NASCAR has made the news several times lately for the new ownerships with some big name sports figures. 

On January 15, another high profile figure joined the world of NASCAR when Armando Perez signed on as part owner in Trackhouse Racing. 

The Latin music world best knows Perez as the award winning, chart topping artist as Mr Worldwide himself – Pitbull. 

Pitbull joins Justin Marks as the owners of Trackhouse Racing with Mexican born Daniel Suarez as the team’s driver.  Suarez will drive the number 99 car.

Pitbull spoke on his new venture via a team release saying, “as soon as I met Justin, (team president) Ty Norris and Daniel, we were on the same page.  They welcomed me aboard, and now we’re going to show the world NASCAR is not only a sport but it’s a culture.”

Trackhouse owners Marks and Pitbull plan to go beyond just fielding a Cup Series car; they are looking to collaborate on other philanthropic efforts including education programs in inner cities.

Justin Marks said, “from day one of creating Trackhouse Racing, I wanted our team to be a platform for purpose, to transcend the sport and positively impact all races on and off the track.  I am proud that in just a few months we are here announcing a partnership with one of the most influential and recognized artists in the world. Within the first 10 minutes of our first meeting, it was clear Armando and I share a vision and passion for impacting the lives of the underrepresented. We are creating and compelling a movement of positivity and possibility, using the platform and excitement of sports and music.

NASCAR also spoke on the new partnership with Marks and Pitbull via a statement saying, NASCAR is excited to welcome international recording star Pitbull into the NASCAR family, as he joins Trackhouse Racing and an incredibly talented driver in Daniel Suárez.  Pitbull is an iconic talent in the music industry and has tremendous passion for NASCAR racing.  We look forward to working with him to further engage diverse audiences and introduce new fans to our great sport.”

Trackhouse noted that Pitbull plans to be on hand at Daytona International Speedway on February 14 for the Daytona 500.

feature photo credit: Pitbull’s Facebook page