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Tristan Nunez Seeks Votes in Sponsorship Contest

By James Fish
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 17, 2013 Last Updated: January 18, 2013
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Teen racing prodigy Tristan Nunez stands next to a SpeedSource Mazda 6 GX similar to the one he will drive at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona Jan 26. (Chris Jasurek/The Epoch Times)

Teen racing prodigy Tristan Nunez stands next to a SpeedSource Mazda 6 GX similar to the one he will drive at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona Jan 26. (Chris Jasurek/The Epoch Times)

Teenage sports car champ Tristan Nunez has entered a different kind of competition: trying to get his video voted the winner so he can pick up Champion Spark Plugs’ Search for a Champion sponsorship.

The Florida teen, who at age 17 is the youngest driver ever to win a sports car title, has produced a video explaining why he can win another championship in 2013, as part of the Search for a Champion contest. He hopes to win part of $125,000 in sponsorships to further his career.

“The drive to be a champion just takes a little passion,” said Nunez in a press statement. “I think when you have passion for anything you do, that it’s definitely the first step to reaching your goals. After securing the 2012 championship title in IMSA Lites last year, I definitely have big goals for 2013 as well.

“I’m excited to compete for one of Champion’s sponsorships and appreciate all the support from my family, friends and the fans during the voting process!”

Fans can watch the video and vote at Champion’s www.AlwaysaChampion.com. To support Nunez, go to http://alwaysachampion.com/contest/entry/1384129. Initial voting ends Feb. 3 so vote soon and often.

Winners will be picked by both viewer votes and NASCAR driver and team owner Kevin Harvick.

“Thousands of grassroots racers are looking for exactly this type of support to help them win championships in 2013, and the Champion brand is ready to make it happen for a second straight year,” Harvick said.

“The videos are fantastic this year, which tells us that each of these talented racers has as much passion for their sport as I do for auto racing. And it shows that they’d love nothing more than to take their racing programs to the next level with a Champion sponsorship.”

The contest is divided into five categories: Asphalt, Earth, Water, Snow & Ice, and Everything Else. Nunez is competing in the Asphalt class. Three finalists in each class will receive $5,000 and a grand-prize winner, $50,000.

Nunez dominated the IMSA Prototypes Lites series in his first full year of racing, winning 11 of 14 races, 12 poles, and setting 7 track records. He followed that by going to England on a team USA scholarship, where he beat the world’s best Formula Ford drivers to win the Walter Hayes Trophy.

The speedy teen will be driving the No. 00 VisitFlorida/SpeedSource Mazda6 at the Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of January. Beyond that his plans are still forming. The Search for a Champion sponsorship would broaden his range of options.

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