He joins a really small checklist of drivers born exterior the USA who’ve gone on to win on the Cup stage, and is now the one one to succeed in Victory Lane in all three nationwide divisions.
Within the Xfinity and Truck Sequence, 24 races have been gained by worldwide drivers. However on the Cup stage, it’s miles rarer with simply seven victories between 5 drivers.
The group of worldwide drivers to win at NASCAR’s high stage is not at all massive, however it does embrace some very massive names.
Mario Andretti – Italy
Mario Andretti was born in part of Italy that now belongs to Croatia, and his household emigrated to the USA after World Struggle II. He turned a naturalized American citizen in 1964, and later acquired his solely Cup win in NASCAR’s largest race — the 1967 Daytona 500. Driving for Holman-Moody, he led over half the race en path to a dominant victory.
Race winner Mario Andretti
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Earl Ross – Prince Edward Island, Canada
Earl Ross was the primary and surprisingly solely Canadian driver to win a NASCAR Cup Sequence race, doing so in 1974. Driving for Junior Johnson, he beat Buddy Baker to win at Martinsville Speedway. The Canadian took the lead on Lap 422 of 500 and by no means seemed again, successful by over a lap.
Juan Pablo Montoya – Bogotá, Colombia
It was over 40 years till a global driver gained once more on the Cup stage, however it’s no shock who did it. Juan Pablo Montoya has confirmed he can drive nearly every thing, successful seven Components 1 GPs and two Indy 500s, and that is simply scratching the floor of his exceptional profession. He gained in his rookie 12 months as a Cup driver, taking the checkered flag at Sonoma Raceway in 2007. Montoya would go on to win yet one more time at one other highway course, taking victory at Watkins Glen in 2010.
Victory lane: race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates
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Marcos Ambrose – Tasmania, Australia
The 2-time Australian Supercars champion was a pressure to be reckoned with on NASCAR’s highway programs, successful 5 instances within the Xfinity Sequence. On the Cup stage, he got here shut a number of instances earlier than lastly breaking by means of with a victory at Watkins Glen in 2011. He would go back-to-back and win at The Glen once more in 2012, in what stands as some of the iconic finishes in NASCAR historical past.
Victory lane: race winner Marcos Ambrose, Petty Motorsport Ford celebrates
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Daniel Suarez – Monterrey, Mexico
In 2016, Suarez was considered one of NASCAR’s most promising younger stars. He gained the NASCAR Xfinity Sequence championship and was promoted to the Cup Sequence by Joe Gibbs Racing after Carl Edwards’ sudden exit. Nonetheless, after many struggles at JGR and later Stewart-Haas Racing, many thought Suarez’s probability at a profitable Cup profession had handed. However a brand new workforce gave Suarez a brand new alternative to show the critics incorrect.
At Trackhouse Racing, he has already led extra laps this season than any of his earlier seasons mixed. He has been in rivalry for wins on quite a few events, however unhealthy luck continued to plague the 30-year-old racer. Lastly, all of it got here collectively for Suarez final Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, in his 195th profession begin. He led 47 of 110 laps and held off Chris Buescher to take the checkered flag, making historical past as the primary Mexican-born race winner in NASCAR Cup Sequence historical past.
Race winner Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Onx Houses / Renu Chevrolet Camaro
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