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Latinos make headlines in auto racing

By Jose Romero - Feb 03, 2015

One sport where Latinos are making tremendous inroads is auto racing, and there's recently been big news.

On Tuesday, Gabby Chaves became the newest Colombian IndyCar driver when it was announced that the 21-year-old will drive the No. 98 car for Bryan Herta Autosport in the upcoming race series. He'll be a rookie racing in the top circuit in IndyCar, and he's coming off an IndyLights championship that saw him pick up four wins last year. 

Chaves joins Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos Munoz as Latino drivers in IndyCar racing. 

In more racing news, telenovela actor/"Dancing With the Stars" third-place finisher William Levy is working with NASCAR to produce a documentary series on Latino drivers. The show is to be pitched to networks this month. 

“NASCAR is not just a sport, it’s a way of life,” Levy said in a prepared statement. “Hispanic drivers have to navigate a sport that has such a rich American history, while staying authentic and true to where they come from. I can’t wait to highlight the inspiring stories of these drivers through this project.”

Levy has been a busy man in Hollywood, and his name could carry enough weight to push this project through for NASCAR. Which would be groundbreaking. 


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