Julia Landauer Selected for Exclusive NASCAR Next Program
Julia Landauer, 2015 NASCAR track champion and current driver of the #54 Toyota Racing Camry in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, is one of 11 drivers selected for this year’s NASCAR Next class.
From Charlotte to New York City, and from Quebec to Israel, the 11 drivers who were announced as the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class are primed for a successful and impactful future in NASCAR. The sixth edition of NASCAR Next – an industry-wide initiative designed to spotlight to best and brightest rising young stars in racing – was unveiled on FS1’s Race Hub.
“The NASCAR Next program has introduced current stars such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney to the NASCAR fan, and we believe this year’s class has the same potential,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president of marketing and industry services. “These drivers have shown the talent and intangibles to climb the NASCAR ladder, and we are looking forward to watching their careers grow.”
This year’s NASCAR Next class was selected through an evaluation process that included input from industry executives, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Council and media. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and demonstrate the potential to realize that goal.