“I picked up guitar about two years ago after I
came back from a trip from Fiji. It was a missions
trip for community service [a high school
graduation requirement]. We had no form of
technology, it was just you and the wilderness. No
technology, no music…nothing. The only form of
music I had was this kid who had this guitar,” he
explains. “After coming home, every day I spent at
least 45 minutes with a guitar in my hand. With
the crazy lifestyle I have, I think having something
like that, the love of music, is very relaxing.”
The missions trip, where Nunez and his
cohorts were exposed to a part of Fiji they didn’t
know existed – poverty conditions far away from
the beaches and resorts – opened his eyes.
Building septic tanks for people whose houses
are little more than boxes painted a very different
picture from what he expected.
Nunez tries to paint another picture for his
peers so that they take being attentive to the
road seriously through his campaign against
texting and driving, Dnt txt n drV. He carries that
message to high school students through
presentations such as one he did at Sebring
High School prior to the 12 Hour race.
“Because I’m a professional racecar driver and
I understand how much focus it takes to really
stay focused on a racetrack…it takes even more
focus to stay focused on the regular road. I think
that view, coming from a teen racecar driver,
really impacts my high school peers,” he says.
With all that, it’s tough to figure out when
Nunez has time to actually test and race, much
less be a high school student. There are some
advantages to youth, and endless energy
appears to be one of them.