Smith was one of 35 drivers selected from over 200 applicants to attend the seventh annual Drive for Diversity Combine. It was the second year in a row he’s attended the combine, which evaluates up and coming drivers on driving ability, personality, physical fitness and marketability, among other things. The three days of testing included iRacing simulator races, weight and fitness training, as well as media exercises and on-track testing.
The sophomore Late Model driver at Thunder Road was among the top 8 fastest in the combine iRacing simulator races and was confident in his on-track runs. “I was more confident this year, knowing what to expect. Last year I was fast but this year I was fast and consistent because I had a better feel for the car,” said Smith. His favorite part of the experience was “hanging out with other people that enjoy racing.”
Ten of the 35 drivers will be selected for a spot on the 2011 Racing Revolution team. The results will be announced around Thanksgiving.