Daniel Suárez made history as he became the first Mexican-born driver to win a National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Cup Series.
Suárez held off Chris Buescher with his Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet for the final 23 laps on June 12 at Sonoma Raceway, earning him his first career win at the highest NASCAR level in his 195th start.
Suárez, 30, described his victory as “special.”
“It’s a crazy day. I have so many thoughts in my head right now. I mean, it’s been a rough road. It’s been a rough journey in the Cup Series,” Suárez also said.
Suárez becomes the fifth Cup Series winner born outside the United States and joins Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya as the only Latin American-born driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race.
Suárez, from Monterrey, Nuevo León in Mexico, first made his name known at the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series.
Suárez was the first Mexican to win NASCAR’s “minor league” Xfinity Series race before being promoted to the NASCAR’s top level.
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