Daytona Beach, Fl. — A select group of former college football, basketball, softball, and track and field athletes from across the country will put their pit crew skills to the test in the second annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine presented by Goodyear on Friday, May 26.
The 17 athletes, four from Virginia State University, earned invitations to compete as part of a nationwide talent search. They will be evaluated based on a series of fitness, agility and pit crew drills and competitions at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina.
Top-performing participants will be invited to join NASCAR Drive for Diversity's crew member development program, operated by Rev Racing, and will receive expert training as tire changers, carriers and jackmen as they pursue full-time employment with NASCAR national series race teams.
"As we saw with last year's inaugural national combine, the caliber of athletes now competing for opportunities to train with NASCAR Drive for Diversity is stronger than ever," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "As the program grows, it's attracting top-quality talent and competitors who we believe have the potential to excel at the highest levels of NASCAR."
NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine presented by Goodyear participants include:
|Charles||Beatty||Phoneix, AZ||Arizona State Univeristy||Football|
|Bryce||Bradley||Richmond, VA||Virginia State University||Football|
|Devin||Byrd||Fayette County, TN||N/A||Baseball|
|Trevon||Bryon||Newport News, VA||Virginia State University||Football|
|Sandy||Chapman||Raleigh, NC||Norfolk State University||Football|
|Kendra||Cooper||Spring, TX||Bethune-Cookman University||Basketball|
|Torian||Henderson||Silver Spring, MD||Norfolk State University||Football|
|Gerard||Johnson||Richmond, VA||Norfolk State University||Football|
|Jalen||Jones||Indianapolis, IN||Vincennes University||Football/Track & Field|
|Sherry||Lewis||Dinwiddie, VA||Virginia State University||Bowling/Lacrosse|
|Ryan||Nantuna||Elk Grove, CA||Arizona State Univeristy||Wrestling|
|Sophia||Ortega||Highland, CA||Bethune-Cookman University||Softball|
|Ezell||Ruffin||Los Angeles, CA||San Diego State University||Footabll|
|Tramel||Topps||Milwaukee, WI||Arizona State University||Football|
|Kevin||Walcott||Los Angeles, CA||San Diego State University||Softball|
|Alisha||Williams||Mississauga, ON||Virginia State University||Track & Field|
NASCAR Drive for Diversity also offers a driver development program, operated by Rev Racing, and each year fields six drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Successful graduates now competing in a national series include Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson and Daniel Suárez and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr.
For the first time, Goodyear becomes presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine. The "Official Tire of NASCAR®" has been a longtime supporter of Rev Racing and NASCAR Drive for Diversity, and supplies the team with race tires for competition.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' Coca-Cola 600 was broadcasted live from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28 at 6 p.m.