Next Generation: Toyota rookies Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones talk graduating to the NASCAR Cup
Kyle Busch has monopolised the NASCAR headlines for Toyota since his surprise Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship win in 2015. But now the next generation of Cup stars are emerging and for the Japanese brand, rookies Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones are leading the way.
Our friends at Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with with 2016 Xfinity Cup champion Suarez and Furniture Row racer Jones to talk graduating to the pinnacle of the NASCAR ladder.
Suarez has joined mentor Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2017 season. As the first Mexican driver to run a full Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series season, he embodies the growing interest in stock car racing across the Americas and depth of up-and-coming talent.
Jones – a graduate from Kyle Busch’s own team Kyle Busch Motorsports – is relishing the chance to compete full-time in NASCAR’s premier series. The youngster has previously deputised for Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth in the Cup series during the 2015 season. Driving the Furniture Row number 77 car, Jones is going full-throttle in 2017 as he prepares for a sophomore season where he will replace 2003 Cup champion Kenseth in the Joe Gibbs number 20 car.