DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR will host the 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Variety Awards in the present day in celebration of the game‘s variety and inclusion trailblazers. A particular digital ceremony will honor business members whose pioneering efforts are making a distinction each on and off the racetrack.
NASCAR executives, drivers, pit crew members, companions and different business leaders will collect just about to acknowledge the contributions of 10 deserving awardees who’re setting an instance by advocating for variety and inclusion throughout the NASCAR business.
“As we proceed in our mission to boost variety throughout this nice sport, we’re impressed by the tales and efforts of so many leaders inside the business who’re setting optimistic examples and driving significant change,” mentioned NASCAR President Steve Phelps. “We’re proud to acknowledge these 10 people and organizations whose laborious work and accomplishments are having a profound influence and contributing to a extra numerous and inclusive NASCAR.”
The NASCAR Drive for Variety Awards are historically held within the spring and acknowledge winners for his or her efforts and contributions the earlier 12 months. The 2020 occasion, postponed because of the influence of COVID-19, will mark the primary live-stream of the awards.
The 2020 NASCAR Drive for Variety Award recipients are as follows:
Numerous Driver Award: Hailie Deegan, DGR-Crosley — Deegan turned the primary feminine to win a race within the former NASCAR West Sequence and the primary feminine to earn Rookie of the Yr (2018). Her third-place end amongst 2019 championship standings was the best for a feminine driver in sequence historical past. Within the ARCA Menards Sequence this season, Deegan has already matched the best end in a race by a feminine (second, twice) and presently leads the sequence‘ Bounty Rookie of the Yr standings. Off the observe, Deegan is continually partaking with followers on social media to develop her following and general model.
Younger Racer Award: Isabella Robusto, Rev Racing — Robusto is in her fourth season with Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Variety Program. She competed as a youth driver within the Legends division throughout her first three seasons with the workforce. Robusto presently competes full-time in a Late Mannequin Inventory automotive. She makes use of her voice and place to help The NASCAR Basis, most not too long ago by collaborating within the #GivingTuesdayNow marketing campaign to convey consciousness for efforts to assist youngsters coping with the results of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crew Member Award: Brehanna Daniels, Unbiased Contractor — Daniels made historical past in 2019 when she turned the primary feminine African-American graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Variety Pit Crew Growth Program to pit within the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. Daniels presently works with aspiring pit crew members as a mentor and coach serving to them to pursue their profession goals. Daniels has been featured on nationwide morning reveals and The Titan Video games on NBC.
Excellent Intern Award: Monon Rahman, Rick Ware Racing — Rahman was a member of the 2019 NASCAR Variety Internship Program class working on the NASCAR Analysis & Growth Heart in Harmony, N.C. Upon finishing his internship, he was employed as lead engineer at Rick Ware Racing engaged on the NASCAR Cup Sequence, NASCAR Xfinity Sequence and IMSA groups. Monon graduated from the College of Kentucky at age 19 with a level in Mechanical Engineering.
Associate Award: The Coca-Cola Firm — In 2019, Coca-Cola introduced collectively a collective of business companions to determine Daniel‘s Amigos, a fan-facing initiative to welcome new followers into NASCAR by connecting round shared cultural ardour factors of sports activities, racing, music, household, meals and togetherness. This initiative strives to create deep and significant at-track experiences to extend the game‘s connection and curiosity inside the Hispanic neighborhood.
Business Ambassador Award: Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel, Rev Racing — Satterfield-Siegel is the primary African-American feminine workforce proprietor and sponsor within the NASCAR Touring Sequence. She and her husband, Max Siegel, co-own and handle Rev Racing. An Indianapolis native, Satterfield-Siegel has made a nationwide influence along with her involvement within the NASCAR Drive for Variety Program.
Establishment Award: City Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas — The City Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas is being acknowledged for its efforts to assist educate the local people about NASCAR and its variety and inclusion initiatives. City Chamber members helped flip their memorable expertise throughout a 2018 NASCAR Cup Sequence race — a part of a NASCAR Opinion Chief Initiative activation at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — right into a three-day outreach occasion surrounding the race weekend a 12 months later.
Nationwide Sequence Driver Award: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports — On the observe, Johnson is called a seven-time NASCAR Cup Sequence champion, tying NASCAR Corridor of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. He has additionally spent his profession pursuing excellence off the racetrack as a philanthropist, triathlete, businessman and father. Greater than a decade in the past, Jimmie and his spouse established the Jimmie Johnson Basis, which has impacted numerous youth and communities by means of $12 million in help to numerous organizations.
Observe Award: World Vast Expertise Raceway (WWT) — The raceway partnered on a youth outreach program with the Jackie Joyner Kersee Basis (JJK), NASCAR Variety & Inclusion and NASCAR Acceleration Nation. Throughout the summer season of 2018, WWT Raceway personnel visited JJK‘s heart together with NASCAR drivers, and have additionally assisted with an iRacing program at JJK. Greater than 120 youngsters and their households had been handled to a day on the NASCAR Gander RV & Outside Truck Sequence race.
Group Award: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) — Richard Childress Racing is a workforce that engages drivers, producers and sponsors to successfully attain followers on and off the observe in help of NASCAR‘s variety and inclusion targets. A number of pit crew members who’ve educated with the NASCAR Drive for Variety Pit Crew Growth Program now pit for RCR. Moreover, the workforce not too long ago named its first lady vice chairman and presently has a complete of 4 girls serving in director-level or increased roles inside the advertising and marketing and communications departments.
The NASCAR Cup Sequence‘ Financial institution of America ROVAL 400 will probably be broadcast dwell from Charlotte Motor Speedway Highway Course on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.