NASCAR and Rev Racing announced today the names of 15 drivers participating in the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine taking place on October 9-11 in Concord, N.C., and Florence, S.C. This marks the second year for Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider and the Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR, serving as the primary sponsor of the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine.
Drivers from around the United States and several countries applied to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program hoping to be selected. After going through a careful process, 15 drivers were chosen to travel to Concord, N.C, and Florence, S.C, to be evaluated by judges from across the NASCAR industry. Each participant will be assessed in different areas, from physical fitness and on-track performance to media and marketing skills.
“We look forward to working closely with the drivers selected this year. It‘s a strong group of young talent and we‘re excited by the level of competition we hope to see over the three-day combine,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR‘s VP of Diversity and Inclusion. “We are also excited to have Advance Auto Parts back with us for a second year. They share our passion for advancing inclusion and representation within the next generation of drivers; it is a partnership based on shared values.”
“We could not be more thrilled about the growth of our race team over the last several years,” said Max Siegel, Rev Racing owner. “We have a solid vision for Rev Racing moving into the future and as an organization, we have never been more positioned for advancement and success. We are energized by the high level of participating athletes and look forward to building the best driver class for 2024.”
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program was created in 2004 to develop and train top drivers from diverse backgrounds and experiences, both on and off the track. NASCAR Cup Series drivers Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suárez and Kyle Larson are alumni of the program, which is operated by Rev Racing in Concord, N.C.
“Our team is delighted to participate in such a meaningful program that provides valuable opportunities for the next generation of racing talent,” said Samantha Avivi, Advance‘s Chief Marketing Officer. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are cornerstones for the Advance brand, and we‘re looking forward to working with NASCAR, Rev Racing and this year‘s impressive class of drivers to help build their careers in the sport.”
The entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS) and Advance My Track Challenge, Advance is dedicated to enhancing the experience for race fans, drivers and teams at NASCAR‘s Home Tracks across North America. As a partner of the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine, the retailer continues to expand its presence in the sport.
This year‘s candidates were evaluated based on applications, references and previous on-track performance by a panel comprised of NASCAR executives and industry members.
The 2023 combine features the following drivers:
HometownCar TypeLanie Buice16Jackson, Georgia Late Model StockJustin Campbell18Griffin, Georgia
Late Model Stock
Cameron Carraway13Castro Valley, CARestricted Late Model, Micro SprintsTJ DeCaire16Land O‘ Lakes, FloridaPro/Super Late Model StockEloy López Falcón18Mexico City, MexicoU.S. Legends Car/NASCAR Mexico ChallengeArthur Gama18Porto Alegre, BrazilNASCAR Brasil Sprint RaceCaleb Johnson15Denver, ColoradoPro Late Model, U.S. Legend Car
Cassidy Keitt14Lexington, North Carolina INEX U.S. Legends Car
Nathan Lyons14Concord, North Carolina U.S. Legend CarJalen Mack18Chino Hills, CaliforniaPro Late Model
Jayda Mack14Chino Hills, CaliforniaPro Late Model
LaQuan McCoy Jr.12Fort Mill, South CarolinaINEX BandoleroPaige Rogers20New Haven, INLate Model Stock, Pro Late ModelRegina Sirvent20Mexico City, MexicoNASCAR Mexico Challenge Series, Late Model StockLucas Vera16Charlotte, NCU.S. Legend Car
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