Protect this house: Daniel Suárez will return to Trackhouse Racing in 2023

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Protect this house: Daniel Suárez will return to Trackhouse Racing in 2023

Editor‘s note: Daniel Suárez will be spotlighted in USA Network‘s new unscripted series “Race for the Championship” airing this fall. The first episode is Thursday, Sept. 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the trailer here.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Trackhouse Racing announced Friday that Daniel Suárez will return to the No. 99 Chevrolet for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Suárez is in his sixth season at the Cup Series level, and has spent the last two years with the No. 99 Trackhouse team, which is co-owned by Justin Marks and Pitbull. The 30-year-old Mexico native scored his first Cup Series win in June, driving to a dominant victory at Sonoma Raceway.

Suárez had indicated in recent weeks that the deal was imminent, saying that he was in the final stages of reaching a contract extension. Hours after Friday’s announcement was revealed through Trackhouse’s social media channels, Suárez said that his sole focus was on re-signing.

“This the first year in my Cup Series career that I didn’t talk to anyone else,” Suárez said, adding that the extension was for one year. “That’s how confident I was about this. I mean, when they reached out to me to start having a conversation with a contract, I told then I didn’t want to hear about it yet, because that was already before Sonoma and I was so focused on winning races. I knew it was close. I didn’t want distractions.

“So you know, Trackhouse has been amazing to me. We have worked together extremely well. I’ve been with Trackhouse since it was on paper. So it’s been a lot of fun, and I think we’re gonna continue together for a while.”

Trackhouse entered Cup Series competition in 2021 with Suárez as its sole driver. The organization expanded this year after the purchase of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR assets. As a two-car operation at the dawn of the Next Gen era, Trackhouse has flourished with three wins this season — two for teammate Ross Chastain, added to Suárez’s Sonoma tally.

Both have clinched berths in the 16-driver field for the Cup Series Playoffs, and Chastain said he was eager to make the most of the continuity for Trackhouse’s driver roster.

“Yeah, I mean, he got a head-start on me at Trackhouse. He was the guy that bought in first, right? And so now it lines up with, I’ve got my contract that goes through next year. So we’re lined up on that and yeah, it’s great. It’s just, we’ve got a good thing. We don’t want the water to shake too much and too many waves, so it’s only going to help me, selfishly, and the end of the day, that’s got my best interest in mind.”