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By: Paula Thompson
With the recent successes of Drive for Diversity graduates Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr., the next batch of D4D drivers are ready to make a name for themselves. Over the next few weeks, Fast Facts will take a quick look at the young careers of these talented and diverse drivers. Next up: Jairo Avila Jr.
- Jairo Avila Jr. was born May 11, 1995 in Alhambra, California and is of Columbian descent. He’s also known as “J.A. Junior.”
- Avila began racing go-karts in 2002, spending six years in the machines until moving up to Bandoleros in 2008; he earned 18 wins in go-kart competition. In Bandolero competition, Avila won 10 times in 2008 before advancing to Legends cars, where he won 75 times in five seasons (2009-2013); he also raced a Thunder Roadster in 2013, winning five times in five starts.
- In 2014, Avila picked up three top 10 finishes in five Lucas Oil Modified starts and four top 10s in five starts in the K&N Pro Series West. In 2015, he made two ARCA Racing Series starts with Lira Motorsports, finishing 16th at Pocono and 10th at Kansas.
- In 2016, Avila will compete for Rev Racing in the K&N Pro Series East; he finished 23rd in his first race of the season at New Smyrna. He also competed at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series this year, finishing 39th.
- Learn more about Avila at his website, www.jajunior56thebullet.com. Learn more about Rev Racing and the D4D program at revracing.net.