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2017 Anthem Annual February

Edwards would not compete in NASCAR’s premier series in 2017. Instead, Suarez would be taking over the No. 19 Toyota for JGR for the full 36-race circuit. “It was just an amazing moment,” Suarez said at a press conference. “I wasn’t expecting that at all. I was actually already working with XFINITY crew chief Scott Graves and the amazing team that I had in 2016 in XFINITY to be ready to open 2017 the same way that we closed in ‘16 — winning races. And then this came out. Very, very happy for this opportunity.” Suarez’s team owner, three-time Super Bowl-winning coach Joe Gibbs, has no doubt that Suarez is the right man for the job. “Once we learned that Carl would not return next season, Daniel was really the obvious choice,” Gibbs said. “He is a great fit for our team and our partners. This may be a little bit earlier than we anticipated, but he has earned the opportunity and we are excited for his future.” Suarez will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut during the season-opening DAYTONA 500. “It’s my dream, but I did not expect it right now,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started. I have a lot to learn but I couldn’t ask for a better situation. I have the support of a great team around me.” As NASCAR’s first foreign-born champion, Daniel Suarez can help the sport broaden its appeal to a more international audience. Daniel Suarez won three races en route to the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs (left) talked during a press conference at Joe Gibbs Racing about Daniel Suarez (right) making the move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017 to replace veteran driver Carl Edwards. Bob Leverone/NASCAR via Getty Images Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images 190 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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