When you think of NASCAR you usually think of trailer homes and a bunch of white guys drinking Bud Light yelling "Git 'er done!" Well, you'd be surprised how many Latinos make NASCAR go round! This coming weekend we will be introducing you to some of the drivers making a name for themselves on the track.
NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series will make its United States debut at Phoenix International Raceway. The landmark international event, The NASCAR Mexico Toyota 120, will run on Friday, March 1 with the green flag scheduled at 7 p.m. MT as part of the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at PIR. The race will be televised in the United States on Fox Deportes as well as across Mexico and Latin America. Tickets are available starting at $20 and can be purchased on phoenixraceway.com.
The 75-lap event will feature a format that includes a scheduled break after the first 50-laps, followed by a 25-lap sprint to the finish. A full field of drivers from the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series is expected to participate in this history-making race, including the 2012 series champion Jorge Goeters, Homero Richards, Daniel Suarez, Ruben Pardo and Antonio Perez.
This is the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series 10th season overall and seventh under the NASCAR banner. The kickoff at Phoenix will be followed by 14 more races at eight different tracks throughout Mexico.
We will be talking to Daniel Suarez and Ruben Pardo, both are NASCAR Mexico Series drivers. Daniel Suarez is originally from Monterrey Mexico and was NASCAR Mexico's 2010 rookie of the year. Ruben Pardo originally began his career in motorcycle racing competing in the 600cc Superbikes Series. In 2006 Pardo moved to the Busch East Series where he was named rookie of the year, the first Latino to win a NASCAR affiliated award.