The Kulwicki Driver Development Program Directors are now meeting to determine which 7 applications will be chosen, from amongst the hundreds of candidates, as their 2015 motorsports scholarship aware winners.
Scotts Valley, 15 year old High School Sophomore and NASCAR Racer Bryce Napier is under consideration by the board to be one of the award winners.
Bryce who was Stock 99 Speedway’s 2014 Rookie of the Year plans on running a full season of Late Model races on the West Coast as he takes the next steps in his plan to become a full time NASCAR Sprint Cup racer.
Marketing partnerships are available for any team oriented, performance appreciative and “driven to win” organization with a passion for racing.
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New Names Fill 2015 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Roster
Six Drivers Will Compete In Diverse Driver Development Program
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Jan. 26, 2015) – NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), the leading developmental platform for female and multicultural drivers and pit crew members, announced its 2015 class today. The program welcomes four talented program newcomers to the roster of six drivers striving to transition into the sport’s national series spotlight. Rev Racing, the program’s competition arm, has played a key role in the development of 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.
“Taking steps to find and develop young female and multicultural athletes who could represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization’s mission,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We were impressed by the talent displayed at the Combine [in October of 2014], and are eager to help this group develop their strengths on and off the track.”
Rev Racing will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2015 class is led by returning K&N Pro Series East driver Jay Beasley and Devon Amos, who after an impressive 2014 performance in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series earned a spot in the K&N Pro Series East.
The 2015 NASCAR D4D roster includes:
Devon Amos: Returning to the team, the 23-year-old Rio Rancho, New Mexico, native will make the jump to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after two full seasons in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Jay Beasley: Finishing 13th overall and sixth in a loaded Sunoco Rookie of the Year field in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East last season, the 23-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada will return for a second season, aiming to best his rookie campaign.
Collin Cabre: After an impressive NASCAR D4D Combine performance, the 21-year-old Thonotosassa, Florida, native will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in his first year with Rev Racing. Cabre has spent the past five years racing asphalt and dirt sprint cars.
Natalie Decker: A 17-year-old newcomer to the Rev Racing roster from Eagle River, Wisconsin, Decker collected feature wins in a limited late model and super late model, as well as earning Rookie and Sportsman of the Year honors in ARCA SCAG Midwest Truck Tour. She will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2015.
Kenzie Ruston: Entering her third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and first with Rev Racing, the 22-year-old El Reno, Oklahoma, native is also a member of NASCAR Next, an industry initiative to identify tomorrow’s stars. Ruston broke her own record in 2014 as the highest finishing female driver in the K&N Pro Series East with a runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway on her way to finishing ninth in points.
Dylan Smith: The 22-year-old from Randolph, Vermont earned a spot with Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series after competing in his own Late Model last year. The Stewart-Haas Racing employee ran 15 races and finished 38th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings.
Under Rev Racing owner and CEO Max Siegel’s leadership, the development program aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping NASCAR D4D drivers achieve career successes; thus, improving their goal of reaching one of NASCAR’s three national series.
“NASCAR Drive for Diversity goes much deeper than putting drivers behind the wheel of race cars,” said Siegel. “The program is all encompassing, providing competition, athletic training and professional development opportunities for drivers who have the determination and talent to reach NASCAR’s top levels. We’ve seen this with Larson, Suarez and Wallace Jr. and are excited about the potential of this talented group of drivers.”
Growth of the program extends to pit crew members under the NASCAR D4D Crew Member Development Program, also managed by Siegel. In 2014, more than 30 multicultural athletes pitted fulltime for teams across all three national series.
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I needed a new AT shifter knob for a 1969 Jaguar XKE and I turned to my good friend and master wood maker, Jerry Alfaro at Live Edge Design in Livermore for his assistance.
Here’s what he created – The wood came from from branches dropped from Black Locust trees planted in the Livermore Valley over 150 years ago.
I love it!
Hunters Special Wine Stopper
As a bonus Jerry showed me some of his other handiwork including wine barrel, wine bottle stoppers he crafts himself made from live oak prunings from his ranch up in the Sierra Foothills in Jackson, SC.
These are made using the base of a 12 gauge shotgun shell and I think they make the perfect wine stopper for any wine meant to be served with Game or rich meats.
No two wood barrels are exactly the same with unique graining just like on a real wine barrel.
Company logos or your name can be etched into the oak barrel.
What hunter who likes wine with his game wouldn’t like one of these?
Contact Mike Cesario at Mike@racersdrive.com, or call me at 408-220-3167 for more details.
Scotts Valley Sophomore Bryce Napier is under consideration to be one of the Scholarship Winners!
It was a chamber of commerce day in Los Gatos today and the classic cars on hand made the January gathering of the Car Guys of Los Gatos a memorable one for the members, guests and visitors alike.
The only dampener on what was a glorious event was that our President and Founder, Rubin Jurman, was not able to attend after taking a tumble and breaking two ribs over this past weekend. I know that everyone joins me in wishing Rubin a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on his feet real soon.
We had over 35 members and their guests on hand and the vehicles represent
ed were, across the board, in one word, outstanding! I ‘d have to say that Luke Rizzuto gets my vote as far as winning the American vintage award as he drove his 1918 Chevrolet D5 V8 down the Old Santa Cruz Highway which was like a walk in the park for this venerable classic as it as recently finished carrying Luke on a 18,000 mile trip around the world.
We’re going to ask Luke to share some of the stories of this adventure with us at an upcoming gathering and we may even organize that discussion during a road trip to his shop, Rizzuto Restorations located up on the Old Soquel Road.
There were some other newer American classics on hand which were led by Brian Richardson’s 1963 Corvette (#3 made that year), Lance Dursi’s 58 Impala, Forrest Straight with his GT350 65/66 Mustang, Allan Alcorn’s 65 289 Shelby Cobra and Gary Goeringer’s 66 GT350. Older American classics on hand included Mike Knips 1933 Franklin Olympic Coupe & Steve Pedoni’s very cool 1947 Chrysler Traveler (complete with surf board)
The European side was ably led by Neil Kirkham in a 1971 Alfa Zagato Jr., Randy Cowherd with his 1953 Porsche 356C, Kirby Hollis with his decade newer 1965 Porsche 356C, Jan Van Der Linde with a very pretty Deux Chevaux, Steve Marchiaggani with his classic Bentley, Lord Dennis Byron with his Silver Rolls Royce and John Carey with a patina-perfect & original 1960 Jaguar XK150. Rounding out the Porsche contingent was Dave Jensen in a beautiful white Cayman and Jim Weager in a Imperial Green 2011 Porsche Boxter.
Lunch followed the car gathering and with the exception of missing Rubin the group seemed to enjoy both the company, the conversation and the food served by Aldo’s professional wait staff.
We will be communicating back shortly in terms of when and where the next Car Guys of Los Gatos event will be held.
In the meantime thank you for everyone’s support and attendance. Special thanks to Lance Dursi for not only bringing his beautiful 1958 Impala but for making sure that all members had their new Car Description Signs filled out. Thank you Steve Pedoni for having those produced. Much Appreciated to you both.