Mexico Native Wins NASCAR Xfinity Championship


Daniel Suarez became the first foreign-born NASCAR driver to win the Xfinity Championship series Sunday after leading in the standings throughout the season. Suarez capped the victory at Miami Homestead Speedway in dominating style, with 3 wins and 19 top five’s in the 2016 Xfinity series.

Suarez, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, received a congratulatory tweet from Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, who wrote, “Pride for Mexico and Latin America in the success of Daniel Suarez in NASCAR. Congratulations!”

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Suarez winning record was hindered by the controversial decision to allow Sprint Cup drivers race in the Xfinity series. NASCAR will take up the issue in 2017 and may decide to eliminate Sprint Cup drivers from participating to give younger drivers a better chance to win and advance. Drivers with the most wins advance automatically in the playoff style season called “the Chase.”

“I’m very excited about the Championship, I still can’t believe this is happening,” said Suarez. “Everyone who believed in me, everyone who helped me stay in the states during my trying moments, and my Dad and Mom who supported me in Mexico, as I left to follow my dreams, thank you. This is a dream come true,” said Suarez who started racing karts in Mexico at the age of 11 and moved to North Carolina as a teenager to pursue a career as a NASCAR driver.

Suarez is a member of the Joe Gibbs Racing team.


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