On Monday, Stewart-Haas Racing announced it had hired Daniel Suarez to drive its No. 41 Ford Mustang in the Cup series beginning this season. He will drive alongside drivers Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Aric Almirola.
Taking over the vacant spot left by Kurt Busch. Busch departed for Chip Ganassi Racing in early December, after Jamie McMurray was fired from the number 1 car. Suarez will bring with him, his Arris sponsorship. Without a huge history in Nascar in which to fall back on, there’s probably some who don’t think he earned the opportunity.
But if anyone can get the most out of Suarez, it’ll be Tony Stewart, who’s proven a lot as an owner. There’s no doubt Suarez will set out to prove his former employer wrong for making the choice to cut him loose, and you could easily make the argument, that Gibbs made a rash decision, without seeing the driver’s full potential.
This could easily end up turning into another Joey Logano-situation. A young driver not being given a real fair shake, promptly replaced by a solid veteran. Only for the young driver to come out on top by winning a Sprint Cup title, as he matured.
Suarez captured the 2016 Xfinity Series championship so he’s certainly got the potential to succeed on the biggest stage. Look for him to make the most out of this new opportunity.