Kaulig Racing Mechanic Celebrates his Heritage

Contrary to popular belief, May 5th is not Mexico’s Independence Day, but rather it commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Joseph “Cruz” Gonzalez, a front-end mechanic for Kaulig Racing, shares his Mexican heritage and how he celebrates Cinco de Mayo!

Cruz’s father is from Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. As a kid, Cruz would often visit his dad’s hometown and traveled every other Christmas to see his family.

Growing up, Cruz and his family would celebrate their Mexican heritage on Cinco de Mayo. They bonded and celebrated over food. Some of the traditional dishes Cruz grew up eating were rice, pinto beans, pan-friend chicken and some tres leches (milk cake) for dessert. Now, Cruz continues to share his heritage with his family by making traditional Mexican dishes. He loves making homemade tamales, enchiladas, and his favorite, chicken posole soup.

Check out this delicious recipe from myrecipes.com for chicken posole soup you can make at home!

Cruz Celebrates his Mexican heritage by making one of his favorite dishes, Chicken Posole Soup
Photo of Chicken Posole Soup from myrecipes.com


1 pound of tomatillos

6 cups brown chicken stock

2 cups chopped onion

3 pounds chicken breast halves, skinned

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and quartered

1 can white hominy, drained

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream

8 lime wedges

How to make it:

Discard husks and stems from the tomatillos. Cook whole tomatillos in boiling water 10 minutes or until tender and drain. Place tomatillos in a blender and process until smooth. Then set it aside.

Place stock and the next 5 ingredients (stock through hominy) in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from bones and shred. Stir in pureed tomatillos and salt and cook for 5 minutes or until heated. Stir in chicken, and serve with cilantro, sour cream, and lime wedges.

About Kaulig Racing™

Kaulig Racing™ is a full-time multi-car NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) team, owned by award winning entrepreneur, Matt Kaulig. Established in 2016, Kaulig Racing™ has made the NXS Playoffs consecutively each season since the playoff system started and made the Championship 4 round in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. They will continue fielding three, full-time NXS entries; the No. 10 Chevrolet driven by Landon Cassill, the No. 11 Chevrolet driven by Daniel Hemric, and the No. 16 Chevrolet driven by AJ Allmendinger. With multiple wins, Kaulig Racing has come to be one of the top competitors on track each weekend. The team made multiple starts in the NCS in 2021 and won in its seventh-ever start with AJ Allmendinger’s victory at “The Brickyard” for the Verizon 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The young team has acquired two charters for the 2022 NCS season, with Justin Haley competing as its first, full-time driver in the series. The team’s second entry will be shared by part-time teammates AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric and Noah Gragson. To learn more about the team, visit kauligracing.com.