(Phoenix, Ariz.) – Three-time boxing world champion Fernando Vargas can add another title to his long list of honors. Vargas has been named Honorary Pace Car Driver for the inaugural NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, March 1.
“We are honored to have Fernando Vargas as our Honorary Pace Car Driver for the debut of the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series,” said Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. “We know he will bring a lot of energy to this event and the fans will be tremendously excited to see him in person.”
As honorary pace car driver for NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series’ debut on U.S. soil, Vargas will rev up the crowd by leading the field to the green flag on their inaugural trip around PIR’s famed 1-mile oval. He will also work with PIR officials and the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series team to help welcome fans, drivers, and competitors to Phoenix for the landmark event.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the field to the Green Flag at the first NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series race at PIR and see my Arizona fans,” said Vargas. “Truly another crowning moment in my life where I’m careful to give all the praise to my maker Jesus Christ. I look forward to seeing everyone in March.”
Vargas, also known as ‘El Feroz’ or ‘Ferocious’, has enjoyed a successful career as a Mexican/American professional boxer. He holds a 31-5-22 professional record and also won a bronze medal as an amateur at the 1995 Pan American Games
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