First year NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver, Megan Reitenour was selected to return for a second time to participate in the testing and evaluation combine to possibly earn the opportunity to relocate to Charlotte , NC and enter an academy-style development program under a single team ownership structure.
The Drive for Diversity Program, is managed by the 909 Group and is supported by NASCAR. The 909 Group, will own and operate 10 teams fielding Drive for Diversity competitors and will operate under the name of Resolution Racing. These minority and female drivers will compete for four NASCAR Camping World Series positions and six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series positions, that will operate in the center of NASCAR with greater access to industry resources, technology, training, testing, and shop experience.
Drive for Diversity is one of the most aggressive competition-based diversity programs in all of sports. In 2009, 12 Drive for Diversity drivers have combined for six wins, 51 top fives and 125 top-10 finishes. Reitenour to include to the total with 7 top five finishes, 16 top ten finishes, in a total of 17 events and also secured Rookie of the Years honors, being one of only two drivers in the program to do so.
Drivers will be evaluated on their on-track performance and off-track interactions with coaches, program mentors and media personality. "We've spent most of 2009 thinking about ways to expand opportunities available to the drivers and crew members involved in Drive for Diversity," Max Siegel said. "All of the teams involved in the initiative since its inception in 2004 have provided meaningful support for the program. To better assess and develop talent, we are putting the drivers under one roof and in identical cars. This new standardized structure will also create more meaningful sponsorship opportunities that will in turn provide resources necessary to compete at the highest level with the goal of getting drivers to NASCAR's premier series."
Andy Santerre, a four-time NASCAR Camping World Series champion as a driver and team owner, will join Revolution Racing to oversee its Camping World Series operations. Blair Addis, a current Drive for Diversity team owner, will oversee Revolution Racing's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.
Current and former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will serve as coaches and mentors to the drivers, who will be given additional seat time and be allowed to compete in more than one series as they develop. The coaches will share information with the drivers in the shop and during their intense on-track testing program which will begin in early November and continue throughout the 2010 season.
NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers for the 2010 season will be determined following the Drive for Diversity Combine (Oct. 16-19). Those drivers will be featured in a television series, "Changing Lanes and set to air in early 2010 on BET. The 10-part series will showcase the development of young Drive for Diversity competitors trying to make it in the big-time world of NASCAR racing.
Megan said, "I feel fortunate in being given this opportunity to try out for the program again. I'm really excited to hear about all the changes in the program and I feel it's only making a great program even better. I'm looking forward to the challenge and I plan to concentrate on doing the best I can to hopefully secure a position for the 2010 season."