NaplesNews.com reports that O.B. Osceola Jr., Seminole, has become NASCAR’s first American Indian owner when he and Bob Germain of Germain Racing formed Germain-Osceola Racing, a new NASCAR national series team.
The team plans to field an entry in 2012 on the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide or Camping World truck Series. They have yet to name a driver. And how will they fund their team in the competitive, lucrative, but very expensive world of NASCAR racing? With projected backing from a number of Native American Tribes.
“I have a big vision for our tribes,” Osceola Jr. told NaplesNews. “I wanted to be somewhat of a pioneer. The opportunity came where I realized there was no Native American owners in NASCAR, so that became a goal of mine. It inspired me to get involved with Bob.”
Osceola Jr. is not new to running a business. He was the president of Pro Investment Group International and the CEO of Pro Games LLC. Racing site CatchFence.com reported that Osceola has been “instrumental in constructing and managing a number of large-scale projects for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, including fundraising and construction for Florida’s Immokalee Casino, and overseeing the tribe’s ownership of the Hard Rock and Hollywood Hotel/Casino franchies.” Osceola Jr. recently retired earlier this year from acting as a liaison between the Naples Seminole community and the Seminole Tribal Council and Board of Directors.
“He has a lot of pull with Seminole Gaming, which owns all the Hard Rock Cafes in the world and many other casinos and resorts,” Germain said in a press release issued by his racing team. “O.B. is going out and soliciting all these tribes around the country.”
More details to come here at Indian Country Today Media Network on this groundbreaking news.