Antron Brown to test with Rev Racing
May 23, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
Top Fuel champion will get behind wheel of Toyota Camry
CONCORD, N.C. -- Antron Brown’s racing career is about to take a turn. A number of turns, in fact.
The 2012 NHRA Top Fuel champion is scheduled to participate in a May 28 test session with Rev Racing at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
The arrangement is part of a partnership between Rev Racing and Toyota.
Brown, 37, competes for Don Schumacher Racing and is currently third in the NHRA Top Fuel points standings. He has 23 career wins in the Top Fuel division and became the first African-American to win a major racing championship with his 2012 title.
Prior to making the move to Top Fuel, Brown scored 16 wins in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
"I’ve been in all different forms of motorsports; I’ve always been interested, have a lot of friends out here in NASCAR," Brown said. "When I talk to Max (Siegel, CEO Rev Racing) … about the opportunity with Toyota, he said 'why not give it a go?' "
He will be testing a K&N Pro Series East entry at Motor Mile, and will be joined by current NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers Bryan Ortiz, Daniel Suarez, Mackena Bell and Ryan Gifford for the test.
Gifford won the K&N East race at Richmond earlier this year while Suarez recently captured a win in the Toyota Mexico Series.
"Everybody has a goal," Brown said. "I just want to focus on what I’ve got at hand. … You just can't jump in NASCAR and come out here and race and compete. … My focus right now is to go testing on Tuesday, do it to the best of my ability and take it from there."
Rev Racing operates four K&N Pro Series teams and two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams aspart of NASCAR’s D4D program.
"We are excited that NHRA champion and world class competitor Antron Brown has chosen Rev Racing as his entryway into stock car racing," Siegel said. "He is a great ambassador for the motorsports world, and his commitment to diversity is something that makes this partnership really work."
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