NASCAR Announces 2024 Drive for Diversity Driver Development Class
NASCAR and Rev Racing have named the 2024 class of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program.
The drivers were evaluated and selected after participating in the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine. Andrés Pérez de Lara, Lavar Scott, Nathan Lyons, Regina Sirvent and Eloy Sebastián López Falcón, will be returning to the program next year. Lanie Buice, TJ DeCaire, Cassidy Keitt and LaQuan McCoy Jr. will be making their debut in 2024.
“Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program and we’re celebrating this milestone by welcoming a very talented group of drivers,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR’s vice president of Diversity and Inclusion. “We’re confident that next year’s group of drivers will continue elevating the depth of our talent pool and we’re thrilled to play a role in their development.”
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program was created in 2004 to develop and train top drivers from diverse backgrounds and experiences, NASCAR said, and is operated by Rev Racing in Concord, North Carolina. Graduates of the program include Kyle Larson, Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suárez.
The 2024 class features the following drivers:
Andrés Pérez de Lara - ARCA Menards Series: The Mexico City, Mexico, native, 18, returns to Rev Racing for his third season after competing in the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR México Series.
Lavar Scott - ARCA Menards Series: From Carney’s Pointe, New Jersey, Scott, 20, returns to Rev Racing after competing in the ARCA Menards Series East in 2023.
Nathan Lyons - INEX Legend Car Series: Originally from Texas, Lyons most recently finished his first season in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program with Rev Racing. Lyons secured the pole and win in a U.S. Legend Car during the Cookout Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway and received the 2023 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards Youth Racer Award.
Eloy Sebastián López Falcón - NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series: The 18-year-old concluded his first season in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program in a U.S. Legend Car. In the NASCAR Mexico Challenge Series, Falcón secured three wins on three separate occasions this season, was the 2021 Rookie of the Year in the Trucks México Series and the 2022 Trucks México Series Champion.
Lanie Buice - NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series: From 2017 to 2020, Buice had 91 total wins in go karts, including 23 straight wins during her last season. Buice has also raced in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.
TJ DeCaire - NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series: DeCaire earned three wins in Super Late Models, Pro Late Models and Truck Weekly Touring Series during the 2023 season.
Regina Sirvent - NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series: In the NASCAR México Challenge Series, the 20-year-old from Mexico City received the 2019 Best Driver Award for NASCAR México and was the recipient of the 2021 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards Young Racer. Sirvent was the first female to win in the Trucks México Series and placed 3rd in the 2020 Championship.
Cassidy Keitt - INEX Legend Car Series: Keitt earned two top 5s and five top 10s in U.S. Legend Cars at the Cookout Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. She is also the 2022 Young Lions Winter Heat Champion.
LaQuan McCoy Jr. - INEX Legend Car Series: McCoy collected a win and three top 5s across all five Bandolero races at the 2023 Citrus County Speedway Winter Nationals. He is the 2023 Charlotte Motor Speedway Winter Heat Champion and 2023 Winter Showdown Bandit Champion at Auburndale Speedway.
For more information, visit nascar.com.