2016 NASCAR D4D Class Set
Following a competitive Combine event last October, six drivers were selected for the 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) class, joining the industry’s premier development program for multicultural and female drivers, and pit crew
members. Talented drivers from across the Americas will compete for Rev Racing in the
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and attempt to
follow in the footsteps of D4D graduates and current NASCAR national series drivers Kyle
Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.
Rev Racing will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2016 class is led by returning driver Collin Cabre
and newcomer Rubén Garcia Jr., fresh off his 2015 NASCAR Mexico Series championship.
Other members of the class are Jairo Avila, Ali Kern, Enrique Baca and Juan Garcia.
Credit One Bank has entered into a multi-year
with NASCAR that
agreements with both
the sanctioning body
and Chip Ganassi
Racing. In addition,
NASCAR and Allegiant
Air inked a multi-year
the travel company as
the Official Passenger
Airline of NASCAR.
Texas Motor Speedway has partnered with race sponsor Duck Commander to raise awareness
and funds for adoption in conjunction
with the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series race on April 9. To help
generate adoption awareness, Texas
Motor Speedway and Duck Commander
established a special “Drive Adoption”
ticket package for NASCAR’s first points-paying Saturday night race of the Sprint
Cup Series season.
The Kyle Busch Foundation will support three Charlotte, North Carolina-area charities again this pring through its annual prom dress drive. Steered
by Samantha Busch, wife of NASCAR champion Kyle
Busch, the foundation collects hundreds of new and
gently used formal dresses that are then donated for
local girls to wear during prom season.
This year, KBF’s prom dress drive will support Girl Talk
Foundation’s Prom Project, Joyful Hearts’ JOYPROM and
North Carolina’s Iredell County schools.
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According to numerous media reports, NASCAR was expected to have finalized race dates for its three premier national series after completing discussions with track operators on or before April 1. No timetable has been revealed for when NASCAR officials will release the dates, but the
announcement is expected to come much earlier than in previous years. NASCAR announced five-year
agreements with tracks that host Sprint Cup Series and XFINIT Y Series races in October and with tracks
that host Camping World Truck Series races in November, assuring events through the 2020 season in
each series. By having those sanctioning agreements in place, it allows NASCAR to focus on specific
dates earlier in the process.
Roush Fenway Racing announced that the iconic 50-year-old Sunny Delight
brand will serve as a primary
sponsor of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
for five races this season – four
times on his No. 17 Sprint Cup
Series Ford and once as the
two-time NASCAR XFINITY Series
champion makes his return to
In partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports, Empire
Racing Group debuted
its late model stock
car driver development
program March 13
at North Carolina’s
The t wo organizations
are fielding one limited
late model stock car and
one late model stock car
at the historic oval this
season. The driver lineup
features two young, up-and-coming drivers, Thad
Moffitt and Dylan Martin.
Moffitt, a 15-year-old
racer from North Caro-
lina’s Randolph County,
drove ERG’s No. 46 Ford
Mustang in his first lim-
ited late model stock car
race. Moffitt, the son of
Brian and Rebecca Petty-
Moffitt and the grandson
of Richard Petty, had
previous experience rac-
ing quarter midgets and in
karting at Ace Speed way.
Moffitt’s entry features
a paint scheme similar to
those that appeared on
the historic Richard Petty
Motorsports race cars.
Stewart-Haas Racing announced in February that its four-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series operation will switch from Chevrolets to Fords
beginning next season. Team co-owner and driver
Tony Stewart considers it a coup that they were able
to keep the past six months of negotiations with
Ford under wraps before the big announcement –
which came two weeks into the season.
“I don’t think the timing was a big issue, we just
wanted to make sure we were in control of it,”
Stewart said about the announcement. “It’s very
hard to keep secrets in this sport.”
Chevrolet released a statement from Jim
Campbell, the company’s VP of performance
vehicles and motorsports: “We are disappointed
with Stewart-Haas Racing’s decision, but our focus
for 2016 has not changed.”