2017 Drive for Diversity Class Announced

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The drivers were selected after a competitive combine held last fall at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. (Photo: Getty Images)

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has announced the names of six drivers who will comprise its 2017 class in the "Drive for Diversity," the industry’s flagship development program for multi-cultural and female drivers.

They were selected after a competitive combine held last fall at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, and will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Whelen All-American Series this coming season.

The group features a former NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion, the granddaughter of one of the sport’s female pioneers, and the program's first sibling teammates. Drivers will attempt to follow in the footsteps of program graduates and current national-series competitors Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr. and 2016 XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suárez.

"We’re seeing the impact of NASCAR’s development program in producing drivers who excel at the highest echelons of our sport," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations. "These drivers will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to elevate their racing careers."

The 2017 class is led by four returning drivers: Collin Cabre, Jay Beasley, Madeline Crane and Rubén García Jr., who first competed in stock cars in his native Mexico. Cabre's younger brother, Chase, joins 16-year-old Macy Causey in rounding out the team. Causey’s grandmother, Diane Teel, was the first woman to compete in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race, in 1982.

Rev Racing, the operational arm of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity, will field four teams in the K&N Pro Series East and two in the Whelen All-American Series.

The 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity roster:

Collin Cabre (23 from Tampa, Fla.): Last season, he posted four top fives, six top-10 finishes and a sixth-place finish in the final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings.

Chase Cabre (20 years old): He registered 12 wins in 21 starts in a 600 mini-sprint car and is a two-time Fall Brawl Champion at Florida’s Ocala Bullring. In 2016, Cabre averaged a fourth-place finish in races at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and won two poles.

Rubén García Jr. (age 20, from Mexico City): In 2015, he became the youngest driver to win the NASCAR PEAK Mexico championship. He returns to the K&N Pro Series East for 2017 after finishing 10th in last year's standings.

Jay Beasley (24): In his first season in the Drive for Diversity program in 2014, he earned two top fives and five top-10 finishes in the K&N Pro Series East, where he'll also compete in 2017.

Macy Causey: Was honored with the NASCAR Young Racer Award in 2016. The year before, Causey won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Virginia Rookie of the Year Award and earned top rookie honors at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. - where, in 1978, her grandmother became the first woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race at the track. Causey will compete in the Whelen All American Series in 2017.

Madeline Crane (19): The Georgia native began her career racing Bandoleros at Atlanta Motor Speedway at the age of 10. Crane moved into Legends cars and by the time she was 14, had garnered 59 top-five finishes in 82 starts. Returning for a second season with Drive for Diversity, she will again compete in the Whelen All-American Series following two top fives and 12 top-10 finishes in 2016.

The Drive for Diversity program aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them achieve career successes and advance into one of the three NASCAR national series: Monster Energy Cup Series, XFINITY or Camping World Trucks.

Since it's debut in 2010, Rev Racing has been one of the most consistent teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East - registering 17 wins, 65 top fives and 124 top-10 finishes with drivers finishing among the top 10 in points each season.

The 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener will take place on Feb. 19 at New Smyrna Speedway, where Rev Racing scored a win with Suárez in 2014.

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