To The Finish Line
In an era of money-grabbing athletes with egos the size of
Texas, Pancho Mendoza is a welcome addition to the sports scene.
Mendoza, who will race his Indy-type car this year on the Toyota Atlantic
Championship circuit, has perhaps the most unique race team in the sport.
The uniqueness starts with the No. 7 Mendoza car. It's a bright orange
machine that, instead of being plastered with sponsor logos, says simply,
"Racing For Jesus."
The car has no sponsor logos because there are no sponsors. "There's
not going to be any other name but the name of Jesus on the car," Pancho
says. "We don't want this to be a racecar like anybody else's."
Mendoza, in an effort to focus all the attention on Jesus Christ, is
supported by donations from people who share his mission. "Many people
spend millions of dollars just to get the fame and glory," says Pancho,
who is interested in neither.
Why is Mendoza doing this? "The main goal is to catch souls," he says.
"If just one person trusts in Jesus Christ, it will be worth it. We can
win races, but I'm committed to winning people to Christ."
A two-time national champion in Mexico and the son of an orthopedic
surgeon, Mendoza became a Christian 10 years ago. Two years ago, he decided
to stop being what he calls "a selfish Christian," which led to his single-minded
goal of "Racing for Jesus."
Contact information: Pancho Mendoza,
2001 NW Military
Highway, San Antonio, TX 78312,