Charlotte, North Carolina, January 11, 2017. In an historic event, Daniel Suarez was officially announced today as a Joe Gibbs Racing driver and the ARRIS seal in the NASCAR Cup Series 2017, to become the first Mexican to reach The biggest category for a full season of this championship, after setting last year the first foreign NASCAR champion Xfinity.
The rider replaces Carl Edwards, after the driver said goodbye to NASCAR today. "I thank many people, Joe Gibbs, my family, my family, my family, my family, my family, and my family. Mexico, Carlos Slim Domit, Jimmy Morales, thank you very much. "
"I came to a great team and I knew that the opportunity would come at any time.This is a dream that I have had since I was 16. The year 2016 in NASCAR Xfinity was very productive and that helped me to have this opportunity, The right team, after three years of work, I have learned, I have a great support and I am ready.It is a dream come true.A very good opportunity that we have been waiting for years, "Daniel said.
"There were a lot of people that always trusted me, like my family, Carlos Slim, Jimmy Morales." To get to the top of the grid today is a very serious matter, we are slowly reaching the goal. In the Cup, but we will also run 10 or 12 competitions in Xfinity, "said the Mexican driver, who could not hide his emotion, and not for less, because it is a step back for the regiomontano and for sports motorsport in Mexico.
Joe Gibbs, owner of the Joe Gibbs Racing team, said: "Daniel will have all the support at all times. We will make things happen. We will begin to work intensively with Daniel Suarez and the team in this new and complicated stage, having their first tests with the Toyota number 19 in the coming days in preparation for their debut in the NASCAR Cup. "
Asim, Gibbs said he was very surprised by Carl Edwards' decision, but immediately the talks began with Daniel "and it was concluded that Daniel Suarez was the best option," said Joe, while saying: "It's a great choice for us and it's a privilege to have Daniel," he said.
Also, Ron Coppock, ARRIS's president of sales worldwide, said: "The decision was based on [Daniel] being a great athlete, a racing driver but above all he got a championship in just two years."
Carl Edwards said: "It's a decision I've made and I've taken." I managed to be the best driver I ever wanted, I've raced for 20 years and I want to take some time for personal issues. "
Finally, it is possible to say that Daniel will be the third Mexican in competing in NASCAR Cup Series, after Pedro Rodríguez and Jorge Goeters, only that Suárez goes of full time.