Suarez took the lead in Sunday’s race at California’s Sonoma Raceway highway course with 22 of 110 laps remaining and cruised to victory over Chris Buescher, incomes his first victory in 195 profession begins. He turned the primary Mexican driver to win within the Cup Sequence since its inception in 1949.
His NASCAR profession had appeared be on a quick observe, proving among the many first success tales to come back out of NASCAR’s Drive for Variety program and he went on to win the 2016 Xfinity championship with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Simply as Suarez was about to embark on a second season in Xfinity, Carl Edwards abruptly left NASCAR, leaving JGR with a Cup trip to fill for the 2017 season. The group turned to Suarez as Edwards’ substitute.
Though there have been loads of flashes of potential, Suarez by no means appeared to seek out the identical success in Cup at JGR, Stewart-Haas Racing or Gaunt Brothers Racing.
Somewhat over a yr working along with his latest crew, Trackhouse Racing, Suarez lastly broke his duck this season with the Justin Marks and Pitbull-owned squad.
“, it has price me rather a lot to get up to now. Lots of people don’t know that, however it has price me rather a lot to get to this nation first 10 years in the past, and to get up to now, combating,” Suarez mentioned. “I come from a really humble household. Each step of my life has price me rather a lot.
“I knew that it’s vital to keep in mind that if I used to be in a position to come all the way in which right here, I wasn’t going to surrender right here. My confidence was excessive.
“However clearly figuring out that you simply haven’t gained but, there’s a little little bit of doubt. However I knew that I used to be quick. I knew that I might race with them, with the blokes which can be profitable. However I hadn’t confirmed that first victory.”
Though a brand new crew, Trackhouse Racing had proven to be aggressive since its debut final season.
Even with the introduction of the Subsequent Gen automotive this yr, the crew nonetheless has been among the many most persistently quick week-in and week-out.
The organisation picked up its first wins earlier this season with two journeys to Victory Lane by Suarez’s teammate, Ross Chastain.
Whereas Suarez’s No. 99 crew appeared to hit a number of roadblocks on the way in which to a win, he mentioned he nonetheless knew he was with a crew able to producing wins.
“I advised my crew, you realize, the final 5 weeks we’ve had very quick race automobiles, however issues occur. The jack broke final week. In Charlotte we have been the quickest automotive and we have been lacking one thing on pit highway each single time,” he mentioned.
“However on the finish my crew, everybody, we stayed collectively. We hold pushing. I advised them that unhealthy luck doesn’t final ceaselessly, and difficult individuals do. We saved working very exhausting and right here we’re.”
“[Sunday] was superb. We did loads of issues proper. However we believed that our automotive might have been slightly bit higher.
“So, if you take a look at the large image and all the time attempt to see your self as what I might have executed higher or completely different, that’s if you grow to be an excellent crew. I really feel like we’re on our method there.”