Gonzalez Lands Two-Race Cup Deal

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Victor Gonzalez Jr. will become the first Caribbean driver in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race June 23 at Sonoma Raceway.

Under a freshly signed contract with Tommy Baldwin Racing, Gonzalez Jr. will pilot the No. 36 Chevrolet in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, as well as at the Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 race at Watkins-Glen, N.Y., Aug. 11.

“I am excited to bring new Hispanic fans to the Sprint Cup series at Sonoma,” Gonzalez Jr. said. “I cannot wait to show NASCAR fans around the world what Tommy Baldwin Racing and I can do together.”

A Puerto Rican native who now races for his resident country, the Dominican Republic, Gonzalez Jr., made history in 2009 when he was the first Caribbean driver to compete in a NASCAR Nationwide Series event, finishing 14th in his debut in the 2009 running of the NAPA 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Gonzalez Jr. returned to the Nationwide Series for four races in 2010, making his oval track debut at Phoenix International Raceway.

In 2012, Gonzalez raced in the Nationwide Series at Road America and at Watkins Glen Int’l.