Daniel Suarez has taken any mention of Joe Gibbs Racing off his Twitter and Instagram in the past 24-48 hours. All but indicating that the second year NASCAR Cup Series driver will be exiting JGR at the end of the 2018 season.
Adam Stern was the first person to point this out on Twitter this afternoon. This tidbit came on the heels of the rumors that Suarez’s sponsor Arris is tied to JGR for at least the 2019 season and Arris may sponsor a second car for Suarez in 2019. All of that is up in the air at this point.
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— Adam Stern (@A_S12) September 19, 2018
Suarez joined the JGR Cup team in 2017 after Carl Edwards shock retirement following the 2016 season. After winning the 2016 Xfinity Series Championship Suarez was expected to remain in the Xfinity Series for another season. Instead, he was thrust into the #19 Cup car on short notice.
All in all his rookie season was as good as could be expected. Early season struggles saw more consistency toward the end of the year. 1 Top-5, 12 Top-10’s and an average finish of 16.2. In 2018 so far Suarez has 3 Top-5 finishes and 7 Top-10’s with an average finish of 17.6 and one pole award. In some ways, you can see Suarez has regressed but in others, he has grown. He’s 19th in the points standings having missed the playoffs both of his first two seasons. However, two seasons isn’t enough time to judge someone’s ability.
If you look at Suarez’s time in the Xfinity Series it wasn’t until nearly halfway through his second season that he really came into his own. The competition level in the Xfinity is far lower than the Cup Series as is the learning curve. It doesn’t appear JGR is willing to give him the time to grow. Much like Joey Logano, the opportunity to grow is being cut short at JGR.
Saurez has been rumored to join Leavine Family Racing in 2019 as they switch to being a factory Toyota team. According to Gene Haas, he has also spoken to the Ford team about joining them next season as well.
Daniel Suarez can drive a race car and do it just as well as a majority of the cup field.
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