Early last month, NASCAR announced the six drivers selected for the Class of 2019 Drive for Diversity. According to NASCAR, “Chase Cabre, Ernie Francis Jr., Rubén García Jr. and Nick Sanchez return to the driver development program next season. They’ll be joined by first-time participants Brooke Storer and Gracie Trotter.”
The Drive for Diversity (D4D) program is a development program geared to attract underrepresented groups such as minorities and females to the sport of NASCAR. The goal is to increase drivers primarily, but also includes ownership, sponsorship, and crew member roles. With the changing demographic of America, NASCAR utilizes D4D to expand its audience and attract a more diverse population.
The program began in 2004 and according to wikipedia, operates similar to “a driver development program where applicants progress through minor-league and regional racing levels to prepare them for a possible shot at one of NASCAR’s three national series.”
The 2019 campaign will mark the 10th season that Max Siegel’s Rev Racing organization has fielded cars for the Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. The team has amassed 19 wins in the K&N Pro Series and counts current Monster Energy Series drivers Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Bubba Wallace among its distinguished alumni.
For more information on this year’s drivers, check out this link HERE