Daniel Suárez walks confidently into a massive floorspace; there are cars everywhere around him. He is at the Trackhouse Racing Headquarters in North Carolina.
“This is where the magic happens, this is where the real heroes live,” he said about the building. “You know, all my mechanics, all the engineers, my crewshifts, my pit crew. If we want to be successful we have to come here every single day and work really really hard.”
“Like the name says, this is my house,” Suárez said. “This is exactly what I was looking for. [A place that] allowed me to make adjustments, and that team that wanted me to be successful.”
Part of some of the success that Suárez has accomplished in his career, includes when he made history last year in California, when he became the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race.
The road to making history, however, has been anything but easy for Suárez and it’s come with a lot of sacrifices.
“My father sold his business with a mortgage on my mom’s house when I was around 15,” he told Latino USA. “I have always said that my dad was not making a lot of money. If he was making $10, $7 of those, or $6 of those, were going to me and the other $3 were going to the house, mom, two sisters, schools, food, everything else.”
On this episode of Latino USA, Daniel Suárez talks about breaking barriers, the role his family played along the way and how he’s trying to bring more Latinos to NASCAR.
Featured image courtesy of Trackhouse Racing.