New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara enters NASCAR

Alvin Kamara, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Alvin Kamara, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara has partnered with a NASCAR Xfinity Series team to sponsor a driver at the Daytona International Speedway road course.

During the Daytona 500 rain delay this past Sunday evening, New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara told NASCAR fans to “stay tuned” regarding him having his own racing team.

Little did anybody know that just days later, he would be announcing his first NASCAR partnership.

Kamara’s chain of juice bars in Louisiana, The Big Squeezy, is set to serve as the primary sponsor of the #6 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet in this Saturday’s race, the Super Start Batteries 188, at the Daytona International Speedway road course.

Ryan Vargas is the full-time driver of that #6 Chevrolet and is excited to welcome Kamara aboard.

Here is what Vargas had to say about the new partnership in a team release.

"“Having the opportunity to work with Alvin Kamara and The Big Squeezy is such a huge honor. As one of the best running backs in the game, I know Alvin puts 110% effort into everything he does and that can easily be said for myself and our No. 6 JD Motorsports team.”"

Here is what Kamara had to add.

"“When this opportunity presented itself, I knew I couldn’t let it slip by. I did a bit of research on Ryan as an individual and JD Motorsports and was impressed with what I read. I’m excited to play a small role in what they already have going on.”"

Vargas finished in 18th place in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway this past Saturday, and this partnership has managed to materialize ever since then.

Kamara got into NASCAR last season and has become a huge fan ever since attending last year’s Daytona 500.

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Last fall on the first episode of “Truss Levels”, an original podcast series by The Players’ Tribune  with New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and former Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II, Kamara said, “NASCAR lit, bro. … This s*** lit.”

Whether or not this is the first step toward Kamara actually becoming a team owner remains to be seen, but it is certainly a step in the right direction amid a wave of new celebrity team owners, including Michael Jordan and Pitbull.

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The Super Start Batteries 188 is set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 from the Daytona International Speedway road course beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET this Saturday, February 20.