NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Welcomes Largest Class Since Inception

The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) will welcome its largest class in program history during 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend, NASCAR® announced today.

More than 30 top students from across the country have arrived in Charlotte for orientation at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and other racing venues before attending the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on May 19 (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90). Following orientation, theinterns will officially begin the 10-week, paid program.

Since its inception in 2000, NDIP has offered a select group of students from diverse backgrounds a unique hands-on experience in the motorsports industry. The program has grown to include several industry partners and continues to provide career opportunities for multicultural students as one of the premier internships in sports.

“NASCAR is committed to enhancing diversity both on and off the track and the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has opened doors for hundreds of students to explore a career in motorsports,” said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “Many of our interns have been hired as fulltime employeesand now are helping to lead NASCAR into the future – a great testament to the value and success of NDIP.”

Among the notable NDIP alumni are Brandon Thompson, managing director of the NASCAR Touring Series, and Jusan Hamilton, who last year became the first African American to serve as race director for a NASCAR national series event. Hamilton also oversees the NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver and crew member development programs.

Erica Wilkerson, another NDIP alum, now works in youth marketing at NASCAR and manages NASCAR Acceleration Nation, the sport’s first national youth platform. Pedro Mojica interned with Rev Racing and the NASCAR Research and Development Center before joining International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) as a technical engineer.

The 2018 NDIP class will have roles at NASCAR and program partners across the industry which include InternationalSpeedway Corporation (ISC), Toyota, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and several tracks and teams.

Throughout the program, interns will interact with industry professionals at an array of networking events and lunch-and-learns led by NASCAR executives. The interns will also have access to mentors and NDIP alumni currently working at the sanctioning body and partner organizations.

Many of the interns will participate in their first NASCAR experience during Monster Energy NASCAR All- Star Raceweekend. The experience will include guided tours of the NASCAR R&D Center, MRN studios and Roush FenwayRacing.

The interns will also meet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver and NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate, Darrell Wallace Jr., the highest placing African-American driver in DAYTONA 500 history.


NDIP is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate-level college students and offers hands-on experience with one of the top sports industries in the country. The internship provides opportunities to multicultural students from all majors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

The 2018 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program class includes:




Genesis Acosta

NASCAR & ISC Human Resources

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Maria Aleman

NASCAR Research & Development

North Carolina State University

Ariel Cavazos

ISC Legal

Florida A&M University College of Law

Nikhaule Chandler

Motor Racing Network

North Carolina A&T State University

Sally Chung

ISC Finance

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Chandler Coley

Roush Fenway Racing

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brijea Daniel

Richard Childress Racing

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brandon Escamilla

NASCAR Driver Marketing

Texas Southern University

Grant Floto

Michigan International Speedway

University of Michigan

Taylor Harris

Gateway Motorsports Park

Hampton University

Zachary Hernandez

Chicagoland Speedway

Lewis University

Asia Hirschenson

ISC Partnership Marketing

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Jorge Jones

NASCAR Hispanic & Youth Marketing

University of the Incarnate Word

Kevin Joseph

NASCAR Research & Development

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Henry Lanear

Kansas Speedway

Rice University

Kenneth Lee

Talladega Superspeedway

Tuskegee University

Nealyn Lee

NASCAR Finance

Bethune-Cookman University

Zue Lopez Diaz

NASCAR Public Affairs

Florida International University

Olivia Messineo

NASCAR Digital Media

SUNY Cortland

Maxwell Miranda

NASCAR Licensing

Mercer University

Carlena Neely


University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Hyleah O’Quinn

NASCAR Green Innovation

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Kushagra Pandey

NASCAR Analytics & Insights

George Washington University

Sonya Patel


University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Jay Patel

NASCAR Productions

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Darwin Patterson

NASCAR Digital Media

University of Florida

Kirby Paulson

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Comms.

Quinnipiac University

Malaney Sanders

NASCAR Weekly & Touring

University of Arkansas

Julia Siguenza

NASCAR Broadcast

Towson University

Steven Sosa

ISC Digital & Interactive Communications

University of Central Florida

Ivana Valdez

NASCAR Green-Hotels for Hope

University of Texas

Isaiah Wright

Richmond Raceway

Virginia State University

Lucia Zapata

Daytona International Speedway

University of Central Florida

Claudia Zapata

NASCAR Foundation

University of the Incarnate Word


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