Daniel Suárez, Tootsies, and Trackhouse Racing Ready to Make History At Season-Opening, 65th Annual Daytona 500

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 99 Tootsie’s Chevrolet

CONCORD, N.C. – A Mexican driver would love nothing more than to win The Great American Race.

That’s Daniel Suárez’s quest this week as he embarks on DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth in preparation for the 65th annual Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s most prestigious race.

Last year, Suárez became the first Mexican (Monterrey) to win a Cup Series race when he dominated at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in June. He’d love nothing more than to join Mario Andretti as the only foreign-born drivers to win the Daytona 500.

A victory at Daytona will mark Chevrolet’s 25th win in the 500 and its 50th Cup Series win as a manufacturer at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Trackhouse Racing driver Daniel Suarez and Tootsies owner Steve Smith

Suárez will certainly know where to celebrate if he adds to those totals.

Longtime sponsor Tootsie’s World-Famous Orchid Lounge, the legendary and historic honky-tonk in the heart of Nashville’s Lower Broadway entertainment district, will serve as the primary sponsor on Trackhouse Racing’s No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro for Sunday’s race as well as multiple races in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Suárez arrives in Florida after finishing 19th at the season-opening Clash exhibition race at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The No. 99 showed speed, but damage from an early wreck slowed his progress in the closing laps.

Suárez joined single-car qualifying Wednesday night, placed 12th in one of the Daytona Duels on Thursday night, and will start 24th in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The drivers will also practice Friday and Saturday.

FOX, MRN, and SiriusXM will air Sunday’s race at 2:30 p.m. ET

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