11th Drive For Diversity Combine kicks off Monday

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If there’s one thing that each and every race car driver has when growing up, it’s a dream.

They dream about success in NASCAR or other forms of motorsports, of becoming a star and having a career where they can compete against the best of the best.

For 20 multicultural and female drivers, that dream starts to become reality in the 11th annual Drive For Diversity Combine, which takes place Monday through Wednesday for the fourth consecutive year at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.

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The nearly two dozen drivers will show talent evaluators, team owners and others what they’re made of and the kind of stuff they have behind the wheel.

Those that perform the best in the three-day tryout of sorts could potentially earn a big prize of a spot on the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class team, which would potentially place them with teams operating in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

NASCAR has partnered for the last 11 years with Rev Racing, owned by former Dale Earnhardt Inc. president and current U.S. Track & Field CEO Max Siegel, to develop young drivers through the D4D program who may go on to become the next Kyle Larson (Sprint Cup rookie), Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. (Camping World Truck Series star), and Daniel Suarez (NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series driver), all past graduates of the D4D combine and program.

This year’s class of drivers in the Combine hail not only from the U.S., but also Canada and Latin America.

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Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.