NASCAR announced today that Ozzie Juarez, local multidisciplinary artist from south central Los Angeles, Calif., will design and curate the winner’s trophy for the inaugural NASCAR Mexico Series Race at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Feb. 4.
“We’re honored to have someone as well recognized and admired as Ozzie Juarez create the winner’s trophy for the NASCAR Mexico Series Race at the Coliseum,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s Senior Vice President, Racing Development and Strategy. “Ozzie’s high standing among the Los Angeles art community and emphasis on Mexican imagery throughout his work makes him the ideal artist to bring the trophy to life.”
Juarez is known for using the realms of painting and sculpture to honor and revitalize ancient and recent cultural artifacts, languages, and histories. Inspired by the techniques, collaborations, ambitions, and ephemeral qualities of unsanctioned public art, Juarez incorporates excerpts of paintings he observes across the LA landscape into his own work.