Birthdate: January 7, 1992
Birthplace: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Resides: Huntersville, North Carolina
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Hobbies: Mountain biking, Karting, Restoring old cars
Daniel Suárez enters the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season looking to build on a strong foundation from his rookie campaign at NASCAR’s top level. Despite only being 26 years old, Suárez has already earned a place in the NASCAR record books after becoming the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race when he went to victory lane in NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) competition at Michigan International Speedway in 2016. Suárez went a step further solidifying his place in NASCAR history by claiming the NXS Driver and Owner’s championships that same season.
The second-year MENCS driver will once again pilot the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing with crew chief Scott Graves leading the way. Suárez and Graves teamed together during the No. 19 team’s 2016 NXS championship campaign and for the final 31 races of Suárez’s freshman season in MENCS competition.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
With no previous MENCS starts, Suárez made the leap into NASCAR’s top series in 2017 with the No. 19 ARRIS team. The Monterrey, Mexico-native tallied one top-five finish and 12 top-10s overall for the season. Proving to be a quick study and constantly improving, Suárez notched eight of his 12 top-10 finishes in the second half of the season.
The No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry driver picked up a stage victory at Watkins Glen International in August when he outdueled eventual MENCS champion Martin Truex Jr. The Watkins Glen race was also the site of Suárez’s best finish of the season as he ended that afternoon third.
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Suárez first foray into NXS competition came when he made his debut at Richmond Raceway on April 25, 2014. That night, he qualified 12th and raced inside the top 15 for much of the event before a right-front tire issue left him with a 30th-place finish. Later that year, Suárez earned a 15th-place finish in his second and final NXS start.
In 2015, Suárez made the move to full-time NXS racing driving Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 ARRIS Toyota Camry. During his NXS rookie season, Suárez earned eight top-five finishes and 18 top-10s. He claimed a trio of pole awards with the first of his career coming at the historic Daytona International Speedway that July.
The next season proved to be Suárez’s breakout as the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry driver captured his first victory in any of NASCAR’s top-three national series when he won the NXS event at Michigan International Speedway in June. To add to the significance of that victory being the first for any Mexican-born driver in a NASCAR national series race, Suárez overtook his teammate and the all-time winningest driver in NXS history, Kyle Busch, with two laps remaining to win the race. He joined Frank Mundy, Juan Pablo Montoya, Aric Almirola and Nelson Piquet Jr. as the only Latino drivers to win a NASCAR national series race. Suárez didn’t let up there as he also won at Dover International Speedway during the NXS Playoffs.
Victories at Michigan and Dover were only the beginning for Suárez’s successful 2016 season. At Homestead-Miami Speedway, Suárez outdueled teammate Erik Jones and veterans Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler to win the NXS title in the series’ first winner-take-all championship race under the newly-instated Playoff format. That day, Suárez won the pole and led 133 of 200 laps on his way to the victory that earned he and the No. 19 ARRIS team both the Driver and Owner’s championships.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Suárez’s first-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start came at perhaps the most intense track on the circuit – Talladega Superspeedway. He qualified 17th and stayed out of trouble on his way to a 15th-place finish.
As Suárez moved to full-time NXS competition in 2015 and 2016, he supplemented those efforts with additional track time in the NCWTS, running 13 races both seasons racing for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Over the two seasons, Suárez logged 10 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in 26 starts.
After four runner-up finishes, Suárez finally claimed his first career NCWTS win at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2016. In that race, Suárez started second and led 34 laps, including the final 12, to earn the victory.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series
Suárez made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut in 2011, racing in the Pro Series West season opener at Phoenix International Raceway in February before making his Pro Series East debut at South Boston (Va.) Speedway in April. He competed in three Pro Series West and 16 Pro Series East events between 2011 and 2013, logging three top-five finishes and eight top-10s in that span.
In 2013, Suárez earned a spot in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and a full-time K&N Pro Series East ride with Rev Racing. After a slow start, Suárez’s performance took off in the season’s seventh race at Langley Speedway. He started 12th and ended up second that night to kickstart a strong final stretch of the season where he finished third or better in six of the last eight races, including his first win at Columbus (Ohio) Speedway in July. His efforts gave him a third-place finish in the final standings.
The next year, Suárez won the first two events of the season during Daytona Speedweeks. The first came on Feb. 16, 2014 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and the second came just two days later in the Battle at the Beach race held on a temporary track on the backstretch of Daytona International Speedway. In addition to his two victories, Suárez racked up four top-five finishes and seven top-10s while competing in 13 of the series’ 16 races in 2014.
NASCAR Mexico Series
Before he was making a name for himself in the United States, Suárez was a rising star in Latin America’s premier motorsports series – the NASCAR Mexico Series. Driving for the prestigious Telcel Racing team, Suárez was the 2010 Mexico Series Rookie of the Year and a legitimate championship contender by the following season. Suárez won 10 races during his tenure in the Mexico Series, including a career-best five wins in 15 starts during the 2014 season.
Early Racing Career
Suárez’s racing career began in 2002 when he started racing go-karts in his native Monterrey, Mexico. He won the national championship in 2007 and received an invitation to compete in the Rotax World Championship. In 2008, he joined mini-stock division – an official support series of the NASCAR Mexico Series.