Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver honored as Hispanic Heritage Month begins
With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning on Sunday, Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS, was honored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on September 5.
The 26th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, which took place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will air as a one-hour special Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing sponsor, Target, served as presenting sponsor of the awards ceremony and the television broadcast.
Established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month, the awards ceremony celebrates Hispanic cultural pride, contributions and accomplishments. Since its creation, top Latino leaders have been honored in various categories for their impact on America and the world.
Montoya received an award for sports and was joined by the following honorees:
- Actress Eva Longoria, Community Service Award
- Musical Group Los Tigres Del Norte, Legend Award
- Chef Jose Andres, Design Award presented by Capital One
- Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Education Award presented by Target
- Voto Latino President Maria Teresa Kumar, Leadership Award presented by Southwest Airlines
- Actress and Singer Lucero, Vision Award presented by Hershey’s
- Actor/Director/Producer Diego Luna, Inspira Award, presenting the Youth Segment
- Nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Award presented by ExxonMobil
Connie and Juan Pablo Montoya attend the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards presented by Target at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 5, 2013 in Washington, D.C. with Target mascot, Bullseye (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Hispanic Heritage Awards)