Trackhouse Racing Team Heads To Atlanta On Fire Competing For Winsby Hunter Thomas March 17, 2022 0 comments
HAMPTON, Ga. – Trackhouse Racing Team has entered the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season exceeding expectations and competing for wins after only earning one top-five last year during the team’s debut season. Now, Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain head to the newly configured Atlanta Motor Speedway looking to maintain the momentum.
Trackhouse Racing Team was founded by Justin Marks and musical icon Pitbull in 2021. Last year, Monterrey, Mexico native, Daniel Suárez piloted his Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet to competitive finishes, especially considering the team was newly formed. With one top-five and four top-10 finishes, the effort was notable. Following the 2021 season, Trackhouse Racing Team purchased Chip Ganassi Racing’s assets, and the team expanded to two cars, adding Ross Chastain to the lineup. The result of the expansion? Four races into the season and Suárez and Chastain have set the field on fire as they have competed for wins in three races.
“Three weeks now we have had cars to win the race,” Suárez said. “Ross has been really good the last two weeks. We have been pretty good as well. I am very proud of my team and this organization. Our win is coming soon.”
Heading into the season, few probably expected to see the team so competitive this early on, but Trackhouse Racing Team is already in NASCAR Playoff form. At Auto Club Speedway, Suarez was battling for the win in the closing laps, and he ended up with a fourth-place finish.
“We’re going to win a few races very soon here,” Suarez said at Auto Club Speedway. “I just can’t thank everyone enough in my team. We had a fast car, but we went through a lot of adversity. We had a few issues. We hit the wall once. We had an issue with a diffuser. My pit crew, those guys are legends; it’s unbelievable. It’s the pit crew I’ve ever had, and it’s a lot of fun to race like that.”
The following weekend, it was Chastain fighting for a victory, and he crossed the finish line in third.
“Dream come true,” Chastain said following the third-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “This is what all the work is for. This is why we train, done our whole lives and careers, once we realize we can race at this level is to have race cars like that.”
Last weekend at Phoenix Raceway, Chastain inched even closer to a win as he captured a runner-up finish, the highest performing effort in the team’s very brief history.
“That was so much fun to get to race like that at this level,” Chastain said following Phoenix. “Trackhouse Racing believes in me. Advent Health. These people, they believed in me early in the season whenever stuff wasn’t going great. If we can keep putting these together, that’s so cool to race with Tyler (Reddick) and Chase (Briscoe).”
Chastain currently sits 14th in the standings, and while it isn’t any indication of his performance, Suárez sits 22nd. Now, the duo heads to the newly configured Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Chastain served as a Goodyear tire test driver back in January.
“I was part of the Goodyear tire test,” Chastain said. “It’s like a superspeedway, it really is. The transitions are a little sharper than Daytona and Talladega, but its smooth enough and has enough grip to that we’ll be okay. It’s Daytona minus a mile, they’re probably going to have to enforce a double yellow line. We will be entering the corners on the apron and re-merging like we saw back before the yellow double line at superspeedways.”
Suárez who has one-career top-10 finish at Atlanta said, “Atlanta is going to be something totally different than what it has been. We will really rely on our teammate and the No. 1 crew about what to expect this weekend. I don’t know what to expect, but it’s going to be very, very interesting for sure.”
The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will broadcast live on FOX at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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