kulwicki Cup winner will be announced in November. That driver will pick up an additional check worth seven times the initial award ($7,777 x 7 = $54,439) and a special trophy during an event honoring the winner in December.
    The finalists for the KDDP inaugural class of 2015 are (in alphabetical order):
    STEVE APEL, 26, West Bend, Wisconsin
    "Racing is not just a sport in my eyes; it is a way of life."
    Following in the line of great Slinger Speedway racers like Alan Kulwicki, Conrad Morgan, Lowell Bennett, and Al Schill, Steve Apel has mastered the "World's Fastest Quarter-Mile," winning track championships in 2013 and 2014. A CNC milling machine salesman, Steve is widely respected for his sportsmanship, work ethic and his willingness to promote the track and his fellow competitors whenever possible. In 2015, Steve will again chase the track championship at Slinger and hopes to venture out to other tracks in the area.
    * * *
    BRAD BABB, 22, Windham, Maine
    "I always want to be at the race track. The race track is where I feel at home."
    Born into a racing family, Brad Babb has made a name for himself throughout the Northeast, winning the Pro Late Model Series track championship at Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Whelen All American Maine State Championship in 2012, the New England Late Model Series championship in 2014 and numerous features in Maine and Vermont. A skilled welder and fabricator, Brad will again chase the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) title in 2015.
    * * *
    TYLER CHURCH, 26, Hickory, North Carolina
    "I want to be the Cinderella story; the local boy who worked hard to make it to the top."
    As the driver for an underfunded, family-run team, Tyler Church won the 2014 PASS South Super Late Model Series, overcoming three broken axles in the championship race to take home the title. He is highly respected by his fellow competitors for his determination, clean racing and ability to run competitively on a tight budget. Tyler achieved a lifelong dream late last year when he was hired by Hendrick Motorsports as a fabricator. In 2015, Tyler will compete in the new CARS Super Late Model Series.
    * * *
    JUSTIN CRIDER, 18, Statesville, North Carolina
    "Ever since I was four years old, I knew that all I wanted to do was race."
    A freshman engineering student at North Carolina State University, Justin plans on competing in the CARS Late Model Stock Series and selected NASCAR Whelen All American Series races in 2015. Chasing the points championship at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2013 and 2014, Justin earned numerous top-five finishes while racing against some of the best funded teams in the Southeast. Throughout his career, from go-karts to late models, Justin has driven a black and orange #7 to honor his hero, Alan Kulwicki.
    * * *
    JOHN DEANGELIS, 20, Hubertus, Wisconsin
    "I am a confident, patient and passionate racer that knows what it's like to start at the bottom."
    There is no driver better prepared for battle at the Slinger Speedway than John DeAngelis. John earned the 2014 Rookie of the Year at Slinger, his first year in super late models. Known for hardnosed demeanor on track, but a quick smile and generous autograph pen after the races, DeAngelis will chase the ARCA Midwest Tour and the Slinger track championship in 2015.
    * * *
    DAVE FARRINGTON, JR., 23, Jay, Maine
    "Our family owned and operated race team represents the true meaning of local short track racing."
    The 2014 NASCAR Whelen All American Maine State Champion, Dave Farrington, Jr. won the track Pro Series championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway without winning a race, but with no DNFs. He won three races at Beech Ridge during the 2013 season. At age 15, he had become one of the winningest go-kart racers in New England with 276 feature victories. Dave works as an engineer for General Dynamics at the Bath Iron Works. He earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Maine in 2013, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration.
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    BLAISE HETZNECKER, 20, Holly Hill, Florida
    "We keep our heads up, keep pushing to the next race, and with a never-say-die attitude, we keep racing doing it our way."
    An Engineering Technology student at Daytona State College, Blaise Hetznecker is an accomplished dirt and pavement racer. Blaise has won features at New Smyrna Speedway and Volusia Raceway Park, and has earned numerous honors in the karting world. Respected for his work ethic, resourcefulness and hunger for racing knowledge, Blaise has persevered, utilizing limited resources to make it to the track each week. In 2015, Blaise will run for the Pro Late Model Division championship at New Smyrna Speedway.
    * * *
    SKYLAR HOLZHAUSEN, 25, Sparta, Wisconsin
    "A word that describes me is 'perfectionist.' We're so much like Alan in that we've always done the most with the least."
    Like many young racers, Skylar comes from a racing family. His grandfather, Bud, raced in the 1950s and his dad, Steve, won several races in both the ARTGO Challenge Series and the original American Speed Association. A welder-fabricator by trade, Skylar earned his associate's degree from Western Wisconsin Technical College. Skylar has won two of the Midwest's biggest short track races; the Dick Trickle '99' at LaCrosse (WI) Speedway's Oktoberfest and the Summer Clash 250 at Elko (MN) Speedway in 2011. In 2015, Skylar hopes to again chase the ARCA Midwest Tour championship.
    * * *
    TY MAJESKI, 20, Seymour, Wisconsin
    "Once you feel are the best and have nothing left to learn, you begin to fall behind; I will always improve, always grow, and turn my goals into reality."
    Since jumping into the seat of a super late model in 2012, Ty Majeski has won five races and finished in the top-five 23 times in only 37 races. In 2014, Ty became the youngest champion in the history of the ARCA Midwest Tour, clinching the title at LaCrosse (WI) Speedway's Oktoberfest in a borrowed car after destroying his primary car in a preliminary race. Ty is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Ranked #1 among 80,000 drivers on iRacing, an online racing simulator, Ty will again race for the ARCA Midwest Tour title in 2015.
    * * *
    REAGAN MAY, 21, DePere, Wisconsin
    "It is easy to talk about teamwork at the track, but those that teach, live and learn at the shop are the ones that make us who we are."
    Committed. Relentless. Conscientious. These are three words frequently used to describe Reagan May, the 2014 TUNDRA Series Rookie of the Year. Reagan won three super late model features last season, and finished fifth in TUNDRA Series points. Reagan has interned at Coleman Racing Products in Menominee, Mich., developing and testing prototype parts and learning how to operate CNC machines. A Mechanical Engineering major at Michigan Tech University, Reagan plans to expand her racing schedule in 2015, competing full time with the TUNDRA series and visiting several new tracks as her budget allows.
    * * *
    BRYCE NAPIER, 15, Scotts Valley, California
    "If a gear needs changing, I crawl underneath, sometimes burning my arm on the hot metal, but allowing nothing to stop me. When I'm finished, I zip my suit back up, climb in, and drive the car."
    Wise beyond his years and hungry to learn everything about his race car, 15-year-old Bryce Napier has earned the respect of competitors and fans for his work ethic and dedication to success. Working alone after finishing his homework, Bryce will clean the car from top to bottom, scale the car himself and consult over the phone with his crew chief about gear and sway bar changes. The car is always ready to go when he hits the track. The 2014 Stockton 99 Speedway Rookie of the Year, Bryce works closely with military families through his sponsor, the Support Military Foundation. He looks to build on an already impressive foundation during the 2015 season.
    * * *
    ALEX PRUNTY, 22, Lomira, Wisconsin
    "I see every race as an opportunity to do something incredible and continue the legacy of my family's name."
    For third generation racer Alex Prunty, Sunday night at Slinger Speedway is more than just another race; it is a family reunion. Giving each other no quarter on the track, the Pruntys are always there for each other, offering a helping hand at the track and the race shop. Growing up working on the championship-winning cars of his three racing uncles, Alex will race a super late model full time in 2015, moving up after winning a 2012 track championship in the late model division. When not at the track, Alex is a Research and Development Engineer at Briggs & Stratton Corporation.
    * * *
    DJ WELTMEYER, 22, Dyer, Indiana
    "Racing and competing are part of me; they are in my blood and always have been."
    The son of multi-time ARCA race winner Dave Weltmeyer, DJ Weltmeyer - "The Dyer Flyer" - is carrying on a family tradition of competing at Grundy County Speedway and Illiana Motor Speedway. An engineering student at Purdue University- Calumet, DJ is an eager learner outside of the classroom, building shocks for local racers and testing experimental suspension components on his own race car. Known for his clean racing and perseverance, DJ hopes to race at Grundy County and Illiana again in 2015. He looks to also race with the ARCA Midwest Tour and the ARCA CRA Super Series as his schedule and budget allow.
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    COLE WILLIAMS, 18, Sellersburg, Indiana
    "Working hard is the key to success; there is no other way to make it in this sport."
    When there is no local short track, a racer will go to great lengths to compete. In 2014, Cole Williams traveled seven hours each way to the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and won the track championship It's a cherished honor shared by NASCAR legends Darrell Waltrip and Sterling Marlin. A year earlier, Cole won the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Missouri State Championship and track championship at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Mo., some six hours from home. A Journalism major at Indiana University- Southeast, Cole will race his family's car at Nashville again in 2015, while also running several Late Model Stock races in Virginia and North Carolina.
    The selection process to determine the KDDP drivers for 2015 is expected to be completed in the next 10 days. The seven-driver lineup is scheduled to be announced during the first week of March.(KDDP)(2-20-2015)

  • MDM Hillman Racing to campaign #40 NASCAR K&N Pro East Development Team: MDM Hillman Racing, a joint partnership between NASCAR veteran Mike Hillman and Virginia businessmen and Doug Fuller and Matthew Miller, will compete in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series fielding the #40 entry beginning with this weekend's season-opening event at New Smyrna Speedway with driver Travis Miller. MDM was established in the off-season as a development team that will further groom the talent pool in the NASCAR arena for both drivers and crew members.
    "Our focus is to help form and sculpt the skills of racers, mechanics and engineers attempting to take the next step in their motorsports careers," said partner Doug Fuller. "We will get started February 15th at the first race on the NASCAR K&N East Series schedule at the famed short track New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, with former Hooters Pro Cup driver Travis Miller of Chesapeake, Virginia, behind the wheel."
    The MDM Hillman Racing team will be headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., in close proximity to the Hillman Smith Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series operation, which operates the #40 driven by Landon Cassill. Doug Chouinard, a long-time mechanic and crew chief in the K&N Pro Series, will lead the team. Chouinard scored two victories in 2014 (Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Dover International Speedway) with driver Austin Self and has totaled 12 victories working with such notable drivers as Corey LaJoie and Ted Christopher. CRC, a manufacturer of an extensive arsenal of automotive maintenance products, will showcase its industry-leading CRC Brakleen Brake Parts Cleaner with Miller behind the wheel of #40 CRC BRAKLEEN Chevrolet in Sunday's Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150.(Mike Hillman Racing)(2-15-2015)

  • Grant Galloway Joins Racer Advancement Program: Integrity Sports Marketing announced that Grant Galloway has joined the company's recently announced Racer Advancement Program (RAP). Galloway, a native of Lakeville, Indiana, will compete in the 2015 CARS Super Late Model Tour in a unique partnership between RAP and LFR Chassis Driver Development Program. The 20-year-old Galloway began his racing career in quarter midgets at the age of nine. He earned 45 feature wins, multiple track records, and multiple track championships before advancing on to the USAC Kenyon midget series at the age of 13. His success would continue as he climbed through sprint cars and late models before receiving his NASCAR approval which led to a start at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the age of 18. While he is busy chasing his dream, Grant is also busy finishing up his education. He will graduate this spring from Grace College in Indiana with a Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing. Galloway will look to use that valuable education as he focuses on the business end of racing as well as performing on the track. The 2015 CARS Super Late Model Tour will begin its season on March 28th at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC. The Tour schedule will include stops at such tracks as Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA and Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway.(Racer Advancement Program)(2-12-2015)

  • RCR Names Kate Dallenbach to Driver Development Program: Richard Childress Racing and Team Dillon Racing have named Kate Dallenbach as one of two female drivers in their development program for the 2015 season. The other driver joining the program is 14 year-old Ahnna Parkhurst. Dallenbach, 17, is the daughter of Wally, Jr., NASCAR driver-turned-broadcaster, and Robin Dallenbach, a former driver herself with two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Her grandfather, Wally Dallenbach, Sr., was a successful Indy car driver and Chief Steward. The student of Davidson Day High School will compete in dirt and asphalt races under the RCR banner driving cars built and maintained by Team Dillon Racing.
    "Some RCR and TDR members and I have been watching Kate for several years and have been impressed with her driving ability," said Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of RCR. "She is a quality driver in races and the results from her testing dirt Late Models have been very positive. I look forward to what the future holds for Kate and we will do all we can to help her succeed." Dallenbach started racing Quarter Midgets at age eight and was the 2007 Texas Regional Champion in two different divisions. Dallenbach also competed in Bandoleros at Texas Motor Speedway in 2008 and was part of the Lyn St. James Driver Academy in 2010.
    In 2011, she earned championship and rookie of the year honors in the Allison Legacy Series at Thunderhill (Tex.) Raceway. Dallenbach tested dirt Late Models for RCR/TDR in 2013 and drove Whelen Late Models at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway capturing Rookie of the Year honors and finishing second in points. Last year, she raced 10 events for RCR/TDR at Boyd (Ga.) Speedway and ran 15 asphalt Late Model races for Lee Faulk Racing at various tracks in the Southeast. For the 2015 season, Dallenbach will increase her schedule to more than 20 events with Faulk and 10 races on dirt for RCR/TDR at Boyd Speedway. "I am honored and looking forward to being a larger part of RCR's Driver Development Program this year," Dallenbach said. "As a driver, I'm looking forward to improving my racing skills and winning some dirt and asphalt races. I hope to start testing Trucks in the future, as well. I can't thank Richard (Childress), Mike (Dillon) and Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops enough for this opportunity." Dallenbach currently has sponsorship from SHE Outdoor Ladies Hunting Clothing from Bass Pro Shops.(RCR)(1-29-2015)

  • RCR Names Ahnna Parkhurst to Driver Development Program: Richard Childress Racing and Team Dillon Racing have named Ahnna Parkhurst as one of two female drivers in their development program for the 2015 season. The other driver joining the program is 17-year-old Kate Dallenbach. Parkhurst, 14, is an Augusta, Ga. native and is entering her second season of competitive racing. The student at Riverside Middle School will compete in dirt Crate Late Models under the RCR banner driving cars built and maintained by Team Dillon Racing this year. "Ahnna has an incredible natural talent and absorbs everything she can to become a better driver every time she races," said Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of RCR. "Everything I have seen and heard about her racing has been positive. She is going to learn and improve even more this year on the dirt tracks and I look forward to watching that progress." Parkhurst competed in 42 Mini Outlaws race last season, winning 13 and finishing second in 12 of them at Millbridge (N.C.) Speedway. This year, her schedule calls for 40 races in RCR/TDR Crate Dirt Late Models at Boyd (Ga.) Speedway, Swainsboro (Ga.) Speedway and Modoc (S.C.) Speedway. "I raced just about every other Wednesday night from March until November of last year," Parkhurst said. "RCR and TDR said they are going to give me their best effort to be competitive and try and win races. It's up to me to give them my best efforts in return. "This is a great opportunity and I can't thank Richard, TDR and my sponsors enough for making me part of the team. Austin and Ty Dillon have already been very supportive and I have learned a lot from them this past year." Parkhurst will have sponsorship from LauriesFund.org, Tgen, Hunt Brothers Pizza and Bad Boy Buggies.(RCR)(1-29-2015)

  • Kulwicki Driver Development Program driver selection in full swing: The process to select the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) competitors for the 2015 season is currently in full swing. The program was established last year by family members of 1992 NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki as a means to offer assistance to worthy drivers while keeping the late champion's legacy and memory alive. The organization's seven-member advisory board is narrowing down an impressive huge group of applicants to its seven-driver KDDP roster for 2015. The selected drivers will receive financial and professional assistance during their upcoming racing seasons. They will be competing for the inaugural "Kulwicki Cup" which will be awarded this December. "Both the quantity and quality of applicants we received were extremely impressive," said KDDP executive director Tom Roberts. "It is such a diverse group when you consider age, level of racing experience and need for assistance. We are so proud to have Speed51.com as our official media partner. I want to personally thank Bob Dillner and his Speed51.com staff for their help in getting the word out and encouraging so many drivers to send in applications. Our board is currently in the first stage of a three-phase judging process. The first chore is to whittle the group down to 14 finalists. I can attest to what a difficult procedure that is. I don't have voting power, but I did a mock challenge and found it to be almost impossible. When our board decides the 14 finalists, we will interview all of those drivers on an individual basis. Then in the final phase, the board will select the seven competitors who will be carrying the KDDP colors this year." Board members are considering criteria that include relevant experience, community engagement, program fit and character, appreciation for the Kulwicki legacy and financial need in their evaluation procedure.
    "The KDDP is so unique compared to other development programs out there today," Roberts said. "Due to the graciousness of the Kulwicki family, there is no financial requirement from our participants. We are a non-profit organization. It is our mission to assist aspiring racers in achieving their goals while educating other generations about Alan Kulwicki along the way. It has been such a pleasure to be a member of the KDDP team and I know Alan would be so proud and supportive of what we are doing", said Roberts, who served as Kulwicki's advisor and public relations representative throughout his NASCAR career. "When I was doing my mock top-14 list, I gauged it on who I thought Alan would select to be among the group. He valued hard work and deemed dedication and determination as imperative. Even the standards we will utilize in determining our 'Kulwicki Cup' winner this season will be unique. Our evaluation will not focus solely on results on the race track. The method we employ will also consider what the seven drivers do off the track. Community service, effectiveness in representing our organization, social media involvement and overall character are aspects that will be included in the equation. I have been professionally involved in racing in some manner for 38 years now and the KDDP has been my most intriguing project so far. I am convinced that short track racing is in great shape as for talented drivers who have so much potential. I know there will never truly be another Alan Kulwicki, but it will be so much fun searching for the racer who best replicates his innate drive and competitive spirit this year."
    The seven KDDP drivers will each receive a one-time stipend of $7,777 to cover operational expenses. The organization will work to provide the drivers assistance in important aspects such as publicity, marketing, sponsorship development and industry networking during the season. The Kulwicki Cup winner will be announced in November. That driver will pick up an additional check worth seven times the initial award ($7,777 x 7 = $54,439) and a special trophy during an event honoring the winner in December. The selection process to determine the KDDP drivers for 2015 is expected to be completed in the next few weeks. The seven-driver lineup is scheduled to be announced during the third week of February.(TRPR)(1-29-2015)

  • New Names Fill 2015 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Roster: NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), the leading developmental platform for female and multicultural drivers and pit crew members, announced its 2015 class today. The program welcomes four talented program newcomers to the roster of six drivers striving to transition into the sport's national series spotlight. Rev Racing, the program's competition arm, has played a key role in the development of 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.
    "Taking steps to find and develop young female and multicultural athletes who could represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization's mission," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "We were impressed by the talent displayed at the Combine [in October of 2014], and are eager to help this group develop their strengths on and off the track."
    Rev Racing will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2015 class is led by returning K&N Pro Series East driver Jay Beasley and Devon Amos, who after an impressive 2014 performance in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series earned a spot in the K&N Pro Series East.
    The 2015 NASCAR D4D roster includes:
    Devon Amos: Returning to the team, the 23-year-old Rio Rancho, New Mexico, native will make the jump to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after two full seasons in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
    Jay Beasley: Finishing 13th overall and sixth in a loaded Sunoco Rookie of the Year field in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East last season, the 23-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada will return for a second season, aiming to best his rookie campaign.
    Collin Cabre: After an impressive NASCAR D4D Combine performance, the 21-year-old Thonotosassa, Florida, native will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in his first year with Rev Racing. Cabre has spent the past five years racing asphalt and dirt sprint cars.
    Natalie Decker: A 17-year-old newcomer to the Rev Racing roster from Eagle River, Wisconsin, Decker collected feature wins in a limited late model and super late model, as well as earning Rookie and Sportsman of the Year honors in ARCA SCAG Midwest Truck Tour. She will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2015.
    Kenzie Ruston: Entering her third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and first with Rev Racing, the 22-year-old El Reno, Oklahoma, native is also a member of NASCAR Next, an industry initiative to identify tomorrow's stars. Ruston broke her own record in 2014 as the highest finishing female driver in the K&N Pro Series East with a runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway on her way to finishing ninth in points.
    Dylan Smith: The 22-year-old from Randolph, Vermont earned a spot with Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series after competing in his own Late Model last year. The Stewart-Haas Racing employee ran 15 races and finished 38th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings.
    Under Rev Racing owner and CEO Max Siegel's leadership, the development program aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping NASCAR D4D drivers achieve career successes; thus, improving their goal of reaching one of NASCAR's three national series. "NASCAR Drive for Diversity goes much deeper than putting drivers behind the wheel of race cars," said Siegel. "The program is all encompassing, providing competition, athletic training and professional development opportunities for drivers who have the determination and talent to reach NASCAR's top levels. We've seen this with Larson, Suarez and Wallace Jr. and are excited about the potential of this talented group of drivers." Growth of the program extends to pit crew members under the NASCAR D4D Crew Member Development Program, also managed by Siegel. In 2014, more than 30 multicultural athletes pitted fulltime for teams across all three national series.(NASCAR/Rev Racing)(1-27-2015)

  • LFR Driver Development Group formed: LFR Chassis has announced the formation of the LFR Driver Development Group, a company that will provide professional and experienced coaching with state of the art race cars for developing drivers in all late model and modified divisions nationwide. The company's goal is to provide top-level racing experience and equipment to drivers looking to progress through the motorsports ranks. LFR Chassis has quickly made a mark in the short track racing industry by providing top notch equipment along with a racing staff that is unparalleled in the industry.
    Four racing veterans will lead the group: Rob Fuller, Tony Eury Jr., Jeff Fultz and Ryan Stone. From Daytona International Speedway to Hickory Motor Speedway, these racing veterans have collectively won more than three dozen championships and over 700 victories at the highest level of motorsports, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to new drivers.
    Rob Fuller, owner of LFR Chassis, was born into a racing family, but made a name for himself in NASCAR by winning at the top levels as a driver, engineer, and pit crew member for teams including Penske Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Fuller's 25 years of racing experience and innovative approach to building racecar chassis led to the creation of LFR Chassis.
    Tony Eury Jr. is the competition director at LFR Chassis and brings over 20 years of experience working at the top levels of NASCAR as a crew chief, car chief, mechanic and tire changer. He has lead the top teams in motorsports - including Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Hendrick Motorsports and JR Motorsports - to numerous wins and championships.
    Jeff Fultz has 30 years of experience in racing as a driver, car chief and builder. He has 10 championships to his name and over 250 wins throughout his career. Fultz is a three-time champion and all time wins leader in the NASCAR All Pro Series.
    Ryan Stone is a championship winning crew chief in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. He has been racing for 18 years and has a decade of experience specifically in modified racing as a driver, car chief and crew chief.
    "With the experience level of our coaches and quality of equipment, we are taking a huge variable out of the developmental stages of a driver's progression," said Rob Fuller. "We have all wished at some point of our career to have the best equipment and most knowledgeable crew so we can test our driving ability, and all that is under one roof. We have worked closely with the NASCAR community throughout our 20 plus year careers, and know what it takes to succeed in this ultra-competitive sport."
    The LFR Driver Development Group will utilize equipment and racecars from LFR Chassis. These chassis were designed and constructed by some of the best racing minds in the industry. The group will offer several different packages for all experience levels. "What will be great about our program is that we will have entry level to pro level classes available," said Jeff Fultz. "Some drivers might only drive a few races while others will continue through a few seasons. All this depends on the talent level shown throughout the year. We expect this to be a high-profile driver development program within the industry in a short amount of time. We've made heads turn with our progress at LFR Chassis and expect to do the same with this program."
    The LFR Driver Development Group will also offer marketing and communications support for this next generation of drivers. Nealie Stufflet, a veteran NASCAR public relations professional, partnered with LFR Chassis in its inception to offer PR, social media and sponsorship services to its customers and will do the same for the development drivers. Interview skills training, media coaching and landscape insight will also be offered. "We created this group to help those looking for the right place to find a combination of unparalleled experience in NASCAR and top level equipment for drivers looking to take their careers to the next level," said Fuller. "We have two drivers signed up as of today and will announce the full team when all seats are occupied." To get in contact with the LFR Driver Development Group, please contact Rob Fuller at rob@lfrchassis.com.(LFR Chassis)(1-3-2015)

  • David Gilliland Racing Expands with Driver Development Program: David Gilliland Racing (DGR) is capping its successful 2014 season with the announcement of an expansion. The Mooresville, N.C.-based team now offers a driver development program that will field a second car for the 2015 season in Late Model and Super Late Model competition. DGR is seeking young, up-and-coming talent to join the program. DGR is owned and operated by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland and his wife, Michelle. The team has run a successful program since 1998, racing in weekly division events at the grassroots level to regional touring series at asphalt and dirt tracks around the country. The Gillilands' 14-year-old son, Todd, made his mark driving the DGR No. 98 in 2014, including earning his first Late Model pole and win in May in just his seventh start in a stock car. The organization is now ready to field a second, equally competitive team for a motivated, funded driver looking to transition from Karts, Legends or Sprint cars to bigger, NASCAR-style race cars. The DGR team will maintain, house, transport and direct every aspect of the racing program, including the providing of top-level equipment, experienced crew chief and spotter, and personal coaching from David Gilliland. "When we built our program, we made sure we did it right," Gilliland said. "We ensured we had the best equipment and the best experience put together to offer someone the best opportunity to showcase their talent. We're eager to talk with young racers, their families and their marketing partners to show how we can help them take their careers to the next level." Contact info at davidgillilandracing.com.(DGR PR)(12-28-2014)

  • Kulwicki Driver Development Program Details Announced: Officials of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) announced the details of their exciting new program today. The specifics call for the organization to select seven drivers who will contend for the inaugural "Kulwicki Cup" during the 2015 racing season. The KDDP was established earlier this year by the family of late NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki. The organization's mission is to help worthy drivers along the way in reaching their dream, while at the same time keeping alive Alan's memory and legacy. "The operating point for all of our activities will revolve around the number 7," said Tom Roberts, executive director of the KDDP. "Not only does every race fan out there associate Alan with that number, it also has incredible significance elsewhere. In numerology, the number 7 represents the thinker and the seeker. Those were certainly descriptive of Alan. Many say there is even something spiritual about the number."
    "We will be selecting seven drivers from the applications we collect to vie for our inaugural Kulwicki Cup award," said Roberts. "Each of the seven drivers will receive a one-time stipend of $7,777 early in the season. The Kulwicki Cup winner will pick up an additional check worth seven times that amount ($7,777 x 7 = $54,439). There will also be a really cool trophy and special surprises in store for our Kulwicki Cup recipient. The financial support we will be offering to the selected drivers will come in handy in covering things like entry fees and operational expenses, but that's only the beginning. We will also be assisting those seven drivers in other important aspects in racing such as publicity, marketing, sponsorship development and industry networking."
    The KDDP is a non-profit organization made up of a small staff and management team. The program has an advisory board comprised of seven members. The group includes Kulwicki's former colleagues, members of the racing community and legal, financial and accounting professionals.
    "We have an extremely well-rounded team affiliated with the KDDP and our group can offer so much support to aspiring young racers," said Roberts. "There are many drivers out there who have the potential to be successful. It is our mission to be instrumental in helping them achieve their goals. It is due to the graciousness and dedication of the Kulwicki Family that the KDDP was founded. We are committed to helping drivers in numerous ways, while at the same time keeping Alan's dream alive. We hope to educate many about who Alan was and what he stood for along the way. It promises to be a fun and rewarding journey."
    The selection of the seven KDDP drivers will be done via an application basis. All the applications received will be reviewed by the organization and the seven drivers will be named early next February. The application form can be downloaded or requested on the official KDDP website (www.KulwickiDDP.com). The deadline for receiving entries is Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.(TRPR)(11-26-2014)

  • More info on the Kulwicki Driver Development Program: The Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) has been established by the family of late NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki to help worthy drivers along the way in reaching their dream, while at the same time keeping alive Alan's memory and legacy.
    The program will provide assistance to up-and-coming racers in several different ways. A one-time stipend will provide financial support in covering operational expenses, transportation costs, entry fees and assistance with necessary equipment. Staff and friends of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program will assist participants in areas such as sponsorship development; publicity, marketing, social media, business education, industry networking and relationship building.
    KDDP is aimed at the "grass roots" racer. The program hopes to identify and assist a driver in the early stages of his or her career. While Alan Kulwicki did it "his way," going from a track champion at Slinger (WI) Speedway, to winning American Speed Association (ASA) races across the United States, to an owner-driver on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit in just a few short years. Only through Alan's drive, his determination, and the dedication of a handful of talented crew members was he able to become the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion.
    The Kulwicki Driver Development Program hopes to play a significant role in developing the next generation of America's short track racers, serving as a steward not only for Alan's legacy, but for the growth of asphalt late model racing. If Alan were with us today, he would have his eye on the short tracks, looking for the next young racer with the drive to succeed. Through strategic partnerships and relationships, the KDDP hopes to become a crucial link in helping a handful of young men and women achieve their racing dreams.
    Drivers will have experience in late model racing. There is no age limit, but preference will be given to candidates between the ages of 18 and 25.
    * * *
    --7 drivers from across the nation will be selected by the KDDP to contend for the "Kulwicki Cup."
    --One-time stipend to each competitor of $7,777 at beginning of 2015 racing season
    --Aforementioned support to the 7 drivers throughout season.
    --7 drivers selected agree to abide by rules & regulations established by KDDP. Included in agreement will be mandatory ID on car & driver's uniform and code of conduct.
    --"Kulwicki Cup" winner is not totally based on their on-track results, but on their overall "performance" on and off the track. The winner, selected by the KDDP (with potential involvement from fans/media/general public) best exemplifies the "Alan Kulwicki style" of competitor.
    --Voting will be done on quarterly basis and results publicized in far-reaching manner including news releases, web sites and social media platforms.
    --Winner will be announced on November 7, 2015.
    --"Kulwicki Cup" winner receives check for $7,777 X 7 ($54,439), distinctive trophy & more.
    --Winner will be honored at "Kulwicki Cup" dinner/banquet held on December 14th (Alan's birthday) at selected location to be announced during the 2015 season.
    * * *
    The application form and other information on the KDDP is currently available on the official website at www.KulwickiDDP.com
    CURRENT KDDP TEAM ROSTER:
    Executive Director: Tom Roberts, 35-year motorsports industry veteran, with broad-based experience working with sponsors, drivers, teams and race tracks.
    Program Trustees:
    1) Jan Beatty, Senior Trust Officer, Wells Fargo
    2) Mark R.A. Horn, Member, Moore & Van Allen PLLC
    Advisory Board Members: (additional information available on KDDP site)
    1) Paul Andrews, former crew chief for Alan Kulwicki's 1992 NASCAR Championship team and now general manager of Cunningham Motorsports
    2) Dennis Czarnyszka, a former American Bowling Congress (ABC) marketing executive who was instrumental in helping promote Kulwicki throughout his career
    3) Tony Gibson, former car chief for Alan Kulwicki's 1992 NASCAR Championship team and now crew chief for Kurt Busch's No. 41 NASCAR Sprint Cup Team at SHR
    4) Tom Grady, motorsports law "pioneer" who has been actively involved in racing for 30 years
    5) Fr. Dale Grubba, a Wisconsin priest, author of several motorsports books including the comprehensive book on Alan Kulwicki ("Alan Kulwicki, NASCAR Champion: Against All Odds") and acclaimed racing photographer
    6) Jim "Thumper" Rauth, longtime Kulwicki family friend who was involved in the Alan Kulwicki Park and Brooks Pavilion projects and remains active with them today
    7) Carter Thompson, a partner in a prominent Charlotte public accounting firm who has 19 years of experience and has worked closely with clients in the motorsports and automotive industry.(TRPR)(11-26-2014)

  • Integrity Sports Marketing Announces Racer Advancement Program: Integrity Sports Marketing, a full service marketing firm, has established a one-of-a-kind program that will advance the careers of young drivers with a star studded team providing advice and a clear path to the upper ranks of NASCAR - The Racer Advancement Program. After spending over 15 years in NASCAR garages, local tracks, and race team shops, Brent Bushu, owner of Integrity Sports Marketing realized that future racers need a better support system in order to reach their dreams. The Racer Advancement Program focuses on the entire spectrum of what it takes to make it to NASCAR's top levels. A young racer's brand will be established and awareness will be built through exposure in the right places. The program offers something that no other program offers. First, we offer advice from an advisory board of NASCAR drivers, crew chiefs, owners, media personnel, and sponsor representatives. Secondly, a clearly defined path is established to move from where the driver is today to where the racer wants to be tomorrow.
    Integrity Sports Marketing has partnered with leading experts in the motorsports world who will serve as members of the "Racer Advisory Board" for this program. This will entail a monthly conference call between program participants and a different member of the "Advisory Board" as well as special guests. This will serve as a one-of-a-kind platform for advice and suggestions for program participants. The "Racer Advisory Board" members will also be available for further support outside of this monthly conference call and be a tremendous resource for career and racing advice.
    The Racer Advisory Panel includes advice from several industry experts including:
    Tommy Baldwin - Sprint Cup Team Owner, Tommy Baldwin Racing #7 & #36 entries
    Frank Stoddard - Fourteen-time race winning NASCAR crew chief and NBC NASCAR Analyst
    Hermie Sadler - Current NASCAR driver, Fox Sports NASCAR Analyst and owner of Hermie Sadler Karting and Premier Racing Chassis
    "This program is different than anything I've seen in my career," states Tommy Baldwin. "It provides the essential marketing and media support needed for young racer. A career path is identified from karting, late models, NASCAR Asphalt & Dirt Modifieds, ARCA and K&N Series all the way up to NASCAR's three national touring series. It does all of this with the support of a leading motorsports marketing company combined with a group of my colleagues with years of advice to give back to the racers of tomorrow."
    The Racer Advancement Program provides branding, partnership development, motorsports connections, website development and maintenance, social media implementation, public relations and other services that will advance a young racers career. Limited spots are available for the 2015 Program. For more information on the Racer Advancement Program visit www.WinningWithIntegrity.com.(11-6-2014)

  • Drive for Diversity Combine set: Twenty multicultural and female race car drivers from the United States, Canada and Latin America will participate in the 11th Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine Oct. 13-15 with hopes of earning a spot in the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class in partnership with Rev Racing. The NASCAR D4D Combine - being held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virgina, for the fourth consecutive year - has been the proving ground for several current NASCAR national series drivers, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Kyle Larson, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series three-time race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. and NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series driver Daniel Suarez, who recently announced a full-year NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015.
    Under the leadership of Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing and CEO of U.S. Track & Field, NASCAR D4D has evolved to an academy-style development program which will compete under one umbrella in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE) and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS). Rev Racing provides drivers with equipment, mentoring and competition experience throughout the season.
    Suarez, a rising star in the U.S. and Mexico, is the third and most recent NASCAR D4D driver to transition into one of NASCAR's three national series after competing in full seasons in Mexico's NASCAR Toyota Series and the NKPSE. Several drivers are attempting to follow in his footsteps, including 18-year-old Ruben Garcia Jr., a member of the NASCAR Next class.
    Also returning to defend their spot in the program are current NWAAS drivers Devon Amos and Paige Decker. Current Rev Racing drivers in the NASCAR K&N East Sergio Peña and Jay Beasley also are under consideration to return to the team in 2015, but will not compete at the Combine.
    The drivers will be individually evaluated on at-track performance, including their instinctive positioning at different places on the track, proficiency and comfort level in providing in-car feedback to the crew chief, overall speed and the ability to shift during assessments.
    Visit FansChoice.TVfor the live streaming schedule of the Combine.(NASCAR)(9-30-2014)


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