Driver development program

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A driver development program is a program used by racing teams to develop younger drivers. It is widely used in both Formula One (primarily by Red Bull Racing and Renault) and NASCAR, usually consisting of a team signing a driver to a multi-year contract in which they run in minor-league racing divisions (such as the Formula 3 Euro Series & GP2 in Europe, and Late models & ARCA in stock car racing) and gradually work up to the highest levels of motorsport. Some have criticized the contracts as being unfairly long-term and low-paying for the young drivers (who likely don't yet have professional representation from an agent).[1]

Teams currently using driver development programs[edit]

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  5. ^ "Karsyn Elledge". JR Motorsports. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Drew Herring". Joe Gibbs Racing. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Darrell Wallace Jr.". Joe Gibbs Racing. 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Cody Coughlin to drive No. 55 JEGS Toyota for Venturini Motorsports; starts at Mobile". Automobile Racing Club of America. March 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Lupton leads NASCAR K&N Pro Series rookie chase". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, WA. August 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  10. ^ "Ryan Blaney". Penske Racing. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  11. ^ "Podium finish begins title run for Golden Gate Racing". Michael Self Racing. March 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  12. ^ a b Spencer, Lee (June 2, 2013). "Young drivers join new Petty program". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  13. ^ a b "Roulo Brothers Racing adds teenagers Benjamin and Weatherman to driver line-up in 2014". ARCA Racing Series. February 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  14. ^ "Development Drivers / Drive for Diversity News & Links". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  15. ^ Meredith, Luke (June 12, 2013). "Kenzie Ruston on the rise for Turner Scott". Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  16. ^ "Grewohl planning full run in 2014". ARCA Racing Series. January 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 

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