What happens when a Cuban American becomes a NASCAR owner? For Felix Sabates, he thankfully continues being Cuban!
Fidel Castro ‘should be dead,’ says NASCAR team owner Felix Sabates
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – NASCAR team owners Felix Sabates, left, and Chip Ganassi are pictured in 2009. Sabates fled Cuba in 1959 and still has strong feelings about the political climate there.
Felix Sabates fled Cuba in 1959, when he was just 17. He became rich and somewhat famous in America, primarily as a NASCAR team owner.
Now 70, Sabates hates Fidel Castro and his regime, and fears nothing will change when the ailing dictator dies.
“He’s pretty much been out of the picture for 10 years,” Sabates said during the NASCAR media tour in Charlotte. “His brother and his cronies and his wife run the country. The only way you’re gonna change Cuba is get rid of 40 people, then you have a chance. As long as you have a Communist regime with the people who’ve been in there for 53 years, nothing’s gonna change.”
Sabates said he’s surprised Castro is alive, given that the 86-year-old dictator was diagnosed seven years ago with pancreatic cancer.
“The chance of him still being alive with that happening is one in 28 billion,” he said. “I think they shot and killed somebody down there, took out the pancreas and liver, and all those organs… and put them inside Castro. I mean, the SOB should be dead, but he’s still alive. So some poor guy in Cuba gave up his life so Castro could live.”