NASCAR, Rev Racing announce 2018 Drive for Diversity Class


By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, NASCAR and Rev Racing announced the 2018 Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program team for the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) and NASCAR All-American Series (NWAAS) season.

The drivers were selected from a rigorous combine held at New Symrna Speedway in Florida, just south of Daytona International Speedway. The 2018 class represents a cross-section of different backgrounds, in terms of heritage and driver disciplines, reach the highest levels of the sport.

“What we’re seeing with these six drivers is a group of very talented racers who have shown the ability on and off the track to excel at the next level,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “With an increased focus on seat time and competition among the drivers, we’re looking forward to watching them perform next season.”

The model for driver development is an ever-changing model, resulting in the 2018 season having a different vibe. The focus for driver development as turned into more seat time. The program at Rev Racing will have three full-time drivers in the NKNPSE series, a fourth driver will be focused on the NWAAS with the three drivers in NKNPSE, a fifth role will be a driver making their transition from another form of motorsports into the ranks of NASCAR, and the final role is a youth development role in the Legend car level.

Ruben Garcia Jr., Chase Cabre, and Ryan Vargas will be the full-time drivers for Rev Racing in the NKNPSE and NWAAS. Trans-Am Series drive, Ernie Francis Jr., will join as a test driver for Rev Racing, field an entry in the NKNPSE road course events, as well as select All-American events. Isabella Robusto will anchor the youth initiative in 2018 by racing in the Legend car level. Nick Sanchez will also run in the NWAAS and at the Legend car level.

The success of the Diversity program will be seen in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field through Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Darrell Wallace Jr.

“We are thrilled with the level of talent that applied for the program, were invited to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and, ultimately, the six who were selected to drive for Rev Racing in 2018,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “As we’ve seen the program evolve over the years and produce wins and champions, and help elevate drivers such as Daniel Suárez, Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, these drivers have the ability and potential to carry that legacy forward.”

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