NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Daniel Suarez keeps a busy racing schedule, often jetting from country to country for multiple races in a weekend. This weekend will be one of his busiest, as he makes his Nationwide Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing in the ToyotaCare 250 on Friday night at Richmond, followed by the K&N Pro Series East Blue Ox 100 at the track; he’ll then head home to Monterrey, Mexico to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series race, where he is the defending race winner.
“It's probably one of the busiest weekends in the year for us, doing our debut in the Nationwide Series,” said Suarez, who has two K&N Pro Series East wins and two Mexico Series wins this season. “A couple minutes later we need to get ready for the K&N race. After the race is over, we need to get ready to get in the airport and leave to Monterrey, Mexico, where is going to be the NASCAR Toyota Series race. It's going to be a very good weekend for us.”
“I'm excited to be, you know, in strong teams in every single series,” he continued in a recent NASCAR teleconference. “It's like a dream so far in 2014. In the K&N Series, I think we can be very competitive in 2014. In the NASCAR Toyota Series, I think the team already have a lot of confidence, a lot of adaptation, and we have been pretty strong. We have been winning races and finishing in the top three all the time.”
Currently, Suarez is signed on for only Richmond with JGR, a chance he wasn’t expecting to get until later in the season.
“We have been talking about since last year how to do something good,” said Suarez. “I'm really happy to be in this position right now, to have everyone in Mexico, like Escuderia Telmex and Telcel Racing, helping me in my career. Right now, Joe Gibbs Racing, it's an amazing project. We were talking about to do something in the second half of 2014. Month and a half ago this race came out. For now it's just Richmond, but I'm really looking forward to do something good in the future. For now I'm just focused to do well in this race. I'm pretty sure that after that race we are going to have something good for the second half of the year.”
Suarez goes into Nationwide Series practice at Richmond having never been in a Nationwide car. “It's going to be a new experience for me,” said Suarez. “The Nationwide car already is something different for me. I never been in a Nationwide car. But to be honest, I have a lot of confidence on myself and also in Joe Gibbs Racing to learn about everything. The first point and the most important point is to try to learn about everything and then be competitive. I think I can say that I love to be competitive in everything I drive, even video games. For now so far we have been trying to practice the pit stops in the shop, trying to get the communication better with my crew chief and with everyone in the team. I think in a couple days, Thursday afternoon, is going to be interesting, my first couple laps in the Nationwide car in Richmond. So let's see.”
Qualifying for the Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250 takes place Friday at 3:10 p.m. ET, with the race going green at 7 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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