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NASCAR Diversity: FAQs

1. What is the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (NASCAR D4D) Driver Development Program?
The NASCAR D4D Driver Development Program supports drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The program is designed to give minority and female drivers the opportunity to compete with a NASCAR team. Since its inception in 2004, the program has supported over 30 different drivers in NASCAR’s grassroots series.

2. What are the benefits of the NASCAR D4D Driver Development Program?
• Provides driving opportunities for minority and female participants with an established race team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
• Seeks opportunities for program graduates to advance within various NASCAR series
• Provides media training and marketing guidance to developing drivers
• Exposes participating drivers to media opportunities outside of the sport

3. How are drivers selected for the NASCAR D4D Driver Development Program?
Interested drivers are invited to apply for the NASCAR D4D Combine each year. An open application period is typically held from June through August. A panel of motorsports experts reviews application materials submitted from interested drivers and selects drivers to showcase their talent in front of NASCAR executives and team owners at the annual Testing & Evaluation Combine.

4. Who can participate in the Driver Development Program?
Those who successfully complete the NASCAR D4D Combine and are selected based off of a rigorous selection criteria will have the opportunity to participate in the Driver Development Program.

5. What is the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine?
The annual NASCAR D4D Combine is the first step in identifying and developing the future stars of the sport. Young drivers from across the country will compete in a three-day rigorous on- and off- track evaluation process for the opportunity to join the NASCAR D4D Program.

6. Who is eligible to apply?
Drivers applying to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine must meet the following eligibility requirements:

• At least 15 years of age but no older than 26 years of age as of October 15 of each year; and
• A U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; or
• If you are legally allowed to work in the US, you can apply for the program; and
• A female or a member of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications:
Black or African American (Not Hispanic or Latino) - A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
Asian (Not Hispanic or Latino) - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Hispanic or Latino - A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Not Hispanic or Latino) - A person having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
American Indian or Alaska Native (Not Hispanic or Latino) - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintain documented tribal affiliation or community attachment. 
Two or More Races (Not Hispanic or Latino) – All persons who identify with more than one of the above five races.

7. What is the NASCAR D4D Pit Crew Development Program?
The NASCAR D4D Pit Crew Development Program aims to provide minority and female athletes  the opportunity to compete on a NASCAR team. The program seeks athletic individuals that are strongly recommended by coaches and or athletic directors, that have a general interest in pursuing a career in the motorsports industry, and that demonstrates strong work ethic and character.

8. What are the benefits of the NASCAR D4D Pit Crew Development Program?
• Provides weekly hands-on over-the-wall position training and coaching for tire changers, tire carriers, fuelers and jackmen, as well as weight training, agility and footwork programs.
• Seeks opportunities for program graduates to advance within various NASCAR series

9. How are participants selected for the NASCAR D4D Pit Crew Development Program?
The selection process is based on the recommendations of candidates by coaches and athletic directors and the best performing athletes at the NASCAR D4D Pit Crew Combine.

10. Who can participate in the Driver Development Program?
Between the ages of 18 and 26 (as of October 15, of each year)
A U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or if you are legally allowed to work in the US; and
A female or a member of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications:
Black or African American – A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
Asian – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Hispanic or Latino – A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – A person having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
American Indian or Alaska Native – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintain documented tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Two or More Races – All persons who identify with more than one of the above five races.

High School Diploma or GED
No criminal record and agree to a background check
Possess a valid driver’s license and personal transportation
Participated in a high school or college sport and preferably a starter
Live or move within a 50-mile radius of Pit Crew Development Training Facility in Concord, NC
Ability and willingness to travel 11 months of the year from February through December
Be in good physical condition and willing to work out and train a minimum of three days per week
Provide a completed physical exam by a physician within 90 days of starting the program and annual physical throughout the program
Be available for media training, interviews and appearances throughout the duration of the program
Four-year commitment to the developmental program