We currently race three divisions and have five cars. We continue to race Western Late Models but our focus this year is racing in the SRL South West Tour Series. We just purchased a couple of Grand National cars to race in the K&N West Series. Recently, we raced the one-mile track in Phoenix, Arizona, and have plans to get our feet wet in road-course racing in Sonoma, California, and in Utah. With all this going on we still have to move into our brand-new 10,000 square foot race shop.
We're still a fairly new team but we continue to move up with a lot of heart and enthusiasm. We pride ourselves on being a competitive and productive team on and off the track. We hope to encourage other teams to get involved in helping the less fortunate.
Even though racing is an expensive sport, with a little effort we have found a way to donate our time and resources to continue to help people in our community and around the world.
When I started all this five years ago, I knew nothing about racing or about fundraising. Now, it's all I want to do and I couldn't do it without the help of my team, Team 51 Fifty.
About the Author
Carlos Eduardo Vieira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 23, 1972 and immigrated to the United States at a very young age with his family. His parents were born in Portugal and lived for a short time in Brazil when they were offered the opportunity to come work with family in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California.
Carlos, the youngest of three, was raised and attended school in Livingston, California, where he was deeply involved in sports, music, and many school activities. During the summer months he worked for the family's business, growing, packing, and selling sweet potatoes.
He went to college in Southern California then returned to work in the family business. He's now the Vice President of A.V. Thomas Produce, which has grown to be the largest grower and supplier of sweet potatoes in the U.S.
Carlos is married to Aysia Ferrier-Vieira and has two daughters. He was first introduced to the world of speed when he bought a Porsche at the age of 16. He then added to his craving for adrenaline and living life on the edge by riding motorcycles, on and off road.
He now races cars and is owner of Carlos Vieira Racing, Inc. He has also started the Carlos Vieira Foundation (CVF), a nonprofit charity organization, whose mission is to assist in strengthening local communities in Central California and communities around the globe by offering its services and raising money for multiple organizations that generously dedicate their time and assist people in need.