Ever since talks started last season that Kurt Busch was vacating the No. 41 of Stewart-Haas Racing, rumors started that Daniel Suarez would take over the No. 41. Those rumors are finally confirmed.
SHR made the announcement with 41 days until the 2019 Daytona 500. The timing was unlikely to be a coincidence. The announcement also comes on Suarez’s 27th bithday.
Suarez moves from the four-car Joe Gibbs Racing team where he raced in the No. 19 Toyota Camry. For 2019, Suarez will be driving for another four-car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team, though now in a Ford Mustang.
Suarez had been part of the NASCAR Next youth initiative and had been closely associated with Toyota both in the United States, but also in his native Mexico prior to that. He also won the 2016 Xfinity Series championship at JGR.
This will be Suarez’s third year in the Cup series, joining teammates Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Aric Almirola.
Suarez Thank You/Announcement Video
Suarez, in his new SHR firesuit, made a quick thank you video as well:
The official SHR website has also started to offer Suarez merchandise. At the time of publishing, five items were available including a pair of hats, a pair of t-shirts, and a teddy bear with a No. 41.
In the 2018 MENCS season, Suarez completed 9682 of 10250 laps completed (94.5%), leading 35 laps. He finished in the top 5 on three occasions throughout the 2018 season and had top 10s nine times.
His best finish of the year came at the July 2018 Gander Outdoors 400 Pocono race, finishing second to JGR teammate, Kyle Busch. Suarez was also on the pole for that race.
Bill Scott will be Suarez’s 2019 crew chief. Scott previously made the calls for Danica Patrick (2016-17) and Busch (2018) most recently.