NASCAR and Revolution Racing announced the 2011 driver lineup—the eighth season for the Drive for Diversity program—during the annual Media Tour at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Revolution Racing is a minority-owned NASCAR franchise whose mission is to develop minority and female drivers, pit-crew members and mechanics through an “academy-style” training model. All D4D competitors relocated to Mooresville and entered the development program under the single-team ownership structure.
Drive for Diversity is NASCAR’s leading on-track diversity initiative. The program is designed to give young minority and female drivers opportunities to compete with established NASCAR teams at the grassroots level. Since 2004, 42 drivers have competed in Drive for Diversity, winning 38 races.
Last year, the 11 drivers combined for five victories. Darrell Wallace Jr., who will return for his second year, earned rookie of the year honors. He became the youngest to ever win the award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Sergio Peña won the pole for the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif., then finished second to 2009 Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year Joey Logano.
This year’s class including the following Hispanic drivers:
Jorge Arteaga of Aguascalientes, Mexico, will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Arteaga made three starts in the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series including a 10th-place finish in his debut at Lee USA Speedway on July 30th. He won the 2010 NASCAR Mexico Series Most Popular Driver Award.
Bryan Ortiz of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. In 2010, Ortiz drove for Sterling Marlin Racing in the Sunoco National Tour, recording a pole and four top-three finishes in seven races. He won rookie of the year honors after capturing rookie of the race awards in all seven starts.
Sergio Peña of Winchester, Va., returns to the Drive for Diversity program for a second season, and will race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He entered his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at last season’s Toyota All-Star Showdown, winning the pole and finishing second to Joey Logano.