Drivers Edge Development announced today the addition of 16-year-old Michigan native Carson Hocevar to the driver lineup for the 2019 season. The news comes following GMS Racing’s announcement of a technical alliance with Hocevar’s KBR Development team.
Hocevar will continue to hone his skills in numerous Super Late Model and Pro Late Model events in 2019, driving his familiar No. 14 in-between ARCA starts in the No. 28 — all of which prepared by Zeeland, Michigan’s KBR Development, which has spearheaded his entry into the NASCAR national landscape.
“We’re happy to have Carson as part of the Drivers Edge Development program,” said Lorin Ranier, DED talent scout and owner of Ranier Racing. “We feel he’s got great potential and we’re excited to see how he develops.”
Hocevar started winning early and has continued the theme well into full-sized stock car competition. He began racing quarter-midgets at the age of 7 and went on to earn 79 USAC feature victories and 15 national championships.
Under the tutelage of 2008 NASCAR Truck Series champion Johnny Benson, Jr., he graduated to full-sized stock cars in 2015 and immediately made an impact by winning an Outlaw Late Model feature at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan as a mere 12-year-old.
Later that summer, he earned his first template Super Late Model victory at Berlin as 13-year-old, becoming the youngest winner in both Late Model divisions with his victories that season.
Most impressive is that his wins came against several industry veterans at a track where experience is especially paramount. The victory even made national headlines when NASCAR issued an order to park the rookie until his 14th birthday due a minimum age restriction.
Hocevar responded with a breakout season in which he won the Berlin track championship as a 14-year-old — the youngest in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history — and added three other victories on the regional JEGS/CRA All-Stars Pro Late Model Tour. He has found success quickly on each rung of his racing ladder, a theme he hopes extends into the next phase of his career in the ARCA Menards Series.