NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 23: The NASCAR Diversity Drive rally at New Smyrna Speedway on October 23, 2018 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images) | Getty Images
NASCAR and Rev Racing today announced the next generation of drivers participating in the NASCAR Drive Diversity Driver Development Program. After a national and international search, eight talented drivers have been selected for the latest category after participating in the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine.
Lavar Scott, Andrés Perez de Lara, Jaden Reyna and Justin Campbell return to Rev Racing for the 2023 season. Paige Rogers, Eloy Sebastián López Falcón, Caleb Johnson and Nathan Lyons will all make their 2023 debuts.
Nick Sanchez, who participated in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development program in 2022 and won the ARCA Menards Series championship with Rev Racing last year, is moving up to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Sanchez will drive the No. 2 Gainbridge Chevrolet for Rev Racing with its technical alliance partner, Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).
Raja Karruth also graduated from the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program and will compete full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driving the No. 24 for GMS Racing. Caruth is a notable iRacer who has taken to the racetrack in 2019.
“We are excited to welcome this newest class of drivers and be a part of their growth and development,” said Jordan Leatherman, NASCAR’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “We are proud to see Nick Sanchez and Raja Carruth graduate from the program and start a new chapter in the Craftsman NASCAR Truck Series. Their success reflects their talent and hard work.”
The drivers were selected after participating in the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine held in November 2022 in Charlotte and South Boston, Virginia. Participants from the United States and Mexico were judged by judges from across the NASCAR industry. Each driver was evaluated in different areas, from physical fitness and performance on the track to media and marketing skills.
“We are very energized by the talent we saw last November at the said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “We look forward to next season and developing this amazing class of up and coming drivers. This year’s class represents a talent pipeline for future NASCAR stars. Our entire Rev Racing organization is committed to being a championship-competing team and one of NASCAR’s leading development programs. We couldn’t be prouder of our accomplishments last season And Nick and Rajeh’s growth. We remain especially grateful to Chevrolet and Gainbridge for investing in the growth of Rev in the truck series with Nick Sanchez. This will be a pivotal year for our organization and the next class of drivers.”
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program was created in 2004 to develop and train ethnically diverse female drivers on and off the track. NASCAR Cup Series drivers Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suárez and Kyle Larson are alumni of this program, which is operated by Rev Racing in Concord, NC
Suarez made history in 2022 by becoming the first Mexican-born driver to win a race in the NASCAR Cup Series. A pioneer in NASCAR, Suárez made his mark on the sport when he won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship in 2016. In 2023, Suárez entered his third season driving for Trackhouse Racing, a team owned by Justin Marks and Pitbull.
Wallace is the first black driver to win multiple Cup Series races. In 2021, he became the first black driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race in nearly 60 years. In 2023, Wallace entered his third season with the 23XI Racing team owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.
Larson is the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive Diversity Program to win a NASCAR Cup Series championship. The Northern California native of Japanese descent won the 2012 K&N Pro Series (now ARCA Menards Series) Championship with Rev Racing. Currently, he is the only Asian American driver to compete regularly in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The Class of 2023 features the following drivers:
Andrés Pérez de Lara – ARCA Menards Series: The 17-year-old Mexico City, Mexico, returned to Rev Racing after competing in the NASCAR México Series and NASCAR México Challenge classes. He is the 2022 NASCAR México Challenge Champion.
Lavar Scott – ARCA Menards Series East: The 19-year-old from Carney’s Pointe, NJ, returns to Rev Racing after securing 1St He earned a spot at Hickory Motor Speedway and his first career win in the NASCAR Truck México Series at Autodromo de Querétaro in Mexico in 2021.
Justin Campbell – NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model: Griffin, Ga. is back. , aged 17, moved to Rev Racing in his third season after having two Top 5s and two Top 10s at the 2022 Cook Out Summer Shootout in the Semi-Pro division.
Jaden Renna – NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model: The 16-year-old Cornelius, NC, returns to Rev Racing after securing two 1stSt Placing finishes at Lincoln Speedway in the Little Lion section. Rina also finished a career high 2Abbreviation II Placed at Florence Motor Speedway in the Late Model section.
Paige Rogers – NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model: The 19-year-old from Fort Wayne, Indiana, will make her debut with Rev Racing in 2023. Rogers is the 2021 runner-up in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Late Model Sportsman division at Corrigan Oil Speedway.
Caleb Johnson – INEX Legend Car Series: The Denver native is fifth in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series points standings. The 14-year-old also has an iRacing background.
Nathan Lyons – INEX Legend Car Series: The 13-year-old moved from Texas to Concord, North CarolinaAnd To pursue his dream of racing in NASCAR. Leon had five Top 10 finishes in the 2022 Cook Out Summer Shootout Outlaw Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Eloy Sebastián López Falcon – INEX Legend Car Series: The Oaxaca, Mexico native will make his debut with Rev Racing in 2023. The 17-year-old is the 2022 NASCAR Truck México Series Champion.
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