Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Drive for Diversity Roster

NASCAR announced the 2015 Drive for Diversity roster.

As the 33rd annual Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway kicked off Monday, NASCAR announced the 2015 Drive for Diversity roster.

Since its inception, NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program has worked to help women and minority drivers break into the upper echelon of the sport by providing them with solid equipment, valuable track time and coaching both on and off the track.

Graduates of the program include 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year and 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Kyle Larson, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Suarez.

"Taking steps to find and develop young female and multicultural athletes who could represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization's mission," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "We were impressed by the talent displayed at the Combine (in October 2014), and are eager to help this group develop their strengths on and off the track."

The roster consists of six young drivers, four of whom are new to the Drive for Diversity program for the 2015 season.

NASCAR diversity driver Kenzie Ruston is entering her third season.
NASCAR diversity driver Kenzie Ruston is entering her third season in the NASCAR
K&N Pro Series East. (Todd Warshaw / Getty Images)


The 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class includes:

  • Devon Amos: Returning to the team, the 23-year-old Rio Rancho, N.M., native will make the jump to the K&N Pro Series East after two full seasons in the Whelen All-American Series.
  • Jay Beasley: Finishing 13th overall and sixth in a loaded Sunoco Rookie of the Year field in the K&N Pro Series East last season, the 23-year-old from Las Vegas, Nev., will return for a second season, aiming to best his rookie campaign.
  • Collin Cabre: After an impressive NASCAR D4D Combine performance, the 21-year-old Thonotosassa, Fla., native will compete in the K&N Pro Series East in his first year with Rev Racing. Cabre has spent the past five years racing asphalt and dirt sprint cars.
  • Natalie Decker: A 17-year-old newcomer to the Rev Racing roster from Eagle River, Wis., Decker collected feature wins in a Limited Late Model and Super Late Model, as well as earning Rookie and Sportsman of the Year honors in ARCA SCAG Midwest Truck Tour. She will compete in the Whelen All-American Series in 2015.
  • Kenzie Ruston: Entering her third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and first with Rev Racing, the 22-year-old El Reno, Okla., native is also a member of NASCAR Next, an industry initiative to identify tomorrow's stars. Ruston broke her own record in 2014 as the highest finishing female driver in the K&N Pro Series East with a runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway on her way to finishing ninth in points.
  • Dylan Smith: The 22-year-old from Randolph, Vt., earned a spot with Rev Racing in the Whelen All-American Series after competing in his own Late Model last year. The Stewart-Haas Racing employee ran 15 races and finished 38th in the Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings.

As part of the Drive for Diversity program, Max Siegel's Rev Racing will field four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams and two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series cars.

"This year's class is already hard at work preparing for the upcoming season," said Siegel. "In addition to their required physical training, shop work and professional development, we have added several new elements to what we feel is the premiere driver development program in the sport.

"Rev Racing is very proud to have played a significant part in the development of National series drivers and D4D graduates Darrell Wallace Jr., Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez," he added. "They have paved the way and set a high standard of excellence for our current class to strive for."

The Drive for Diversity program is not just limited to those behind the wheel, however. Through it's diversity efforts, NASCAR also has a pit crew development program for women and multicultural athletes.

In 2014, more than 30 graduates of the program worked on full-time pit crews with organizations that included Roush Fenway Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports.

nascar.com release

Joe Weatherly
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Driver (b. 5/29/22 - d. 1/19/64)

  • Hometown: Norfolk, Va.
  • Premier Series Stats
  • Competed: 1952-1964
  • Starts: 229
  • Wins: 25
  • Poles: 18

Joe Weatherly won two championships (1962-63) and 25 races in NASCAR’s premier series. But that’s only part of his story, which is long on versatility.

A decade earlier in 1952-53, he won 101 races in the NASCAR Modified division, capturing that championship in 1953. He even tried his hand in NASCAR’s short-lived Convertible Division from 1956-59 winning 12 times.

Weatherly was one of the first drivers who attracted fans to NASCAR as much for his personality as his racing ability, thus his nickname the “Clown Prince of Stock Car Racing.” When he won his first NASCAR premier series championship, in 1962, he drove for legendary owner Bud Moore. When he repeated as champion a year later, he drove for nine different teams. Those were the only two years Weatherly competed in the premier series full-time.

Weatherly was named one of the NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Raffle to Benefit
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation

Thanks to so many incredible donors, the January 29, 2015 raffle drawing benefiting the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation for pediatric cancer research is sold out.

Thanks to so many incredible donors, the January 29, 2015 raffle drawing benefiting the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation for pediatric cancer research is sold out. They raised more than $2,400 in the last 14 days -- including $1,000 just in the last 24 hours!

The reality is that cancer is still the #1 cause of death by disease in children. 1 out of every 5 children diagnosed will die. A cure can be a reality, but we need your help if we're going to win the fight against this terrible disease - Jeff Gordon

The drawing will be conducted next week and winners will be contacted by January 29.

NASCAR Race Mom bought her five raffle ticket and will be keeping her fingers crossed! However, if you missed out in this raffle, the next fundraising effort will be in mid-late February. That Grand Prize will be an autographed AARP #24  team jacket!

THE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN


All childhood cancers combined receive less than 4 percent of U.S. federal funding for cancer research. With your help, we can take strides toward providing the needed funding for childhood cancer research and treatment. Jackson Panzarello's fight against the disease motivated and inspired me to make a difference. Not a day goes by where Jackson's memory isn't guiding, inspiring, and urging me to always Fight On. He was just 10 years old when he passed away in 2012. Jackson's continuing legacy is the incredible difference we've made for research and treatment.

All donations benefit the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation for childhood cancer research and treatment. Drawing will be conducted by Marnie Howiler who battled cancer into remission and serves as an incredible inspiration to everyone she meets. Raffle is open to U.S. and Canadian addresses only. FREE shipping to U.S. addresses. Thank you, Fight On.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gordon discusses the "R" Word

Jeff Gordon (R), , talks with team owner Rick Hendrick (L) at the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011.


Jeff Gordon, the celebrated stock car champion whose crossover appeal helped propel NASCAR into the mainstream, will compete in his twenty-third and final full-time Sprint Cup Series this season. (1993 to 2015)

“As a race car driver, much of what I’ve done throughout my life has been based on following my instincts and trying to make good decisions,” Gordon said. “I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the off-season, and I’ve decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship. I won’t use the ‘R-word’ because I plan to...” Gordon informed.

In seven hundred and sixty-one (761) NASCAR Sprint Cup Races, Gordon, the driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger/AARP Chevrolet, can boast of ninety-two wins and four championships (1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001). He has proven himself to be one of the best.

NASCAR Race Mom was honored to witness Jeff Gordon score his record breaking fifth Brickyard  win in Indianapolis last year. The win came twenty years after Gordon’s first win at Indy and was the 90th of Gordon's career. 





"Jeff Gordon transcends NASCAR and will be celebrated as one of the greatest drivers to ever race. We have all enjoyed watching his legend grow for more than two decades, and will continue to do so during his final full-time season. His prolonged excellence and unmatched class continue to earn him the admiration of fans across the globe. Today’s announcement is a bittersweet one. I’ll miss his competitive fire on a weekly basis, but I am also happy for Jeff and his family as they start a new chapter. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Jeff for his years of dedication and genuine love for this sport, and wish him the very best in his final season. -Brian France NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,

Photo Credit Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

Wendell Scott
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Driver/Owner (b. 8/29/21 - d. 12/23/90)
  • Hometown: Danville, Va.
  • Premier Series Stats
  • Competed: 1961-1973
  • Starts: 495
  • Wins: 1
  • Poles: 1

Wendell Scott wasn’t the first African-American to compete in NASCAR’s premier division. But the Danville, Va. native, whose career on wheels began as a taxi driver, was the first of his race to become a full-time competitor in the series.

Scott served three years in the U.S. Army during World War II where he honed his mechanical skills in the motor pool. Scott started racing in 1947 and experienced immediate success behind the wheel.

He won over 100 races in the next decade at local area tracks. Scott made his first start in NASCAR’s premier series March 4, 1961 at Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, S.C. He made 23 starts that season, posting five top-five finishes.

On Dec. 1, 1963 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla., Scott became the first African-American to win a NASCAR premier series event. Scott won the 100-mile feature race after starting 15th. Over the next 13 years, Scott would make 495 starts, which ranks 32nd on the all-time list. In his distinguished career, Scott accumulated 20 top-five finishes including eight of them in the same season he won his first career race, 1964. Scott also posted 147 top-10 finishes, more than 25 percent of the races he entered.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NASCAR and NASCAR Team Properties Select Fanatics to Operate At-Track Merchandise Business


Yeah - I love shopping at the track!


NASCAR and NASCAR Team Properties Select Fanatics  to Operate At-Track Merchandise Business


NASCAR, NASCAR Team Properties (NTP) and Fanatics jointly announced today a 10-year agreement for the sport’s at-track merchandise business that will deliver fans an enhanced, experiential shopping environment. As part of the agreement, Fanatics has acquired certain exclusive rights from NASCAR and NTP that will make the company the primary retailer of NASCAR, team and driver merchandise at all 38 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends.

Fanatics, the market leader for officially licensed sports merchandise, powers the e-stores for hundreds of the top sports leagues, teams and schools, including a long history running NASCAR’s e-commerce business (NASCAR.com). The NASCAR at-track deal expands Fanatics’ growing in-venue partnerships.

The new trackside retail model will be phased in at NASCAR events over the course of 2015. It will evolve from using solely haulers for each specific team or driver to displaying all merchandise in a climate-controlled superstore retail environment supported by, in instances, smaller satellite retail touch points around the track. The new model will have the following enhanced benefits and added options for fans:

  • Ability to offer the largest at-track selection of NASCAR merchandise ever
  • Selection to include a major expansion of women’s and kids’ items
  • A more functional way to browse, shop and interact with merchandise
  • Separate stores within the footprint for teams, drivers, memorabilia and collectibles
  • Dedicated area for driver appearances
  • An interactive customization center where fans can create their own personal NASCAR gear

Fanatics Apparel, the company’s manufacturing and customization division, will also produce merchandise to complement the already extensive product line that will be offered by authorized licensees.

“A merchandise center will provide a more personal, organized, comfortable and convenient shopping environment for our fans,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “Partnering with an industry leader in Fanatics allows us to offer a comprehensive and seamless shopping experience for our fans – whether it is in-venue, online or on mobile devices.”

The new trackside retail model will utilize the latest innovations and initiatives in retail promotional design. According to a study conducted by Experian Marketing Services (Simmons National Consumer Survey, Fall Full Year 2013), NASCAR fans are at least 20 percent more likely than non-fans to notice various types of promotions while shopping, including: video monitor displays, signs on merchandise racks or shelves, and advertising on the floor – among others.

“Fanatics is extremely excited to partner with NASCAR and NASCAR Team Properties to greatly expand their at-track retail presence,” said Ross Tannenbaum, president of Fanatics Authentic. “We have taken the time to listen to what the fans, teams, drivers and NASCAR were asking for and look forward to using our market-leading scale, technology and production capabilities to deliver an improved and entertaining shopping experience for years to come.”

Source: NASCAR Press Release

Monday, January 19, 2015

Fred Lorenzen
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Driver (b. 12/30/34)

  • Hometown: Elmhurst, Ill.
  • Premier Series Stats
  • Competed: 1956-1972
  • Starts: 158
  • Wins: 26
  • Poles: 32

Fred Lorenzen was one of NASCAR’s first true superstars even though he was a “part-time” driver never running more than 29 of the season’s 50-plus races. Lorenzen got his start in NASCAR as a mechanic with the famed Holman-Moody team in 1960, but was elevated to lead driver by the end of the year. 

Lorenzen won three races in only 15 starts the following season. Lorenzen’s best overall season came in 1963 as he finished with six wins, 21 top fives and 23 top 10s in 29 starts. Despite missing 26 races that season, he finished third in the standings. 

In 1964, he entered 16 of the scheduled 62 races but won eight, including five consecutive starts. During that stretch, Lorenzen led 1,679 of the possible 1,953 laps, one of the most dominant runs in NASCAR history. 

In 1965, he won two of NASCAR’s major events – the Daytona 500 and the World 600. Lorenzen retired in 1967 but made a brief comeback from 1970-72. Lorenzen was an extremely popular driver with fans, to the point that he had several nicknames – “Golden Boy,” “Fearless Freddie” and “The Elmhurst Express.” In 1998, he was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.