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 47)
Mexico City, Mexico
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
35 races run over 6 years
2015 position 56th
Best finish 30th (2014)
First race 2003 300 (California)
Last race 2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
75 races run over 6 years
Truck no., team No. 71 (Contreras Motorsports)
2016 position 59th
Best finish 14th (2011)
First race 1999 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (California)
Last race 2016 DC Solar 350 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 0
NASCAR PEAK Mexico 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 October 1, 2016.

Carlos Contreras (born June 8, 1970) is a Mexican professional stock car racing driver and Crew Chief. 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 Xfinity Series),[2] and currently drives in the Truck Series part-time for Contreras Motorsports in the No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado.

NASCAR career[edit]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Contreras racing in the Nationwide Series at Road America in 2014

Contreras made his first Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) attempt in 2002 with the Hispanic Racing Team. Driving the No. 09 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 No. 49 Ford in the field and finished in the 26th position. He also made one start for Innovative Motorsports at Homestead-Miami. He drove the No. 48 Chevrolet to a 17th-place finish. In 2005 he would return to the Busch Series with Fitz Motorsports. He drove the No. 40 Dodge in five races and the No. 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 No. 12 team and the No. 14 team. He best finish on the season is an 11th at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

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

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

He debuted at the 1999 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at California Speedway with the No. 68 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 No. 12 Dodge. He has two top tens during the season and finished 17th in points. He moved to Petty Enterprises in 2001. 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 No. 00 Chevy for the 2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the first time since 2002, finishing 14th.[2]

Motorsports career results[edit]


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

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points


  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". Rick Ware Racing. February 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 

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