Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fast Facts: Drive for Diversity Driver Ali Kern

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Todd Warshaw
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: Ali Kern.
  • Ali Kern was born May 11, 1993 in Fremont, Ohio. She began quad motorcross racing at age 7, picking up more than 150 wins at eight tracks from 2001-2005. She moved to go-karts from 2006-2008, winning over 200 events and eight championships in those three seasons.
  • In 2009, Kern raced modifieds at Sandusky (Ohio) Speedway, earning one win and 12 top 10 finishes. In 2010, she became the youngest female to race in a NASCAR-sanctioned development series race, and finished 20th in her K&N Pro Series East debut at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire. In 2011, she moved into Late Models in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and competed in two more K&N Pro Series East races.
  • 2012 found Kern racing in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance and finishing 10th overall. In 2013, she moved to the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS, winning rookie of the year and finishing runner-up in the championship hunt; she followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the standings in 2014.
  • In 2016, Kern will compete for Rev Racing in the K&N Pro Series East; she finished 20th at the season opener at New Smyrna.
  • Learn more about Kern at her website, alikern.com. Learn more about Rev Racing and the D4D program at revracing.net.
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