This Sunday Victor Gonzalez, Jr. will become a part of NASCAR history when he takes part in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race as the first Caribbean driver to take part in the competition. The Puerto Rican driver will join Juan Pablo Montoya in the race as one of the two Hispanic drivers to compete at the highest level of NASCAR.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gonzalez began his racing career on the island participating in touring car competitions. Gonzalez has a record of over 30 wins to his name, and is the only driver from Puerto Rico to be approved to compete in NASCAR’s top two divisions.
Back in 2009, Gonzalez made history being the first Puerto Rican to ever compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series finishing at 14th place in his NASCAR debut.
This Sunday, the 23rd of June, in Sonoma, California Gonzalez will be racing the #36 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
And if you’re interested in reading about other NASCAR drivers look for LatinTRENDS July/August issue for our interview with NASCAR’s German Quiroga.