Daniel Suárez arrives at Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the road course inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with as much momentum as he’s enjoyed this summer.
The 31-year-old Monterrey, Mexico native comes off a successful points day at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn where he earned bonus points by fifth- and second-place finishes in the first two stages before finishing sixth in the race that started Sunday but finished Monday because of rain.
The bonus points and race finish – his seventh top-10 of the season – moved Suárez from 34 to just five points outside the 16th and final playoff spot in the 2023 NASCAR playoff standings.
Just three races remain in the regular season beginning Sunday in Indianapolis, followed by another road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International before it concludes on the superspeedway at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Suárez has demonstrated prowess on the road course as well as drafting tracks like Daytona.
“Michigan was so great for us,” said Suárez. “We had a really good race. We were consistent, fast and everyone did a great job from the spotter to the pit crew to our race strategy. If we do this three more races we are going to be fine.”
Suárez’s No. 99 will carry a new tweak to its blue and green Freeway Insurance paint scheme on Sunday. For the rest of the season it will be the Freeway.com Chevrolet.
Freeway will do its best to keep the momentum this weekend for Suárez and his fans.
Fans can meet Suárez at 3 p.m. EDT Friday at the Freeway Insurance office at 5945 Crawfordsville Rd., Suite B, in Speedway, Indiana to get autographs and pictures, win prizes and enjoy the live radio stations on site.
Freeway hosts these events during its race weekends and they always attract large numbers of Suárez fans who come to meet the only Mexican driver to ever win a Cup Series race.
“It’s always a blast to meet with my Amigos,” laughed Suárez. “We are doing it Friday so we can be extra pumped up going into the weekend. I get a lot of energy from meeting the fans. Everywhere we go they make me feel very welcome. It’s like being at home.”
Suárez would love nothing more than a repeat performance of Michigan this weekend as the playoff push continues.
NBC will televise Sunday’s race at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
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