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). 
Teams currently using driver development programs 
- Earnhardt Ganassi Racing – Kyle Larson
- Hendrick Motorsports – Chase Elliott
- JR Motorsports – Josh Berry, Reid Lampher, Karsyn Elledge
- Joe Gibbs Racing – Drew Herring, Darrell Wallace, Jr.
- Kyle Busch Motorsports – T. J. Reaid
- Michael Waltrip Racing – Ken Butler III
- Penske Racing – Ryan Blaney, Tom Hessert III
- Richard Childress Racing – Dakoda Armstrong, Tim George, Jr., Ryan Gifford
- Roush Fenway Racing – Chris Buescher
- Stewart-Haas Racing – Levi Smith
See also 
- "Ganassi team signs open wheel standout Larson". Fox Sports. February 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
- Bernstein, Viv (May 25, 2012). "Hendrick Reclaims Spot Atop Nascar in Big Week". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "Josh Berry". JR Motorsports. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
- "Reid Lanpher Joins JRM Late Model Team". JR Motorsports. October 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "Karsyn Elledge". JR Motorsports. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "Drew Herring". Joe Gibbs Racing. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "Darrell Wallace Jr.". Joe Gibbs Racing. 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "Roush Fenway Racing Signs Chris Buescher as Development Driver". Roush Fenway Racing. October 9, 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-12.