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.