DeBARD TO TEAM WITH BMR DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ANTELOPE, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2008) Beau DeBard has teamed with Bill McAnally Racing (BMR), who has developed drivers for one of the top NASCAR Cup teams, Richard Childress Racing...
DeBARD TO TEAM WITH BMR DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
ANTELOPE, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2008) Beau DeBard has teamed with Bill McAnally Racing (BMR), who has developed drivers for one of the top NASCAR Cup teams, Richard Childress Racing (RCR).
DeBard, a native of Reno, Nevada, is doing all that it takes to develop his racing talents and to make it to the top of the NASCAR ladder. On his latest list of accomplishments, DeBard tested and earned a spot on the top driver development program on the West Coast, BMR. "Beau impressed me when we met and had our first test session. He's a fine young talent with a lot of potential." said BMR owner, Bill McAnally.
This young talent has won and earned championships throughout his racing career, moving up through the sprint and road racing series. DeBard caught the eyes of talent scouts around the country when he won the 2007 Skip Barber Scholarship Shootout at Sebring International Raceway, besting 48 top ranked young race drivers over a 4 day competition. Previous winners of that event include open wheel star, Ryan Hunter-Rey, NASCAR regular A.J. Allmendinger and international open wheel star Scott Speed.
DeBard came to a fork in the racing road in 2007, having to make an important decision, weather to go towards open wheel racing on road courses or pursue his true love, NASCAR. His answer came when he was scouted by Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle (RSWC), a race driver development team. DeBard tested and won a spot on RSWC, out of 522 applicants. RSWC Owner Ron Sutton felt it was important to put Beau on oval tracks in the Ford Focus Midget Series. In his rookie year, DeBard showed his quick adaptability and natural racing talents by adding more accomplishments to his already impressive resume. "The Western paved division has some of the best drivers in the nation," DeBard said. "It pushed me to speed up my learning curve on the circle tracks." And, his learning curve covered nearly everything, including a care-flight to a Las Vegas Trauma center, after DeBard got caught up by an accident that happened immediately in front of him on the race track. Fully recovered, Beau completed his stand-out rookie year with multiple wins, impressive awards and a track record that still stands.
DeBard will run the full 2008 season in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at All American Speedway and could eventually pilot one of McAnally's entries in the NASCAR Camping World Series West. Beau DeBard is honored by this opportunity to represent such a first class team. "I enjoyed my test drive from the start," DeBard said. "I'm excited to make this big step up in my career and I'm confident I can bring home many wins for BMR". And based on his past performances, DeBard will deliver on this promise.