Saints' Alvin Kamara to Sponsor NASCAR's Ryan Vargas for Xfinity Series Race

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2021

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) crosses the goal line on a touchdown carry in the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
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New Orleans Saints star Alvin Kamara is partnering with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller to sponsor Ryan Vargas for the Super Start Batteries 188 in the Xfinity Series. 

JD Motorsports shared a statement from Kamara:

"When this opportunity presented itself, I knew I couldn't let it slip by! I did a bit of research on Ryan as an individual and JD Motorsports and was impressed with what I read. I'm excited to play a small role in what they already have going on. In the same breath, I'm just as excited for the opportunity that this gives The Big Squeezy. With us gearing up for franchising our new express concept in 2021, I think this gives us an avenue to express our passion for serving healthy fresh foods and juices throughout the country!"

The Big Squeezy is a chain of juice bars Kamara co-owns in Louisiana. Vargas shared what his No. 6 car will look like with the company's branding for Saturday's race:

Ryan Vargas @RyanVargas_23

🚨NEWS🚨 Beyond excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with @Saints RB @A_kamara6 & his company The Big Squeezy for this weekend’s race at the Daytona Road Course! Alvin’s excitement about NASCAR is unmatched & I’m honored to be the guy he jumps into the sport with!💪🏼🚀 https://t.co/p9FyUlGCzl

Vargas posted a tweet Monday explaining he didn't have a primary sponsor for the next event on the Xfinity Series schedule. Upon learning of the opportunity, Kamara signaled his interest:

Alvin Kamara @A_kamara6

@CassieFambro @RyanVargas_23 @JDMotorsports01 @XfinityRacing 👀👀👀 ok how do I do this . Lol @RyanVargas_23 wassup!?

JD Motorsports said the deal was finalized that same night.

This is Vargas' first full season on the circuit, having made 12 appearances across 2019 and 2020. The 20-year-old finished 18th in the first race at Dayton International Speedway last Saturday.

Kamara, meanwhile, is a four-time Pro Bowler for the Saints. He began showing his NASCAR fandom last season, throwing his support behind Bubba Wallace after Wallace became outspoken on issues of social justice.