When the No. 96 CommScope Toyota Camry for Gaunt Brothers Racing (GBR) takes to the track at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway for this yr’s outmoded Labor Day-weekend Southern 500, this might perhaps perhaps maybe also unbiased carry segment in the track’s annual Throwback Weekend festivities, this yr themed “NASCAR Champions … Past, Display and Future,” with a bona fide NASCAR champion strapped into the cockpit – its driver Daniel Suárez.
The 28-yr-dilapidated fourth-yr NASCAR Cup Sequence competitor from Monterrey, Mexico will proudly sport the paint plan of the sponsor that rode along with him right via his history-making force to the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Sequence championship, then is known as ARRIS, now CommScope. With his three victories, 19 high-5 finishes, 27 high-10s and 347 laps led right via the 33-mosey Xfinity Sequence advertising campaign in 2016, Suárez became the predominant Latin American-born champion of a NASCAR nationwide sequence. He clinched his title with a dominating victory in his No. 19 ARRIS Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing on the season-ending mosey at Characteristic dwelling-Miami Speedway, the place he started on the pole, led a mosey-excessive 133 laps, and beat runner-up Ty Dillon by .968 of a 2d.
“That’s a extraordinarily fine plan, it supplies me goosebumps,” said Suárez, who the outdated yr moreover made history in his No. 19 ARRIS Toyota by incomes 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Sequence Rookie of the Yr honors, one other NASCAR first for a Latin American-born driver. “I’m very angry, but on the identical time I’m a little bit fervent because, while you happen to’re throwing motivate to yourself, meaning you’re getting dilapidated (laughs). Severely, there were many adjustments since my 2016 Xfinity championship, but one constant has been my sponsor ARRIS, who’s now CommScope. I wish to thank CommScope for sticking with me all these years. No longer most attention-grabbing has CommScope stuck with me, they’ve helped millions of mosey fans cease linked on the racetrack, at dwelling and in every single location in-between with their wi-fi applied sciences. I moreover wish to thank my group proprietor Marty Gaunt, and Toyota and Coca-Cola because I wouldn’t be the place I’m on the unusual time without their toughen. I will’t wait to force this automobile at Darlington.”
CommScope is in its sixth yr sponsoring Suárez, a relationship that started right via his 2015 and 2016 Xfinity Sequence seasons, persevered right via his 2017 and 2018 seasons as driver of the No. 19 NASCAR Cup Sequence Toyota at Gibbs and his 2019 season as driver of the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing entry in the Cup Sequence, and arrived with him this yr for his first season with the single-automobile GBR Toyota group. To this level in 2020, Suárez has three high-20 finishes, seven high-25s and has been working on the carry out in every mosey he’s contested – that’s 22 in a row, making him and capabilities chief Kevin Harvick the becoming drivers to manufacture so.
“To begin with, this has been a total surprise to Daniel, and I will’t judge we pulled off conserving it a secret from him for so long as we did,” said Gaunt, whose group, founded in 2010, is in the course of its first elephantine-time season since joining the Cup Sequence ranks in 2018. “We’re positively fully pleased to be in a position to highlight and honor Daniel’s Xfinity championship paint plan for the throwback at Darlington. Particularly, because it no longer most attention-grabbing pays homage to Daniel and his championship group, but to Toyota, CommScope and Coca-Cola, as smartly. These companions were genuine right via their decades in NASCAR and continue to be with Gaunt Brothers Racing.”
The Southern 500 is determined for Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. EDT and will need to composed be televised live by NBCSN.
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