A team from Mexico is slated to make history in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.
Although it will be based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Contreras Motorsports will become the first team with roots in Mexico, thanks to brothers and team co-owners Enrique and Carlos Contreras.
Carlos Contreras will drive the No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado in the season-opening Nextera Energy Resources 250 Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 19. It will be Contreras’ seventh career start at Daytona.
Contreras will be sponsored in that race by Bellator MMA, a mixed martial arts promoter.
Crew chief for the team will be Tim Andrews, son of NASCAR championship crew chief Paul Andrews.
A veteran of over 100 NASCAR starts in the Xfinity, Truck, Mexico and K&N series, Carlos Contreras will be behind the wheel for the team’s debut at Daytona.
But the team said in a media release it anticipates “providing opportunities for (other) up-and-coming drivers looking to break into NASCAR.”
“My brother and I have worked with many great people and teams over the many years we’ve been in NASCAR, and the many more years racing with my brother in Mexico and Latin America,” Carlos Contreras said. “We know it’s a process, and we are working to build an organization that will be competitive for many years to come. Bringing in the young and talented Tim Andrews was definitely a great start.”
Added Enrique Contreras, who will serve as team president, “Competing on behalf of Hispanics within the NCWTS is a new challenge in my life and it is a great opportunity to share it with my family.”