Top Fueler Brown To Go Stock Car Racing
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CONCORD, N.C. – It was announced during a press conference held at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday that NHRA drag racer Antron Brown will take a shot at stock-car racing.
Brown, as first reported earlier Thursday by RacinToday.com sources, will test a K&N Series car for Rev Racing, the team owned by Max Siegel.
Brown currently drives a Top Fuel car for Don Schumacher Racing. He won last year’s Top Fuel championship. He is a 37-year-old native of Chesterfield, N.J.
Siegel said Brown will test on May 28 to “evaluate his skills” in a stock car. The test will be held at the Motor Mile in Radford, Va.
Brown said the test will “give me the chance to get my feet wet at going left.”
Brown said he has been talking to Siegel for years and is anxious to test his abilities on an oval.
“Hopefully we can take it to other levels,” Brown said.
Asked what other levels, Brown said that would be determined as testing goes on. Siegel said it would all depend on “the development process.”
Brown became first African-American NHRA world champ and first black driver to win a major U.S. auto racing championship title. He raced to six victories in 11 final rounds, claimed three No. 1 qualifying positions, set national E.T. record at 3.701 seconds at Reading and earned two wins in three finals in Countdown playoffs last season.
He is a former track star. He ran quick enough in the 100-meter dash to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1997.
Revolution Racing was born in 2010.
Headquartered in Concord, N.C., Rev Racing currently operates four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams, under the direction of Jefferson Hodges, and two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams.
In addition, Rev Racing manages a youth racing initiative that allows kids ages 8-14 to compete in the INEX Bandolero and INEX Legend cars. The team also trains aspiring female and minority pit crew athletes through the Drive for Diversity Crew Member Development program presented by Sprint.
Siegel was formerly the President of Global Operations at Dale Earnhardt Inc., where he made history as the highest-ranking African American executive in NASCAR.No Comment