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NASCAR Receives Diversity And Inclusion Award: On Nov. 8, NASCAR received the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Award (DANDI) for its efforts in fostering diversity throughout the sport at a ceremony at the New York Times Building in New York City. Eight days later, on Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, NASCAR’s diversity efforts reached another milestone when 21-year-old NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson became the first Asian-American driver to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in any NASCAR national series, receiving the honor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.(NASCAR)(11-23-2013)
Drive For Diversity Combine gets underway UPDATE: Twenty drivers arrived in Hampton, Va., eager to show off their driving skills at the 2013 Drive For Diversity Combine. First, though, they were put through the paces Monday with the equally important off-track assessments at Hampton University. This is the third year the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program - created in 2004 and now executed by Rev Racing - has partnered with Hampton. The NASCAR D4D program is designed to identify and train young female and diverse drivers at the grassroots level who demonstrate necessary talent to climb the ranks within the motorsport industries. The drivers, who represent 12 U.S. states and Mexico and come from a wide array of racing experience, took part in physical training assessment as well as driver evaluation on Rev Racing's iRacing simulators Monday. Additionally, the program's partnership with Hampton will include presentations to the drivers by Dr. David Hunter from the university's department of kinesiology on Tuesday, and by Dr. Kwame M. Brown on sports psychology Wednesday. The iRacing allowed many of the drivers to get their first look at Langley Speedway, the .4-mile asphalt oval at which they will test Late Model Stock Cars on Tuesday.(NASCAR)(10-22-2013)
UPDATE: Langley Speedway's repaving last winter provided an added challenge for the 20 drivers participating in the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. Not only did the already tough .4-mile oval get faster, it meant even the drivers who had previously competed in the Combine there faced new conditions. The drivers passed that test Tuesday with flying colors. After spending Monday at Hampton University with the fitness and iRacing evaluations, the drivers were eager to climb into one of three Late Models outfitted for the day-long practice session Tuesday. Each of the 20 drivers went out for individual sessions in the morning, and then returned to the car for longer single-car runs in the afternoon.(NASCAR)(10-23-2013)
2013 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Participants announced: As the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program approaches its 10-year anniversary, NASCAR and Rev Racing have selected the participants for the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. The drivers will participate in a rigorous on- and off-track evaluation process for the opportunity to join the NASCAR D4D program and compete for Rev Racing during the 2014 season. The combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., from Oct. 21-23.
The annual Combine is the first step in identifying and developing the future stars of the sport. Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. are among the drivers who have graduated from the NASCAR D4D program after attending the annual combine and driving for Rev Racing. Ryan Gifford, who currently drives for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut driving for Richard Childress Racing on Aug. 3.
NASCAR officials and Rev Racing representatives chose the 20 up-and-coming drivers from 95 applicants representing the United States, Canada and Latin America.
An additional eight young drivers will join these 20 drivers on Oct. 23 and compete for the opportunity to drive for Rev Racing during the 2014 Summer Shootout Series in INEX Legends and Bandoleros.
All of the drivers attending the Combine will be mentored and coached by the Rev Racing staff, along with the team’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Mackena Bell, Ryan Gifford, Bryan Ortiz and Daniel Suarez. The Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau and Langley Speedway have partnered with Rev Racing and NASCAR to support the 2013 NASCAR D4D Combine. Langley Speedway will host the Combine for the third consecutive year. The paved 0.395-mile short track is one of the flattest tracks in the region with six-degree banked corners and four degrees of banking on the straightaway. Langley Speedway is an ideal track to test the abilities of NASCAR's up-and-coming talent. See full roster and more at nascar.com.(10-4-2013)
NASCAR Next Roster For 2013 Announced: Filled with prospects coming from Nevada to Georgia, from Canada to Mexico, and a number of hometowns in between, NASCAR unveiled today the 2013 driver roster for the NASCAR Next program at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. NASCAR Next, an evolution of the Next9 initiative that began in 2011, is an overarching industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR's rising stars – and bolster fan recognition around talent that will grow into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series mainstays. In addition to competing on various NASCAR series across the country, drivers in the program will participate in several media and promotional activities throughout the next 12 months.
"This program has made great strides in a short time," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR vice president, industry services. "The evolution of NASCAR Next builds on that success with the influx of young, talented drivers continuing throughout all of NASCAR's racing series. This program provides a platform to help foster their growth within our sport, and introduce these young and talented drivers to NASCAR fans who will likely be hearing more about them in years to come."
This year's NASCAR Next group ranges from 15 to 24 years of age, represents three countries and 10 U.S. states from Nevada to Connecticut. They have amassed 32 NASCAR touring series wins and one series title. The multicultural group represents a diversity in geography (10 different U.S. states, in addition to Canada and Mexico), with racing backgrounds from asphalt to dirt and open wheel to stock car.
The team was assembled through a thorough process that included separate nominating and voting panels. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and possess the skill set to realize that goal.
Additionally, 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 Toyota Series, Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series or NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors also are eligible providing they are in the first full-time season in their respective series.
Former NASCAR Next members who have moved on to success in NASCAR's national series include Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr.
The NASCAR Next members for 2013-14 are:
· Jeb Burton (20 years old, Halifax, Va.) – Four top-10 finishes in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season with three pole wins as a rookie.
· Chase Elliott (17, Dawsonville, Ga.) – A two-time Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he had a win and 15 top 10s and has two top-five finishes in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season.
· Gray Gaulding (15, Colonial Heights, Va.) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rookie set series records for youngest pole winner and race leader in April at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
· Ryan Gifford (24, Winchester, Tenn.) – The NASCAR Drive For Diversity product became the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole – Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in 2010.
· Cameron Hayley (16, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner at inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway in February is a K&N Pro Series West championship contender.
· Ben Kennedy (21, Daytona Beach, Fla.) – Has two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wins in five starts this season and will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in August at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
· Dylan Kwasniewski (18, Las Vegas, Nev.) – The 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year and 2012 series champion is competing for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title this season.
· Brett Moffitt (20, Grimes, Iowa) – Has 31 top-five finishes in 52 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts and is among the series' all-time leaders in wins and poles.
· Ryan Preece (22, Berlin, Conn.) – A two-time championship runner-up in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with five career wins and 12 poles and is a top competitor in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series' Modified Divisions in Connecticut.
· Ben Rhodes (16, Louisville, Ky.) – Has driven his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model to podium finishes this year at the UNOH Battle At The Beach in Daytona and the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown in Richmond, while also making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut.
· Kenzie Ruston (21, El Reno, Okla.) – As a rookie, has three top-five finishes in five career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts and recorded the highest finish by a female driver in series history with a third-place effort in April at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.
· Michael Self (22, Park City, Utah) – As a relative newcomer to stock-car racing, he is a bona fide NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title contender and has four wins in last 13 series starts.
· Daniel Suárez (21, Monterrey, Mexico) – A product of the NASCAR Drive For Diversity program, competes full time with Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and is a title favorite in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series.
Search Underway For 2014 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Candidates: Applications are being accepted online for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine until Aug. 26. To access the application, please visit revracing.net/combine-application. "Through our partnership with Rev Racing, the NASCAR D4D initiative has shown increasing success in developing minority and female drivers who are ready to compete at the highest levels of our sport," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. "The academy format that we have developed offers skilled drivers the training they need to move up to the next level of their racing careers." The application for the annual Combine is the first phase of the selection process for the NASCAR D4D program. The Combine evaluation process consists of five elements: physical fitness, driver resume, media aptitude, driver communications/knowledge and driving skills on and off track. "We are proud of the successes we've had to date, and are looking forward to welcoming a new group of participants in the fall," said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. "The talent level continues to rise each year, and the Combine process is the first step in developing the next generation of drivers for the sport." Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 26 as of Oct. 15, and must be a member of an ethnic minority classification or a female of U.S. citizenship. Those who are legally allowed to work in the U.S. can apply to participate in the Combine as well. All drivers must demonstrate their skill and have experience in grassroots, local or regional racing. Drivers selected to participate in the Combine will be notified in the fall after the application process has closed. To learn more about NASCAR, the NASCAR D4D program and other diverse initiatives, log on to: www.nascardiversity.com.(NASCAR)(6-5-2013)
Drag racer to test a stock car UPDATE: It is expected that during a press conference to be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, it will be announced that NHRA drag racer Antron Brown will take a shot at stock-car racing. Brown will test a stock car for Rev Racing, the team owned by Max Siegel. Brown currently drives a Top Fuel car for Don Schumacher Racing. He won last year's Top Fuel championship. He is a 37-year-old native of Chesterfield, N.J.(RacinToday)
UPDATE: Rev Racing will partner with Toyota Racing to have 2012 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown test a NASCAR K&N Series Toyota Camry Tuesday at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA. Brown, the first African-American to win a major auto racing championship, will test alongside NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers Bryan Ortiz, Daniel Suarez, Mackena Bell and Ryan Gifford. Brown said he has been interested in stock car racing for many years but had never been offered the opportunity to test a quality car. "I know I can go straight," said Brown. "Now I gotta see if I can throw a left-hand turn in there. You know, I drive for four seconds at a time right now. So this is a lot different. I know there is a big learning curve. We are just trying to take that step to see if I can do it." Brown would not admit to a desire to run NASCAR full-time, or much of anything else beyond Tuesday's test session. But he acknowledged that he wouldn't be doing the test if it weren't with a top team that he felt had the ability to take him to the next level.(CMS)(5-23-2013)
NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Kicked Off During All-Star Race Weekend: With eventual landing spots ranging from NASCAR to E! News, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has offered diverse students an opportunity to work in one of the largest professional sports industries in the United States. This year, 19 diverse college students will have the opportunity to complete a 10-week, paid summer internship through the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). The program has placed the new crop of students in varying positions and organizations throughout the NASCAR industry with the hopes of finding the next wave of industry leaders.
"Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. "For over a decade, the NDIP has created opportunities for multicultural college students to take on substantive projects in our industry to help prepare them up for long-term success after completing college."
Founded in 2000, the NDIP provides comprehensive involvement in the NASCAR ecosystem by offering internships with teams, tracks, broadcast partners and marketing partners. In addition to the NASCAR, GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series offices in Daytona Beach, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Braselton, Ga., and New York, the 2013 interns are working at NASCAR's partner companies such as Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Taylor Strategy and Octagon.
NDIP has served as a valuable employment pool for NASCAR partners as well as other companies and industries by providing students hands-on experiences across various disciplines, including marketing, engineering, communications, licensing, diversity and public affairs. This year's class includes five returning students who have demonstrated exceptional skills and dedication across NASCAR in previous years.
The 2013 class began their NASCAR experience with an orientation session during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., before departing for their various assignments for the summer.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(5-23-2013)
PEAK Motor Oil and Antifreeze and Michael Waltrip Racing Team Up to Launch "PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge": PEAK Motor Oil and Antifreeze, a brand within the portfolio of Old World Industries, and Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) jointly announced the launch of the "PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge," a nationwide quest for the next up-and-coming stock car driver. The program, which runs through May 31, asks race fans to submit their video audition at PEAKStockCarDream.com, highlighting their abilities, personalities, and telling fans why a panel of PEAK representatives and judges should choose them to become the next driving phenom. The program offers fans thrilling opportunities, including:
· 10 first-place winners will participate as a top driver in a three-day race program with coaching and judging from Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick, and other racing stars
· One winner from the driving school will be selected and fast-tracked through an extensive journey including preparation, training and the opportunity to earn their license
· Per qualification and licensing, the company will put the winner in a PEAK sponsored stock car with a race team in a sanctioned race to prove that they have what it takes to become Michael Waltrip Racing's next stock car driver
"The PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge is a really big deal for all the men and women across the country who feel they could be professional race car drivers if they were just given a chance," said Michael Waltrip, two-time Daytona 500 champion and founder and co-owner of MWR. "Our sport is always trying to usher in a new generation of driving talent as well as spread our passion for racing with everyone, and PEAK is giving us a really unique opportunity to do so."
MWR isn't the only top-tier team to support PEAK in their search for stock car racing's newest talent. Racing superstar Danica Patrick will also work with PEAK, serving as an expert and contest judge. Danica will put 10 finalists' skills to the test at a driving school in July, where she and a panel of PEAK representatives and judges will select the ultimate winner.
"Our affiliation with Michael Waltrip Racing is a natural fit for the PEAK brand, and the Stock Car Dream Challenge is a strong extension of our sponsorship," said Bryan Emrich, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Old World Industries. "The DIYers that use our products every weekend could only dream of getting behind the wheel of a sponsored stock car, and we're excited to give them this opportunity."
PEAK representatives will judge the video auditions based on a variety of factors including originality, enthusiasm for racing, racing ability and experience, attention to the PEAK brand, and total points on the contestant's online profile page. Contestants can acquire points by uploading photos to Instagram from motorsports events, tagging @peakauto in Twitter and Facebook posts, and reaching 500 video views.
"This is going to be a tough competition," said Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 Toyota. "I know how it feels to work your way to the top and I know how hard it can be. The winner will have earned their spot and I'm excited to get out there and race with them."
With more than 30 years of involvement in NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, Supercross, and Monster Jam, PEAK is no stranger to race fans. In 2013, PEAK joined forces with Michael Waltrip Racing to become a primary sponsor on Clint Bowyer's No. 15 Toyota for three races in each of the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup seasons. PEAK will serve as a primary sponsor at the May Talladega race, the July Daytona race and the September Chicago race in 2013. Since 2005, Danica Patrick has been an official product ambassador for the entire line of PEAK automotive products, appearing in numerous television, print and radio advertisements.
To enter the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge and to see the complete set of official rules visit PEAKStockCarDream.com and follow @peakauto on Twitter.(3-2-2013)
Calderon wins first NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series race in US: Abraham Calderón jumped out front early and paced the field en route to his first career victory on an historic night for the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series. Friday night's race at Phoenix International Raceway was the first race for one of NASCAR's international touring series in the United States. The 2013 season is the seventh for the Mexico series with NASCAR. Friday's race was the first of 15 points races of the season. Former champion Antonio Pérez finished second, followed by 17-year-old Rubén García Jr. Garcia was the series' 2012 rookie of the year. Rubén Pardo finished fourth and Homero Richards fifth. Carlos Peralta was sixth, followed by Patrick Goeters, Irwin Vences, Jorge Goeters and Hugo Oliveras.(NASCAR Wire Service)(3-2-2013)
Sixth Annual NASCAR Diversity Luncheon held at Daytona 500 Club: on Thursday [Feb 22nd] NASCAR celebrated the outstanding achievements of ground-breaking individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of diversity initiatives at the sixth annual NASCAR Diversity Awards Luncheon. "At the luncheon, we have an opportunity to celebrate a few of the people and organizations whose dedication and commitment are shining examples of our industry understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our sport," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development." From the competitors on tracks to the employee's across our offices, NASCAR is more diverse than ever and we have positioned ourselves to place the sport in front of new audiences like never before." During a ceremony held at The DAYTONA 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR recognized the following individuals and organizations across the industry:
NASCAR Diverse Driver: Kyle Larson In his first season of NASCAR competition, Kyle Larson – a Japanese-American from Elk Grove, Calif. – raced into the record books in impressive fashion. In 2012, Kyle scored two wins and 12 top 10s in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He capped his season off with Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors en route to bringing home Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity's first series championship. Kyle became just the third driver in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history to capture the championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the same season. Kyle signed on with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and will make his national series debut this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series where he has a full-time ride with Turner Scott Motorsports. He has already been to Victory Lane once in 2013 when he won the opening race of the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Monday, Feb. 18.
NASCAR Diverse Crew Member Award: Tesfa Lee The NASCAR Pit Crew Development Program Presented by Sprint is designed to identify, coach, train and develop minority athletes who possess the skill, ability and attitude to be a successful NASCAR pit crew member. Today's crew member award winner, Tesfa Lee, exemplifies the desire and talent the program was created to develop. When Tesfa Lee showed up to the 2009 Combine with very little background in NASCAR the coaching team did not know what to expect. He proved to be a fast learner and in seven months had already started working with a team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Tesfa has followed that up with consistent improvement and has gained excellent experience as part of several championship-winning teams. In 2010, he was part of the Germain Racing team that won the NASCAR Camping World Truck championship with Todd Bodine. Then last year, he was a member on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s NASCAR Nationwide Series team that won the title for Roush Fenway Racing. In 2013, Tesfa will continue his great work with Roush Fenway as a member of Trevor Bayne's No. 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup and No. 6 NASCAR Nationwide Series crews.
NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Award: Stacey Houston Stacey Houston, a senior at Davidson College (N.C.), interned in Charlotte, N.C., with the Market Research Group in the NASCAR Marketing Department. During the course of his internship, Stacey worked on a variety of projects, one of which was the development of a database that allows the department to create more impactful and meaningful questionnaires for the official NASCAR fan council.
Institution Award: Ten80 The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge is a project-based STEM curriculum and annual competition league that provides students with professional development opportunities in related disciplines. Ten80 Student Racing Challenge teams are mini-race teams that compete using a 1:10 scale electric radio-controlled car. This program has helped thousands of students not only develop a passion for NASCAR and motorsports but also to cement their interest in careers based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
NASCAR Partner Award: Octagon As the agency of record for several of NASCAR's key partners including Sprint and Sunoco, Octagon has diligently worked with NASCAR to create and support initiatives that help to expose the sport to new audiences in unique ways. Octagon's dedication has led the company to annually bring on an intern from the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program, a commitment that has given several minority students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the sport.
NASCAR Young Racer Award: Ryleigh Lemonds Nine-year-old Ryleigh Lemonds is making her mark as a future driver to watch. During 2012, Ryleigh competed in 29 races and wheeled off 10 wins, 27 top 5s and 29 top 10s, winning on five tracks in three states. Ryleigh's epic season ended with her winning the Langley Speedway Bandolero Track championship and the 2012 INEX Virginia State Bandolero Bandit championship. In 2013, Ryleigh will be a developmental driver with Rev Racing, participating in arena racing and driving one of the team's Bandolero cars at select tracks throughout the southeast.
NASCAR Industry Ambassador: Bryan Sperber As president of the Phoenix International Raceway, Bryan Sperber sets the strategic direction for one of NASCAR's most popular tracks. Under Sperber's leadership, Phoenix International Raceway has become imbedded in the local community and continuously seeks to form partnerships with minority organizations such as the Arizona Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce. In 2013, Phoenix International Raceway will host the NASCAR Toyota Series' inaugural race in the United States, where some of Mexico's best drivers will compete during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.(NASCAR)(2-23-2013)
Brad Keselowski Racing Inks Hausler for NASCAR K&N Program: Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) announced that it has secured the driving services of Zak Hausler, a talented 17 year-old race car driver from Tomball, Texas. BKR is owned and operated by 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Brad Keselowski. Hausler will compete in up to 20 Super Late Model races in 2013 for BKR in addition to six NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts. Hausler will debut in a BKR Super Late Model at Speedfest in Cordele, Georgia on January 27th. The team is targeting their first K&N Series start at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on April 13th.
Hausler's goal is to expand to the entire K&N Pro Series East schedule in 2014 targeting the Rookie of the Year award as well as the coveted NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship for BKR. Hausler was the National Points Champion in the Legends Pro Division in 2010 and was the NASCAR Whelen All-American State of Texas Champion and Rookie of the Year in 2011. Haulser also won track championships at Thunderhill Speedway in Kyle, Texas as well as Houston Motorsports Park in Houston, Texas.
"It has been my dream since I was six years old to race stock cars in a regional NASCAR sanctioned series. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is a fantastic and exciting starting point. I am so happy to be with such a talented group of people at BKR," said Hausler. "The mission of Brad Keselowski Racing is to give back to the sport by providing opportunities to talented development drivers. Zak Hausler is a talented young man, and we are excited to have him driving for BKR on this journey up the NASCAR ladder," said Keselowski.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(1-20-2013)
Dylan Kwasniewski to Race in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Turner Scott Motorsports: Dylan Kwasniewski, the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) Champion, will compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) with Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) in 2013. TSM, which currently houses NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) teams, will expand their operation to include three full-time and two part-time entries in the NKNPSE ranks. Kwasniewski will first take to the track for TSM in the UNOH Battle at the Beach in Daytona, which the young driver locked himself into by winning the 2012 NKNPSW Championship.
Kwasniewski got his start in racing at the early age of five, competing in go-karts. Moving up the ranks, Kwasniewski went on to become the youngest champion in track history in the Semi Pro Legend Car series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kwasniewski made his NASCAR debut in 2011, finishing an impressive fifth place in the NKNPSW final point standings despite not competing in the first race. Kwasniewski tallied two wins, two poles, eight top-fives and nine top-10s. Not to be outdone by his performance from the previous season, 2012 was one for the record books. Kwasniewski went on to record three wins, six poles, 12 top-fives and 15 top-10s en route to becoming the youngest champion in NKNPSW history.
"It is really exciting and an honor to join Turner Scott Motorsports, especially at this time when the organization has just announced their expansion," said Kwasniewski. "Everyone I've met at TSM so far is dedicated and committed to results and performance. Moving from the West Series to the East is a natural progression for me as I continue to develop as a driver. The chance to drive for Turner Scott Motorsports under the direction of Steve Turner, Harry Scott Jr. and veteran Mike Greci came up last fall. I knew immediately it would be a perfect fit for me. TSM has consistently put the best equipment on the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, and I know they will do the same in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, giving me the best opportunity to win races and make a run at the championship this year."
"Being able to add another young talent like Dylan [Kwasniewski] to our portfolio of drivers for 2013 is great for this entire organization," said Steve Turner, co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports. "Not only is he is talent on the track, but he is a amazing young man off the track. Everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports is looking forward to working with Dylan." Details regarding Kwasniewski's sponsor, crew and car number will be provided in the near future.(Turner Scott Motorsports)(1-16-2013)
Kenzie Ruston Teams Up With Turner Scott Motorsports to Compete in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013: Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) announced today that Super Late Model standout Kenzie Ruston and Turner Scott Motorsports will team up and compete full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) in 2013. TSM, which currently houses NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) teams, will be expanding their operation into the NKNPSE ranks with five entries with two entries running a partial schedule. Ruston, originally from El Reno, Okla., got her start in racing at the 0.2-mile Lil' Texas Motor Speedway in the Bandolero division. After two successful seasons, Ruston moved up to the Legends cars in 2009, winning seven championships in her first season and becoming the first female to win an asphalt national championship.
In 2010, Ruston moved up to compete in Super Late Models, recording multiple top-10 finishes. In 2011, Ruston had a breakout season, becoming the first female to lead laps and finish in the top-10 in her first Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) race. In her four ARCA starts, Ruston had two top-10 finishes. Ruston also competed in the ARCA/CRA Super Series and claimed victory at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis, becoming the first female to win an ARCA/CRA event. This past racing season, Ruston competed full time in ARCA/CRA and added to her list of many "firsts." In the 19 events she competed in, Ruston scored six top-five and 12 top-10 ten finishes, and was voted Speed51.com's National Short Track Most Popular Driver, the first female to win the award since its establishment six years ago.
"Steve Turner and Harry Scott Jr. have built an industry-leading organization and it's an honor to be able to join them in their new venture into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East," said Ruston. "It's going to be a great year under the leadership of Mike Greci. There's a lot of experience in this shop and I feel like we can use that to our advantage and be very successful on the track. Being able to make the leap up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is what I've worked my whole career towards and it's becoming a reality. I'm just excited to get to Bristol Motor Speedway and get the season started."
"I've been fortunate enough to watch Kenzie [Ruston] grow up and progress through her career," said Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Steve Turner. "Kenzie has the willingness to want to learn and become a great race car driver, and I am happy to give her the chance to advance her career and have her race against some of the best in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. I know she has the talent to do well and we are expecting big things out of her this season." Details regarding Ruston's sponsor, crew and car number will be announced in the near future.(Turner Scott Motorsports)(1-16-2013)
Austin Dyne Joins Turner Scott Motorsports to Compete in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013: Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) announced that NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Austin Dyne will compete full time for the team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) in 2013. TSM, which competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2012, will expand their operation to add five entries in the NKNPSE, with two of the entries running a partial schedule.
Dyne, who started racing go-karts in 2007, has quickly moved up through the racing ranks. In 2010, Dyne graduated from go-karts to formula cars. Racing in the Skip Barber Eastern Championship, he scored his first victory at Lime Rock Park in 2010. In 2011, Dyne advanced to stock cars, competing in S2 and Late Models at California's premier short track Irwindale Speedway. In 2012, Dyne earned two top-fives and eight top-10s in his rookie season in the NKNPSW. With one less start than his closest competitor, Dyne's strong effort allowed him to capture the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award by one point.
"I am really thrilled to be racing for a championship-caliber organization like Turner Scott Motorsports," said Dyne. "I want to thank Steve Turner and Harry Scott Jr. for giving me the opportunity to race in such top notch equipment. Each year the East Series is where some of the best development teams compete, and I look forward to racing against these teams as I continue my racing career."
"All of us at Turner Scott Motorsports are extremely pleased to have Austin join our team," said Steve Turner, co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports. "He is a great driver with great skills. I am confident we can continue his development and have a successful season. I personally enjoy working with the younger talent and helping them reach their goals." Details regarding Dyne's sponsor, crew and car number will be announced in the near future.(Turner Scott Motorsports)(1-16-2013)
NASCAR Welcomes The 2013 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Class: Coming off the most successful season in the nine-year history of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, NASCAR and Rev Racing welcomed the 2013 NASCAR D4D class live on Google+ Hangout today – a group that will attempt to match the first series championship in the program's history. "Four drivers selected from the NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine will join three returning drivers to compete for Rev Racing in 2013," said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. "With Kyle Larson capturing NASCAR D4D's first title in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, as well as the series' Sunoco Rookie of Year Award, the new class is in a position to continue the momentum and defend the 2013 title."
Bryan Ortiz, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and Ryan Gifford, of Winchester, Tenn., will return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Ortiz finished second to teammate Larson in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors last season and fifth in the standings.
They will be joined by Daniel Suarez of Monterrey, Mexico, and Mackena Bell of Carson City, Nev. Suarez is coming off a third-place finish in Mexico's NASCAR Toyota Series, while Bell drove in Rev Racing's Late Model program last year.
Annabeth Barnes from Hiddenite, N.C., and Jack Madrid from San Clemente, Calif., will pilot the Late Models for Rev Racing. While Devon Amos, from Rio Rancho, N.M., will compete for the team's Legends program.
"In 2012, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative has strengthened its position as a leading driver development platform in our sport with outstanding finishes from many drivers, especially Kyle's championship, which was a first for the program," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. "Clearly, the NASCAR D4D initiative and Rev Racing have raised the bar in preparing young drivers for success in our sport." Seventeen hopefuls went through a three-day driver evaluation of on-track performances and physical fitness to be considered for a spot in the 2013 D4D class. For the second-consecutive year, the NASCAR D4D Combine was held at Langley Speedway, a .4-mile asphalt oval and NASCAR-sanctioned track.
While several of the drivers will compete in the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18-19, the full team will begin its season in March. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers will make their series debut at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway March 9, while the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers open their season on March 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Toyota and Toyota Racing Development will once again support Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, with all drivers racing Toyota Camrys in 2013. Goodyear, Mobil 1, Sprint, NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI), 3M, Wix Filters, Mechanix Wear, iRacing, Castle, JRI Shocks, Impact, Playseat, Doghouse Systems, Logitech and Sign Innovations also return to support Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program.(NASCAR)(1-16-2013)
Gray Gaulding To Compete in NASCAR K&N Pro Series: After two successful seasons in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) South, Gray Gaulding Racing (GGR) announced that 14-year old racing sensation Gray Gaulding and the #20 Krispy Kreme Toyota will now be chasing the checkered flag in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. At 11am, on Monday, January 7, Gaulding and representatives from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts unveiled the new #20 Krispy Kreme Toyota Camry at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.
"I am excited to be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and I hope to follow in the footsteps of the many K&N series drivers who have gone on to achieve national prominence," says Gaulding. "Krispy Kreme and I set out in 2012, to touch and enhance lives both on and off the race track, and I am blessed to have Krispy Kreme, my team, family, and fans by my side as I take this giant leap forward in my career."
Gaulding, who signed a multi-year marketing partnership with Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation in February 2012, just shy of his 14th birthday, began his racing career on dirt bikes and motorcycles at the early age of three. Since that time, Gaulding has hit the track in Bandolero, Legend and Super Late Model racing competitions throughout the Southeast; was signed as a developmental driver with Kevin Harvick Incorporated and earned a number of coveted racing titles.
With the support of Krispy Kreme and a host of major sponsors including Dean Foods, Toyota Racing, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, WileyX Sunglasses, and Anderson's Maple Syrup, GGR will enter the K&N series with a newly acquired race shop, crew chiefs, cars and equipment- including the #20 car previously owned by Joe Gibbs Racing.
"Gray continues to prove himself both on and off the track and we are excited to have him represent the Krispy Kreme Brand", explains Dwayne Chambers, Chief Marketing Officer for Krispy Kreme. "He is a joyful and dedicated young man with amazing skills and an unmatched passion for the sport of racing as well as his fans. We look forward to championing Gray as he wins races and wins hearts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series."
Gaulding will sport the Krispy Kreme fire suit and take the wheel of the #20 Krispy Kreme Toyota Camry for 16 races during the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tour, including Bristol Motor Speedway (3/16), Grays hometown track of Richmond International Raceway (4/25), Langley Speedway (6/22), and the historic Bowman Gray Stadium (6/1). Along with three NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races at Phoenix International Raceway (3/2), (11/9), and Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA (11/26). The 2013 season will kick off on February 19th during the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Super Speedway.
Leading the program will be two veteran NASCAR crew chiefs Doug George and Doug Howe. "This is an amazing opportunity for both Doug Howe and I to work with such a young talented driver." explains Doug George. "Gray is so smooth behind the wheel and yet such a hard racer. That's what makes him the total package in this business." (Gray Gaulding Racing)(1-7-2013)
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