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Juan Manuel Gonzalez will run full-time in the K&N Pro Series this season after competing in 10 events last season. (Photo/NASCAR)

NextGen Motorsports Announces New Sponsor & Returning Driver For K&N Series

TOUGHBUILT backs NextGen Motorsports & Juan Manuel Gonzalez


NEW SMYRNA, Fla.— NextGen Motorsports, LLC out of Mooresville, NC, is pleased to announce TOUGHBUILT as a sponsor for the 2019 K&N Pro Series with returning driver Juan Manuel Gonzalez.

Supporting Diversity by Developing Minority Drivers for the Next Level of Racing

TOUGHBUILT joins NextGen Motorsports aligning with the mission to develop young, minority drivers hoping to fulfill their dreams to become NASCAR Cup Series drivers.  TOUGHBUILT has identified NASCAR as the motorsport that most resembles their core values of quality and design.  TOUGHBUILT makes tool belts with easy ClipTech technology, saw horses, miter saw stands, innovative knee pads with interchangeable shells and professional bags and totes. All TOUGHBUILT products have a lifetime warranty. Adding to TOUGHBUILT’s specialty items for the construction industry, TOUGHBUILT will soon be releasing one of the toughest cell phones in the industry equipped with applications that save contractor’s time and money.

Michael Panosian, TOUGHBUILT, CEO stated, “We visited Mexico City for the last race of the 2018 NASCAR PEAK Mexico series. We were so impressed with the level of organization and the drivers, especially Juan Manuel Gonzalez. Juan Manuel, and other young athletes dream of becoming NASCAR drivers in the U.S. Like TOUGHBUILT, these young and eager professionals have an unmatched level of desire and commitment to succeed and grow. They made it easy for us to sign on as a sponsor. We are very grateful to be a part of the NextGen Motorsports developmental program and join their commitment to increasing the diversity in NASCAR.”

Juan Manuel Gonzalez, a 19-year-old driver from Mexico City, and currently attending school in San Antonio, Texas said, “I’m pretty excited to start this new season with NextGen, who I had the opportunity to race with last year. I want to thank my sponsors Illux, TOUGHBUILT, Escuderia Telmex – Telcel, Aria, Hooter’s Mexico for their trust in the project. I’m sure really good things are coming this year.”

Focusing on Talent From Latin America

Carlos Crespo, Owner of NextGen Motorsports and a Cuban born American, said “There is a tremendous amount of young talent developing throughout Latin America across various motorsports platforms. Much of this talent is looking for a path to rise through the ranks and achieve the ultimate goal of competing in the U.S. in NASCAR’s Cup Series. Moreover, with NASCAR’s commitment to increasing diversity in the sport, we’re excited to place our focus in Latin America. During the past couple of weeks, we’ve fielded calls of interest from Mexico, Brazil, and Columbia.”

NextGen has committed to three drivers so far for the 2019 season.  Juan Manuel Gonzalez will be running full-time NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and K&N Pro Series. Max Gutierrez, a 15-year-old driver who just became the NASCAR Mexico Truck Series Champion, will be running late models with NextGen. Max’s teammate, Marco Marin will also be running in the late model series.

Team Effort

Dee Jetton, General Manager for NextGen Motorsports, indicates the NextGen team plans to participate in the full K&N East Series and select Late Model events. Interested drivers should contact Dee at for details on race packages and developmental driving programs. Jetton says, “In addition to our sponsors, we’ve had many people in the racing industry step up to assist NextGen Motorsports in our efforts to create these opportunities for drivers.” NextGen’s Technical Director, Wayne Setterington said, “Crafting a strategy for success is always a team effort. We are especially grateful to Ronnie Bassett for his assistance in preparing our cars for the New Smyrna race. JP Morgan and Greg Biffle have also been instrumental in ensuring a successful start to the 2019 season.”