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SUAREZ BECOMES FIRST FOREIGN CHAMPION IN NASCAR

Suarez dominates and wins Homestead

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Suarez burning out after winning Championship

Suarez burning out after winning Championship

Austin Travis

Austin Travis

Suarez burning out after winning Championship

Austin Travis, Sports Editor

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Daniel Suarez won last weekend’s Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead to become the first foreign driver to win a championship in any of the three national series.  “The very first time that I was going to move to the States, a lot of people told me it was going to be difficult because I was a Mexican driver, and nobody else made it happen in the past,” Suarez said. “Right now, honestly, I can tell that to be a Mexican driver, Latin American driver, is something positive.”  It was Suarez’s third win of 2016, and the one that gave him the Championship.  Suarez began racing go-karts at a young age in Mexico and moved to North Carolina as a teenager to begin a career in NASCAR’s National Series.  He had to teach himself English by watching cartoons on television and moved through NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program to get a ride with Joe Gibbs Racing.  “It was a very tough transition, Suarez said.  “My family was a huge part of it.  My friends.  I was by myself without a lot of support, honestly, without money, without a sponsor at the time, and then I had the opportunity with the Drive for Diversity.”  Elliott Sadler finished third in the race, and second of championship contenders.  “This one is hard to swallow. We had a really good season, ran good all season long, won some races. We have a strong race team. I hate coming up this short for them.”  To see the 2017 season opener at Daytona, tune in to FS1 at 3:30 PM ET for the Powershares QQQ 300.

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