Drive for Diversity

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The Drive for Diversity program is a development system instituted by NASCAR in 2004 in order to attract minorities and women to the sport in positions such as ownership, driving and crew members. Before an applicant is accepted into the program, their resumes are checked by NASCAR officials. The system is similar to the driver development program where applicants slowly progresses through minor-league racing organizations. This program came about during the 2004 season by NASCAR marketing executives in order to attract minority fans and drivers to the sport. The year before, Joe Gibbs Racing, along with former athletes Reggie White and Magic Johnson, had started a similar program.[1]

Drivers[edit]

2014[edit]

  1. Devin Amos
  2. Jay Beasley
  3. Paige Decker
  4. Ryan Gifford
  5. Sergio Pena
  6. Daniel Suarez

2013[edit]

[2]

  1. Annabeth Barnes
  2. Mackena Bell - K & N East: 2 two fives, 13th in points
  3. Ryan Gifford - K & N Pro Series East: Win at Richmond, 11th in points; finished ninth in Iowa Nationwide race
  4. Jack Madrid
  5. Bryan Ortiz - K & N Pro Series East: 2 top fives, 10th in points
  6. Daniel Suarez - NASCAR Toyota Series (3 wins, 2nd in points), K & N East (one win, third in points)

2012[edit]

[3]

  1. Jorge Arteaga - K & N Pro Series East - two top tens, 14th in points
  2. Mackena Bell - Whelen All-American
  3. Trey Gibson - Whelen All-American
  4. Ryan Gifford - K & N Pro Series East - 11th in points, two top fives, three top tens
  5. Kyle Larson - K & N Pro Series East - two wins, one pole, won 2012 series championship, series Rookie of the Year; three top tens in four Camping World Truck Series events, including second at Phoenix
  6. Bryan Ortiz - K & N Pro Series East, fifth in points, two top fives, nine top tens

2011[edit]

[4]

  1. Jorge Arteaga - Whelen All-American
  2. Mackena Bell - Whelen All-American, ran six K & N East races
  3. Jessica Brunelli - Whelen All-American, ran four K & N West races in 2011
  4. Michael Cherry - K&N Pro Series East, 14th in points
  5. Trey Gibson - Whelen All-American
  6. Ryan Gifford - K&N Pro Series East, tenth in points
  7. Tayla Orleans - Whelen All-American
  8. Bryan Ortiz - Whelen All-American
  9. Sergio Pena - K&N Pro Series East - Won races at South Boston, Hampton, and Greenville, fifth in series points
  10. Darrell Wallace, Jr. - K&N Pro Series East - Won at Richmond International Raceway, Columbus, and Dover International Speedway; pole positions at South Boston, Loudon, and Dover, second in series points

2010[edit]

[5]

  1. Mackena Bell - K&N Pro Series East
  2. Jessica Brunelli - Whelen All-American Series
  3. Michael Cherry - Whelen All-American Series
  4. Ryan Gifford - K&N Pro Series East - First African-American to win a pole position in series (June 6 at Martinsville Speedway)
  5. Katie Hagar - Whelen All-American Series
  6. Paul Harraka - K&N Pro Series West
  7. Rebecca Kasten - Whelen All-American Series
  8. Sergio Pena - K&N Pro Series East
  9. Megan Reitenour - Whelen All-American Series
  10. Jason Romero - Whelen All-American Series
  11. Darrell Wallace, Jr. - K&N Pro Series East - In March 2010, he won the race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and became the first African-American and the youngest driver to win in the series. [1] He also won the Lee USA Speedway event in July. Overall, Wallace finished third in points and earned series Rookie of the Year honors [2].

2009[edit]

[6]

Natalie Sather's car at Evergreen Speedway in 2009.
  1. Mackena Bell
  2. Kristin Bumbera
  3. Michael Cherry
  4. Jonathan Gomez
  5. Katie Hagar
  6. Paul Harraka - The first member to win a race in a NASCAR regional touring series event (Camping World West Series event at Colorado National Speedway in August 2009).[7] He won the September event at All-American Speedway en route to series Rookie of the Year honors and fourth in the standings.
  7. Laura Hayes
  8. Juan Pitts
  9. Megan Reitenour
  10. Natalie Sather
  11. Jonathan Smith
  12. Emily Sue Steck

2008[edit]

[8]

  1. Kristin Bumbera
  2. Michael Cherry
  3. Michael Gallegos
  4. Paul Harraka
  5. Jesus Hernandez
  6. Lindsey King
  7. Lloyd Mack
  8. Jonathan Smith

2007[edit]

[9]

  1. Michael Gallegos
  2. Paul Harraka
  3. Jessica Helberg
  4. Jesus Hernandez
  5. Peter Hernandez
  6. Lloyd Mack
  7. Jonathan Smith

2006[edit]

[10]

  1. Chris Bristol
  2. Brianne Cronrath
  3. Marc Davis
  4. Allison Duncan
  5. Paul Harraka
  6. Jessica Helberg
  7. Jesus Hernandez
  8. Peter Hernandez

2005[edit]

  1. Brianne Cronrath
  2. Allison Duncan
  3. Sarah Fisher
  4. Michael Gallegos
  5. Joe Henderson III
  6. Jesus Hernandez
  7. Tommy Lane
  8. Terri Williams

2004[edit]

  1. Morty Buckles
  2. Bruce Driver
  3. Allison Duncan
  4. Joe Henderson III
  5. Reggie Primus

Teams currently involved in the Drive for Diversity[edit]

Former minority-owned teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pockrass, Bob (2014-01-31). "NFL and NASCAR: Former NFL stars who dabbled in stock-car racing". Sporting News. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Drive For Diversity Class Announced". Motor Racing Network. 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  3. ^ Official Release (2012-03-14). "Drive for Diversity introduces 2012 driver lineup - Mar 14, 2012". NASCAR. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  4. ^ Official Release. "Drive for Diversity introduces 2011 driver lineup - Jan 26, 2011". NASCAR. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  5. ^ Official Release. "Drive for Diversity introduces driver lineup - Feb 9, 2010". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  6. ^ Official Release. "Drive for Diversity 2009 driver lineup announced - Jan 22, 2009". NASCAR. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  7. ^ Green, Kevin W. (2009-08-16). "Harraka Grabs First Career Win | NASCAR Home Tracks". Localracing.nascar.com. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  8. ^ (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR) (2008-01-29). "NASCAR Announces Drive For Diversity Class for 2008 | NASCAR Home Tracks". Hometracks.nascar.com. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  9. ^ "Drive For Diversity introduces '07 drivers - Jan 22, 2007". NASCAR. 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  10. ^ "2006 Drive for Diversity Roster Announced". Race 2 Win. 2006-01-23. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 

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