CHRIS BRISTOL LOOKS TO CONTINUE SUCCESS WITH DRIVE FOR DIVERSITYÂ® PROGRAM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 4, 2006) -- Drivers in the 2006 Drive for DiversityÂ® class have experienced success throughout their racing careers in a variety of series and...
CHRIS BRISTOL LOOKS TO CONTINUE SUCCESS WITH DRIVE FOR DIVERSITY® PROGRAM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 4, 2006) -- Drivers in the 2006 Drive for Diversity® class have experienced success throughout their racing careers in a variety of series and all hope to make history in the NASCAR ranks. One, Chris Bristol, has already done that.
Bristol joined the program this year after spending the last two seasons racing in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series as part of the Joe Gibbs/Reggie White Driver Development Program. He made history in April 2005 when he won the Late Model feature race at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The win was the first for an African-American driver in the track's 55-year history. Bristol finished the season with two victories, 12 top-five finishes and three pole positions in 17 races.
"Everybody knows how tough it is to race late models," Bristol said. "To be able to win at a track as historic as Hickory, and to consistently be in the top five, shows I have the potential to do this and make a career out of it."
The Columbus, Ohio native joins seven other participants in the 2006 Drive for Diversity® program. He drives the No. 99 Kodak Chevrolet for Ken Schrader Racing at Hickory.
"I'm real fortunate to be involved with Ken Schrader and Kodak because both have a long history in this sport and have proved themselves over the years," Bristol said. "I am really excited about this team and the potential to go forward."
"Chris' presence in our program enhances the Drive for Diversity® program's credibility and recognition due to his success with Joe Gibbs Racing the past few years," said Greg Calhoun, owner of Access Marketing & Communications which runs the program. "Not only does he bring on-track success but he also is a role model off the track for our younger drivers in the program. Chris is a true professional and he represents our program very well both internally and externally."
"We are excited that both Chris and Ken have joined the Drive for Diversity® program," said Tish Sheets, NASCAR director of diversity. "This flagship on-track diversity program is a great tool to help diverse drivers showcase their talents in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series and advance to NASCAR's national series as their performance dictates."
NASCAR will spotlight teams, tracks, sponsors and partners throughout the year for significant contributions and achievement in diversity. NASCAR will also be highlighting diverse drivers currently competing throughout the different levels of the sport.