Alvin Kamara isn’t content with being just one of the best running backs in the NFL. Now he’s jumping sports. The Saints tailback is joining the NASCAR ranks.
Kamara said he’ll sponsor the No. 6 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller car driven by Ryan Vargas at this week’s race at Daytona International Speedway, NBC Sports reported. The car will feature the logo of Kamara’s juice bar chain The Big Squeezy.
“When this opportunity presented itself, I knew I couldn’t let it slip by,” Kamara said in statement. “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.”
It wasn’t clear how long the sponsorship will last.
Alvin Kamara Became NASCAR Fan Because of Flag Ban
Alvin Kamara wasn’t always a NASCAR fan. In fact, he didn’t really pay attention to the sport until race organizers banned the confederate flag last summer. He tweeted his support for the decision and was invited to the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He’s been hooked since.
Bubba Wallace, the Sprint Cup Series’ only black driver, demanded NASCAR ban the flag last year following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. NASCAR agreed and said it would immediately bar fans from raising the flag at any future race.
Kamara told the Miami Herald that it was the right call and long overdue.
“I don’t think it’s about when to say it. It’s about it actually being said,” Kamara said. “It’s taken this long to do it and it is what it is. Me personally, I’m not going to be mad at that because the climate dictated it. The fact that they sat down and got rid of it, and are making these strides to flip the script, that’s all you can ask for.”
Kamara is a Big Fan of Bubba Wallace
He showed up to the race last year wearing Wallace’s gear. The NFL star said he was impressed by Wallace’s willingness to take a stand despite potential backlash.
“I know he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders being the only African American driver with what’s going on and what the climate of the world is right now, and taking a stand,” Kamara said. “He’s backed into a corner right now and it takes a lot of courage to be in the place that he’s in and still say, You know what? I’m going to stand up for what’s right instead of just being quiet and I commend him on that. It takes a lot of bravery. It takes being comfortable in your skin to be able to do something like that.”