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Daniel Suárez
Daniel Suarez 2016 Road America.jpg
Suárez at Road America in 2016
Born Daniel Alejandro Suárez Garza
(1992-01-07) January 7, 1992 (age 25)
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 166 lb (75 kg)
Achievements 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion
2017 Monster Energy Open Winner
Awards 2010 NASCAR Corona Series Rookie of the Year
2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
36 races run over 1 year
Car no., team No. 19 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2017 position 20th
Best finish 20th (2017)
First race 2017 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 12 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
82 races run over 4 years
Car no., team No. 18/20 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2016 position 1st
Best finish 1st (2016)
First race 2014 ToyotaCare 250 (Richmond)
Last race 2017 Drive for the Cure 300 (Charlotte)
First win 2016 Menards 250 (Michigan)
Last win 2016 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 53 7
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
26 races run over 3 years
2016 position 81st
Best finish 81st (2016)
First race 2014 Fred's 250 (Talladega)
Last race 2016 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
First win 2016 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 17 1
NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series career
71 races run over 4 years
2014 position 6th
Best finish 2nd (2013)
First race 2011 Regia 200 (Monterrey)
Last race 2014 Ficrea 240 (Puebla)
First win 2012 Mexico Nocturna 200 (Mexico City)
Last win 2014 México 240 (Mexico City)
Wins Top tens Poles
10 31 13
Statistics current as of November 19, 2017.

Daniel Alejandro Suárez Garza (born January 7, 1992) is a Mexican professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, and part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 18 and No. 20 Camrys for JGR. Previously he drove in the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico for Telcel Racing, and the K&N Pro Series East for Rev Racing as a member of the Drive for Diversity program. He is the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion.

Racing career[edit]

Suarez (right) at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2015

Early career[edit]

A native of Monterrey in Nuevo León, Suárez began his racing career in karting in 2002. In 2007, he won the class championship. In 2008, he moved to the preliminary category of NASCAR Mexico, Mini-Stocks, where he became the youngest driver to win a race in the series.[1] He moved to the NASCAR Mexico Series in 2010, driving for Telcel Racing and winning the series' Rookie of the Year title.[2] In 2011, Suárez participated in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway, finishing in 11th, the highest-finishing Mexican driver in the event. In the 2011 NASCAR Mexico Series, he finished the season with three poles and a podium, finishing ninth in the standings.[2] At the same time, he participated in 7 races of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.[2]

In 2012, he alternated his time between the Mexico Series and K&N Pro Series East. In Mexico, he led the points for most of the season and entered the final race of the year in contention for the championship, but wound up finishing third, having scored two victories.[2] In the K&N Pro Series East, he finished in sixteenth place in the overall standings, achieving 3 top-10s in nine races.

Suárez competed for the full season in the K&N Pro Series East in 2013, driving a Toyota for Rev Racing. He scored his first victory in the series at Columbus Motor Speedway,[2] also recorded six top-5 and nine top-ten finishes on his way to third in the championship standings. Meanwhile, he finished runner-up of the NASCAR Toyota Series achieved 3 wins and five podium finishes in the season.[2] Suárez was also named to NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program during the 2013 season.[3]

In 2014, Suárez returned to the K&N East and Toyota Series, winning the first two K&N East and first Toyota Series races of the season.[4] In April, he was selected by Joe Gibbs Racing to make his debut in the Nationwide Series at Richmond International Raceway, driving the team's No. 20 Toyota;[2] he finished 19th.[5]

2015[edit]

In August 2014, it was announced that Suárez would compete full-time in the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series in the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, and that he would also run a partial schedule in the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.[6]

On July 4, 2015, Suárez won the pole for the Xfinity Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona, his first career pole in the series.[7] Suarez would go on to win 2 more poles at Iowa and Kentucky, and won his first ARCA pole at Kansas. Suárez went on to win the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie of the year title edging Darrell Wallace Jr. for the award by one single top ten finish in statistics. Suárez finished the season 5th in points.

2016[edit]

Suárez in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing car at Road America in 2016

In 2016, Suárez's car number in the Xfinity Series was switched to No. 19.[8] He won his first Xfinity Series race at Michigan, by passing Kyle Busch on the last lap, becoming the first Mexican-born driver to win in a NASCAR national touring series.[9] Suárez won his second Xfinity Series race during the Round of 12 in the Chase at Dover in October. With this win, he would advance to the Round of 8.[10] In November, Suárez won his first Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix, taking the lead late in the race after William Byron lost an engine.[11] In the season-ending Xfinity Series race at Homestead, Suárez dominated the race and took the lead on the final restart with 2 laps to go to score his first Xfinity Series championship. Suárez became the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR national series championship.[12]

2017[edit]

Suárez during qualifying for the 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350

After the retirement of Carl Edwards, Suárez was tapped to drive the No. 19 ARRIS / Stanley Tools-sponsored Toyota for JGR. He was paired up with Dave Rogers.[13] In his first Advance Auto Parts Clash he finished eighth after starting 16th. Suárez scored a pair of seventh-place finishes at Phoenix and Auto Club. Shortly before the Martinsville race, Suarez's crew chief, Rogers, took an indefinite leave of absence. He was replaced by Scott Graves, who was Suárez's crew chief when he won the 2016 Xfinity Series championship.[14] In May, Suárez won the final stage of the Monster Energy Open, which allowed him to advance into the All-Star Race.[15] In June, Suárez opened the month by finishing a career-best sixth at Dover.[16] Later in the month, Suárez joined MDM Motorsports at Sonoma Raceway for the K&N Pro Series West race, his and MDM's debuts in the series.[17] After qualifying seventh, he finished 11th.[18] Later in the summer, Suárez earned a series of four consecutive finishes of seventh or better, including a third-place finish at Watkins Glen and a Stage 2 winner over stage leader Martin Truex Jr..[19]

Suarez was involved in controversy from one of his now former sponsors, Subway. In July, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway as a publicity stunt to gain more fans with the help of NBC Sports, he gave out free Dunkin Donuts doughnuts out to fans camping out in the infield and the surrounding areas of the track. About a month and a half later at the end of August, his sponsor Subway decided to pull out, with a race remaining on their contract. It was later revealed that Suarez "breached his contract with promoting with a competitor". Controversy arose since this was announced over 45 days after the promo aired. Fans and media claim that Subway wanted out A.S.A.P of their contract. A week later, Camping World CEO, Marcus Lemonis said he would personally sponsor Suarez for the race and it was announced on October 10th that Camping World would sponsor 19 car for Talladega.

In media[edit]

In 2017, Suárez voiced the character Danny Swervez in the Pixar film Cars 3.[20]

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.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2017 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Toyota DAY
29
ATL
21
LVS
20
PHO
7
CAL
7
MAR
32
TEX
19
BRI
18
RCH
12
TAL
19
KAN
7
CLT
11
DOV
6
POC
15
MCH
24
SON
16
DAY
17
KEN
18
NHA
6
IND
7
POC
7
GLN
3
MCH
37
BRI
15
DAR
38
RCH
7
CHI
12
NHA
8
DOV
8
CLT
6
TAL
15
KAN
36
MAR
15
TEX
14
PHO
18
HOM
34
-* -*
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2017 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19 29

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2014 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH
19
TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH 46th 54 [21]
RAB Racing 29 Toyota CHI
15
KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM
2015 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota DAY
39
ATL
14
LVS
10
PHO
11
CAL
13
TEX
18
BRI
2
RCH
6
TAL
31
IOW
18
CLT
6
DOV
19
MCH
20
CHI
7
DAY
15
KEN
4
NHA
5
IND
3
IOW
6
GLN
15
MOH
11
BRI
5
ROA
24
DAR
3
RCH
12
CHI
6
KEN
22
DOV
10
CLT
4
KAN
9
TEX
6
PHO
4
HOM
6
5th 1078
2016 19 DAY
8
ATL
7
LVS
2
PHO
3
CAL
4
TEX
16
BRI
6
RCH
4
TAL
7
DOV
9
CLT
12
POC
9
MCH
1
IOW
4
DAY
32
KEN
3
NHA
4
IND
7
IOW
30
GLN
4
MOH
23
BRI
30
ROA
4
DAR
3
RCH
8
CHI
4
KEN
2
DOV
1
CLT
3
KAN
3
TEX
5
PHO
5
HOM
1*
1st 4040
2017 18 DAY
34
ATL PHO
39
CAL TEX
12
BRI
3
RCH
21
TAL
9
CLT DOV
3
POC
5
MCH IOW DAY
39
KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH CHI
19
KEN DOV
7
CLT
8*
KAN TEX PHO HOM -* 01*
20 LVS
3
BRI
2
ROA DAR RCH

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts
2014 Win-Tron Racing 35 Toyota DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL
15
MAR TEX PHO HOM 98th 01
2015 Kyle Busch Motorsports 51 Toyota DAY
9
ATL
4
MAR
6
KAN
6
CLT DOV
2
TEX
2
GTW IOW KEN
4
ELD POC MCH BRI
30
MSP CHI
4
NHA LVS TAL MAR
16
TEX
2
PHO
4
HOM
30
85th 01
2016 DAY
28
ATL
31
MAR
18
KAN DOV
2
CLT
23
TEX IOW
6
GTW KEN
11
ELD POC BRI
29
MCH MSP CHI
11
NHA LVS TAL MAR
6
TEX
5
PHO
1
HOM
6
81st 01

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2011 Lori Williams 12 Dodge GRE SBO
18
RCH
20
IOW
17
23rd 888 [22]
Laerte Zatta 16 Toyota BGS GRE
14
LGY
Robert Huffman NHA
7
COL
5
GRE NHA
8
DOV
2012 Geraldo Rodrigues 16 Toyota BRI
15
16th 259 [23]
14 GRE
10
RCH
29
IOW
13
BGS
22
GRE
19
LGY CNB COL
5
NHA
15
DOV GRE CAR
74 IOW
9
2013 Rev Racing 6 Toyota BRI
26
GRE
7
PEN
13
RCH
21
BGS
9
LGY
2
COL
1*
VIR
18
GRE
2*
NHA
2
DOV
6
RAL
2
3rd 494 [24]
69 IOW
13
IOW
3
2014 6 NSM
1*
DAY
1*
BRI
26
GRE
5
RCH
32
IOW
7
BGS
2
FFL
21
LGY
10
NHA
31
COL IOW
9
GLN
19
VIR GRE DOV
22
17th 397 [25]

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2011 Lori Williams 86 Dodge PHO
31
AAS MMP IOW LVS SON IRW EVG PIR CNS MRP SRP AAS 54th 225 [26]
Robert Huffman 76 Toyota PHO
6
2012 Geraldo Rodrigues 76 Toyota PHO
3
LHC MMP S99 IOW BIR LVS SON EVG CNS IOW PIR SMP AAS PHO 52nd 41 [27]
2017 MDM Motorsports 12 Toyota KER TUS IRW IRW SPO OSS CNS SON
11
IOW EVG DOU MER AAS KER 43rd 33 [28]

Toyota Series[edit]

NASCAR Toyota Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NTSC Pts Ref
2010 SC Racing 04 Chevy AGS
12
QRO
17
SLP
17
TXG
29
MXC
18
PUE
29
13th 1684 [29]
Equipo Telcel 3 Dodge GDL
6
MTY
5
SLP
20
MXC
7
QRO
7
PUE
26
TXG
6
AGS
12
2011 MTY
12
SLP
19
AGS
10
TUX
25
QRO
7
PUE
34
MXC
15
SLP
7
MTY
4
QRO
3
PUE
19
SLP
4
AGS
29
MXC
7
9th 1769 [30]
2012 03 MTY
12
3rd 504 [31]
3 SLP
3
QRO
2
MXC
1
PUE
25
AGS
2
MXC
5
SLP
2
QRO
1
AGS
2
PUE
15
MTY
3
CHI
30*
MXC
25
2013 Toyota PHO
11
SLP
9
MXC
6
QRO
4
CHI
1*
AGS
27
PUE
33
MTY
1
QRO
26
MXC
29
SLP
10
PUE
2
AGS
2*
TUX
24*
MXC
1*
2nd 1190 [32]
2014 PHO
1
MXC
2
TUX
1*
MTY
1
SLP
11*
QRO
3
MXC
1
AGS
16
QRO
24
PUE
18
CHI
7*
SLP
23
AGS
1
TUX
28
PUE
6*
6th 1177 [33]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

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

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts
2014 Venturini Motorsports 66 Toyota DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH ELK WIN CHI IRP POC BLN ISF MAD DSF SLM KEN
5
KAN 74th 220
2015 15 DAY
2
MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH CHI
22
WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN
6*
35th 690
55 KAN
20

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Buescher
NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion
2016
Succeeded by
William Byron