Tuesday, March 23, 2010

MTV Latin America Recognizes NASCAR Driver Juan Pablo Montoya As 'Agent of Change'

MTV Latin America and the Inter-American development Bank have recognized Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ acclaimed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, for his charitable work with the Formula Smiles Foundation. Montoya was presented with a "Chiuku" award by MTV News correspondent Ilana Sod in Miami, Florida. The special award presentation will premiere on MTV Latin America’s screens today in one-minute spots with several encore presentations over the next two weeks.

As part of the on-going "MTV Agents of Change," initiative MTV created the "Chiuku" to recognize those "Agents of Change" who are committed to the betterment of their communities and use their influence to become a catalyst for effecting change and spreading their message all over the world. Past recipients include: Wyclef Jean, Kudai, Ashley Tisdale, Cobra Starship, DJ David Guetta, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio, Wisin & Yandel, 50 Cent, Calle 13, Backstreet Boys, Kelly Osbourne, Morrissey and Snoop Dogg, amongst others.

"I was very honored and surprised when MTV Latin America reached out to me about this award," Montoya remarked. "Connie and I started this Foundation years ago with the hope of changing a few lives and to see it grow into what it is today is just amazing."

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