DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 9, 2023) — NASCAR and Rev Racing announced today the names of 15 drivers participating in the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine taking place on Oct. 9-11 in Concord, North Carolina, and Florence, South Carolina. This marks the second year for Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider and the Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR, serving as the primary sponsor of the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine.
Drivers from around the United States and several countries applied to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program hoping to be selected. After going through a careful process, 15 drivers were chosen to travel to Concord and Florence to be evaluated by judges from across the NASCAR industry. Each participant will be assessed in different areas, from physical fitness and on-track performance to media and marketing skills.
“We look forward to working closely with the drivers selected this year. It’s a strong group of young talent and we’re excited by the level of competition we hope to see over the three-day combine,” NASCAR’s VP of Diversity and Inclusion Brandon Thompson said. “We are also excited to have Advance Auto Parts back with us for a second year. They share our passion for advancing inclusion and representation within the next generation of drivers; it is a partnership based on shared values.”
“We could not be more thrilled about the growth of our race team over the last several years,” Rev Racing Owner Max Siegel said. “We have a solid vision for Rev Racing moving into the future, and as an organization, we have never been more positioned for advancement and success. We are energized by the high level of participating athletes and look forward to building the best driver class for 2024.”
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program was created in 2004 to develop and train top drivers from diverse backgrounds and experiences, both on and off the track. NASCAR Cup Series drivers Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suárez and Kyle Larson are alumni of the program operated by Rev Racing in Concord.
“Our team is delighted to participate in such a meaningful program that provides valuable opportunities for the next generation of racing talent,” Advance’s Chief Marketing Officer Samantha Avivi said. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are cornerstones for the Advance brand, and we’re looking forward to working with NASCAR, Rev Racing and this year’s impressive class of drivers to help build their careers in the sport.”
The entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS) and Advance My Track Challenge, Advance is dedicated to enhancing the experience for race fans, drivers and teams at NASCAR’s Home Tracks across North America. As a partner of the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine, the retailer continues to expand its presence in the sport.
This year’s candidates were evaluated based on applications, references and previous on-track performance by a panel comprised of NASCAR executives and industry members.
The 2023 combine features the following drivers:
|Lanie Buice||16||Jackson, Georgia||Late Model Stock|
|Justin Campbell||18||Griffin, Georgia||Late Model Stock|
|Cameron Carraway||12||Castro Valley, California||Restricted Late Model, Micro Sprints|
|TJ DeCaire||16||Land O' Lakes, Florida||Pro/Super Late Model Stock|
|Eloy López Falcón||18||Mexico City, Mexico||U.S. Legend Car/NASCAR Mexico Challenge|
|Arthur Gama||18||Porte Alegre, Brazil||NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race|
|Caleb Johnson||15||Denver, Colorado||Pro Late Model, U.S. Legend Car|
|Cassidy Keitt||14||Lexington, North Carolina||INEX U.S. Legend Car|
|Nathan Lyons||14||Concord, North Carolina||U.S. Legend Car|
|Jalen Mack||18||Chino Hills, California||Pro Late Model|
|Jayda Mack||14||Chino Hills, California||Pro Late Model|
|LaQuan McCoy Jr.||12||Fort Mill, South Carolina||INEX Bandolero|
|Paige Rogers||20||New Haven, Indiana||Late Model Stock, Pro Late Model|
|Regina Sirvent||20||Mexico City, Mexico||NASCAR Mexico Challenge Series, Late Model Stock|
|Lucas Vera||16||Charlotte, North Carolina||U.S. Legend Car|