Daniel Suárez and the No. 41 ARRIS Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) venture to Kansas Speedway in Kansas for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400. Suárez will pilot the orange-and-black ARRIS colors for this weekend’s event, the final race of the season with ARRIS as the primary livery.
ARRIS has been involved with NASCAR since 2014 and is responsible for the most comprehensive Wi-Fi deployment in series history at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The company announced the first CBRS Private LTE network deployment at the newly renovated ISM Raceway near Phoenix. ARRIS also powers the communication between NASCAR drivers and their teams through its SURFboard SB6183® modem and E600® Converged Edge Router with integration and support from its global services team.
Suárez goes to Kansas after finishing 32nd Monday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The rain-delayed event was completed Monday after it was halted Sunday with only one stage complete. Suárez was able to dodge all accidents until late in the race. Unfortunately, his day ended prematurely after damage to the No. 41 machine forced him to pull into the garage with 20 laps remaining.
The Mexico native has five Cup Series starts at Kansas with a best finish of seventh earned in his first start – May 2017. He has an average start of 15.2 and an average finish of 21.8 at the 1.5-mile track. In this year’s May race at Kansas, the 27-year-old ended up with a 14th-place result.
In addition to his Cup Series starts, the Ford driver has two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with top-10 finishes in both. He’s also made one NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start in May 2015 and earned a sixth-place finish along with leading one lap. Finally, he made an ARCA Racing Series start from the pole position in October 2015 and led 15 laps before an accident ended his day prematurely.
A new addition on Suárez’s No. 41 Mustang for this weekend is Hy-Vee as an associate sponsor. Hy-Vee is an employee-owned company that operates more than 260 retail stores across eight Midwestern states. The supermarket chain is known for its quality, variety, convenience, culinary expertise and superior customer service. The company’s more than 83,000 employees will be pulling for Suárez as he chases his first Cup Series win Sunday.
At Kansas, SHR has three wins with Kevin Harvick earning two – May 2018 and October 2016 – and team co-owner Tony Stewart winning in October 2009.
The ARRIS driver is 18th in the driver standings with 744 points and has three top-fives and 10 top-10s this season, along with 135 laps led. He has an average start of 14.7 and an average finish of 16.0. He earned his second career Cup Series pole, first with the No. 41 team, in July at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
DANIEL SUÁREZ, Driver of the No. 41 ARRIS Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
How has your adjustment been so far this year? You’ve been behind the wheel of the Mustang for almost the whole season now.
“It has been very good, but it has definitely been a transition. So many things changed – engineers, crew chief. We’ve had some very good races and a couple of not-so-good races. We have very high expectations, though. I feel like the team is working very hard to bring very fast cars to the track, but we have to keep pushing. We still have to work extremely hard to try and make things happen.”
Do you have any thoughts on the Next Gen car?
“I don’t, yet. I saw that Austin Dillon tested it last week. I have so much to focus on here with the current Cup Series car and finishing the season out strong that I haven’t put much thought into the new car.”