If things go according to planned, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Tommy Baldwin Racing could help make history when the circuit heads to Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in June. TBR plans to put Victor Gonzalez Jr. in its No. 36 car for the two Sprint Cup road course races this year at Sonoma and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
If Gonzalez makes the race at Sonoma, he’ll become the first Caribbean driver to compete in a NASCAR Cup-level event.
“I am excited to bring new Hispanic fans to the Sprint Cup series at Sonoma,” Gonzalez said. “I cannot wait to show NASCAR fans around the world what Tommy Baldwin Racing and I can do together.”
Gonzalez lives in the Dominican Republic. He was the first Caribbean driver to compete in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series in 2009 when he raced in that series at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2009. He competed in four Nationwide races and 2010 and made his oval debut at Phoenix International Raceway. Gonzalez also competed at the Nationwide level twice last year, running races at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and at Watkins Glen.
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