MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — After a season in which he rewrote the history books as the first Mexican to win NASCAR’s top-flight race, Daniel Suarez denied that he would add to the success.
The midfielder from the northern city of Monterey comes off his second season with the trackhouse team in which, in addition to his win at Sonoma, he managed to finish 13 races in the top 10 and finish tenth in the drivers’ standings.
“Every year we have to show the best version of ourselves. Last year we did a good job as a team, but if we bring that version to 2023 it will not be enough,” Suarez told The Associated Press. “We have to improve to a better version and we will focus on that. work hard.”
It’s a 180-degree turnaround for Suarez, who was without a team a few years ago, but the singer came into Pitbull-owned team Trackhouse Racing and everything changed.
After completing a two-season contract, Suárez signed an extension for a further year, in which he hopes to make the move to the league’s elite.
“I’m happy with Track House and they’re with me, and we know what we want and we know what to do to take the next step, moving us in the right direction to fight for more wins and championships.” Gotta go up.” The driver said.. “The goal is to take the next step and I would like to win more than three races and legitimately challenge for the championship.”
Although in his home country Suárez does not come close to the number of followers of his Formula 1 compatriot Sergio Pérez, the truth is that most of his fans live north of Rio Bravo, where he is not only an icon for his compatriots but for Latin Americans in a sport dominated by Anglo-Saxons.
This year, NASCAR celebrates its 75th anniversary and it presents an opportunity for the Mexican driver to appreciate what he has accomplished.
“This is a very important year for the sport of NASCAR, I feel very fortunate to be a small part of this story, because of the issue of diversity and as a Mexican, representing Latinos, their It’s good to be part of the 75 and hopefully I can win races and fight for the championship”, he said.
In addition to Suárez’s good season, Mexican fans look forward to a 2022 in which Pérez was second in the top standings and Pato O’Ward finished seventh with four IndyCar wins.
“Mexican motorsports is experiencing a very beautiful time, because we have drivers in the biggest categories in the world, not only competing, but also winning races is not easy,” said Suárez. “I hope we Mexicans enjoy this time, because it is difficult to be.”
The NASCAR season runs from February to August, with the first round of playoffs starting in September with the top 16 drivers.