Following a national talent search and annual combine event in May, NASCAR and Rev Racing announced the latest participants in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program.
Seven former collegiate athletes were selected based on strong, individual performances during a series of crew member assessments and strength and agility drills at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Combine in Concord, North Carolina, on May 25.
NASCAR Drive for Diversity provides opportunities for multicultural and female athletes to “go pro” in NASCAR following college careers in football, basketball, track and field, and other sports.
This year’s participants will relocate to North Carolina and train as tire-changers, carriers and jackmen with Rev Racing with hopes of joining more than 50 NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni working in the sport’s national series.
In September, the seven athletes selected to the program will begin 12 months of pit crew training with Rev Racing.
Since the pit crew program’s inception, more than 90 athletes have participated in NASCAR Drive for Diversity with 25 currently working at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level.
The new participants in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program include:
Name — Hometown — University — Primary Sport
Brandon Banks — High Point, N.C. — University of N.C. at Charlotte — Football
Evan Clay — Franklin, La. — Morehouse College — Football
Jarren Davis — Jacksonville, Fla. — Bethune-Cookman University — Football
Keiston France — Amelia, Va. — North Carolina A&T State University — Tennis
Ernest Holden — Hampton, Va. — Norfolk State University — Football
Jerrick Newsome —Memphis, Tenn. — Alcorn State University — Basketball
Joshua Patrick — Decatur, Ga. — North Carolina A&T State University — Football
In related news, NASCAR announced teams will only be allowed windshield wipers during wet conditions next season.
“We’ve typically let them run the wiper blade whether it was dry or whether it was not. Ironically, that’s on our list for 2019 rules, and we will tell them when they can and when they can’t run the windshield wiper blade,” NASCAR Senior Vice President Scott Miller relayed on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday.
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