With graduation looming, Levine eyes Talladega education

With graduation looming, Levine eyes Talladega education

(TALLADEGA, Ala. – April 30, 2015) – After back-to-back top 10 finishes in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events at short tracks, David Levine is ready to race for his first top 10 at a superspeedway.

As an added incentive, Talladega is the first of the four races that will decide the ARCA Racing Bill France Four Crown award winner, the title recognizing the best driver throughout the diverse schedule of speedways, road courses, short tracks, and dirt ovals.

Currently fourth in ARCA Racing Series driver points standings, Levine closed the gap on third from 70 points to just 30 after his CGS Imaging Hard Charger award winning run from 25th to ninth in the Federated Auto Parts 200 last weekend at Salem Speedway. Levine maintained his lead in the Scott Rookie Challenge standings, and broke into the top five in the Calypso Short Track Challenge standings. 

Levine will replace the familiar driver’s suit and helmet he’ll be wearing Friday in Talladega for a cap and gown next weekend, as he graduates from college. Levine has earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies from Furman University in Greenville, SC.

“This race happens to fall right in the middle of my finals week at college,” David said. “After the race, I have to go back to school to take a few more finals, and then graduate on May 9.  Finishing college is something that is important to me. Of course my goal is for racing to be my full-time job, but I’m realistic in understanding how hard it is to make that happen. My college degree is the backup plan if I cannot race for the rest of my life.”

The key to winning at Talladega for Levine, as it is for most every driver in every series that races there, is to avoid trouble.

“I am really looking forward to racing at Talladega,” he said. “My experience superspeedway racing at Daytona was a lot of fun, and I think our no. 59 Lira Motorsports Gary Yeomans Ford / TraqGear / AttorneyAtLaw.com Fusion will be fast. I learned a lot working with both Lira Motorsports and Kimmel Racing at Daytona in February, and I think we’ll have a shot at winning this weekend. This race will still be tough. With graduation coming up, I have a lot of things going on this week. Thankfully, everything for Talladega is packed into one day on Friday.”

Practice for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 is on Friday, May 1 from 8:30-10:20am. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell begins at 2:30 in the afternoon, followed by the green flag just after 5 p.m. (all times Central Daylight Time). The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.