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Josh White, who hails from Charleston, West Virginia, will attempt to make his NASCAR debut driving the Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing No. 10 Chevrolet, becoming the first U.S. Marine to race in any of NASCAR's national touring series.
David Pack, Gulf-War Veteran and business development representative for JJCR, recognized White's stance as a United States Marine Corp (USMC) Veteran and helped make the opportunity possible for the 25-year-old.
“Dave (Pack) was excited at the thought of having a Marine race their truck,” White said. “We have been working together for the past month and have already secured enough funding to attempt my first NASCAR race."
Working alongside Cobb, who has 130 career starts in the Truck Series, White will have an experienced driver to coach him through his first NASCAR weekend.
"It is an honor to be working with Josh and I have never met a driver with more enthusiasm or more work ethic,” Cobb said. “Like any disciplined Marine, instead of complaining that nobody is giving him an opportunity to race, he is earning it and that hard work is paying off. We are proud to be part of this very special history.”
Though he has no time behind the wheel of a truck, White is coming off his rookie ARCA season in 2015, where he made 17 of 20 races with a best finish of 21st.
"When I spoke with Jen," White continued, "she explained that success in NASCAR is dependent on quality of equipment and that she would give me this opportunity and put any sponsor money I could raise into my effort. I feel like this is a place where I can gain experience and be of help to the entire organization.”
Already securing a primary partner, who will be announced at a later date, White is still on the lookout for additional corporate sponsorships or individual donations.
Contact David Pack [firstname.lastname@example.org] for any sponsorship opportunities with NASCAR's first Marine racecar driver.
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