Drive for Diversity Combine

Today I'm in Hamptoin, VA for the 2011 Drive for Diversity (D4D) combine. For those of you who aren't familiar, there is a NASCAR team called Revolution Racing where ethnic minority and female drivers race as part of a driver development program. At the combine this week, young drivers will be competing for a spot to race for Revolution Racing in 2012.

I've been so fortunate to be able to work with this amazing program this year. It's one of the important initiatives for NASCAR and for NASCAR Diversity. I've had some great experiences working with these amazing and talented kids this past season. Below are some pictures of events that we've been a part of this year...
We took a trip to Indy for a charity bowling tournament for the Jeff Gordon Foundation earlier this year. I had to drive the D4D boys around and they spent the entire weekend yelling "clear, clear" and "high, go high", they also taught me to parallel park and for that I'll be forever grateful!
 This is with Bryan Ortiz from Puerto Rico and Jorge Arteaga from Mexico. We promoted the D4D program at the Mexico soccer game in Charlotte earlier this year.
This is Ale and I with Sergio Pena. We filmed a commercial in Daytona as part of the Hispanic Market Test program. I was so proud of him because he's not a native spanish speaker but he spoke it perfectly for the commercial!
This was at my frist event with the D4D program. We attended Calle Ocho in Miami and helped spread NASCAR to the Hispanic community down there.

I love this initative, and I know that these young drivers will do great things in NASCAR. I feel very fortunate to be working with the future of the sport.

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