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Is a Seat at Richard Petty Motorsports on the Horizon for Daniel Suarez After GBR Exit?

Published 09/15/2020, 12:17 PM EDT

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Just nine months since he joined the team, Daniel Suarez is set to leave Gaunt Brothers Racing (GBR). The NASCAR Cup Series team announced on Tuesday that they have parted ways with Suarez for the 2021 season.

The announcement comes just as Suarez’s name continues to be linked with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) as a replacement for Bubba Wallace. The move now seems a lot more likely. Suarez will take the No. 43 car at Richard Petty Motorsports, if the deal comes through.

Gaunt Brothers Racing is in its first full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series and does not have a charter yet. “The entire team is very appreciative of the effort Daniel has put forth.


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“He has helped build the foundation we need for next season as well as 2022 when the NextGen car arrives,” Marty Gaunt, President and CEO of Gaunt Brothers Racing said in a statement.

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Suarez spoke fondly of his time with the team as well.


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“I have given 100 percent of myself to this team since day one. And I will continue to give 100 percent until the last lap at Phoenix. My goal has always been to win races and championships, and that will never change,” Suarez said in a statement.

Suarez’s potential move to Richard Petty Motorsports gathers pace

Leading NASCAR reporter David Smith recently spoke about Suarez’s potential move to RPM in a bid to explain why the move could do the 28-year-old some good.


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“While this isn’t the caliber of Joe Gibbs Racing or Stewart Haas, the teams Suarez is familiar with, this does represent a small upgrade. And could be the way he gets his Cup Series career back on track,” Smith expressed.


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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.