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NASCAR receives Diversity and Inclusion Award

Nov 21, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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I believe “diversity” is an old, old wooden ship … sorry, my mind wandered there for a second when I saw the word “diversity” used in a racing press release, and a non-Anchorman context.

In a serious and rather good note for NASCAR, the sanctioning body was awarded the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Award at a ceremony at the New York Times building in New York City, for NASCAR’s efforts fostering diversity.

The “Drive for Diversity” program has had its most successful year in 2013 with Kyle Larson, who’s Asian-American, capturing the NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie-of-the-year honors. Additionally, Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race in 50 years when he won his first Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville last month.

“Early in the last decade NASCAR made a commitment to broadening the appeal of our sport by recruiting and developing dynamic new talent on the race track and throughout our sport. As a result, we are enhancing the fan experience for NASCAR fans everywhere,” Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development, said in a release. “We take great pride in being recognized during the 2013 DANDI Awards for our ongoing efforts.”

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