Early Trouble Ruins Suárez’s COTA Race


Transmission Change Costs Time Behind Pit Wall

Date: May 23rd, 2021

Event: EchoPark Texas Grand Prix (Round 14 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Circuit of The Americas (3.41-mile road course)

Format: 68 laps, broken into three stages (15 laps/17 laps/36 laps)

Start/Finish: 15th / 33rd (running, completed 46 of 54 laps)

Point Standing: 24th with 246 points


  • Daniel Suárez finished 33rd in Sunday’s rain-shortened NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
  • The finish moved Suárez to 24th in the season standings after 14 races.
  • Suárez qualified 15th Sunday morning, but started near the back of the field because of a transmission change before the race.
  • Suárez climbed to 25th in the early going, but on lap seven the No. 99 stalled on the track.
  • After safety trucks pushed the No. 99 to the garage, the crew replaced the transmission and returned Suárez to the race in 40th, nine laps behind the leaders.
  • After repairs, Suárez returned to the track and gained seven spots before heavy rain and limited visibility forced NASCAR to end the race on lap 54.
  • The NASCAR Cup Series return to action Sunday May 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. Fox will broadcast the race at 6 p.m. EDT.


Daniel Suárez, driver of the No. 99 ONX Homes/iFly Chevrolet Camaro for Trackhouse Racing:

“That was a huge disappointment. I was really looking forward to racing today. I thought we had a really good car. We will bounce back in Charlotte.”