NASCAR Appoints Brandon Thompson to Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion

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NASCAR Appoints Brandon Thompson to Lead Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Programs; 17-year Industry Veteran Transitions to New Role After Leading NASCAR Touring Series

NASCAR Appoints Brandon Thompson to Lead Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Programs. 17-year Industry Veteran Transitions to New Role After Leading NASCAR Touring Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 16, 2020) – NASCAR today announced the appointment of industry veteran Brandon Thompson to the newly created position of Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, Thompson will lead the sanctioning body’s strategy for diversity and inclusion, as well as programs and initiatives designed to champion and enhance diversity across the NASCAR industry.

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Ten Drivers Compete in NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 23: Ryan Vargas, second from left, helps push his car during the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine at New Smyrna Speedway on October 23, 2019, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Nicholas Sanchez walked to the Rev Racing transporters in the New Smyrna Speedway infield looking for a bottle of water and a chance to take a deep breath. A huge smile on his face and maybe a little swagger in his step, Sanchez said he was just told he was quickest of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity candidates in their first on-track test session Wednesday morning.

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NASCAR and Rev Racing Set to Host 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine

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Ten Diverse Drivers Will Compete On and Off the Track in Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., for the Opportunity to Drive with Rev Racing in 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 17, 2019) – Following a thorough selection process, NASCAR and Rev Racing have identified ten multicultural and female drivers to host at the 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine in Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., on October 22-23. 

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Ryan Vargas Driving for a Cause

Ryan Vargas backstage before Driver Introductions for the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Photo – Jay Husmann/Getty Images

The list of young and up-coming stars in NASCAR Xfinity 11th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway is long, with six of the nine 2018 NASCAR Next class being entered, highlighted by Ryan Vargas making his series debut.  From La Mirada, California, the 18-year-old is driving the No. 15 JD Motorsports Cranio Care Bears Chevrolet.  Also an alumni member of the Drive for Diversity program, Vargas is thankful, looking to make the most of all opportunities he is given.

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Driver Swap Kicks Off NASCAR’s International Schedule

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 23: Ruben Garcia, Jr., Mexico City, Mexico, NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine at New Smyrna Speedway on October 23, 2018 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images

Ruben Garcia Jr is our guest on Fan4Racing NASCAR & Race Talk, Monday, April 1, 2019, at 8:40 pm ET. Call 929-477-1790 or tweet @Fan4RacingSite with any questions or comments during our LIVE broadcast.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion Ruben Garcia has always had a fondness for Spain.

Now he’ll get his first chance to race there as part of a driver exchange between the Peak Mexico Series and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

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