NASCAR should re-evaluate its Drive For Diversity program
There's a very
I should have been paying better attention. As Mr. Hinton makes clear, the D4D program has other issues. Specifically, he makes the point that since the D4D program stops funding prospects once they graduate from racing's developmental levels -- that is, before they reach the ranks of Trucks, Nationwide or Cup -- drivers are left with nothing to assist them in making the move from the small time to the big time. And for drivers who receive funding in the minor leagues, problems abound. Here's what Hinton wrote:
In other words, the D4D program -- as it now exists -- doesn't seem to be able to do much to help a developing minority driver. And in a tough economy, with sponsorship dollars so scarce, the lack of funding in the program is only thrown into sharper relief.
To be sure, the face of NASCAR -- most significantly in the front office and around the garage -- is much more diverse. D4D is involved with developing pit-crew members, as well. But in the drivers' seats, there have been very few significant advances.
Indeed it might behoove the program to focus its resources more, either by trimming the size of its program, or by encouraging team owners to participate in D4D by subsidizing minority sponsorships.
Hinton highlights several talented minority drivers in his piece, so there's potential out there. And it's wonderful that NASCAR is willing to help them. But how they are being helped needs to be watched as closely as whether they are ever being helped at all.
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This video has prompted some titters around the web this week. But I actually give the gentleman some credit for his performance as an armchair pundit -- he really doesn't do too bad a job, considering that his commentary isn't scripted and he doesn't have a producer in his ear feeding him facts and figures. His only problem (and it's a
But my first appearance on television was much worse, I promise you. Here's to a real racing fan.