Daniel Suarez achieved what he dreamed of as a boy. He achieved his first cup victory, at Sonoma Raceway. “You know, it has cost me a lot to get to this point. A lot of people don’t know that, but it has cost me a lot to get to this country first 10 years ago, and to get to this point, fighting,” Daniel Suarez said.
“I come from a very humble family. Every step of my life has cost me a lot. “I knew that it’s important to remember that if I was able to come all the way here, I wasn’t going to give up here. My confidence was high.
“But obviously knowing that you haven’t won yet, there is a little bit of doubt. But I knew that I was fast. I knew that I could race with them, with the guys that are winning. But I hadn’t showed that first victory”.
As a team, they showed unity, harmony, and it is not surprising that such a good result came from. “I told my team, you know, the last five weeks we have had very fast race cars, but things happen. The jack broke last week.
In Charlotte we were the fastest car and we were missing something on pit road every single time,” he said. “But at the end my team, everyone, we stayed together. We keep pushing. I told them that bad luck doesn’t last forever, and tough people do.
We kept working very hard and here we are”. His goal is always to be as good as possible and move forward. “Today was amazing. We did a lot of things right. But we believed that our car could have been a little bit better,” Suarez said.
“So, when you look at the big picture and always try to see yourself as what I could have done better or different, that’s when you become a great team. I feel like we’re on our way there”.
Justin Marks on Suarez
Justin Marks, who is also one of the owners of Trackhouse Racing, is overjoyed after Suarez's result.
“Yeah, it’s hard to put it into words. When Ty Norris and I first started talking about this, I came to Ty, I’ve got this idea. What I said first and foremost is I believe with this new car it’s truly going to be about the people, the people are going to make this car go.
The way they changed the model of the sport a little bit is you have to invest in your people and keep them motivated and put talented people in positions, lift them up, and empower them,” Justin Marks said. Suarez obviously has a winning mentality, but everyone on the team is maximally motivated and ready for the biggest goals.
“I just believe that. I think we’re doing that right now because we have a great culture at Trackhouse. Daniel checked a lot of boxes for us right away. He’s an experienced Cup driver. He is a winner. When he’s been in positions to win, he’s won with his Xfinity championship and Truck.
He was a winner at this level. I told him from day one, this is your team, these 99 teams are your team. You come to me and tell me anything and everything that you need. We’re going to put that behind you,” Justin marks added.