ROSEVILLE, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2015) – Eleven talented young drivers with diverse racing backgrounds will participate in a first-ever NAPA Filters Drivers Expo powered by Toyota in Roseville, California on Thursday and Friday.
The event – a driver combine and racing seminar packaged together – will be held at BMR's facilities and at nearby All American Speedway, a challenging track where BMR has a winning record.
“We’re very excited about this opportunity to bring together such a great group of talented young drivers with such diverse racing backgrounds,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “We have put together a great staff of veteran personnel to work with them as we run them through their paces for two days of on-track and off-track activities and provide some engaging classroom presentations.”
Drivers scheduled to participate include Amber Balcaen, 23, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Ariel Biggs, 20, of Hoquiam, Washington; Eddie Cheever III, 22, of Rome; Todd Gilliland, 15, of Sherrils Ford, North Carolina; Brock Heger, 15, of El Centro, California; Riley Herbst, 16, of Las Vegas; Mariah McGriff, 20, Vail, Arizona; Kyle Plott, 19, Marietta, Georgia; Vanessa Robinson, 25, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Blaine Rocha, 17, of Oakdale, California; and Zane Smith, 16, of Mooresville, North Carolina.
“These drivers will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of our NAPA Toyotas and see first-hand what it’s like to drive a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car,” McAnally said. “All American Speedway is a tough track to master, with each end of the track being distinctly different. So, it will be a good opportunity to evaluate how each driver adapts to the challenge.”
The drivers will be paired with a coach from among a group of championship and race-winning veteran drivers and crew chiefs. On-track action is scheduled both afternoons.
In addition to turning laps, the drivers will also receive presentations on key points in the racing industry. Fox television analyst Larry McReynolds heads up the list of presenters, along with representatives from NASCAR, Toyota, and NAPA AUTO PARTS.
Sacramento area media will also be part of the event, as they conduct one-on-one interviews at the track with the drivers on Thursday afternoon and participate in a press conference with the drivers at BMR that evening.
Activities continue on Friday, with presentations at BMR in the morning and on-track activities that afternoon.