Drivers For BMR Drivers Academy Test Announced

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The first seven drivers to participate in the BMR Drivers Academy have been announced.
The first seven drivers to participate in the BMR Drivers Academy have been announced.

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The BMR Drivers Academy will welcome seven drivers for evaluation for potential inclusion in the program during an upcoming pair of test days on Jan. 8-9.

The first official on-track activity for the BMR Drivers Academy will take place on Jan. 8-9 with testing at the All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., and seminars at Bill McAnally Racing.

Twenty-three-year-old Cole Moore of Granite Bay, Calif., has the most experience at All American Speedway after claiming the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly championship in the late model division at the track in 2020. He previously won the 2019 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour title and scored four Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Model wins.

He will be joined by a trio of young West Coast drivers with extensive lineage in stock car racing. Third-generation driver Austin Herzog, 18, from Clovis, Calif., won the 2019 Nut Up Pro Late Model championship at Madera Speedway. Eric Nascimento Jr., 19, from Manteca, Calif., is the 2020 Stockton Late Model champion. Sixteen-year-old Zachary Telford of Middleton, Idaho, comes into the Academy with eight modified wins in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series and a pair of ARCA Menards Series West top-10s in three starts.

The other side of the country will be represented well including 18-year-old Zachary Tinkle from Speedway, Ind. Tinkle scored four top-10 finishes in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour in 2020 after winning the 2019 CRA Sportsman title. Yuven Sundaramoorthy from Delafield, Wis., is a 17-year-old karting and formula standout, earning 10 top-10 finishes in the 2020 USF2000 championship on the Road to Indy platform. Sixteen-year-old William Robusto of Fort Mill, S.C., rounds out the official test participants after graduating a successful career in INEX Legends cars.

Drivers will convene at Bill McAnally Racing in Roseville, Calif., on Jan. 8 for an open house and seminars before on track activity at nearby All American Speedway that afternoon. The program continues on Jan. 9 with the BMR shop sessions beginning at 10 a.m. before another three hours of practice time.

Each of the 14 Drivers Academy drivers this season will be matched with Bill McAnally Racing prepared stock cars. Drivers will utilize chassis components that are the same as ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Events will be streamed live on SPEED SPORT TV. The points leader after rounds 14, 24, and 30 will earn the opportunity for a race in the ARCA Menards Series. Drivers that win race events in the Drivers Academy during the 2021 season will receive one entry per win, towards a drawing for an opportunity with BMR/MHR in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix Raceway next November.