August 30, 2011

First Native NASCAR team owner

Auto racing:  Naples' Osceola becomes NASCAR's first Native American team ownerIt could be said O.B. Osceola Jr. was born with racing in his blood.

The lifelong Naples Seminole finally claimed his birthright in early August when he and Bob Germain of Germain Racing formed a new NASCAR national series team, Germain-Osceola Racing.

With the move, Osceola becomes the first Native American team owner in NASCAR.

Plans for G-OR are to field an entry in 2012 on the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide or Camping World Truck Series in 2012 for a still unnamed driver, with backing projected to come from a number of Native American tribes.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see First Native Female NASCAR Truck Owner and Mohawk NASCAR Driver.

1 comment:

Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:

O.B. Osceola, Native NASCAR Team Owner, Looks to Open Doors for Indian Country

O.B. Osceola Jr. has warrior leadership in his blood. He is the descendant of a man who was at one time the most famous American Indian in the world, the man who ignited the Second Seminole War and resisted U.S. incursions on Native lands. The Great Osceola was also a father and husband to two wives, one of whom was African American, and he fiercely resisted America’s brutal institution of slavery. O.B. Osceola Jr. honors that lineage by carrying on the Osceola name, and by rising to become not only one of the most prominent Seminole business leaders ever, but also one of the most prominent business leaders of any ethnicity in the state of Florida and, indeed, in the United States. He is now blazing a trail in the multibillion-dollar NASCAR business, with the recent formation of Germain-Osceola Racing, a partnership he’s forged with Bob Germain of Germain Racing. Through that coalition he now helms a Native American–owned national series stock-car team, becoming part of NASCAR history as one of the two Native-owned NASCAR teams in the sport’s history, sharing that distinction with Laguna Pueblo tribe member David Melton’s Sacred Power Motorsports.