Drivers Edge Development
Drivers Edge Development is a program which aims to groom the next generation of racing superstars through a tiered competition pipeline coupled with comprehensive off-track education. Developed jointly by JR Motorsports and GMS Racing, and presented by Chevrolet, participants have options to race in four types of developmental series with entries fielded by the two teams. The tiers include JRM’s regional late model team, GMS’s ARCA and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series teams, and JRM’s NASCAR Xfinity Series teams. Off the track, drivers will have access to a host of programs focusing on their physical, mental and technical development with an emphasis on brand building and support for partner procurement and retention.
Equally as important as the competition focus, Drivers Edge Development provides added training to enhance participants’ professional growth off the track. Drivers will have access to a host of programs focusing on their physical, mental and technical development. An emphasis will be placed on educating them in areas such as brand building, social media, digital content, media training and fan relations as well as support for partner procurement and retention.
Drivers Edge Development participants will also benefit from the mentoring of veteran racers from both the JRM and GMS stables.
Although mainly performance-based, there are no set criteria for selection into the program. Ideally, drivers between the ages of 14 and 21 years old will be considered.
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JR Motorsports is the racing operation co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Fame member and 15-time Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rick Hendrick. Now in its 20th year of overall competition, JR Motorsports competes in multiple divisions, including the NASCAR Xfinity Series where it currently fields four full-time teams and earned championships in 2014, 2017 and 2018. The company also races in Late Model competition and owns four championships in regional Late Model divisions and added a prized national title in 2020. To learn more about the organization, its drivers and its sponsorship opportunities, visit www.jrmracing.com.
GMS Racing competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series with drivers Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, Tyler Ankrum and Zane Smith as well as part-time with David Gravel. The team also competes in the ARCA Racing Series with Sam Mayer. Since the team began in 2014, GMS Racing won the 2016 Gander Trucks Championship, the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship and has grown to occupy several buildings located in Statesville, N.C. The campus also includes operations for GMS Fabrication. More information can be found at https://gmsracing.net/.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.