RCR adds two female teenagers to driver development program

Richard Childress Racing and Team Dillon Racing announced Wednesday afternoon it has signed 14-year-old Ahnna Parkhurst and 17-year-old Kate Dallenbach to its driver development program.

Patrick Smith

Richard Childress Racing and Team Dillon Racing announced Wednesday afternoon it has signed 14-year-old Ahnna Parkhurst and 17-year-old Kate Dallenbach to its driver development program.

Parkhurst is just in her second year of competitive racing, but has already caught the attention of team owner Richard Childress by running 42 Mini Outlaws races in 2014, winning 12 and finishing in the runner-up spot 12 times.

This season she plans to run 40 races in RCR/TDR Crate Dirt Late Models at Boyd Speedway and Swainsboro Speedway in Georgia, as well as Modoc Speedway in South Carolina.

"Ahnna has an incredible natural talent and absorbs everything she can to become a better driver every time she races," said Childress. "Everything I have seen and heard about her racing has been positive. She is going to learn and improve even more this year on the dirt tracks and I look forward to watching that progress."

Dallenbach is the daughter of former NASCAR driver Wally Dallenbach Jr. and comes from a long line of racers that also include her mother and grandfather.

The Davidson, North Carolina high school senior has been racing competitively since 2007, and in 2014 races for RCR/TDR in 10 events at Boyd Speedway. She also competed in 15 asphalt Late Model races for Lee Faulk Racing.

This year, she will run more than 20 races with Faulk, as well as 10 events on dirt with RCR/TDR.

"I am honored and looking forward to being a larger part of RCR’s Driver Development Program this year," said Dallenbach. "As a driver, I’m looking forward to improving my racing skills and winning some dirt and asphalt races. I hope to start testing Trucks in the future, as well. "I can’t thank Richard (Childress), Mike (Dillon) and Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops enough for this opportunity."