After being announced as the driver succeeding Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Toyota, Daniel Suarez talked with NBC Sports’ Dave Burns about being quickly ushered into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
At 25, Suarez will make his Cup start in the 59th Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.
“I’m very thrilled,” Suarez said. “Since I got here to Charlotte just a few days ago it’s been non-stop. A lot going on, this and that all the time.”
Suarez made history last year becoming the first foreign-born driver to win a national NASCAR championship when he won the Xfinity Series championship.
After he learned he had been tapped to replace Edwards, Suarez had to keep the news a secret.
“It was the most hard thing I had (to do) in the last few months,” Suarez said. “It as hard to talk to people. They’d ask me, ‘hey Daniel, what are your plans for this year?’ and I couldn’t say anything.”
Currently, Suarez will compete in 10 Xfinity Series races this season.