NASCAR's Diversity Program Is 10 Years Old; What Are the Results?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IApril 14, 2009

IRWINDALE, CA - OCTOBER 20:  (L-R) Darrell Waltrip greets Joey Logano and Marc Davis of the Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet Racing at the Irwindale Speedway on October 20, 2007 in Irwindale, California.  (Photo by Steve Grayson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

I still don't understand NASCAR’s diversity. Program. It looks to me the focus of the program is to get more minorities drivers in cup. Am I right?

Aric Almirola was the only one I know about and he is out of Cup contention. He has not shown much during his short Cup career.

The program as I understand it started in 1999 and 10 years later the only minority driving in cup is Juan Pablo Montoya and we all know that has nothing to do with that program.

So what has happened in 10 years? As the old Wendy's commercial said, "Where is the beef?” What are the accomplishments after 10 years?

I would guess and hope the successes are in the supporting jobs like technicians, welders and fabricators, jobs that won't get much exposure, so maybe fans don't know about it.

This is a hard article to write because most of us don't have access to the garages. To do justice to this subject, one would have to walk to the garage on qualifying day and see if there is real diversity in NASCAR.

I hope to do that someday.

In sports that have been traditionally white, the breakthrough for a minority has been because of the stubborn and driving will of a parent.

The recent athletes that have broken into mostly white sports are examples of that. We all know about Tiger Woods and the relationship with his father and the countless hours he spend with his son playing golf.

The Williams sisters in tennis are another example of a parent working hard with their kids to reach a goal.

In Formula 1 there is the story about Lewis Hamilton and his father’s vigilance over his career and I'm sure there are many more stories I've missed.

The common denominator in all those successes is always the same. The moms and dads who have a dream for their sons and daughters spend the time with them to hone their skills. Of course it helps if they have some talent.

 What's coming down the line from NASCAR'S diversity program?

I can only think of Mark Davis; maybe he will be the big diversity success stock car racing is looking for. I hope there are others in the garage we just don't know about.

   We also have to be realistic, and as always "the proof is in the pudding" , lets be honest, this cup looks empty. Agree?