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Daniel Suarez: “I be ok with” 2024 NASCAR season

Suarez, the first Mexican-born Cup Series winner, is competing in the non-points NASCAR Mexico invitational event held prior to Sunday’s Clash. Both series hit the temporary ¼-mile paved oval for the first time on Saturday. At a Fox Sports news conference Friday at the Coliseum, Suarez said the importance of the Mexico’s series’ involvement this

Daniel Suarez: “I be ok with” 2024 NASCAR season

Suarez, the primary Mexican-born Cup Collection winner, is competing within the non-points NASCAR Mexico invitational occasion held previous to Sunday’s Conflict. Each sequence hit the non permanent ¼-mile paved oval for the primary time on Saturday.

At a Fox Sports activities information convention Friday on the Coliseum, Suarez stated the significance of the Mexico’s sequence’ involvement this weekend couldn’t be understated.

“If there was no NASCAR Mexico, there could be no Daniel Suarez within the Cup Collection,” he stated. “This can be a massive deal. Some individuals perceive that. Some individuals don’t. However I do as a result of I used to be a part of that.

“This sequence is being placed on a really massive stage.”

Daniel Suarez, Trackhouse Racing, Freeway.com Chevrolet Camaro

Daniel Suarez, Trackhouse Racing, Freeway.com Chevrolet Camaro

Photograph by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images

It’s a stage the 32-year-old native of Monterrey, Mexico, is blissful to share this weekend.

Suarez, who debuted in NASCAR competitors in Mexico in 2009 and have become the primary Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR nationwide sequence race in 2016 together with his Xfinity Collection victory at Michigan, has develop into synonymous with NASCAR’s variety efforts lately.

However he additionally by no means stops searching for to problem himself and at all times desires to enhance.

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After ending a career-best tenth within the sequence standings in 2022 and successful his first Cup race, Suarez dropped nineteenth final yr and did not garner a win.

Though solely an exhibition, Suarez stated he’s anxious to get again behind the wheel of his No. 99 Chevrolet to begin the brand new season, which additionally contains the addition of latest crew chief Matt Swiderski, former competitors director at Kaulig Racing.

“Though we didn’t verify off numerous objectives (final yr), I’m extraordinarily excited concerning the new yr,” Suarez stated. “We did numerous work on the No. 99 within the offseason as you guys noticed and I’m very excited to see the place we’re at.

“I’m not going to say something (an excessive amount of) however I really feel superb about it. I feel all of the work goes to repay this yr.”

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Suarez stated he has spent numerous time with Swiderski because the crew chief change was introduced.

“We’ve been working to know one another. Thus far, I’ve been nothing however impressed. I feel Matt is a really, very gifted crew chief.”

Suarez has made no secret of his affinity for the type of group staff co-owner Justin Marks was constructing when Suarez first arrived in 2021.

In its comparatively quick tenure, three drivers – Suarez, Ross Chastain and Shane van Gisbergen – have received Cup races. Trackhouse just lately added former Truck champion Zane Smith to its roster, who will compete in 2024 with Spire Motorsports.

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As well as, the group has additionally entered Moto GP, fielding a two-rider staff on Aprilia’s RS-GP.

With all of the additions additionally come extra expectations.

“The corporate is rising and we’re getting an increasing number of hungry for victories and championships,” Suarez stated. “It’s crucial to have individuals on groups that may carry out and win races and never simply infrequently.

“Final yr we put ourselves in place (to win) a couple of instances, however you received’t be capable to win a championship like that and also you received’t be capable to win races on a constant foundation like that. If you wish to win three to 5 races a yr, there’s no means.

“I feel Trackhouse positively desires extra, and we’ve labored arduous within the offseason to enhance.”

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