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Brown to try turning cornersThursday, May 23, 2013
Posted by: NHRA.com staff

Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel world champ Antron Brown will test his driving skills behind the wheel of a Camry stock car at Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., Tuesday, May 28, as part of a partnership between Rev Racing and Toyota.

“We are excited that NHRA champion and world-class competitor Antron Brown has chosen Rev Racing as his entryway into stock car racing. He is a great ambassador for the motorsports world, and his commitment to diversity is something that makes this partnership really work,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing.

Brown, the first African-American to win a professional auto racing championship in the United States, will be testing at the Virginia short track (.416-mile oval) alongside NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers Bryan Ortiz, Daniel Suarez, Mackena Bell, and Ryan Gifford. Gifford and Suarez have won races this season in the NKNPS East and NASCAR Toyota Series, respectively. Last year, Ortiz finished fifth in the NKNPS East standings in his rookie season, and Bell is third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle.

“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have this opportunity,” said Brown. “I’ve known the leadership at Rev Racing for a long time. Their operation is top-notch, and I can’t think of a better platform or program with which to test my oval racing skills.

“I have a passion for NHRA Drag Racing and love driving the Matco Tools dragster at Don Schumacher Racing,” added Brown. “But I’m very competitive at anything I do, and I always love a new challenge. I’m excited to have this opportunity to turn left.”

Both Rev Racing and DSR captured championships racing Toyotas last season -- Rev Racing won the NKNPS East championship and DSR the NHRA Top Fuel championship -- and continue to have a strong partnership with Toyota.

"Antron Brown has been a great partner for Toyota through Don Schumacher Racing, and we're delighted to support his opportunity to achieve success with Rev Racing. Toyota is proud of our relationship with both organizations," said Keith Dahl, Toyota’s national manager of motorsports and engagement marketing. "Toyota has been a supporter of diversity in the workplace, within its organization and specifically with the Rev Racing program for many years. Not only are DSR and Rev Racing committed to winning championships, but they are also committed to pioneering diversity efforts in motorsports."
 

 
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