Carlos Contreras (racing driver)

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Carlos Contreras
Carlos Contreras (racing driver) 2014 Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.jpg
Contreras at Road America in 2014
Born (1970-06-08) June 8, 1970 (age 44)
Mexico City, Mexico
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
30 races run over 5 years
Car no., team No. 23 (Rick Ware Racing)
No. 44 (TriStar Motorsports)
Best finish 69th (2006
First race 2003 1-800-Pitshop.com 300 (California)
Last race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
71 races run over 5 years
Best finish 14th (2011
First race 1999 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (California)
Last race 2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 0
NASCAR Toyota Series career
76 races run over 6 years
Best finish 16th (2010)
First race 2008 Race No. 1 (Querétaro)
Last race 2013 Mexico Final 200 (Mexico City)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 23 1
Statistics current as of November 15, 2014.

Carlos Contreras (born June 8, 1970 in Mexico City) is a Mexican stock car racing driver. He was the first Mexican-born driver in any NASCAR national series.[1] He has competed in the Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series) and Busch Series (now Nationwide Series),[2] and currently drives in the Nationwide Series part-time for Rick Ware Racing in the No. 15.

NASCAR career[edit]

Busch Series / Nationwide Series[edit]

Contreras racing in the Nationwide Series at Road America in 2014

Contreras made his first Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) attempt in 2002 with the Hispanic Racing Team. Driving the #09 CICLON Energy Drink Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami he was unable to break into the field.[2] He would his debut in 2003 with Jay Robinson Racing. At California Speedway, Contreras put the #49 Fox Sports Espanol/Citizen Watches Ford in the field and finished in the 26th position. He also made one start for Innovative Motorsports at Homestead-Miami. He drove the #48 Scunci U Style/Goulds Pumps Chevrolet to a 17th place finish. In 2005 he would return to the Busch Series with Fitz Motorsports. He drove the #40 Dodge in five races and the #12 Dodge in one race. His best finish would come at Homestead-Miami, where he would finish 25th. For the 2006 season, Contreras has again returned to Fitz Motorsports where he has competed in races with the #12 team and the #14 team. He best finish on the season is an 11th at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. In 2014, Contreras will drive for Rick Ware in number 15 starting in Daytona.

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

He debuted at the 1999 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at California Speedway with the #68 Hot Wheels Dodge. Contreras would drive the car to a 14th place finish in his first race. In 2000, he competed in the full season for Impact Motorsports in #12 Hot Wheels Dodge. He has two top tens during the season and finished 17th in points. He moved to Petty Enterprises in 2001 along with his sponsor Hot Wheels. He would again post two top tens on the season and move up to 14th in the overall points standings. For the 2002 season, Contreras returned with to the series with Petty Enterprises and again turned in another solid season. He would post one top ten on the season and would rank 16th in the overall point standings. He made his return to the Truck Series in 2010 after it was renamed the Camping World Truck Series, driving the #00 Chevy for the 2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the first time since 2002, finishing 14th.[2]

In 2014, Contreras returned to the Nationwide Series, competing in a limited number of races for Rick Ware Racing.[3]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NASCAR Making Strides in Drive for Hispanic Diversity". University of Central Florida. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "NASCAR Drivers Statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Carlos Contreras, NASCAR’s Original Diversity Driver and Rick Ware Racing Team Up for Daytona". Catchfence.com. Rick Ware Racing. February 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-17.