Daniel Suarez Wins NASCAR’s Mexico Series L.A. Coliseum Title

Published 02/03/2024, 11:42 PM EST

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After last season’s disappointing performance, Daniel Suarez would have hoped to have a good start to 2024. But that did not happen in the Clash at the Coliseum event, as he failed to qualify for the main race. However, the 32-year-old redeemed himself later in the night as he won the NASCAR Mexico Series race. However, his victory may not serve as a sign of things to come in the Cup Series, as the Trackhouse Racing car was always supposed to be quicker than the others in that particular race.

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Nevertheless, it was a much-needed confidence booster for the former Xfinity Series champion, who is in his last year on contract at Trackhouse Racing. He would be looking to take this race-winning form into the NASCAR Cup Series starting next weekend with the iconic Daytona 500.

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The race was supposed to be held on Sunday but due to forecast of torrential rain, it was moved to Saturday. For Daniel Suarez, winning the King Taco La Batalla en El Coliseo was nostalgic. The NASCAR Mexico Series is where the 32-year-old made a name for himself that caught the attention of teams in the United States. Speaking about the race, he expressed his disappointment with how he performed in the Clash race but was happy with the win.

“I have a bittersweet taste about what happened to me in the Cup Series, but I am happy to have crossed the finish line first in this race. I pushed at the end and with about 20 laps left I knew that if I didn’t make any mistakes, I was going to take the victory,” the Trackhouse Racing star said as per NASCAR.

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Suarez started the race from a strong P3 position but it was bit until late in the 150-lap event that he was able to seal the deal. The 32-year-old had a fantastic release on the final restart with just 7 laps remaining as he cleared his opposition and asserted his dominance. He beat Santiago Tovar to the line as Alex de Alba, Rogelio Lopez and Jake Cosio constituted the top 5.

Although it was expected that the Trackhouse Racing star would win the race, given that he had a superior car, it was not an easy job. After the race, Daniel Suarez admitted that he was not the fastest driver on track during the event and it was just a bit of strategizing and luck that was able to propel him to victory.

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Daniel Suarez also thanked the fans after winning the event and acknowledged the importance the NASCAR Mexico Series had on his career as he was growing up. The competition has several talented drivers who showased their skills to the American audience and it’s safe to say they the fans were left thoroughly entertained. Seeing a familiar face win the race was an additional bonus.

“Thank you fans for coming last minute. Thank you so much. It really means a lot. The people who know me, they know that this race means a lot to me. All of these drivers, this team — my old team — I grew up with this team. If it wasn’t for this series, NASCAR Mexico, I wouldn’t be in the Cup Series today. Thank you NASCAR Mexico, thank you all the drivers, thank you to the fans, you make me feel at home,” Suarez said as per Toby Christie.

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“Let me tell you man, it wasn’t easy. I didn’t feel like we were the fastest car out there. I think that Ruben with the 88 and Abraham with the two car. Those guys were faster than me. I knew I didn’t have the raw speed to beat them, so I needed to be smart and save my tires, save my brakes for the long run, and luckily it paid off,” he added.

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This win does jot mean anything in terms of his Cup Series run but the confidence and belief he must have gained from this result can go a long way. 2024 will be a do-or-die season for the Mexican-born driver, will he be able to handle the pressure?

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Nilavro Ghosh

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Nilavro Ghosh is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports, where he is known for his creative yet easy-to-read writing style. Before taking up his role as a sports journalist at ES, Nilavro has written for some of the top publishing houses, like The Telegraph. While most journalists stop at covering live events and taking the news to the readers, Nilavro goes the extra mile to give fans a platform for them to express their thoughts through his 'race reaction' pieces.
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