NASCAR's Drive for Diversity (D4D) is the leading youth developmental program for multicultural and female drivers. They are heading into the 2014 season with one of their most well-rounded rosters in the history of the program.
Daniel Suarez, who was a contender for two NASCAR touring series championships last year, and Ryan Gifford, coming off his national series debut and first NASCAR win last year, will lead the class in 2014.
“NASCAR is committed to providing training, competition experience and mentoring to drivers who without a doubt demonstrate the potential to compete at the highest levels of our sport through the academy-style program,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “We look forward to another successful racing season with the Drive for Diversity team.”
Sergio Peña returns to the program where he earned three wins and finished fifth in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points standings in 2011. They will be joined by 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model track champion at The Bull Ring at Las Vegas Motorsports and the series' Nevada champion, Jay Beasley.
Devon Amos, who competed in Rev Racing's legend program lst year, and Paige Decker will compete for the team in Late Models in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
“Our goal is to keep building upon our successes with every new class we select,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “We are excited with the momentum built in 2013 with several D4D career milestones. This year’s class has a tough job ahead of them and we look forward to providing them with all the tools necessary to reach individual and collective successes across the board.”
The program saw two success stories in 2013 with Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace. Larson would win at Rockingham in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series in 2013, while winning Rookie if the Year Honors in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Larson will move into the Sprint Cup Series driving the No. 42 for Chip Gannasi in 2014. Bubba Wallace went to victory lane at Martinsville Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series, and will make his return to the series in 2014 driving the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East will begin their 2014 season at New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday, February 16. They will also compete on February 18 during the UNOH Battle at the Beach on the .37-mile short track situated on the Superstretch at Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers will begin their season on March 8 at Hickory Motor Speedway, where they will primarily compete.