For the first time in NASCAR history, a North American native will attempt to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Derek White, a member of the Kanawake Reserve, located outside of Montréal, will attempt to make his NSCS debut this weekend, piloting the No. 33 Chevrolet for Circle Sport Racing, White confirmed on Twitter.
Big news I'll be in the #33 car sprint cup series NEW HAMPSHIRE SPEEDWAY next Sunday
— DEREK PIE WHITE (@ocrgazbar99) July 11, 2015
“Big news I’ll be in the #33 car sprint cup series NEW HAMPSHIRE SPEEDWAY next Sunday,” White’s tweet reads.
Carl Long Motorsports first announced the news on their Facebook page Sunday. The team, which competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, posted the following statement:
“Motorsports Business Management’s [XFINITY teams 13 & 40] main owner…driver Derek White will be driving in our #13 Dodge next week at Loudon. Derek is also going to start in his first Cup race. The team Derek is driving for, will put out a press release shortly. Derek will be the first North American native to compete in the Cup series. There are many people in racing with Native Indian bloodlines, however Derek still lives and works on the Kanawake Reserve outside Montréal.”
White, 44, will become the first North American native to compete in NSCS action. The Quebec native has competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NXS since 2009, making a total of 22 races in the seven-year span.