Daniel Suarez is looking to bounce back with a durable finish this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Despite running as high as 10th earlier in Stage 3, the first incident caution on Lap 123 has plummeted Suarez’s game dramatically through mistakes which saw him finish as low as 24th.
Pocono Race Recap
Suarez started the race from 18th as his No.19 Toyota Camry has struggled through the tunnel turn.
That means there’s no support with the grip which saw Suarez finish 24th in Stage 1.
A solid Pit Stop during the first stage break revived Suarez’s hopes of challenging the Top 10 mark
However, Suarez bounced back with a solid pit stop which breathed him back to life by restarting 15th towards the start of Stage 2.
At one point in this segment, Suarez addressed his concern of a loose wheel on pit road.
But, there’s no further reaction of that condition as Suarez’s car came off fine before finishing 16th towards the halfway point.
It provided a brilliant base in trying to finish off the race on a high note where Suarez ran as high as 10th.
From a solid run in earlier Stage 3 to an unfortunate string of mistakes towards the finish line
Then, his race day plan has gone from a little to tight to too many mistakes.
- 1. A mishandled pit stop saw Suarez lose ten spots and restarted in 22nd after the first incident caution on Lap 123.
- He made contact with the wall which saw left rear damage of the No.19 Toyota Camry with 29 Laps to go.
His mistakes have let himself and the No.19 team down where Suarez finished in a disappointing 24th.
His Pocono Green 400 Loop Data Statistics
- Start: 18th
- Middle: 12th
- Finish: 24th
- Highest Position: 10th
- Lowest Position: 34th
- Average Position: 20th
- Pass Difference: -6
- Green Flag Lap Passes: 82, Times Passed: 88
- Quality Passes: 16, 19.5%
- Three Fastest Laps
- 52 Top 15 Laps, 32.5%
- Total Laps: 160/160
- Driver Rating: 63.5
Daniel Suarez’s Michigan Cup Series Record
He made two appearances with Joe Gibbs Racing throughout the June & August Michigan Races last year.
But, his Cup Record in Brooklyn, Michigan isn’t that great.
On his debut 12 months ago, Suarez started out from 20th before he came home in 24th.
Fast forward to August; He too went from a decent 16th spot to ending his race early with a crash on Lap 138.
- Two Starts
- 338 of 402 Laps Completed, 84.1%
- Highest Starting Spot: 16th, August 2015
- Best Finish: 24th, June 2015
- Three Laps Led
- Average Start: 18 & Finish: 30.5
- DNF: One, Crash (August 2015)
Daniel Suarez’s 2018 Season So Far.
- 14 Starts
- 4251 of 4462 Laps Completed, 95.1%
- Six Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 4th in February 2018 at Atlanta.
- Best Championship Points Finish: 3rd in May 2018 at Dover
- Top Non-Championship Run: 2nd in May 2018 during the All-Star Race (Non-Championship Points) at Charlotte.
- One Top 5, 7.1%
- Four Top 10 finishes, 28.6%
- Average Start: 15.9 & Finish: 18.4
- DNF: One, Crash (Daytona 500)
- He currently sits 19th in the Drivers’ Standings with 258 points.
- 37th, Daytona 500
- 15th, Atlanta
- 26th, Las Vegas
- 8th, Phoenix
- 23rd, Fontana
- 18th, Martinsville
- 29th, Texas
- 11th, Bristol
- 10th, Richmond & Talladega
- 3rd, Dover
- 28th, Kansas
- 15th, Charlotte
- 24th, Pocono
Daniel Suarez did a great job with the way his pit stop handled despite a lack of grip with the car during the first stage break.
That helped him challenge towards the Top 15 and into the front ten earlier in Stage 3.
However, an incident yellow flag changes the game, and it didn’t end so well where Suarez made mistakes on pit road plus creating contact with the wall.
It’s disappointing that his 24th place finish isn’t what Suarez wanted to match his expectations.
But, he doesn’t like giving up and this weekend is an opportunity to bounce back for his 2nd Top 5 & 5th Top 10 of 2018.
Suarez and the No.19 Crew will work hard throughout today and tomorrow before hopping back in the No.19 Toyota Camry for practice and qualifying sessions this Friday.
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