35 Competing In Drive For Diversity Combine
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Thirty-five drivers from 18 states, Mexico and Puerto Rico are prepared to showcase their skills at the seventh annual Drive for Diversity Combine Sunday through Tuesday at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
The drivers, ranging in age from 16 to 26, hope to earn a spot on the Revolution Racing team which will again field teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Drivers on the 2010 Revolution Racing team enjoyed the best on-track season in the history of the Drive for Diversity program, earning four victories, 42 top-five finishes and 80 top 10s in 141 starts. Included in that number were impressive results in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Ryan Gifford, Sergio Pena and Darrell Wallace, Jr. each competed in all 10 Series races, while Mackena Bell (six races), Michael Cherry (three races) and Mark Davis (one race) each took turns driving the fourth Revolution Racing car. These four teams scored two wins (both by Wallace), 10 top fives and 15 top 10s.
The drivers attending the Drive for Diversity Combine will be evaluated on multiple fronts during the Combine, including on-track performance, marketing and media aptitude, physical fitness, personality and more.
Following the three-day assessment, the results will be evaluated by a committee that will select participants for the 2011 season.
Drive for Diversity Combine Participants
Jorge Arteaga – Agualcalientes, Mexico, 24
Kelsey Bauer – Elkhart Lake, Wis., 21
Mackena Bell – Carson City, Nev., 20
Juan Carlos Blum – Miami, Fla., 16
Brandy Bower – Marysville, Ohio, 23
Jessica Brunelli – Haywood, Calif., 17
Katrina Canney – Charlotte, N.C., 20
Cole Carbrera – Exeter, Calif., 16
Michael Cherry – Valrico, Fla., 21
Enrique Contreras – Mexico, 18
Heather DesRochers – Granby, Mass., 21
Brittany Finley – Ardmore, Ala., 24
Cassie Gannis – Phoenix, Ariz., 19
Trey Gibson – Easley, S.C., 18
Ryan Gifford – Winchester, Tenn., 21
Katie Hagar – Damariscotta, Maine, 24
Sloan Henderson – Franklin, Ohio, 17
Rebecca Kasten – Mequon, Wis., 20
Ali Kern – Fremont, Ohio, 17
Julia Landauer – New York, N.Y., 18
Amanda Lynch – Greenville, S.C., 21
Clinton Mills – Indian Trail, N.C., 23
Dallas Montes – Bakersfield, Calif., 16
Jeff Oleen – Bethesda, Md., 20
Tayla Orleans – Randleman, N.C., 17
Bryan Ortiz – Bayamon, Puerto Rico, 21
Sergio Pena – Winchester, Va., 17
Matthew Piercy – Conover, N.C., 16
Troy Rave – Westby, Wis., 21
Ryan Reed – Bakersfield, Calif., 16
Jason Romero – Cameron Park, Calif., 26
Dylan Smith – Randolph, Vt., 17
Lacey Tuttle – Elmwood, Neb., 21
Darrell Wallace, Jr. – Concord, N.C., 17
Kristen Wallace – Jasper, Ga., 17