MARTINVILLE, Va. — Josh White, 25, a United States Marine Corp (USMC) Veteran of Charleston, W.Va. not only fulfilled a lifelong dream of racing in NASCAR, but made history as the first veteran to do so.
On Oct. 29, 2016, White participated in the Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Alpha Energy Solutions 200, held in Martinsville, Va. White’s participation was a dream which he held close to his heart for a life time, and was all made possible by another veteran, David Pack of McDermott. Pack said he learned of White’s desire through social media.
“A Marine got to live his dream to race in NASCAR. Never been done in NASCAR history,” Pack said. “It all started on Facebook, when I read Josh’s post on Facebook. Josh had vented his frustration on Facebook, regarding his racing career not going anywhere, and responded. I told him that maybe his approach was wrong, and he asked if I could show him some pointers, and we began to talk about his efforts in his racing career.”
White’s grand experience to participate in-NASCAR was made possible through two entities, according to Pack, JJCR Business Development, and non-profit organization called Driven2Honor, of which Pack serves as a board member.
“He told me that he was a veteran in the Marine Corp, and I shared with him that I was a Gulf War vet.,” Pack said. “I told him that being a veteran was his calling card, because we have a charity where we bring veterans to the race track and entertain them, and that I had an idea of putting him on a race track and giving him an opportunity to live his dream and race in NASCAR.”
White said it was such an indescribable moment in his life, something he cannot put into words.
“This has been a long time dream of mine. It was just a feeling of disbelief for the longest time, and I don’t think that it completely sank in until I actually got to the race track, got in the truck, and get out there,” White said. “I really appreciate what Dave has done for me. He has gone above and beyond, and has just been incredible. It would not have been possible without all of his help.”
Moving forward, White said it has been a great learning experience, and is grateful for the help and support he received from Pack.
“I have learned a lot from it, and Dave has taught me a lot. The kind of experience that Dave has is awesome,” White said. “People in my position would never learn, if it were not for people such as Dave. I plan on continuing with this, and trying to establish a career in race car driving, something I have also longed to do for as long as I can remember
Pack said he is just glad White got the opportunity to fulfill his dream.
“It was an awesome experience for him, and much deserved,” Pack said. “I am just glad to have been a part of this amazing moment in Josh’s life. I’m just glad that it he got the opportunity of a life time.
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