My Racing Roots, Beyond the Oval


After attending one of my family friend’s go-kart race, I became inspired and fell in love with the idea of racing. That moment would change the course of my life. This would lead to many friendships, moments, and memories I cherish to this day.  At 11 years old in Monterrey, Mexico I looked to begin my racing career.

There were many challenges from the start—the immediate one being money. This was a large feat for my family and I because we didn’t come from a racing or wealthy background. I then started to look for ways to support this costly lifestyle because my family couldn’t do it alone.

Initially, I started with supporting other drivers in various go-karting circles. Whether it was helping them set up or test their go-karts, I did what I needed to do. The drivers I assisted would provide their go-karts for me to practice during the week while mine was in my hauler, and even help me get tires. It helped me begin to understand how special the culture of racing is. I felt as if I became a part of the family that is racing.

After facing much adversity, I found my stride in racing go-karts.  That success would allow me to showcase my skills and race in Europe. Although I was doing well, I struggled to find sponsorships to follow the Euro-path and race there. At the time, NASCAR began to grow widely in Mexico. So, at 17 years old, I found my start in the world of stock car racing.

I began my journey in the oval with one goal in mind; to be one of the best Mexican drivers nationally. While I was successful early on in my NASCAR career, money was still some adversity I faced. My father re-did the mortgage on our home and even sold his business to support me. At the time, it looked like that year was going to be my last in racing. However, the work we put into my racing career paid off and I got my first sponsor in the middle of that season, Telmex.

With the support of Telmex the rest of that season and the one that followed went well. Amid the following season, I found an opportunity to race in the US. I seized the moment and it ultimately paid off.  I now look back and see how far I’ve come in the world of motorsports. I couldn’t be more thankful for everyone that helped me get to where I am today, especially my family.