On Tuesday, March 11, Mazda Motorsports driver Tristan Nunez will be speaking to the students of Sebring High School about the dangers of texting and driving as part of his mission to spread his Dnt txt n drV national message. Tristan, named by Sports Illustrated magazine as a "Face in the Crowd," is a Senior in High School at No. 1 Education Place, a private school for aspiring professional athletes.
Tristan became the youngest sports car racing champion in late 2012 when he capped a mind-boggling season that included 11 wins, 12 poles, and seven track records in his rookie season. In 2013, Tristan turned Pro, while becoming the youngest class winner in GRAND-AM Rolex Series history as well as in American Le Mans Series (ALMS) history with his win at Detroit Belle Isle and Baltimore, respectively. In 2014, he was named a MAZDA Motorsports factory driver, and currently competes in the #07 Mazda SKYACTIV diesel prototype in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship for SpeedSource.
Crossing the finish line first for Tristan in no way precludes spreading a visible message to combat distracted driving and curb the growing issue. Tristan is well versed on the subject, having spoke at dozens of high schools across the country in addition to attending the inaugural Florida Distracted Driving Summit alongside former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in Tampa, Fla., as key state and government officials addressed the subject.
Next weekend, Tristan will compete in the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway. National television coverage begins at 10:00 A.M. EDT on FOX Sports 1 on Sat, Mar. 15.
Stay tuned to this column for news and updates from the IMSA garage leading up to the second endurance race of the season, as well as interviews and insights from some of the major players in the sport.
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