Did you happen to notice who was sponsoring the #05 of Victor Gonzalez JR. in last Saturdays NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Watkins Glen? The Ricky Matin Foundation was on the hood of the car.
I will be honest – I did not notice it on TV myself, I actually saw it on Twitter. Gonzalez had sent a pic from the pits to Ricky – and then international music star Re-Tweeted it – giving NASCAR a shout-out and some truly international exposure: Ricky Martin has 1.4 million followers. You can follow them both: (@Ricky_Martin) & (@VictorGonz)
The Ricky Martin Foundation advocates for the well-being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education, and health. Their principal project, People for Children, condemns child exploitation as a consequence of human trafficking and modern day slavery.
“My involvement with the Foundation started when Ricky Martin send me a ‘tweet’ wishing me well at Road America earlier this year,” Gonzalez said. “I was aware of the Foundation and met with their staff. I am honored to support their mission and assist with the fundraising efforts to strengthen their initiatives on behalf of children’s rights.”
“When I heard about human trafficking and learned how children are exploited worldwide, I knew that I could help by being a ‘Voice of Awareness’”, Gonzalez continued. “I feel it is my responsibility as an athlete to be a voice spreading the message of the Foundation. The best available estimate is that 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide every year for exploitation purposes such as forced labor, commercial sexual exploitation, prostitution, and other forms of modern day slavery.”
Gonzalez is a relatively new face on the NASCAR scene. Victor is the first driver from Puerto Rico to ever compete in NASCAR. He made his Nationwide Series Debut in Montreal last year. He raced earlier this season at Road America and he made his oval track debut in Phoenix. This was Gonzalez’s first trip to Watkins Glen in the Nationwide Series.
The day did not end well for the #05. Early in the race he blew a right front tire. The explosion ripped the front end of the car apart. He was never able to get it back on the track. They finished the day P37.
Based on his performance in all of his starts – I do not think we have seen the last of Victor Gonzalez Jr. I hope we also continue to see the Ricky Martin Foundation as a sponsor in NASCAR.
To learn more about The Ricky Martin Foundation and their work around the Globe; please click here.