NASCAR & Auto Racing

Drivers picked for Drive for Diversity combine

Twenty-four drivers from different forms of racing all over the country were picked from among 200 applicants to showcase their skills in front of NASCAR team owners Oct. 15-16 at the fifth annual Drive for Diversity Testing & Evaluation Combine at South Boston (Va.) Speedway.

Since the creation of the Drive for Diversity program in 2004, 17 competitors who are minorities or women have driven in NASCAR’s developmental series, winning 11 races.

Drive for Diversity affiliated team owners will select eight drivers to compete for their teams in 2008 in either the NASCAR Grand National Division or the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Four drivers will compete in each series.

This year’s participants: Chris Britol of Jamestown, N.C., Kristin Bumbera of Sealy, Tex., Michael Cherry of Valrico, Fla., Tiffany Daniels of Smithfield, Va., Michael Gallegos of Wheat Ridge, Colo., Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Katie Hagar of Nobleboro, Maine, Paul Harraka of Fair Lawn, N.J., Jessica Helberg of Rohnert Park, Calif., Joe Henderson of Nashville, Tenn., Jesus Hernandez of Fresno, Calif., Peter Hernandez of Blue Island, Ill.

Also, Lindsey King of Cherry Valley, Calif., Lloyd Mack of Los Angeles, Danny Martin of Sarasota, Fla., Marisa Niederauer of Plainedge, N.Y., Alli Owens of South Daytona, Fla., Ruben Pardo of Mexico City, Alison Quick of Redding, Iowa, Jose Luis Ramiez of Mexico City, Molly Rhoads of Hastings, Minn., Jonathan Smith of Beacon Falls, Conn., Trista Stevenson of Pocahontas, Ill. and Michelle Theriault of Bristol, Conn.