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Daniel Suárez Joins Stewart-Haas Racing for 2019

Daniel Suárez is officially part of Stewart-Haas Racing. The team announced Monday (Jan. 7) that Suárez will pilot the No. 41 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019.

Suarez replaces Kurt Busch, who had driven the No. 41 since its inception; he moves to Chip Ganassi Racing and the No. 1 for 2019. Suárez, meanwhile, moves from Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19, which he had occupied since 2017, with Martin Truex Jr. replacing him this year.

“This is the opportunity every driver wants, and now I have it,” Suárez said in a team release. “I want to deliver for this team, our drivers, our partners in Haas Automation, ARRIS and Ford, and, ultimately, for me. We have everything we need to be successful.”

ARRIS, which sponsored Suárez at JGR, will move with him to SHR.

“In each series Daniel has raced in, he’s advanced quickly from rookie to race winner,” Tony Stewart, SHR co-owner, added. “In four years, he went from the K&N Series to the NASCAR Cup Series. In between, he won an Xfinity Series championship, and he did it all while learning a new language and a new culture. He’s dedicated, he’s talented and we’re proud to have him as a key part of our race team.”

In 72 Cup starts, Suárez has four top fives and 21 top 10s, finishing 20th and 21st in points. In 2016, he was the Xfinity Series champion for JGR and has three wins, 33 top fives and 55 top 10s in that division.

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    Capt Thomas “Curly” Mills

    Very Happy that Daniel got a Much better Ride. Joe as all the Religious Phoneys shafted Daniel and will regret it. Back when I did a few Races in NASCAR, things were much better. We were all Friends and Helped each other. The NASCAR,
    MODEL now is “ If you have a friend Kind and TRUE, Fu— them before they FU —- You. Hope Toyota never sell another car

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    God fearing Joe Gibbs! Used Suarez when he needed him – then dumps him when someone he feels is better comes along. I like Truex, and was hoping he would end up at Stuart-Haas instead of Gibbs. Now I hope that Suarez beats Truex every week – and Gibbs dumping Suarez comes back to bite him in the ass just like Lagano did!!

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    Joey Logano, Chapter Two. Swervin’ Suarez 2022 Champ? Certainly a character upgrade for SHR. I’ll allow it!

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    How unfortunate. Hmmm…Kurt Busch gets the boot and Danny Boy is the choice? All about the money! Danny sucks!

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    Good luck…but he owes that championship to Cole Witt

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      I could never understand why Whitt stayed out on old tires. It wasn’t like he was going to win that race.

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    NASCAR is probably a silent partner to keep a Hispanic presence in their top series. SHR continues to due what’s necessary to fund their program. In this economy, and given the lack of enthusiasm among new fans, this is pretty common.