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Racer Ferguson sticking with school

October 18, 2012 - Burt Angeli
NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine has selected 17 young drivers including 19-year-old Paige Decker of Eagle River, Wis.

Florence’s Dave Kallmann, motorsports writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, said the Drive for Diversity Combine “evaluation will determine who lands rides next season in the K&N Pro Series and Whelen All-American Series next season with Rev Racing.”

Amanda Ferguson of Monteverde, Fla., who dominated this summer’s BOSS Snowplow “Race To A Cure” at Norway Speedway, would have been an ideal candidate for the NASCAR program.

If she had applied.

“It is a huge time commitment having to work in the shop during the week and racing on the weekends with most of the drivers having to relocate to North Carolina,” said Ferguson, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major at the University of South Florida. “At this point in time with my school schedule, I cannot make such a big commitment.”

A Daily News source thought Ferguson would have “stood a great chance of making” the Drive for Diversity Combine.

Achieving those South Florida degrees mean much to Amanda. If she doesn’t wind up racing in NASCAR, she can always fall back on the engineering degrees.

At this time, Amanda plans to return to Norway Speedway in 2013.



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